The Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) on Tuesday, July 18 shut the premises of Samsung West Africa in Victoria Island, Lagos for failure to register some of its products being marketed in the country.
The Head of Product Registration, Engr. Enebi Onucheyo, while briefing journalists after the closure, stated that the action was in line with and in exercise of the provisions of the SON Act 14 of 2015.
According to him, the Act provides for every product imported into Nigeria to be registered with SON for traceability and confirmation of quality status.
Onucheyo disclosed that SON records show that many Samsung products in the Nigerian markets were not registered while those registered are not up to
He stated that the facility would be reopened once the company takes steps to register all their products as required by law.
“We are in the era of ensuring ease of doing business in Nigeria albeit within the laws of the land,” he said.
He explained that representatives of the company claimed ignorance of the need to register the products, while stating that they do not import nor sell products but only market them.
The distributors, according them, are the ones who should register the products.
While debunking the claim, Onucheyo stated that the company represents Samsung in Nigeria and has responsibility to register all their products marketed in the country.