Traders Seek Stronger Measures On Sub-Standard Products

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The Chairman of Marine Modern Market, Onitsha, Mr Vincent
Ifeme,  has urged the Standards
Organisation of Nigeria (SON) to re-double its efforts in checkmating the
influx of sub-standard products.

Ifeme told our correspondent in Onitsha, Anambra, on Tuesday
that a lot of sub-standard products still flooded most markets in the country.

He said that the issue of sub-standard products was making
buyers lose confidence in most goods and denied importers of quality goods the
opportunity to sell their products at the right prices.

Ifeme said: “It has come to a time that holistic and drastic
action is taken against sub-standard products and their importers and
manufacturers.

“SON must re-double its efforts and find a way of involving
Nigerians in the fight against sub-standard products just like the degree of
success recorded by NAFDAC in the fight against fake and sub-standard drugs,
cosmetics and food products.’’

On payment for stall and development levies by traders,
Ifeme said most traders in the Marine Market had complied with the payment.

“Our market records the highest compliance following series
of sensitisation we gave to our members on the need to pay it and not to defer
payment,’’ he said.

The chairman, however, urged the government to provide the
market with a new and bigger transformer that could carry all the electrical
appliances in the market.

“We are sincerely grateful to Gov. Peter Obi for providing
us with water as well as tarring the major road to the market.

“Marine market and other markets in the state have not
received such attention until the inception of Obi’s administration,’’ he
added.