• Thursday, June 20, 2024
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SON impounds 30,000 pieces of steel bars in Kwara

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 The Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) has impounded 30,000 pieces of steels bars of different brands and sizes in 20 different shops in Kwara.
 
The State’s coordinator of SON, Sunday Yashim, who led the raid, said the steel bars did not meet standard specifications and qualities.
Responding to complaints of the traders, Yashim said that traders had a role to play in ensuring that markets are free of substandard products.
“Whatever steel you buy, you find out that each steel bar has a code on it, we did that to enable us trace the manufacturers.
“But we have found ourselves in a situation, where after correcting and guiding them on what to do; they still go ahead to produce steel bars that did not meet the required standards.
“That is why we feel that it is necessary to find out what is in the market because the sellers themselves do not help matters.
“They buy these steel bars knowing that they are not of good quality and they never bother to come to SON to complain,” Yashim said.
The coordinator said the impounded steel bars did not meet the required specification and standard in terms of length, dimension and even the mass per meter.
“We have come out now on surveillance activity and surprisingly, we found out that most of the steel bars being sold are not in line with requirement of the NIS standards.
“That is why we have asked them to hold on, to stop sale. We want to go back and find out from the manufacturers, why they are feeding the markets with substandard steel bars.
“When we have resolved that, then we know precisely what to do, but we believe that the traders are aware that the bars are of poor quality but they refuse to come and complain.
“They should be in a position to protect consumers from such inferior products. They should not just be interested in money and profit making,’’ he said.
Some of the traders who spoke anonymously with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) said that they brought the steel bars directly from the manufacturers.
They argued that it was not their fault that the steel bars were found to be inferior to appropriate standards.
“We pay for these goods through the bank and we get our goods delivered to us, we do not know if what we have been given is of less quality.
“We should not be punished for what is clearly not our fault; SON should go to the manufacturers of these products and monitor what they produce daily, constant monitoring is what the manufacturers need.
“Another thing is the price regulation, the prices of steel bars is irregular, the manufacturers increase price at any time, because there is no price control,” the trader said.
The traders also urged government to look into the activities of steel bar manufacturers in monitoring and price regulation.