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5 million Nigerians to campaign against fake products

16 April 2014, 10:53

Ibadan- The Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) would recruit five million Nigerians into its newly inaugurated national coalition against fake products.

The Director-General of the organisation, Dr Joseph Odumodu, said this in Ibadan at an enlightenment programme tagged:  “Zero Tolerance Against Substandard Products.”

He said the recruitment exercise would boost the on-going war against the production of fake and substandard products in the country.

Odumodu also said the organisation had appointed the Sultan of Sokoto, Sa’ad Abubakar, as its ambassador in the country.

“We have already formed a national coalition.  Indeed, our plan is to recruit up to five million Nigerians who are going to be part of this crusade.

“We believe that five million people are a critical mass that we will use to sustain this campaign to a level that it would be impossible for people to bring substandard products into Nigeria,” he said.

He said that the aim of the awareness campaign was to focus on life endangering items such as tyres, cement and electrical products.

He, however, called on the public to support the organisation in reducing fake and substandard products in the country.

Odumodu further said that a bill to review the enabling act of SON was currently before the National Assembly.

He said an offender may be jailed without an option of fine if the bill became law.

-       NAN

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