Security agents saved the day for officials of Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) when traders in Obosi Electrical International Market near Onitsha attacked officers of the organization for attempting to impound substandard electrical cables found in the market.
Men of the organization had earlier closed a factory, Finoplasika Inductry for using fake NIS stickers on their pipes, while several shops in markets across Anambra state including cement markets, building material market were closed down.
Officers of the organization led by the Director of Enforcement, Mr Louis Njoku were at the state to enforce the presidential order of zero tolerance to substandard products and had started impounding cables at the electrical parts market for failing their test when traders in the market mobilized and attack them, but were repealed by security agents.
Njoku in an interview with LEADERSHIP stated that the officers was in Anambra State to remove substandard products ranging from electrical parts, building materials and even food item that did not meet their test.
He stated further that the organization in line with the resolve of its Director General, Dr Joseph Odumodu have declared a stand against imported products that are substandard, and made in Nigeria products that do not have the organisation’s NIS mark of quality.
The enforcement team however reached an agreement the leadership of the market, which enabled it to remove cables made of wire, which they said is capable of causing fire outbreak if used in houses, even though the cables were kept in the care of the market union.
Njoku while speaking with journalists urged Nigerians to patronize made in Nigeria goods as SON is constantly liaising with companies in the country to ensure that they meet up standard.