May 3, 2016 — The Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) in Jos has seized and sealed off shops alleged to be selling substandard foreign electric cables worth millions of Naira in Jos, Plateau State. The shops include: Jenco Electrical Shop, Iky Moor Investment Co., Okey Dubai Electrical Shop, Jutex Electrical Associates and Jonny Electrical Company Ltd.
While speaking about the raid, Plateau Coordinator of SON, Mr. George Musa, stated that the exercise which would be continuous was aimed at ridding the country of fake and substandard products. He noted that the organization started with electric cables because electric cable is one of the products categorized as life endangering products.
“If substandard electric cables are used to wire a house and there is a problem of power surge, the cable can easily yield and melt down because they are mainly made from iron with very low resistance compared to copper”….Mr. George Musa
According to the Coordinator, the seized cables would not be returned to the shop owners but will be destroyed after conclusion of the organization’s investigation. He also stated that shops would remain sealed until SON finishes its investigation and gets an approval from its head office to reopen the shops.
“It will not end with the sealing of the shops; those whose offences are grievous would be taken to court and prosecuted according to the law. We are doing this because people are dying from the use of substandard products.”
He further stated that the Organization would also be investigating manufacturers that refuse to conform to standards and tyre dealers.
“We are also going to visit tyre dealers and many other products including provisions’ supermarkets, to ensure that the products conform to standard.”
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