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SON destroys N450m worth of substandard LPG cylinders, roofing sheets

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The Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) has disclosed that the organisation has destroyed substandard LPG cylinders, aluminium and galvanized roofing sheets worth over N450 million.
The Director, Inspectorate and Compliance Directorate, SON, Obiora Manafa, who made the disclosure noted that these goods failed the minimum requirement of the standards and were destroyed because they were classified as life-endangering and unfit for consumption in the country.
Manafa explained that despite efforts aimed at curbing the menace, these goods still find their way into the nation’s shores, while reaffirming its commitment to leave no stone unturned in its fight against substandard goods.
“We are here to destroy some substandard goods seized from some unscrupulous importers and marketers. Among goods to be destroyed include cylinders, aluminium roofing sheets, galvanised steel roofing sheets. The goods we are destroying are the ones that failed the critical parameters and we cannot allow them to get into circulation because they are life-threatening.”
He noted that these goods came from different sources where some were evacuated from warehouses and intercepted on the high ways.
He stated that the standards for roofing sheets were clear, stressing that the standards for aluminium profile roofing sheets specifies a minimum thickness of 0.4mm.
” Some of these roofing sheets come in 0.2, 0.3mm which are low gauge quality. These are the kind of roofing sheets people use for a short time and they are destroyed and at the end of the day, consumers do not get value for their money spent. We are not happy destroying these goods because it is a loss, not only to the importer but to the nation. One thing about destroying these kind of products is that they are products you burn, but for the gas cylinders we cannot burn them but we will see how we can recycle them to generate revenue for the nation.”
He said some of the products seized were imported from China and Turkey and did not come with SONCAP certificates.
He noted that the SON Act has helped in reducing the preponderance of fake and substandard goods in the country, as the agency also deploys sensitisation programmes to create awareness on the negative impact substandard goods on lives and property.
“Since we have got the backings of the law, it has reduced the preponderance of fake and substandard goods in the country and apart from jailing these dealers of fake and substandard goods, we also do advocacy programmes where we go to the market to create awareness with trade associations to tell them the right thing to do. Since we started this aggressive advocacy, many of these importers have been complying especially those that fake known brands,” he added.
“When we organise sensitisation programmes, we preach to them that there was no point faking known brands, because when they fake, we destroy and prosecute the importers. Many of them have heeded that advice and they are now creating their brands,” he added.
The Group Head, LPG, SON, Nwaoma Olujie, said the destruction exercise was in response to the series of avoidable gas explosions in the nation.
She added that the impact of gas explosions was unquantifiable as lives and property are being destroyed.
“In SON, we classified LPG cylinders as life-endangering products and in recent times, you can take a cue from a gas explosion in Kaduna in January this year and there have also been series of gas explosion in Lagos.We have seen the impact of these gas explosions where lives and property have been destroyed and this is why we are taking a lot of safety precautions to ensure that cylinders imported into the country meet the minimum requirement of the standard.
“We have standards for LPG which is NIS 69 and for all the valves and regulators NIS 220. The valves fitted into these cylinders must comply with NIS 220 as well as the regulators,” she stated.
She pointed out that these importers indulge in this nefarious act to short–change the Nigerian consumers, advising that importation of gas cylinders is not a business for all.
“Importation of cylinders is not an all-comers business, but an aspect where a lot of safety precautions must be put in place. It is a high technical product. Any importer should not engage in the importation of cylinders without following the due process because we ensure that for cylinders to be imported, there must be approvals from SON. Importers must also consistently meet the requirement of the standards,” she warned.
“These LPG cylinders we are destroying today did not pass through our process and procedures.They all failed critical parameters. The minimum burst pressure for cylinders is 67.5 bars, but these cylinders failed at a very low burst pressure and this is a critical thing because once a cylinder is undergoing internal pressure, it is supposed to expand, but these cylinders do not show sign of expansion. These cylinders were also seized as used cylinders and we do not permit the importation of used cylinders in the country,” she added.

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DSS Agent Killed In Shoot- Out With Gunrunners In Plateau State

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An officer of the Department of State Services in Plateau State, Barrister Muktar Modibbo, has died after armed gunmen in a gunrunning ring opened fire on him and other officers during an operation.
A top security source within the DSS told on Thursday that the incident occurred during a raid on the criminals’ hideout in Shendam Local Government Area of the state.
The gunrunners, who supply illicit weapons to sinister groups that perpetuate violence within the state, were initially traced to Qu’anpan Local Government Area by the secret police but the operation was aborted after it was discovered that intel had leaked to the gunrunners, who then swiftly changed location.
The security source said after receiving new intelligence that the arms smugglers were in Shendam, a team was constituted to burst their operation.
The operation was, however, met with heavy shooting from the criminals, who were well equipped with sophisticated firearms and seemed to have had prior intel about the raid.

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To Boost Revenues , FG Posts Treasurers To MDAs

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The Federal Government on Tuesday commenced the deployment of professional treasury officers to revenue generating ministries, departments and agencies in a bid to improve the country’s revenue base.
Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Zainab Ahmed, said an important sector with huge potential was the revenue generation arm of the Federal Government Owned Entities.
Ahmed spoke in Abuja at the orientation for directors of revenue in FGOEs organised by the Office of the Accountant-General of the Federation.
She said, “You may all wish to know that analysis of budgets of some of the FGOEs shows that these entities have the capacities, if properly managed, to significantly improve the revenue base of the Federal Government.
“It is in this light that the deployment of the treasury directors is considered expedient to the selected FGOEs as a pilot test.”
The minister explained that the deployment of directors of revenue to the FGOEs was in compliance with presidential approval that was conveyed via the Secretary to the Government of the Federation’s circular with reference SGF.50/S.3/C.9/24, dated October 16, 2018.
She said the circular was on the approved Revenue Performance Management Framework for Government Owned Enterprises.
Ahmed said the government was increasingly concerned about the dwindling profile of revenues, adding that the trend had to be quickly arrested particularly with key revenue generating agencies of government.

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FEC Approves ₦745 Million To Hire Auditors For NDDC

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The Federal Executive Council (FEC) on Wednesday approved N745 million for the hiring of additional forensic field auditors for the audit of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).
The Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Sen. Godswill Akpabio, also disclosed that the council approved the hiring of auditors to ensure that whatever comes out of the forensic audit is acceptable not just in Nigeria but to the international community.
Akpabio said: “The memo that was presented by the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs was a concluding memo on the procurement of Field Forensic Auditors for the forensic audit of the Niger Delta Development Commission and today the council approved additional forensic field auditors at a total sum of about N745.2 million.
“This brings the total number of field forensic auditors to 16 in addition to the earlier approved Lead Forensic Auditors, Messrs Olumiluwa Bashir and Co.
“These people are now going to be in charge of the nine states of the Niger Delta which has been divided into 16 lots. As I stated earlier, lots one is Ernst and Young for the headquarters.
“They will be undertaking the 19 years of audit and also bring out the organigram for the restructuring of the NDDC for better performance in future.’’
The minister added that the council equally approved the need to attach in
vestigative security agencies to each of the team to ensure transparency in the exercise.

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