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SON Warns Building Materials Manufacturers Against Substandard Goods

Posted: Jun 21, 2016 at 6:11 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Chukwujekwu Ilozue

Awka – Mr. Samuel Ayuba, Head, Standard Organisation of Nigeria (SON) in Anambra State, has warned that his organisation would not tolerate substandard building materials, especially iron rods, and that those found wanting would face full wrath of the law.

Mr. Ayuba gave the warning on Monday during a market surveillance operation in some markets in the state.

He said samples would be taken to the laboratory in Enugu and that shortcoming in quality would be followed up to ensure that the company responsible is disciplined.

He assured that the business interest of the traders would be protected, as the manufacturers would be made to bear the consequences of their findings.

“This is in line with a national directive for a market survey on iron rods in Nigerian markets, to monitor the products from the markets; it is in view of the fact that there had been cases of building collapse and iron rod is a major input.

“The issue of not giving receipt is new to me, I am aware that anybody who has gone to the market will get a receipt.

“The dealers do not have anything to fear, the manufacturers will bear the full responsibility of their actions; we know where they are and we shall get them if the need arises,” he said.

Meanwhile, some iron rod dealers have urged SON to hold manufacturers responsible for substandard products being distributed in the country.

The marketers expressed satisfaction with the on-field inspection by SON, saying that the manufacture and distribution of substandard materials were largely responsible for the collapse of building around the country.

Mr. Nnaemeka Onuzulike, Chairman, Iron Rod Dealers Association, Atani Road in Ogbaru Local Government Area,  said that their members were disturbed by the level of complaints of customers over the quality of rods in the market.

Onuzuluike who observed that 92 per cent of Iron Rod in the Nigerian markets were locally made said manufacturers should be made to operate within the approved international standards.

“The companies are not sincere with their activities, the standards approved by SON is not the one they send to us, they shortchange us from the diameter of the rods and also the length, we had insisted that they weigh these products before sending them but they never agreed.

“Again, they don’t give us receipts and that means they are not even remitting tax to the Federal Government, so we are happy that SON is here to take samples to test so that they can trace them to the manufacturers,” he said.

Mr. Geoffrey Obasi, another trader, admitted that they sell substandard rods and urged SON to tackle the menace at the factories.

He said there was need for the Federal Government to empower SON to set up units in such factories to ensure that their finished products got standard compliance approval before going to the market.

“These substandard products are made by these Chinese and Indian companies recently set up and they are costing us money, life and goodwill, so the Federal Government through SON should monitor them more closely,” he said.