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SON Clamps down on Textile Sector, Impounds Fake Products

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In line with the federal government’s agenda to revive the textile industries in Nigeria, the Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) has raided Lagos markets, impounding substandard textile products.

The enforcement was made over the weekend at the popular Balogun and Oshodi markets in Lagos, where goods worth millions of Naira were confiscated.

The Director of Inspectorate and Compliance, SON, Mr. Bede Obayi, said Government is doing everything in its power to revive the textile industry, adding that some Nigeria manufacturers have taken a bold step in growing the textile industry in Nigeria.
He, however, revealed that many unscrupulous elements, Nigerians and other nationals, are taking the Nigerian indigenous fabric abroad to clone and mass produce them and sell at a cheaper rate, which is greatly stifling the market and making it unfavourable for the indigenous manufacturers

He said, “the raid is an awareness to alert Nigerians that we have Nigerian fabric produced by Nigerians and that Nigerians should join the fight against importation of indigenous made fabrics and look out for the mark of NIS on the products”, adding that buyers should promptly report any shady activity and that the manhunt has started and culprits would be fished out.

“We are going to mop out and destroy any inferior and sub standard material found in any market and the action today should serve as a deterrent to anyone participating in cloning indigenous fabric. We have carried out our investigations and we have traced the origin of the products before carrying out enforcement. We are doing the enforcement based on facts and figures, sufficient data and test and with the full backing of the law” Obayi said

Obayi pointed out that the raid was not random, saying that goods were seized from the culprits who have been forewarned and given order to rid their warehouses of the inferior materials, adding that anyone who is associated with cloning indigenous textile materials would be held liable.

One of the dealers of the substandard textiles materials, Nellytex store situated at 43/47 Balogun, whose goods were seized, a former member of the House of Representatives who refused to disclose her name, said she has never been involved in importing cloned indigenous materials.
The dealer said she buys from the manufacturers’ authorised dealer DV Fashion in Balogun market showing evidence by presenting the receipts of the products she bought from the dealers. She continued by saying that she is making a honest living and added that SON has caused her a huge embarrassment on her person.

Another dealer, Kenny Gold Fabric, whose goods were carted away, also claimed that he buys goods from the authorised dealers in Balogun market.

The SON operation at the Oshodi market witnessed strong opposition as members of the market association of the Oshodi market refused to allow staff members of the SON into the stores using thugs to intimidate staff members and journalists. The Military Policemen working with SON however came to the rescue and the inferior goods were eventually carted away by the SON operatives.

Article Credit: Thisday Newspaper

Updated 5 Years ago

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