SON Threatens Manufacturers, Sellers of Substandard Steel

March 19, 2021
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By Adedapo Adesanya

The Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) has issued a three-month ultimatum to steel manufacturers and distributors in the country to clear out substandard steel bars or face legal consequences.

This ultimatum was given by the Director-General of SON, Mr Farouk Salim, during an emergency meeting at the SON complex, Ogba, Lagos.

According to Mr Salim, the ultimatum and future enforcement are to ensure an improved quality of steel products.

He advised the steel manufacturers and marketers in the country to comply with the directive, stressing that failure to do so would result in prosecutions and serious jail time for offenders.

Mr Salim said the agency would commence full-scale enforcement and mopping of substandard steel in factories and market at the expiration of the three-month ultimatum.

He said that culpable persons would face immediate prosecutions in line with the law.

The director-general who condemned the recent spate of building collapse across the country said it was a huge dent on the nation and by extension on the construction industry, under which the steel sector belongs.

Mr Salim said the consequences of these disasters were deeply troubling and the onus was on SON to get to the root cause of the issue with a view to finding a lasting solution.

He said both manufacturers and distributors have been given two months to form associations for self-regulation and organise ways of articulating industry challenges to ensure strict compliance.

“The association is also charged with rooting out their members especially those engaging in such inimical acts.

“The African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA) which legally took effect from January 2021 means that our borders are open and any substandard product sold may be rejected thereby hindering economic growth.

“So, we have to do all we can to ensure that it does not play out that way and our products are trusted within and outside the shores of this country,” he said.

Mr Salim reiterated that SON’s mandate is to foster trade and economic growth and not to impede it and called on businesses to ensure that their product fit the approved standards.

Adedapo Adesanya

Adedapo Adesanya is a journalist, polymath, and connoisseur of everything art. When he is not writing, he has his nose buried in one of the many books or articles he has bookmarked or simply listening to good music with a bottle of beer or wine. He supports the greatest club in the world, Manchester United F.C.

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