Dr. Joseph Odumodo, Director General and Chief Executive Officer of the Standard Organisation of Nigeria (SON), announced that the agency has destroyed sub-standards products worth over N1 billion since the launch of its zero tolerance campaign.
Odumodo, who disclosed this during a facility tour to Lafarge Ewekoro factory, Bio-Organic Limited, Cometstar Manufacturing Company, Homan Industries Limited and MINL SUMO Limited, said the agency will soon celebrate 70 percent reduction in the level of sub-standard products in the country.
The agency boss said the decision to reduce substandard products was informed by the organisation’s desire to provide confidence in products manufactured, imported and distributed in Nigeria, for the overall benefit of the Nigerian economy and the welfare of its people.
Odumodu, therefore, called on all consumers to support the initiative by paying greater attention to products and their characteristics in their purchase decisions, complaining to relevant authorities when not satisfied, and providing useful information to SON and other relevant agencies on suspected substandard products movement, storage and distribution, for prompt action.
He emphasised the agency’s commitment in its effort to implement the ISO 26000, which is about social responsibility.
“This does not focus on how much profit you make, but how you make the profit. This is going to be adopted before the end of the year,” he said.
Odumodu disclosed that SON would begin the process with visits to the three main cement sites in the country, following which a stakeholders’ forum will be held to develop a new framework for quality assurance along the cement manufacturing, sales and usage value chain.