From Muhammed Umar Muktar, Bauchi
The Director General of Standard Organisation of Nigeria (SON), Mr. Anthony Osita Aboloma, has warned that substand-ard tyres cause economic losses when they result to accidents leading to destruction of goods and loss of human lives, just as he urged the tyre dealers to be wary of substandard tyres as they pose risks to human lives.
Speaking during a seminar organized by (SON), to sensitize manufacturers and importers on PAM logo held at the Devel-opment Exchange Center (DEC), Bauchi, Mr. Osita announced that 80 percent of imported products into Nigerian Markets are fake products, stressing that Nigeria ranked among the highest importers of fake products in the World and call for change with a view to rid the Country of the menace.
SON, Boss said Nigeria lost over N15 billion annually to fake and substandard products.”Lives continued to be lost in road accidents when substandard tyres imported from Asia burst on high speed and vehicles either Summersault or swerve to other vehicles on highway.”
Represented by the Gombe state Coordinator of SON, Alhaji Umar Yakubu said the organisation was established to ensure compliance of locally manufactured and imported goods.
Other activities of the Standard Organisation of Nigeria accord-ing to the DG include Registration and regulation of standard marks and specifications as well as development of standards for products and services among others.
Also speaking the Bauchi State Coordinator of SON Engineer Hauwa Mohammed Husseini said the objective of the seminar was to “bring together relevant stakeholders in building effec-tive collaboration and enlightenment campaign towards protec-tion of genuine manufacturers and importers from faking or adulterating of their products”.
She said an effort to further ensure quality products in the Ni-gerian markets; Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) has unveiled its Product Authentication Mark (PAM) Logo.
While highlighting some of the adverse effect substandard products have on the lives, properties and economy of unsus-pected Nigerians, Engr. Husseini said “SON, as a standardiza-tion body has put in place several measures such as Conformity Assessment Program (SONCAP), Mandatory Conformity As-sessment Program (MANCAP), E-PRODUCT Registration etc towards ensuring production, importation and sales of quality products in Nigerian markets”.
According to Husseini, the sensitization seminar on PAM Logo was also to enable participants to key into the laudable gov-ernment policy that is intended to protect businesses,”I implore all the manufacturers and importers to embrace the Product Au-thentication Mark (PAM) as an additional measure to secure your products”, she implored.
“Do not purchase any product without the Product Authentica-tion Mark (PAM) seal” saying the initiative by SON is to help protect the manufacturers, sellers and buyers from the danger of substandard and fake products” “this is to regulate and make sure that all products are genuine and meet required standard.” she said.
Some of the tyre dealers who spoke to The Triumph expressed joy at the sensitisation, adding that they were now better equipped with information on how to identify substandard tyres.
A participant Mr. Emmanuel Ikegbo who also serves as the Secretary of New Auto Spare Parts Association said the seminar had served as an eye opener with the introduction PAM Logo because “henceforth, when we go to the market to buy prod-ucts, we will be on the lookout for the PAM logo that will tell us that it is a genuine product.” The seminar attracted partici-pants in the manufacturing and import sectors from North East geopolitical zone, relevant MDAs and security agencies.