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SON raids Prossy group, impounds N500m fake roofing sheets in Imo

The Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) has successfully raided an Owerri based aluminium roofing sheet firm, Prossy Nigeria Limited in its outlets in Owerri and Okigwe intercepting galvanised roofing sheets and aluminium coils worth about N500m.

In a statement, the Director General of SON, Osita Aboloma, said on-the-spot tests on the galvanised roofing sheets showed that they did not meet the requirements of the relevant Nigeria Industrial Standard.

Represented by Dele Omolawon as the enforcement team leader, Aboloma added that the galvanised roofing sheets intercepted in Owerri failed to meet the minimum value standard prescribed in the NIS.

Details showed that in Okigwe, the impounded coils used for the manufacturing of galvanised roofing sheets showed a non-conformance and fell below minimum requirements.

Aboloma said SON’s resolve was to rid the nation of substandard products with its focus presently on roofing sheets due to safety concerns and economic losses being experienced by unsuspecting consumers of the products who had complained to the organisation.

According to him, “The exercise was part of a nationwide surveillance programme to locate and mop up substandard roofing sheets to ensure that only good quality roofing sheets that met the minimum requirements of the NIS were displayed in the open market or stocked in warehouses.”

While advising Nigerians to seek expert advice when purchasing roofing sheets or visit the nearest SON office in the 36 states of the federation for advice, the DG of SON urged importers and manufacturers to adhere strictly to the standards to avoid product confiscation, destruction and jail sentence.