The Standard Organisation of Nigeria (SON) has shut down 10 illegal engine oil depots in Kano for engaging in the sale of adulterated products.
The Kano state Coordinator of SON, Alhaji Yunusa Mohammed told reporters shortly after the operation, that the agency would not hesitate to descend on any Lubricant Firm that is selling sub-standard products Nigerians.
He explained that the sealing of illegal Engine oil firms would be a continuous exercising, while warning marketers, traders and businessmen to always endure compliance with standard and genuine products during transactions.
According to Alhaji Yunusa Mohammed, SON has resolved to fish out, arrest and prosecute people engaging in the nefarious activities of smuggling sub-standard products into the Nigerian markets
The Coordinator who led a Compliance Team to 10 Companies selling raw Engine Oil in the state Capital, said the reason why he ordered for their closure was that they have failed to comply with the Federal Government rules and regulations as projected by SON’s Acts to sanitise their businesses.
He added that “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.
“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.”
Alhaji Inusa further stated that 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.
On why they took the dealers of the adulterated Engine Oil unawares, he 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.
On his part, Chairman of the Kano State Engine Oil Association Alhaji Yusuf Abdullahi said that their association was always willing to comply with the Government directives.
He, however, expressed concerned that, “government officials are quite aware of all the sources of these raw materials. We buy from Lagos and repackage it for sale in Kano.