No fewer than eight companies have been sealed off in Ondo State by the Standards Organisation of Nigeria for allegedly producing substandard products.
The Ondo State Coordinator of SON, Mr. Paul Oke, stated this on Wednesday while presenting a Certificate of Quality to a table water manufacturing company in Akure, the Ondo State capital.
The affected companies, according to the SON boss, allegedly produced substandard bread, blocks, table water, mattresses and soaps, among others.
He added that the companies were located in Akure, Ifon and Okitipupa in the Akure South, Ose and Okitipupa in Okitipupa LGA.
Oke explained that there were other products that had been impounded by the organisation because they were not produced in line with SON’s guidelines.
He said, “We see manufacturers, especially the small scale industries, as big players in the economy. The small scale industries employ about 80 per cent of the workforce in Nigeria. Therefore, we deem it fit that any firm that meets the requirement to produce products must get a quality certificate.
“I want to warn all manufacturers in the state that are producing sub-standard products that SON will not hesitate to seize and destroy such products.”