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REPS SEEK BAN ON ‘CHINA’ PRODUCTS

 

A bill seeking the ban of substandard goods from China, India and other countries, which have become a common feature of Nigerian markets, is underway in the House of Representatives.
The Bill is being sponsored by the Chairman of the House Committee on Industries, Hon. Mohammed Ogoshi Onawo(PDP-Nassarawa).
According to the sponsor, “Currently, we are working on a bill to make sure that importation of fake or substandard goods is either eliminated or brought to the minimum in Nigeria”.

Last Updated on Friday, 27 September 2013 23:12 Read more...

Culled from Nigerian News Magazine

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Reps push for ban of substandard goods

 

 

Bill to punish dealers of fake products ready soon – NASS

The House of Representatives Committee on Industry will soon present a Bill seeking the ban of substandard goods from China, India and other countries inundating Nigeria with counterfeit products.

The key sponsor of the Bill and Chairman of the House Committee on Industries, Hon. Mohammed Ogoshi Onawo(PDPNassarawa) said yesterday that the piece of legislation is ready for consideration by lawmakers.

“Currently, we are working on a bill to make sure that importation of fake or substandard goods is either eliminated or brought to the barest minimum in Nigeria”.

 

Last Updated on Friday, 27 September 2013 22:21 Read more...

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SON gets NASS support to fight substandard goods

The Standard Organisation of Nigeria, SON has been assured of the full support of the National Assembly to tackle the problem of fake and substandard products in the country.
The Chairman, House Committee on Industries, Hon. Mohammed Ogoshi Onawo, gave the assurance when he led members of the committee on a visit to the agency headquarters in Abuja.
Onawo offered the House’s support while also commending SON for its activities in curbing the influx and effects of counterfeit and low-quality goods in the country.
“We are going to give you every support you need to deliver your mandate,’’ Ogoshi said, urging the organization to embark on awareness campaigns that will educate the populace on the likely implications of purchasing substandard products.
According to him, this would enable consumers to identify and avoid substandard products.
He, however, charged the organization to embark on effective education to enable the consumers to have more understanding on the implication of purchasing substandard products.
The Director-General of SON, Joseph Odumodu, had earlier solicited for a legal framework to enable the organization to carry out effective enforcement.
Odumodu said that lack of a strong legal structure had not allowed the agency to prosecute the manufacturers, importers or distributors of fake and substandard products in the country.
The Director-General acknowledged government’s interest in improving the economy through the check of substandard products.
“More funding would however help improve the organization’s activities”, he said, adding that it required N10 billion for the first phase of modern laboratory facilities to fast-track its operations.
Odumodu said that 80 percent of the fake products that comes into Nigeria are coming from Asia with China been the major culprits.
He explained that because of the level of influx of fake products from China, they had a meeting with the Chinese standards organization that supervise imports and exports but were not supportive.
“In fact, they were very hostile to us because at the end of the day what we were asking for was not what they were saying. At a time they pretended that they no longer understood English language just to make sure that that discussion was terminated. But we made our point clear that we have the right to fight for the safety and performance of products that are brought to Nigeria”, he explained.
Last Updated on Friday, 27 September 2013 23:13

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Bill to punish dealers of fake products ready soon – NASS

Hard times await dealers of fake and substandard products in the country as the bill which would empower the Standards Organization of Nigeria; SON to punish them would be passed into law before the end of October. The chairman, House of Representatives Committee on Commerce and Industry, Hon. Mohammed Ogoshi Onawo disclosed this yesterday when he led other members of the committee on oversight visit to the organization headquarters in Abuja. According Onawo, the bill, which has since been laid before the House, would give more powers to the SON to arrest and prosecute importers as well as sellers of fake products in the country when passed. The chairman described as grossly unacceptable the release of only 26 per cent of the capital budget to the organization in September and promised to address the situation with support of his colleagues in the House.

Last Updated on Friday, 27 September 2013 23:20 Read more...

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