According to NAN, the Standard Organisations of Nigeria, SON says it has impounded roughly one thousand, two hundred and twenty three cartons of “EmmaScale” paint for non-compliance to quality standards.
The organisations also sealed the warehouse of EmmaScale Nigeria Ltd., importers of the product located on Modebe Street and its operational office in the Building Materials Market, Bridge Head, all in Onitsha.
Mr Viginus Omeje, a staff in the Engineering Department of SON, Anambra Office, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) the product, seized was neither registered nor presented by the company for quality assessment.
Omeje said the company also faked SON’s registration logo which was assigned to a similar product and printed on its own, thus misleading unsuspecting public into thinking the products have been a proved by the quality assessment body.
He said the impounded products would be kept at the Enugu zonal office of SON for further investigation.
The official said the managing director of company who was still at large must report to SON and be made to face the consequences of counterfeiting the quality seal of the Federal Government.
“We got information about the circulation of the product which supposedly has SON quality seal on it in the market and upon investigation, it is was discovered that it was not registered and the seal is fake.
“Substandard products go with high cost and risk to lives, any product that does not meet the set quality should not be in the market, so, we are together with the Federal Government and SON in this.
“We shall not stand in their way to ensure that any trader who cut corners faced the music, we discourage our people from indulging in such acts because what we sell is delicate,” he said.
Nigeria has been battling the rise of counterfeit products especially drugs, mobile phones and car parts.