SON advocates patronage of locally-made goods

The Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) has urged Nigerian consumers to always insist on patronising made-in-Nigeria products, noting that the move would help to combat the influx of fake and substandard goods into the country.

The Director-General, SON, Mallam Farouk Salim, at a sensitisation exercise themed “Zero Tolerance for substandard products”, said one of the factors responsible for the thriving market of substandard goods is consumers’ penchant for imported goods.

According to him, local industries have the capacity to meet the nation’s needs, urging Nigerian consumers to always insist on only quality made-in-Nigeria products.

He reaffirmed the agency’s commitment to protect local industries, saying that they are veritable tools for providing job opportunities and creating wealth for the country.

In his words: “The local industry is essentially the heart of the nation and we are the heart of the industry and if the industry is doing well, Nigeria will be doing well.”

“We cry a lot about the depreciation of our currency. If our industries are doing very well, our currency will not fall. If we base our income based on one commodity, even the industry will not survive, because the naira will keep going down while the dollar will keep going up.”

He said the objective of the stakeholders’ forum is to reaffirm SON’s zero tolerance for substandard products in the country.

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