One week after the expiration of the deadline served by the Standards Organisation of Nigeria(SON) to importers and dealers of sub-standard products, the body has warned that it would still carry out the raids of markets.
An official who spoke on the condition of anonymity with LEADERSHIP revealed that there was no going back on the June 1,2011 deadline. “The period of grace is over and we have perfected the next line of action,” he warned.
The official dismissed rumours making the rounds that SON had capitulated on the deadline insisting that there was nothing like that.
He gave a hint of how and when the much awaited raids would happen. “We have sensitised all especially those importers of our intentions. And we are going to take all by surprise because we are not going to announce it that we are going to raid a particular market on a particular day.After all, we are not going there for a visit.
“We will begin our raids when it is least expected. That is the way it should be done.”
The SON director- general, Dr. John Odumodu, had on May 1, 2011 given importers and dealers of sub-standard products order to remove them from shops, markets and other public places or be prepared to face the full wrath of the law.
The deadline expired on June 1, 2011.