Members of the House of Representatives on Tuesday expressed support for the bill which seeks to empower Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) to inspect imported petroleum products and goods into the country through land borders, sea and air.
The lawmakers expressed the solidarity during the debate on a Bill for an Act to amend the Standards Organisation of Nigeria Act, No. 14, 2015 to Empower the Organization to carry out Inspection of all Goods to be Imported into Nigeria, sponsored by Emmanuel Akpan.
Akpan who led the debate explained that the bill seeks to amend Section 5 of the Act with the view to check the porosity of the Nigerian border through which some unwholesome goods dangerous for human consumption and general use find their ways into the Nigerian market, making the nation a dumping ground for fake and sub-standard products that generates danger for those living in the country.
He pointed out that Nigerian yams exported to the U.S.A were turned back at the point of entry for being bad, he stressed that responsible and efficient countries tackle such issues at the point of entry which makes the lives of the people living in the country safe.
Also speaking, Adamu Kamale who argued that the proposed amendment hinges on safety of life, added that the initiative will also help financial inclusion and development as scarce funds will no longer be expended to treat strange ailments resulting from the use of sub-standard and harmful products.
He therefore prescribed an amendment of adding stiffer penalties for the importation of such products as a deterrent to others.
In the same vein, Nkiruka Onyejeocha (PDP-Abia) noted that work should not stop at passing the bill, but those in Standard Organization of Nigeria saddled with the responsibility of upholding standards of goods and services in Nigeria should sit-up to their sworn duties.
On her part, Ayo Omidiran, deputy Chairman, House Committee on Sports urged manufacturers of made in Nigeria products to step up the standards of the products so that they would be preferred to imported products which do not meet appropriate standards.
While ruling, Speaker Yakubu Dogara referred the bill to the Committee on Industry for further legislation.