Determined to protect the local industry against proliferation of substandard lubricants in the Nigeria Market, the standard organization of Nigeria (SON), and other agencies said they are in a formidable synergy to fight the scourge.
SON said it’s in a joint enforcement with agencies such as the Nigeria Union of Petroleum and National Gas Workers (NUPENG), the Nigeria Civil Defence Corps (CDC) and states Government to stem the ugly tide, warning that the development portends danger to users and the nation’s economy and could cripple the local industry if urgent steps were not taken to arrest the trend.
The Director-General/Chief Executive Officer (DG/CEO), of SON, Osita Aboloma, disclosed this at a one day sensitization workshop on reduction of substandard lubricants in Nigeria held in the Rivers State Capital, Port Harcourt, noting that one of the reasons consumers of lubricant products face with their engines in Nigeria is the use of application of adulterated lubricants, as some unscrupulous individuals tend to be quite innovative when it comes to replicating genuinely registered lubricants, manufacturing and importing substandard ones.
He said it was against this background that the standard monitoring body came up with the workshop project to further enlighten stakeholders on the dangers of patronizing the fake products and to inform the general public on measures taken to beat the dealers to their game.
The DG said SON would not compromise standards of lubricants, “because substandard products harm our economy; it closes down genuine businesses and investments, cripples industries and leads to thousands of job loss”.
He also noted that in the internal market, it weakens competitive advantage and discourages patronage adding that substandard products are harmful to heath, endangers lives and do not give value for money.
The Head and Chief Whip of engine lubricants dealers’ branch of NUPENG Rivers State, Mr. Segun John who described lubricants as a vehicle of the nation said the NUPENG nationwide is in synergy with the SON and other Enforcement Agencies such as the Nigeria Civil Defence Corps (CDC) and NAFDAC among others to checkmate counterfeiting and fake products in the market.
Mr. Segun noted with other resource persons that the Nigerian lubricant industry remains the only vibrant sub-sector of the oil and gas industry, which is still attractive despite the challenges facing the downstream sector, pointing out that the sub-sector’s contribution and potential to the nation’s economy, Nigeria lubes market remains a dumping ground for substandard and off-specifications imported lubes of questionable quality.
Also, the commandant, Nigeria Civil Defence Corps, Rivers State command, Mohamed Lawal Haruna, said the defence organization has among its mandates to fight vandalism, identification of illegal products to prevent or curb economic sabotage.
Commandant Lawal who commended the SON for its sensitization project said it would go a long way to rescue the genuine local industries in the business of lubricants.
He said the Civil Defence has the eagle eyes exposing and seizing fake products and dealers in Nigeria as it partners with the SON and other relevant agencies and advised illegal fake products dealers to desist from the business, “because we will leave no stone unturned in going after them where ever is their operational base”.