Nigeria Gives 3 Months to Steel Makers for Compliance of Standards
Local media reported that the Standards Organisation of Nigeria has issued a three month ultimatum to steel manufacturers and distributors to clear out
Local media reported that the Standards Organisation of Nigeria has issued a three month ultimatum to steel manufacturers and distributors to clear out substandard steel bars out of the Nigeria’s markets. SON said the firms’ non-compliance to standards continued unabated despite regular quality control inspection visits by SON’s state and regional officers with product sampling, testing and feedback. Therefore SON has changed strategy by embarking on monitoring of distributors rather the steel factories. Under the new plan, each producer is expected to issue quality certificate to distributors for products bought from their factories. SON has given manufacturers and importers of steel products three months to evacuate fake and substandard steel products in the country.
Standards Organisation of Nigeria Director General Mr Malam Farouk Salim advised the steel manufacturers and marketers in the country to comply to the directive, stressing that failure to do so would result in prosecutions and serious jail time for offenders. He said “The agency would commence full scale enforcement and mopping of substandard steel in factories and market at the expiration of the three month ultimatum. Culpable persons would face immediate prosecutions in line with the law.”
He said both manufacturers and distributors have been given two months to form associations for self-regulation and organise ways of articulating industry challenges to ensure strict compliance. He said “The association is also charged with rooting out their members especially those engaging in such inimical acts.”
The director-general who condemned the recent spate of building collapse across the country, saying that it was a big blow on the nation especially the construction industry which the steel sector belongs to