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Standard Organisation of Nigeria seeks collaboration with EFCC as Magu assures FRC of support

The acting Director-General and Chief Executive Officer, Standard Organisation of Nigeria, SON, Dr. Paul Angya, has sought the assistance of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, in tackling the menace of sub-standard products in the country.

Angya stated that the importation of sub-standards products into the country had caused most indigenous companies to fold up. According to him, “Most people prefer to buy the cheap goods, not knowing they are fake.”
Speaking during a courtesy call on the acting Chairman of EFCC, Ibrahim Magu, on Wednesday, Angya said that “it has been on our minds to pay you a visit to solicit for your support, since we took over the leadership of the SON.

“This is because we believe we should run to you for partnership. We feel that it is better for us to synergize with other sister agencies that support the fight against corruption because it is a common fight.”

Angya, who also stated that the Nigerian economy would get better if there were no sub-standard products either manufactured locally or imported, added that “We offer consumer protection services to save human lives that would have been lost through fire outbreaks caused by sub-standard cables, sub-standard car tyres, sub-standard food items like tomato paste, among others.”

He also described the effect of sub-standard goods on the nation as the worst type of corruption “because it costs people’s lives, health and properties.”

Responding, Magu, who expressed his appreciation for the visit, assured the delegation of the Commission’s support, adding that “I will not hesitate to send one or two of my staff to help you out in your investigation to bring the perpetrators to book.”

Meanwhile, Magu has expressed the readiness of the Commission to offer the required training to enhance the operations of the Fiscal Responsibility Commission, FRC.

He gave the assurance when he received a delegation led by the Chairman, Fiscal Responsibility Commission, FRC, Victor Muruako, in his office.

Magu, who thanked the delegation for the visit, added that the EFCC had a world-class Academy and resource persons to aid the operations of the FRC.

Earlier in his remark, Muruako expressed the need for a partnership with the EFCC in eradicating economic and financial crimes among revenue generating agencies.

According to him, “Fiscal Responsibility Commission always has to force these revenue generating agencies to submit their annual statements of account.

“Also, some of the challenges facing the FRC include low budgetary allocation, office accommodation, remuneration of staff and lack of technical training.”

The FRC boss pleaded with Magu to assist in the training of his staff to gain the required knowledge in creating more awareness about the operations of the FRC.

“The FRC will appreciate the help of the EFCC in facilitating contacts with donor agencies to assist in carrying out its statutory objectives,” he added.

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