Ayeni Feyisayo Oyebola, the Kwara State Coordinator of Standard Organization of Nigeria (SON), has reinstated commitment towards ensuring that consumers get value for products they procured.
Oyebola, who declared this in an interview with Businessstandards on how to check fake products circulating in the market, stressed the need for Nigerians to speak up against sub-standard products so as to stem the trend.
The SON coordinator explained that the agency is ensuring consumer confidence, saying: “Our concern is for Nigerians to enjoy products that offer values for their money. We are concern about fake products and as well concern about the quality products Nigerians enjoy.”
He added that welfare of Nigerians is investigated, verified and satisfied specifically in terms of products by SON.
“So, when we learnt that Nigerians have issues in products they buy or consume is a major concern for us and our mandate is to ensure that global competitiveness is ensured.
“We go out to ensure that manufacturers produce good products and buyers equally consume good products. We have zero tolerance for producers to consumers and for the past four-three years now, SON has been toping round concerning environmental Business Council for people to have confidence.
“Confidence comes from the fact that you buy something and you want to buy again. So if Nigerians are losing the confidence in products they buy to constantly enjoy and they are losing confidence, because such confidence you’re losing is money, you are losing quality, and losing repetition in the country.
“Our goal is to make sure that we have that ease of doing business so that Nigerians can enjoy making products in Nigeria and they can also enjoy the products they have in this country so, this concern of ours is our task to enforce, to supervise and the certify products and to make sure that products that we see in town are well verified because of the danger.”
“The issue of adulterated products can never under emphasized, so we make sure that we focus on it and so far so good since I came in February, we have been doing a lot of surveillance, but I must confess to you that we have a major challenge of ignorance.
“Our people are still ignorant about quality specifications. If you want to buy bread you don’t know what kind of bread you want to buy, manufacturers can write different kinds of information that is not valid but you will see lots of information on it.
“So it is the responsibility of Nigerians to be to verify that what do I really want to buy- what kind of phone or smart TV do I want to buy, you can not just buy any phone because everything you need has a specification so, you must make sure that what you want to buy meet the specification of what you have in market or else you will not be satisfied.”
Oyebola advised Nigerians to always pay attention to what they buy by checking out for quality.
He said: “We can’t continue to keep quiet and expect quality to be in place, consumer should come up with complaints of products that they have purchased, and report to the necessary authority for action so that at the end of the day Nigerians would be productive, enjoy quality health, quality products and our economy would be enhanced.”