The Standards Organization of Nigeria, SON, has launched a new scheme known as Product Authentication Mark, PAM, to eliminate the influx and production of inferior goods into the Nigerian market.
The Director General of the agency, Osita Aboloma informed stakeholders at a sensitization workshop on reduction of substandard products for South-South Nigeria held in Calabar, the Cross River State capital that PAM would distinguish and destroy fake products.
Aboloma, who was represented by the South-South Regional Coordinator, Papanye Don Pedro, said “PAM will complement other measures already in place such as Nigerian Quality Mark, NIS; Nigerian Quality Awards, NGA; SONCAP and MANCAP”.
According to Aboloma, the fight against substandard and fake products was unending as dishonest individuals device new means to over-run its authentication measures and bypass processes.
He decried the dangers of manufacturing and importations of substandard and fake products to the economy, noting “substandard products harm our economy. It closes genuine businesses and investments. It cripples industries and leads to job losses. It also weakens competitive advantage”.
The Cross River State Coordinator of SON, Emmanuel Ogbuji hinted that the agency would embark on an aggressive exercise to close down firms and premises in the south-south region involved in production of fake and substandard products.