23rd November, 2010
The Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) yesterday urged the public to watch out for unscrupulous people parading themselves as SON consultants.
Mr. Akinola Fashina, Head of Corporate Affairs, told journalists in Lagos that SON had noticed that some people parade themselves as SON consultants at the nationâ€™s sea and air ports.
â€œWe want to clearly state that SON has not hired any consultant to act on its behalf and the management disassociates itself from such people,â€ he said.
He urged importers, clearing agents and the general public not to do business with such consultants.
â€œWe have SON staff at the various points of entry at the borders and ports with proper identity to carry out the statutory role of the organisation,â€ he added.
The spokesman urged clients to pay all service charges at the point of entry to SON certified banks.
He said that the organisation had strengthened its operations to reduce the influx of substandard products into the country to a minimal level.
Fashina reiterated that SON had introduced â€œConformity Assessment Programmeâ€ to check the influx of substandard goods and urged importers to adhere to it.
He said that importers that engage in sharp practices would be arrested and made to face the law.
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