The Standard Organisation of Nigeria (SON)has vowed to reduce the presence of substandard products in the nation's markets to not more than 30% from the current 70 per cent.
Director General and Chief Executive Officer of SON, Dr Moses Odumodo stated this weekend in Enugu at the 23rd Enugu International Trade Fair.
He reiterated SON's resolve to implement its “ Zero Tolerance to Substandard Products Initiative ” across all the sectors of the nation's economy.
The decision to reduce substandard products, he said, was informed by the organisation's desire to provide confidence in products manufactured, imported and distributed in Nigeria for the overall benefit of the Nigerian economy and the welfare of its people.
Odumodu therefore called on all consumers to support the initiative by paying greater attention to products and their characteristics in their purchase decisions, complain to relevant authorities when not satisfied and provide useful information to SON and other relevant agencies on suspected substandard products movement, storage and distribution for prompt action.
He announced that steps were being taken to ensure full implementation and enforcement of MANCAP regime on locally manufactured products.
The SON boss regretted only 46 products out of the 464 products displayed at the various stands at the Enugu fair were certified to the Mandatory Conformity Assessment Programme(MANCAP) for locally manufactured products.
He added that only 10 of the products were found to have registered with SON.