Distributors bemoan production of substandard steel products - PUNCH
BY Tunde Oyekola
Distributors of iron rods in Nigeria under the aegis of Iron Rod Distributors Association of Nigeria have raised the alarm over what it describes as “saboteurs of war against substandard steel products” in Nigeria.
The National President, IRDAN, Gbenga Awoyale, expressed concerns that the Standard Organization of Nigeria had allegedly failed to clamp down on the companies producing substandard steel products in the country.
According to him, the development has exposed the lives of Nigerians who are the end users of the product to danger.
The association said it had in June 2021 drawn the attention of SON to ugly development, a situation that led to the sealing off of some steel production factories found culpable of manufacturing substandard steel products.
Awoyale however said, “About three months ago, IRDAN gave the DG of SON information about a company manufacturing substandard steel product and the DG promised to direct his men to take action accordingly, to our dismay, nothing has been done over the matter till date. The substandard iron rods are in circulation at various Nigeria markets.”
“Just few days ago, we contacted SON to alert them to the continuing production of substandard products by a particular company, giving them full details and address of the company. They took no action and instead, we started receiving threat calls from unknown numbers.”