Nigeria to black list importers of substandard products

Jennifer Inah, Abuja

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The Nigerian government is set to black list seven companies importing substandard and life-endangering products from China into the country.

The government would also prosecute their promoters in both countries as the fight against “dumping” into Nigeria takes a new dimension.

The Director General, Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON), Mr. Osita Aboloma said the exercise would be a continuous one.

“The companies are among those identified to have persistently circumvented Nigeria’s import regime by their deliberate and consistent refusal to comply with the Standards Organisation of Nigeria off-shore Conformity Assessment Programme,” he said.

Negative impact
Mr Abolama, in a letter to the Chinese Ambassador to Nigeria, stated that the activities of the companies have impacted negatively on the perception of the Nigerian people on the quality of goods and services from the Peoples Republic of China.

According to him, “unless immediate steps are taken to arrest the situation, incurable reputational damage would be done to the Government and People of China.

“We are of the view that every step necessary should be taken to prevent them from jeopardising the excellent trade and cultural relationship between the Government and Peoples of China and Nigeria.”

He explained that, “Nigeria has had cause to apprehend and prosecute some Chinese nationals involved in the importation of substandard and life-endangering products and has also destroyed several substandard products seized from some of the listed Chinese Companies worth several millions of Naira.”

Collaboration
Mr. Aboloma observed that the measures appear not enough to deter the non-compliant persons. He therefore sought the Chinese Government’s collaboration in ensuring that these companies were equally black listed in China and prevented from exporting to Nigeria.

The Director General named the companies, against which court orders have been procured as including Awulu Investment Nigeria Limited, Doncas Associate Nigeria Limited, Britto International Commercial Industrial Limited, GNCSP Global Services, Ike and Sons Enterprise, Kumara Global Limited, Chudon Global Impex Limited.

He also called on security agencies to treat the identified companies as economic saboteurs and recommended prosecuting them as such under the Miscellaneous Offences Act, and the Standards Organisation of Nigeria Act No. 14 of 2015.

Sammie Idika