MAN Threatens To Delist Any Member Producing Substandard Products
The Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN) has threatened to delist any of its members found to have been producing substandard goods.
Joseph Emoleke, Assistant Director (Membership services) MAN, at a one-day Stakeholders Sensitisation Workshop/MANCAP Certification Presentation organized by the Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) on Wednesday in Lagos, stated that “MAN is supportive of the zero tolerance for substandard products campaign. We demand the names of any of our members found wanting and we will delist them. MAN is for integrity and we want to maintain standards,” Emoleke stressed.
Emoleke who stood in for the Director-General, Segun Ajayi-Kadiri assured the SON of its support in fighting any of its members who indulge in the production of substandard goods.
SON is currently touring some manufacturing companies as part of its campaign to flush out inferior goods from the market.
Director General of SON, Farouk Salim, stated that the one-day programme was designed to sensitise the public to the Agency’s efforts in the fight against substandard products in the country.
Salim noted that the workshop was to create awareness of the SON brand, products, and services, pointing out that the hazards of substandard goods to society and the economy of the country were the main focus.
“SON has resolved to fight against substandard products, and it cannot be achieved without the cooperation and support of the stakeholders and the general public,” DG stressed.
The keynote Speaker, Chinyere Egwuonwu, the CEO/Lead Consultant of PEARLCEE Consult Ltd, stated that the program ensures that local manufacturers are able to meet international standards and to be able to compete internationally.
Egwuonwu disclosed 50 percent of every cable in the market is substandard, attributing increasing fire outbreaks in houses to fake cables to which the country is losing about N15 trillion annually and forcing factories to close down.
“We all have a role to play, the fight is for everyone. The public and private partnership is needed to fight the menace.”She called on govt to make policies that would stop the trend of substandard products in the country.
The importer should stop importing substandard goods, the local producers should meet up with standards and the consumers should not patronise low-quality goods. Tell your neighbors. You see something, say something”.