Newly elected Executives of the Electrical Dealers Association of Nigeria (EDAN), Alaba International Market have been challenged to embrace self-regulation as part of the fight against the dangers posed by substandard products to the nation.
Director General, Standards Organisation of Nigeria, Osita Aboloma who gave the challenge while receiving the executives in his office in Lagos, thursday, stated that over 70 per cent of cables traded in Nigeria pass through the Alaba International Market.
According to him, if the traders chose to stock and sell only quality cables and other electrical appliances, importers of substandard products would have no market for their nefarious activities.
The SON Director General urged the Alaba Electrical Dealers to be more patriotic by patronising certified made in Nigeria cables that have been attested among the best in the world and shun the stocking of imported substandard and cloned cables from abroad.
Mr. Aboloma advised the EDAN Executives to guide their members on the need to register all products with SON for traceability and confirmation of quality status in the overall interest the nation and its citizens.
Also speaking at the occasion, SON Director of Compliance, Bede Obayi charged the electrical dealers to consciously work at developing a positive reputation for Alaba International Market.
He warned that Nigerians are becoming better informed by the day as many other outlets are providing healthy competition to the Alaba International Market on cables and other electrical appliances.
SON Head of Electrical Laboratory, Mr. Richard Adewumi advised EDAN members to pay greater attention to issues like ratings, labels and product manuals in order to be in better position to guide their customers rightly.
Earlier, the President of EDAN, Chief Fabian Ezeorjika commended the SON DG for the renewed fight against substandard products in the Nigerian market and pledged the commitment of his Executive to SON in that regard.
He invited the SON DG and his management to bring the message of standardisation and quality assurance to EDAN members at the Alaba International Market in order to broaden their knowledge on electrical cables and appliances.