Anambra - The Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) on Friday sealed a factory, Finoplastika Industry, Limited, Awka, for illegally using the Nigeria Industrial Standard (NIS) label on its products.
Mr Louis Njoku, Director of Enforcement of SON, led other operatives of the organisation to seal the pipes manufacturing company in Awka.
Njoku expressed disappointment that the management of the factory did not subject its products to analysis and testing by SON before affixing the NIS label on its products.
“This label was not given to the factor by us as the label is the Nigerian Mark of quality.
“We cannot allow any producer or manufacturer to affix it on his product because it will deceive the consumer,'' he said.
The director warned the management of the factory against tampering with the sealing of the premises, stressing that if the place was opened without instruction from the organisation, the company would have contravened Act 56 of 1971, establishing SON.
He said that since the label was not authorised by the organisation, the pipes worth thousands of naira were substandard and would be evacuated by SON.
The director said that the visit was in response to the directive given to manufacturers and sellers to remove substandard products from their premises within two weeks.
The enforcement team also undertook a tour of Umuokpu Building Materials Market, Awka, where it sealed five cement shops for selling underweight Bua Cement to customers.
“We are evacuating all substandard products from the market so that consumers are not short changed ,” Njoku said
In his reaction, the Chairman of Cement Dealers Association at the market , Chief Godfrey Okafor described the action of SON as a welcome development.
Okafor denounced the attitude of some of the cement sellers who re-bagged the product to cheat buyers , noting with sadness that the practice had ruined genuine dealers.
He urged SON to sustain its enforcement in order to sanitise the market.