The Director General of the Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON), Dr. Joseph Odumodu, has announced that the United Nations Industrial Development Programme (UNDP) is collaborating with Nigeria to curb the use of high-energy-consuming bulbs in the country.
Odumodu spoke at the recent celebration of the World Standards Day held at the Electrical Dealers’ Association of Nigeria (EDAN) auditorium, Alaba International market, Ojo, Lagos.
Speaking on the celebration’ theme ‘The effect of sub-standard electric bulbs on the Nigeria economy’ Odumodu said Nigeria was changing over to the use of energy saving bulbs in place of the preponderant high energy consuming bulbs in circulation, which has great negative effect on the lives and pockets of Nigerians, especially those living in the rural communities.
He continued by saying that the President Goodluck Jonathan administration had made effort in curbing the adverse effect of poor electricity generation and distribution by privatising the power sector, and added that the International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO), International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) and the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) were all working together with SON in making sure that electric bulb that are brought into the country meets the required standard.
Odumodu said “the diligent application of international standards which are the results of the consensus views of the world’s leading experts in the industry sector ranging from energy utilities and energy efficiency to transportation, management systems, climate change, healthcare, safety as well as information and communication technology ICT provides the required opportunities for solutions to various developmental issues across the globe particularly for economies such as ours.”
He added that Nigerian experts, under the coordination of SON, were taking active parts in the development of these international standards which are used as a benchmark upon which the development of national standards for products and systems are based.
He beckoned on the general electric dealers and the Electric Dealers Association of Nigeria (EDAN) to ensure that Nigerians have access to only electric bulbs and lightings that are fit and offer value for money.
The SON boss added that the agency has continually engaged in consumers and other stakeholders alike in the six point agenda namely compliance monitoring; capacity building, global relevance, consumer engagement; developing competitiveness of locally made goods and media engagement to drive home the SON zero tolerance to substandard products initiatives.
The chairman of EDAN Mr. Paul Okenwa, thanked Odumodu for partnering the association and bringing his campaign to the grassroots, adding that the fight for standard products should not be seen as victimisation, but as a way to ensure that consumers get value for their money.
He however stressed that government and the agencies concerned should go deeper into investigating the influx of sub standard products instead of shifting the whole blame on importers who are at times deceived by the exporters who have turned Nigeria into a dumping ground