The Abuja Metropolitan Management Council (AMMC), and Standard Organisation of Nigeria (SON), in collaboration with Abuja traders union have moved to sanitise the city of fake and sub-standard products.
The Coordinator, Abuja Metropolitan Management Council (AMMC), Mr Umar Shuaibu, said the meeting became imperative following a recent attack on officials of Standard Organisation of Nigeria (SON), during one of their operations to check the proliferation of expired tires in Apo market.
He said the meeting was a normal ritual to strengthen their bond and ensure that no organisation is prevented from carrying out her statutory functions.
“We had a situation whereby Standard Organisation of Nigeria (SON), went for enforcement in a Apo market to check the activities of proliferation of illegal tires.
“SON is the body charged statutorily, to check all fake and substandard products in Nigeria. So they went to Apo market for that type of activity. Unfortunately, they were attacked. In fact, their vehicle was vandalised.
“They resorted to us as the city managers because nobody can stop any government agency from performing his constitutional functions. So we have to collaborate with SON and the market traders, in particular, the Tire Dealers of Association of Nigeria, to ensure that the unfortunate situation never happens again.
“Anybody that is operating his business legally, doesn’t have anything to fear. They have all agreed to collaborate and make sure that this issue never repeats.”
He, however, cautioned all the traders against selling substandard products in Abuja, even as he warned that the AMMC being the city manager would not tolerate any dangerous Sharp practices in Abuja.
“There are other dealers, not only tire dealers, we have those that sell rods, those that sell cement, those whatever it is, that is required for daily activities. Is it building materials? is it a technical and mechanical matter? Is it food? Whatever you can go to the market and buy. It has to be of a good standard for you to sell in Abuja. “
Mr shuaibu said with the renewed commitment for collaboration, significant improvements would be noticed in the fight against fake and substandard products in Abuja.
On his part, the Director of Operations, Standard Organisation of Nigeria, Dauda Yakubu, said that the organisation is open to working with any traders’ association to rid Abuja of fake and substandard products.
Speaking on behalf of the traders, the Chairman, Apo Tire Dealers Association, Chimezie Ife, said efforts were ongoing by the Association to get rid of bad elements among them.
By Remi Johnson