The Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) has embarked on a nationwide mop up of substandard lubricants in a move seen as crucial in safeguarding the lives of unsuspecting consumers as well as boosting Nigeriaâ€™s industrialisation drive.
Speaking in Lagos during an enforcement exercise to raid different markets and warehouses in Lagos in search of adulterated and uncertified lubricants, Director General, SON, Mr. Osita Aboloma, underscored the critical role of lubricating products in the nationâ€™s quest towards rapid industrialisation and stressed that adulterated lubricants should be got rid of.
The director general, who was represented by the agencyâ€™s Director, Inspection and Compliance, Mr. Bede Obayi said fake and counterfeited lubricants pose a threat to the nationâ€™s manufacturing industry.
He said lubricants are important to all vehicles, industrial machines of various types, hydraulic systems, electric transformers and other things.
â€œIt is obvious that most of our daily activities depend directly or indirectly on use of lubricants and it is therefore, the massive evacuation of substandard lubricants cannot be over flogged,â€ he said.
He explained that the agency had been reinvigorated courtesy of its new SON Act 2015 to remove all non-complying products from the nationâ€™s market
â€œYou can see the volumes of lubricants we have seized and they are all engine oil not been certified by SON and once they sell these products that have not been certified they will end up knocking the engines of motor vehicles and other equipment.
Any time you use this kind of substandard lubricants, your engine is at risk and also the environment. Today, we have started the evacuation of this non-blended engine oil that is in circulation so that Nigerians will get value for their hard-earned money.
This is just the starting off of the operation to remove non-complying lubricant oils from circulation. SON is out to make Nigeria safe for everybody,â€ he said.
He added that the new rigour was also aimed at improving the capacity utilisation of Nigeriaâ€™s manufacturing industry.
He disclosed that the said the special raid was targeted at markets and warehouses where suspected substandard products were stocked
â€œThe special raid is in accordance to our mandate that all non-complying products must be removed from the markets of this country and this special raid is targeted at anywhere we suspect that there is substandard products and this is why embarked on the raiding of warehouses and markets where suspected substandard lubricants are sold to unsuspecting consumers in this country, we also seized cables and textile materials because we want to make this country a place where indigenous manufacturers can come and produce.â€
â€œWe do not want these unscrupulous importers to flood this country with substandard products. We want the capacity utilisation of Nigerian companies to improve so as to employ the teeming unemployed Nigerian youths and it can only be so when these substandard products are removed from the nationâ€™s market. This is why we have stopped at nothing in getting everything that is suspected to be substandard out of the markets.â€