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ACT Amendment: Offenders may face jail term with stiffer penalties for fake products – SON

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The Standards Organisation of Nigeria SON says it is working with the National Assembly to amend its Act to increase penalties for defaulters whose offenses relate to the standardization of products in the country.

The Director General of SON, Mallam Farouk Salim disclosed this while speaking on the theme “The Role Of Standardisation In Building Resilient Non-oil Sector” at the Annual Conference of the Commerce and Industry Correspondents Association of Nigeria CICAN, in Abuja.

Mallam Salim who was represented by a Deputy Director in the organisation, Mrs Mariam Samson, said the Bill to repeal and enact SON Act, when passed into law will criminalize the production, manufacturing and distribution of substandard products that could endanger the lives of consumers in the country.

He added that the stringent and stiffer penalties when introduced would stipulate that manufacturers and importers of fake products be not only fined but also bag jail term after prosecution.

This Act according to SON DG is aimed to strengthen the core mandate of the organisation against malpractices. This mandate he noted included “to encourage improved competitiveness of Nigerian goods at home and abroad by encouraging quality assurance practices”.

Recall that the House of Representatives had last week passed the bill seeking to repeal and enact SON Act for second reading.

Speaking on the organization’s role so far on the Ease of Doing Business in Nigeria, Salim said SON has been working with the Presidential Enabling Business Environment Council (PEBEC) to ensure efficient Service delivery through the Promotion of a transparent and Efficient Business Environment and Publication of processes and requirements, timelines and fees in SON premises and on its Website.

This the SON Boss revealed made
the Organisation emerge tops in the PEBEC 2020/21 ranking in Ease of Doing Business amongst Ministries, Departments and Agencies in Nigeria.

He Assured Nigerians that the Standards Organisation of Nigeria was poised to facilitate trade and investment in Nigeria with a view to improving life through Standards.

Earlier in his remarks, the Chairman of CICAN, Mr. Ifeanyi Onuba called for support of non-oil exports in order to boost the economy in the light of present economic realities.

Mr. Onuba in his words said “At CICAN, we are optimistic about the nation’s economy because recent developments have shown that the federal government’s drive for economic diversification from the oil to the non-oil sectors, given the volatile nature of crude oil prices is yielding the desired results”.

He harped on the need for Nigeria to move beyond oil and export of raw commodities and build a vibrant manufacturing sector capable of exporting finished goods that could boost the nation’s foreign exchange earnings.

“Expanding the country’s non-oil export has remained a matter of strategic economic importance requiring continual intervention and CICAN will continue to put the issue on the front burner of public discourse”, he assured.

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