All these cloned cables were made in China, but packaged as made-in-Nigeria products.
A recent discovery and seizure of substandard electrical cables by the Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON), under the leadership of Mr. Osita Aboloma revealed new information about made-in-Nigeria products.
The agency’s determination to rid the country of substandard products yielded fruit again as it uncovered two warehouses in Lagos filled with substandard electrical cables with semblance of known Nigerian wire brands to deceive unsuspecting consumers.
A team of security agencies, staff of SON and the media were led to the houses in Ajangbadi and Etegbin outskirts of Lagos, where the importer identified with his business name, Extobest Electricals Limited, stored the cables valued at over N8 billion.
Speaking through its Director of Inspectorate and Compliance, Bede Obayi, the DG lamented the damage importers of substandard products is causing not only consumers but also local manufacturers, who had invested and even accessed billions of naira loans in order to stay afloat and produce enduring and quality Nigerian wires which had become a reference point all over the world.
He noted that the agency would not rest until it prosecutes Nigerians who are determined to flood the market with substandard products.
All the rooms, kitchens, rest rooms were filled with substandard cables imported by the importer who is still at large. The most disturbing aspect of this is that the cables were brought in from China but it was being repackaged in Ajangbadi as ‘Made in Nigeria’ and this is because Nigerian made wires are reputed as one of the best in the world.
His words: All these cloned cables were made in China, but packaged as made-in-Nigeria products.