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Illegal Importation: FG urged to probe SON, Customs over alleged irregularities

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The Federal Government has been urged to urgently engage the Standard
Organization of Nigeria, (SON) to defend the many allegations against
it by the manufacturers in a bid to save the nation from economic
collapse.

A group under the aegis of Social Integrity Network, (SIN) stated this
at a peaceful rally held in Kaduna on Tuesday stating that SON should
give detail accounts of how substandard roofing sheets are finding
their ways into the Nigerian markets despite the MANCAP and SONCAP
fees imposed on importers and exporters.

Spokesman of the group, Mr. Ibrahim Issa, in his address said: “Nigeria Custom Service and the Standard Organization of Nigeria cannot fish out the Smugglers, the Federal Government of Nigeria should command the Department of State, Nigeria Police and the Presidential Committee on Trade Malpractices to join hands together to deploy the machineries in their arsenals to move into the matter and detect those behind the menace of smuggling in Nigeria.”

According to him, “We are all gathered here today to carry out peaceful demonstration to express our dissatisfaction against irregularities that is affecting our industries in Nigeria. Save our souls, save the souls of the masses, save the efforts of our local manufacturers.

“It is our desire to swiftly respond against the looming crises of economic sabotage which is posing serious threat to the means of livelihood of average Nigerians. It would be recalled that recently, we all woke up to a widely spread news reports by a group under the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria, (MAN). i.e Galvanised Iron and
Steel Manufacturers Association, (GISMA) with the alert of planning to
lay off 20,000 workforces into the labour market.”

The group further stressed that, “The 30 days warning alert was given
due to the collapse of some sectors of Nigeria economy precipitated by massive smuggling of substandard products into Nigeria, targeted at collapsing the local manufacturers.

“However, our investigation has revealed that smuggled substandard steel products have flooded every nooks and crannies of Nigeria thereby subjecting local manufacturers to serious economic and social investment misfortune.”

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