By Prince Okafor
No fewer than seven companies importing substandard and life-endangering products into Nigeria from China would be blacklisted and their promoters prosecuted in both countries.
This is the fall out of the war against dumping of substandard and life-endangering products into the nation being waged by the Standards Organisation of Nigeria, SON.
The companies, according to the Director General of SON, Mr. Osita Aboloma, against which court orders have been procured includes: Awulu Investment Nigeria Limited, Doncas Associate Nigeria Limited, Britto International Commercial Industrial Limited, GNCSP Global Services, Ike and Sons Enterprises, Kumara Global Limited, and Chudon Global Impex Limited.
In a letter to the Chinese Ambassador to Nigeria, made available to Vanguard, 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 Peoples Republic of China.
He stated: “Unless immediate steps are taken to arrest the situation, incurable reputational damage would be done to the Government and People of China.
“We are of the view that every step necessary should be taken to prevent them from jeopardising the excellent trade and cultural relationship between the Government and Peoples of China and Nigeria”.
According to him “Nigeria has had cause to apprehend and prosecute some Chinese nationals involved in the importation of substandard and life-endangering products and we have also destroyed several substandard products seized from some of the listed Chinese companies worth several millions of Naira.”
However, he maintained that the measures appear not enough to deter the non-compliant persons and has therefore sought the Chinese Government’s collaboration in ensuring that these companies are equally blacklisted in China and prevented from exporting to Nigeria.