In furtherance of the onslaught on the sale and manufacture of substandard electric wires and cables in the country, Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) carried out raid in parts of Ogun State particularly Idi-Iroko and Agbara area of the state
Mr Michael Ajagbonna, representative of the State Head and Team Leader of the Ogun state enforcement initiative disclosed during the raid that it became imperative following the refusal of traders to stop selling fake and sub-standard goods, even after several enlightenment and sensitisation carried out in the state on the dangers of substandard cables which are termed life endangering products
Also the State Coordinator Ogun State Office I Engr Samuel Ayuba in an interview after the enforcement activity enjoined Nigerians to seek expert advice when purchasing electric cables and wires insisting they make sure the name on the labelling matches the engravings on the products or visit the nearest SON office in the 36 states of the Federation for advice.
He also advised importers and manufacturers to adhere strictly to Standards to avoid products confiscation, destruction and possible prosecution.
According to him, the fight to rid the country of substandard products is full-fledged and the raid carried out today in Ogun will resound in all states as it is within SON’s mandate and jurisdiction
On the sealed shops and products put on hold, the SC Ogun stated that further investigations and testing will be carried out following which the Management will give further directives.
Substandard products he stated are a menace to society and wherever they are sighted SON will subject them to evacuation, destruction and prosecution of offenders in line with the SON Act 14 of 2015.
Ugo Ventures International, was the first shop raided and substandard cables were found and some of the branded names include;Trupak cable plus , Nigerchin wire and cable 100metres 2.5mm, Zenmart cable 1.0MM X 2c.
A total of 34 cables of different sizes and specifications were evacuated from the shop.
Benco Invest Nig which had been under surveillance for selling substandard cables had 15 different cable types. Samples were taken and the store was locked and sealed pending further investigation by the State office enforcement team the defaulting products include;
● Eagle Star, ●Pure Chem,●BNWC, ●National ,●M&G, ●Coleman Cables,●First Liberty ,●Truoak cable plus, to name but a few.
In all total of 7 major shops were locked and sealed. during the operation that lasted the entire day.
The team also visited Comet Star Electric Wires and Cables located at Agbara Industrial Estate where a total of Eight 2.5mm cables multi core suspected of being substandard were discovered and evacuated for testing.
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