SON seals 10 illegal oil firms in Kano
The Kano State Coordinator of Standard Organisation of Nigeria (SON)Alhaji Yunusa B. Mohammed on Saturday, declared that the agency would not hesitate to descend on any Lubricant Firm that is toying with quality and standard in the discharge of it’s services to the citizens.
The Coordinator who led a Compliance Team to Ten Companies selling raw Engine Oil in the state Capital said the reason why he ordered for their closure is that they have failed to comply with the Federal government rules and regulations through (SON) Acts to sanitise their businesses.
” The raid is a directive from our National Headquarters. It came through the Office of the DG’s Office that we must clear all the unwholesome and sharp practices evident in the Lubricant sector.
We are instructed to bring to book all those who are dealing with the unblended Engine Oil to book so that the general outcry from the general public in consuming adulterated Engine Oil could be Maximally reduced.”
” If one is to take a cursory look at the entire Engine Oil business in the state one would be left with nothing apart from the glaring Cheating of the populace in the name of raw materials being sold as finished products.”
The Coordinator said by law SON is the agency that is officially mandated to ensure that products are sold out qualitatively. Today we are on lubricants last three Weeks we conducted the same exercise on Cables to track defaulters.
“We need stakeholders like you to rise up the anthem by reporting unwholesome acts to the agency so that defaulters would be Penalised at the end of it all.
On why they took the dealers of the adulterated Engine Oil unawares said “that is just the strategy or else you will see nobody if you come for the raid, but at least we have done our best by taking samples from the Companies before we came for official closure.
You see the exercise is heavy we can’t evacuate the raw material to our office It’s too enormous. The question the Government is asking always is that if the business is legal then it has to be under controlled. And once that is addressed we have no issue with them.”
“We are going to give them fear hearing they must come to the office so that we can collectively trash grey areas.”
On his part, Chairman of the Kano State Engine Oil Association Alhaji Yusuf Abdullahi informed The Nation, that their association is always willing to comply with the Government directives and expressed concern that the government officials are quite aware of all the sources of these raw materials. “We buy from Lagos and repackaged it for sale in Kano.
“It is a long term business we are doing it to reduce the pain of buying the refined lubricants one which is more expensive for the commoner”
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