Paint makers urge SON to check substandard products



It was observed that huge volumes of import goods are threatening quality and safety, and that a close look at the socio economic state of the nation revealed that Nigeria in recent times has become a dumping ground for all kind of products from foreign countries.

PAINTS Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (PMA) has reiterated its call to the Standard Organisation of Nigeria (SON) to end substandard products in the industry.

Smarting from the successful awareness from the “2013 Coatings Show”, organised by the Paints Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (PMA) that drew attention of stakeholders and governments to the issue of the environment, quality of some products in the country the association believed that much still needed to be done.

The 2015 Coatings Show event, organised by the body and held at Sheba Centre, Mobolaji Bank Anthony Way, Ikeja, last week, had its theme as: “Enhancing Coatings Quality For the Future”, where stakeholders brainstormed over differ issues.

The Association’s Chairman, Mr. Rotimi Aluko, in his address stated that the issue of poor quality of some products produced in Nigeria or those imported into the country has been of concern to the association as well as the government and its regulatory agencies.

According to Aluko, the reason for choosing the theme’s event was informed by the need to further emphasise to stakeholders and other interest groups, the importance of churning out quality products that can give consumers/users value for their money while keeping the environment safe for the present and future generations.

“Besides, the show is part of our Association’s effort to continue to keep Paints Manufacturers in Nigeria abreast of current developments in coatings technology, methodology, raw materials, equipment and support services available in different parts of the globe.

“The Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) has always frowned at the production and sale of substandard products. It has been working assiduously to reduce to the barest minimum, the level of substandard products in circulation in the country from its present level of 40 per cent before the end of 2015.

The recently launched ‘‘Operation Flush”, which is aimed at tackling substandard, fake, adulterated and counterfeit products in the country is a further indication of the agency’s effort in this direction. There is no better time for the new initiative by SON than now because according to it, these fake and substandard products act as ‘‘disincentive” to investments, employment and economic development, urging government to empower SON so that it will effectively monitor and enforce standards in all sectors of the economy.

“It is gratifying to note that the government has finally granted it more mandate and powers to function without hindrance. Now that you have got the needed mandate, we appeal to SON to, on the strength of this, raid the various hot spots in various markets/places around the country, where adulteration/faking and production and sale of paints with nuisance value thrive with a view to bringing the culprits to book”, Aluko counseled.

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