SON Seals Chinese Substandard Mobilephone Warehouse In Lagos


The Standard Organisation Of Nigeria , SON Yesterday Sealed A Warehouse Containing Substandard Goods at computer village in ikeja. The Chinese warehouse located at Flat 17, Ogunmodede Street, Alade Village
Ikeja, Lagos is said to contain Mobile Phones That Falls Short Of Nigeria Industrial Standard (NIS)

According To A SON Officer , Engineer Bede Obayi. , This Move Move Was Carried Out To Re-Assure SON’s Commitment To Completely Eradicate Substandard Goods From Nigeria’s Market.

Giving More Details on The Goods In The Sealed Ware House , He Further Explained That during an enforcement exercise to the warehouse it was discovered to be stocked with mobile phones that were not registered with SON and also no registered manufacturer or importer thereby making traceability impossible should the phone defaults.

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He also said, “We have said that after January 1st 2014, any phone we see in Nigeria that we cannot trace the manufacturers and importers or which is not registered, will be seized.
“Phone manufacturers and importers must register their products with us to help us know if these products qualify to parade our markets.

“What we have here today are different varieties of phone showing you what these people from Asia are doing here in Nigeria thereby ruining our economy by
bringing substandard phones which is not acceptable In their own country. As you can see here, we have different brands here that we cannot even trace the manufacturers or importers? and they are out there selling these products to Nigerians.”

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Obayi said as a result of this, the warehouse will be sealed till further directives , adding that if these
phones do not meet the minimum requirements, they would be destroyed and the culprits prosecuted.

“This shows that what they are doing here is illegal and we also suspect that these phones are substandard because if you look at them, we cannot identify the manufacturers and SON does not even
know how they came in . Looking at the environment where they operate, you can even see that it is a residential premises where they cannot be traced,” he said.

“Whenever there is a problem with this phone, there is no traceability because there is nothing to help the consumer locate the manufacturers and of course,
they are not the original manufacturers and we have seen that these people and their products are not supposed to be in Nigeria.”

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