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Nigeria, China to blacklist, prosecute 7 importers

Seven companies involved in importing substandard and life-endangering products into Nigeria from China are set to be blacklisted

Similarly, their promoters will be prosecuted in both countries as the fight against dumping into Nigeria takes a new dimension.

The exercise, according to the Director General, Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON), Mr. Osita Aboloma in Abuja, would be a continuous one.

The companies are among those identified to have persistently circumvented Nigeria’s import regime by their deliberate and consistent refusal to comply with the Standards Organisation of Nigeria off-shore Conformity Assessment Programme (SONCAP).

In a letter to the Chinese Ambassador to Nigeria, the Director General, Standards Organisation of Nigeria, Mr Osita Aboloma stated that the activities of the companies have impacted negatively on the perception of the Nigerian people on the quality of goods and services from the People’s Republic of China.

According to him, unless immediate steps are taken to arrest the situation, incurable reputational damage would be done to the Government and People of China.

He stated further that Nigeria has had cause to apprehend and prosecute some Chinese nationals involved in the importation of substandard and life-endangering products.

Mr Aboloma said the organisation has also destroyed several substandard products seized from some of the listed Chinese Companies worth several millions of Naira.

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