The Director-General of the Standard Organization of Nigeria (SON), Joseph Odumodu, has said that importers of substandard products would be liable for either life imprisonment or a N1million fine.
Odumodu, who disclosed this during a visit by the House Committee members on Industry Trade and Investment, in Abuja, said a bill to improve punishment on violators of substandard products is in the offing.
He said: “Presently I do not have the power to prosecute, with this bill, violators of importation of substandard products will either be jailed or pay a fine of N1million.
The agency is working round the clock to rid the market of substandard products, Abuja as the capital city should be the first to be rid of substandard products.
He said the body is working towards having an electronic production registration system, adding that presently, only 5 per cent of the products in the market have been registered.
This is the only way most of the substandard products in the market can be check mated.