July 19, 2017 – Samsung Lagos Head Office Locked Up By SON For Refusing To Register Products Imported From South Korea
SON (The Standards Organisation of Nigeria) has locked up Samsung head office in Lagos for non-compliance with regulatory and standard procedures in product quality and standardisation.
SON DG Osita Abuloma accused Samsung of refusing to register their products with the agency even after several letters and reminders to that effect but rather continued to import products into the country from their parent company in South Korea.
Abuloma said it is illegal for any company or individual no matter how highly placed, to import products and goods into the country without registering same with SON to ascertain the quality and performance standards before exposing the public to the product.
“For any imported product to have access to the Nigerian market, it must be registered by SON and certified safe for the public. Part of our mandate is to ensure that consumers have satisfaction while ensuring that monies spent to purchase any product is well spent. The days of using the country as a dumping ground for all manner of products are gone and with enabling SON Act 2014 we are empowered to enter into any premise that is suspect to lock it up and prosecute offenders.” – Abuloma said