Customs NOT responsible for influx of fake products into Nigeria – Says SON

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Customs NOT responsible for influx of fake products into Nigeria – Says SON

DG of SON

The Attention of Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON), has been drawn to some publications misquoting the Director General, Mallam Farouk Salim following the destruction of substandard products at its facility in Lagos on Wednesday.

The statement endorsed by Mr Fashina Adebola, Director, Public Relations For SON Management, reads:   “The Management of SON wish to state unequivocally that it holds the Nigeria Customs Service leadership and officers in very high esteem and have been working in close collaboration with the Service, all over the Nation to substantially reduce importation and distribution of substandard products
in Nigerian markets”.

He noted that these were publicly expressed by the Director General, Mallam Farouk Salim recently in Lagos and Port Harcourt at interactive forums with maritime
stakeholders in the two cities.

His assertions :
“The challenge of importation, smuggling, manufacturing and distribution of
substandard products is hydra headed involving some unpatriotic Nigerians and their foreign collaborators.

“This requires continuous cooperation of all regulatory and security agencies, patriots and quality vanguards to tackle the menace.”

Mr Adebola stated emphatically :
“The Management of SON wish to therefore correct the erroneous impression that it attributed the influx of substandard products into the country to Customs”

*** The facts ***
Our correspondent, who witnessed the destruction of seized substandard products earlier wrote :
Our reporter, who attended the press conference observed that the DG of SON never accused Customs of being responsible for influx of fake goods into the Country.

The reality is that the SON DG was quoted out of context .

When some reporters asked SON DG how the items got into Nigeria when Customs officers are at the seaports, Mallam Salim stated clearly that SON needs to be at the seaports always to ensure the menace of fake importation is nipped in the bud.

The DG explained that SON has a cordial working synergy with Customs and often carry out joint examination when invited by Customs.

According to him, aside joint examination, SON officials ought to be at the ports 24 hours, so that their presence can send a strong signal to fraudulent importers to desist from economic sabotage.

He also said that if SON officials are returned to the ports, it will help the system, because while Customs are trained to charge for appropriate duty, SON officials will easily identify fake items.
That way, they will curtail influx of fake items into the country.

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