As a means of assisting consumers determine the genuineness of products before purchase, Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) has employed the services of MSP Secure Technologies Nigeria Ltd, affiliated to an international security printing outfit, Mandras Security Printing Private Limited of India, to initiate a product authentication scheme in Nigeria.
Speaking at the signing of the agreement with the company in Abuja, Director General, SON, Mr. Osita Aboloma, said the scheme is to ensure that consumers get value for their money and at the same time protect genuine manufacturers and importers from faking, cloning and product counterfeiting. In other words, the scheme is aimed at assisting consumers to determine the genuineness of products before purchase.
Aboloma stated: “The management of SON had since May, 2016 approved the project as part of strategies to combat the negative effects of product cloning, faking, counterfeiting and substandard products in general in the Nigerian market”.
Aboloma greeted the agreement with the security printing outfit from India, emphasizing that SON is relying on the firm’s more than two decades experience in successfully organizing similar schemes in many African countries.
On his part, Managing Director of Mandras Security Printing Private Limited, India, Mr. Pratap Rajah Sunder Singh, conveyed his delight at being able to make the parent company’s international experience available to Nigeria.
Pratap Rajah Sunder Singh declared that the successful installation of similar schemes in the entire East Africa and three countries in West Africa has put the company in very good position to support Nigeria’s fight against the influx and distribution of substandard products in the country, (thecitizenng.com).
Expecting that the move will serve its purpose, we also hope that buyers and suppliers will make good use of the available opportunity to ensure products are free from fake or substandard, as the negative effects of product cloning; faking, counterfeiting and substandard products in general, can never be underrated. The time to think and act is now; these are life and business essentials, so let’s keep thinking clearly. Thank you for reading and do have a beautiful day!
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