NSCDC, SON To Combat Adulterated Products In Ondo

The Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) and Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) in Ondo State have pledged to partner with the combat spread of adulterated products in the state.

The NSCDC Corps Commandant in the state, Mr Awili Pedro, made the pledge in Akure on Wednesday when he paid a courtesy visit to the State Coordinator of SON, Mr Paul Oke.

Pedro said enforcement and compliance roles played by SON could not be overlooked.

“We place so much value on SON and as long I am here, our relationship is going to be strong.

“I want us to look at those people selling adulterated products and we know that SON is sincere and trustworthy to work with.

“If those involving in sharp practices thrive, people look at relevant agencies as being compromised and not being serious.

“You render life-saving services and we do not want our personnel and yours to connive and obstruct the targets of the two organisations,” he said.

The SON coordinator said the visit had encouraged the organisation to do more and promised to collaborate more with the corps.

“I can assure you that with this visit, there will be more collaboration and synergy to get rid of fake and substandard products in Ondo State.

“We know that SON cannot do this assignment alone and that is the reason why we have been involving the corps.

“We will do more with your hands of fellowship and pursue this to the latter.

“We just need more intelligence information so that we can get to the source and roots of the unwanted products,” he said.

Lassa Fever: Master Bakers Operating Unhygienic Environment Sanctioned

The Standard Organisation of Nigeria (SON) says it will henceforth sanction any master baker caught operating in an unhygienic environment following the outbreak of Lassa Fever in some states.

Mr Sunday Badewole, the Osun State Coordinator of SON gave the warning at a seminar organized by members of the Association of Master Bakers and Confectionery of Nigeria on Friday in Osogbo.

At the one-day seminar with the theme: “Good Manufacturing Practice: A Must in Factories’’, Badewole said that exposing flour and other raw baking materials to rodents was unhygienic.

According to him, exposing raw baking materials and final products to rodents and dirty environment will endanger the lives of many Nigerians who consume bread on a daily basis.

The SON official said the research carried out by the organization revealed that many master bakers operated in an environment that did not meet the Nigeria Industrial Standards.

“Preventing the spread of Lassa fever and maintaining clean factory environment is a collective effort and that is why we appeal to master bakers to keep their factory protected from rodents and pest.

“They should ensure raw materials are of good quality and are stored in a good environment,’’

Badewole said that the aim of the seminar was to educate master bakers on hygienic practices required in bread baking and improving their knowledge on good manufacturing practices.

He stressed that the health of Nigerians was paramount to the organization, adding that the SON would never compromise industrial standards.

The SON official urged the master bakers to always check for expiry and production date, manufacturers’ address and the Nigeria Industrial Standard (NIS) mark of quality on every raw baking material purchased.

Badewole said that good ventilation, efficient waste disposal, hand-washing gadgets and providing standard operating procedures for all processes and equipment were necessary for factories.

He urged the master bakers to ensure their products get SON Mandatory Conformity Assessment Programme (MANCAP) certificate.

In his remarks, the Chairman, Osun Master Bakers Association, Alhaji Abdul-Ganiyu Onaopepo, commended SON for organizing the seminar for his members.

Onaopepo said that the seminar would go a long way in assisting members of the Association in maintaining cleanliness in their various factories.

NPA Boss Orders NDLEA, SON, To Vacate Ports Nationwide

The Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), has set in motion implementation of the executive order issued by acting President, Yemi Osinbajo on ease of doing business.

NPA yesterday ordered the Nigerian Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) and the Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) and other related agencies to immediately vacate the ports across the country.

 Managing Director of the NPA, Ms. Hadiza Bala Usman gave the directive at a stakeholders’ meeting comprising the Nigerian Customs Service (NCS), operators and major stakeholders operating in the ports.

She listed the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) as the landlord, the Nigerian Customs Service (NCS), Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Department of State Services (DSS), Nigerian Police, Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS) and the Port Health Authority (PHA) as the only agencies approved to operate in the ports.

Usman said: “These are the seven agencies that are mandated and have approval to operate in the port, any agency that is operating in the port outside of these agencies are not required to and they should be aware that they need to vacate whatever location they are currently having within the port because the current approval and provision provides that they are not to operate in the port.”
She added that the Nigerian Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) is to come to the port only when their services are required.

 “This is the current position of the agencies that are operating in the port. I can assure you that we have started implementing the executive orders, what is required now is for us as agencies of government to come together and harmonise and coordinate with stakeholders. We have issued the directives and our various officers have put in place the mechanism for implementing the executive order. The executive orders will enhance our operations and reduce the cost of doing business and improve the ease of doing business in our port.

“We have six number executive orders that are attributable to port operations and we felt the need to bring together all agencies of government that operate in the port. The purpose of this meeting is to deliberate with stakeholders to fashion out ways we can implement the executive orders at the stipulated timelines. I will want in the first instance to recognise the seven approved government agencies that will be operating in the port. In 2011, President Goodluck Jonathan approved the guideline to streamline the operations of agencies of government that are to operate in the port, “she said.

Comptroller General of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Hameed Ali, said the federal government has embarked on a change process that has manifested in the executive orders.

“I take this opportunity to underscore the importance of this meeting; it is key to our operations. We have never had this before; the tendency is for us to say it is one of those things that come once in a while. This time around, it is going to stay because we believe that all of us should be committed to this. It emanated from the ease of doing business. We are trying to reduce time and processes in doing what we are doing and it is only when we abide by this that we can achieve it. Our being here this afternoon is to underscore the seriousness.

“We have been given a marching order there is no doubt about it, our duty now is to implement the order the way it is. What I enjoin all of you is to join hands with us so that we will implement this to the letter. If we do this, first and foremost we would have succeeded in meeting the mandate, secondly, we would have succeeded in reducing the cost and time of doing business at the port.

“The most critical thing is time and cost, for importers, these are very critical for them. Even for those of us who are operators it is critical to us. I don’t see why we should spend more time doing what we should do in less time. I don’t see why we should elongate our processes of papers and approvals, it just doesn’t make sense. This is the time for change”.

La Casera Apple Drink With New Flavor And Endorsement Brand

L-R: Managing Director, The La Casera Company (TLCC) PLC, Mr. Roland Ebelt; Deputy director Codex, Standard Organisation of Nigeria, SON, Dr Omolara Okunlola ; Drector Manufacturing Association of Nigeria, MAN, Mr Joseph Emoleke; Head of Food Codex, SON, Mrs Emordi Helen and Director TLCC, Mr Bayo Adeleke at the La Casera Apple Drink wears fresh new look  launch event in Lagos.

The La Casera Company Plc, makers of Nigeria’s leading Apple Carbonated Soft Drink has launched a fresh new look for its flagship brand, La Casera Apple Drink and adding more natural apple juice extract to the premium apple drink, which makes it the only Apple CSD with real apple juice extract in the Nigerian market.

The unveiling event held at the prestigious Oriental Hotel in Lagos to celebrate its dealers, consumers and other stakeholders for their loyalty, received several commendations from NAFDAC, SON, MAN, dealers and other relevant stakeholders that were present at the event reinforcing La Casera leadership in the CSD market.

According to the Managing Director, The La Casera Company (TLCC), Mr. Roland Ebelt, the launch of the repackaged La Casera Apple drink is a display of the company’s innovative, forward-thinking prowess and commitment to consumers’ satisfaction.

“La Casera Apple Drink in 50cl bottle which still remains the standard and quality which La Casera is known for, now wears a new colourful and attractive look with real apple fruit indicating an increase in real apple juice content in each bottle giving consumers more taste of real apple at an affordable price just to meet the thirst need of the average Nigerian who is always on the go.” he explained.

While delivering the welcome address, The Marketing Manager, The La Casera Company Plc. (TLCC), Mr. Bello Yusuf explained that the Nigerian CSD market commands a unique hold in the beverage sector of the economy with an estimated 49% of soft drinks volume sales and with the fresh new look of La Casera Apple drink, the company is set to make greater inroad into the market, as it now comes with more apple juice, combined with a refreshing and real apple taste.

 “Sixteen years down the line, the dynamics of the CSD market are not the same. Today, we have come to witness the rebirth of our flagship brand La Casera Apple Drink.So with the unveiling of the fresh new look of our flagship brand La Casera Apple drink, we are appreciating our teeming Consumers who have been supporting the brand for over 16 years. We thank these loyal consumers because without them we would not have achieved anything. The brand will continue doing its best to offer Nigerians the best apple drink in Sub Saharan African.” Bello said.

SON Arrests two Chinese for Importing N5bn Fake Tyres

The Standards Organisation of Nigeria has arrested two Chinese nationals, Taolung Shen and Xu Jing Yau, who were said to have dealt in substandard tyres worth over N5bn.

The suspects, according to a statement on Sunday, were paraded following their arrest, and the sealing of the warehouse where they had been cloning different sizes of tyres under different brand names.

The suspects, the statement added, churned out the substandard tyres into the Nigerian market under brand names such as Powertrac, Aptany, Harmony, Duraturn, Bearway, City Tour, Winda, Glory, Chachland, City Grand, Grandsonte and Sunny.

According to SON, the suspects brought the substandard tyres into Nigeria by stuffing them into one another.

“Sometimes as many as five tyres were stuffed into one and the tyres would have bent and ruptured in several places, thereby looking weak and slack.

“But the Chinese adorned the tyres with new labels and shinny linings to create the impression of being new and healthy,” SON said.

Some of the tyres found in the warehouse had post-dated manufacturing dates.

The agency’s Director General, Osita Aboloma, who conducted journalists round the warehouse, described the tyres as dead on arrival, saying allowing the sale of such tyres in the country amounted to “surreptitiously taking away the lives of millions of Nigerians.”

He observed that by stuffing the tyres into one another and conveying them through the sea from China to Lagos, the quality of the tyres had already been compromised.

Aboloma also noted that the crude way the tyres were separated on arrival in Nigeria and the poor storage facility, without sufficient aeration, in the warehouse had further compromised their quality.

“The SON Directorate of Compliance intercepted one of their trucks on the highway, tracked it and then this.

“You can see the amount of danger that these people are posing to our people and our economy just because they want to make huge profit at the expense of the lives of Nigerians.

“It is a clear case of investing millions in illicit business in order to take away the lives of millions of Nigerians, to destroy the lives of millions of Nigerians. If we allow something like this, it will amount to killing Nigerians,” Aboloma said.

The DG said there would be no hiding place for people who dealt in adulterated products in the country.

“I want to reiterate that there is no hiding place for those who deal in substandard products as they would be caught and their products confiscated. Today’s feat is an example,” he said.

Aboloma advised users of automobile tyres nationwide on the need to be extra-cautious when making purchases of such products.

He urged tyre users to henceforth demand that dealers indicate the manufacturing dates on the receipts, so as to make the seller take responsibility on any product sold by them.

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