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Phone dealers, standards body fight fake product makers

21 July 2014, 11:43

Lagos - The Phone and Allied Products Dealers Association (PAPDA) has denied allegations that its members were behind the sales of substandard phones in the country.

The group said instead, it had partnered the Standard Organization of Nigeria (SON) has help sanitise the market and register of over 30 phone brands in the market.

President of the group, Ikye Onwe, said that sequel to the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) it signed with SON to rid the market of counterfeit products, PAPDA provided an office for SON officials for the establishment of a market desk.

According to him, two staff of SON were subsequently deployed to operate from the office in order to mutually fight substandard products.

He said that to further support the agency’s zero tolerance on sub-standard phones, PAPDA facilitated a joint trip for SON’s top management to China where they visited some phone factories and met over 60 owners of phone factory to ensure that these factories no longer manufactured and imported sub-standard phones into the Nigerian market.

Onwe also explained that the association and all importers of mobile phones in the Computer Village market agreed that from this month, all mobile phones that would be sold in Nigeria would be duly registered with SON.

"Passed off mobile phones such as Nokia and Samsung products will not be stocked and displayed in stores owned by PAPDA’s members," he said.

Onwe added that the group members had agreed that all mobile phone brands sold in Nigeria market need to have a functional service centre which would cater for after sales services.

He warned that all products that lack these requirements would be confiscated and destroyed by the joint taskforce of the SON and PAPDA.

- CAJ News

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