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SON Storms Alaba Market

In futherance of the fight against substandard goods, especially electrical materials at the Alaba International Market, the Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) Director-General, Mr Joseph Odumodu, visited the market last week.

He reiterated that the agency was poised to rid it of substandard goods at all cost.

Odumodu reminded the traders that the two years timeline to stop importation of fake and substandard goods would expire at the end of the month, after which the agency would move in and clean the market forcefully.

Admitting the prevalence of substandard produts, especially electrical appliances such as bulbs in the market, importers and traders said efforts by the organisation to rid the market of the goods may not succeed without the dealers cooperation.

They said it may not be easy to stop some of them from importing substandard products, especially cables and other materials, because many get away with importing cheap and substandard materials.

They argued that those who abide by the rule are run out of business because of unhealthy competition from cheap products from some Asian countries.

They also alleged that manufacturers deceive them by freighting different products from what they ordered, urging the government to help them recover their monies from such overseas manufacturers.

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