REPS SEEK BAN ON ‘CHINA’ PRODUCTS
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”.
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.
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