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Nigeria can’t afford product standards

Nigeria can’t afford product standards
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Why international and domestic companies sell substandard products in Nigeria?

A substandard product is a product that does not meet the minimum standards for quality or safety. This can be due to a number of factors, including poor materials, shoddy workmanship, or inadequate testing. Substandard products can pose a serious risk to consumers, and as such, they are heavily regulated by government agencies. In the United States, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is responsible for regulating the safety of consumer products. If a product is found to be substandard, the CPSC can issue a recall, which requires the manufacturer to take the product off the market and refund consumers.

Some people may wonder why companies send substandard products to Nigeria. Do they look down on Nigerians or our Country? Do they feel Nigerians do not deserve safe and quality products? Is Nigeria a vessel for disposal of their mistakes and shortcomings. Do they send bad products assuming no one will check it out? Do they feel our government is disorganized and the systems in place will not detect their inadequacies? While each company is different, it is apparent that at least one of these factors may exist.

Companies inside Nigeria often cut corners in terms of quality.

There are a few reasons why companies might send substandard products to Nigeria. First, Nigeria is a developing country with a lower per capita income than many developed countries. This means that companies can get away with selling lower quality products to Nigerian consumers. Second, Nigeria has a relatively large population, which means that there is a large potential market for companies selling products there. Finally, Nigeria is located in a region of the world where there is a lot of political instability. This can make it difficult for companies to get their products into the country, so they may be more likely to send lower quality products that are more likely to be accepted.

What about products manufactured inside Nigeria, can they be substandard? The answer to this question is yes. Companies inside Nigeria often cut corners in terms of quality in order to save costs, and sometimes finding quality materials inside Nigeria is difficult. Companies may bribe officials in order to get away with producing lower quality goods. A lack of skilled labor can also be a factor, as many workers may not have the training or experience necessary to produce high quality products.

Sometime adulterants will be added that are not listed on the label.

What we are discussing here is standards, it is up to the individual, community and government to create a standard and maintain it at all costs. You can not expect a company in another country, to uphold standards that you don’t live by yourself. It is not their responsibility to dictate how you want your products made, it is your responsibility. Their motive is profit, if you give them your money they are considered successful. This process will continue to repeat until someone puts a stop to it.

So what can an individual do when they are living on or below the poverty line? The answer is very little. Education is one factor that can help protect you and your family, becoming familiar with ingredients contained in the products can help you make better decisions. Sometime adulterants will be added that are not listed on the label, in this case becoming informed will not help you. As a consumer in Nigeria, their is unfortunately little that can be done once these products enter the market.

Once the money flow stops, these products will stop entering Nigeria.

Product safety is the government’s responsibility, systems need to be put in place and governance will need to operate at 100%. Once these products get rejected at the ports, companies foreign and domestic will have no choice but to follow the standard protocols. Once the money flow stops and they begin losing money with each shipment, it is only at that time substandard products will stop entering Nigeria.


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Ask Nigeria
23 days ago

Nigeria can’t afford product standardsWhy international and domestic companies sell substandard products in Nigeria?Express your point of view.

DimOla
Member
21 days ago

Corruption has eaten deep into the fabric of Nigeria system making it difficult to correct this anomaly. To take a a drastic measures will require the overhauling of the Nigerian system which will chisel out rotten roots responsible the decadence.

Okunloye123
Member
22 days ago

When buying any sachet consumable items, one of the things I check is the label, this will not only inform me of the product but also the quality of what I’m about to consume.

But what if the label is missing?

The rate at which low-standard products are being sold here is quite alarming, all they care for is the profit.

It’s high time we work more on our local products and ensure they meet standards and are under control.

Tonerol10
Member
22 days ago

Smiling ☺, Why international and domestic companies sell substandard products in Nigeria?
Government allowed it because of what they we gain from importation. The money they want to make. If the Government want standard product in this country they can achieve it( Government has the authority and power to check any goods produce in the country weather good or bad. Government can stop Every importation coming in, no country or company can bring in goods without informing the government except from the back doors…
With Good policy all will be fine.

Abusi
Member
23 days ago

This is very true and candid. The poverty rate in Nigeria is so alarming to the extent that the average man can’t afford standard products for healthy living. I hope this changes soon.

Iyanu12345ogg
Member
23 days ago

Companies in Nigeria produce and market substandard goods successfully without being checked… That is why there is increase in the production and importation in and out of the market.. Corruption is the reason for this because companies can do substandard products and easily bribe security agencies and get away with it… For production, importation and distribution of substandard products to stop there should be a law and penalties to company, individual that is found guilty….. Customs should do their works right and say no to bribe!

Last edited 23 days ago by Iyanu12345ogg
Hassan Isa
Member
23 days ago

Substandard products can be unhealthy and pose serious threat to our physical wellbeing the CPSC needs to do more in protecting us the consumers of such products

Last edited 23 days ago by Hassan Isa
theApr
Member
23 days ago

Most of these substandard and fake products are manufactured by Nigerians. Fake products littered all over the place, that you hardly identify the original. There’s so much misbehavior, and more is encouraged because the government really don’t care.

Nwachukwu Kingsley
Member
23 days ago

Some companies in Nigeria does not have enough staff and finances to run their organisation but they still operate because our country is lawless

Yomii
Member
23 days ago

Some products are not substandard; they are just designed explicitly by companies to suit our needs in accordance with our economy and how much we earn, A good example is Tecno, Infinix and Itel they are all owned and manufactured by the same company, but the quality between them is different; it is specifically designed to satisfy low-income individuals doesn’t mean it is substandard

Kazeem1
Member
23 days ago

The government is not helping at all when it comes to these substandard products because they can’t regulate them properly and limit their circulation

Remi1
Member
23 days ago

Sometimes substandard products are good and some might actually match our needs so we don’t have to eradicate all substandard goods

Last edited 23 days ago by Remi1
jdpumping
Member
23 days ago

At times I feel sorry for my dear nation because I don’t know the job of SON in Nigeria,various sub standard products are shipped into the country because money is exchanged within regulatory organization ….Even drugs we take are fake…… Government have a lot to do in order to put stop to this.

Taiwoo
Member
23 days ago

Corruption is another cause for this because companies can do substandard products and easily bribe the regulatory agencies and get away with it

Tolaniiii
Member
23 days ago

This organizations knows that our Government is incompetent and that any substandard product they bring in won’t be properly screened that’s why it keeps happening

Godsewill Ifeanyi
Member
23 days ago

Our government should place a ban on all these substandard products and we’ll experience change in quality of these products

Chibuzor
Member
23 days ago

Those foreign companies are trying to produce goods that they feel will match our pockets that’s why they give us substandard

Bola12
Member
23 days ago

The government should try and regulate the products we’re producing and the imported ones and check if they are good enough before allowing them to be distributed in the country

Adesanyaj72
Member
23 days ago

Everything in this country is substandard so I don’t blame those foreign companies, even our president is substandard lol

Haykaylyon26
Member
23 days ago

Company in Nigeria produce substandard goods not using good material, poor workmanship , and this goods they are producing which is not good is risk for we consumer, we don’t trust goods produce in Nigeria because they are not trusted using fake stuff to produce things

Ultra0711
Member
23 days ago

Agency like the US Consumer Product Safety Commission should be created to tackle things like this because within Nigeria it self there are lot of substandard and fake goods produced. Corruption is also reason for this, security agent and officials stationed at the border atimes receive bribes to allow substandard goods to be import without thorough check of the goods. They all should routed out and prosecuted in line with the law, we deserve better in Nigeria

Dimeji0711
Member
23 days ago

Companies in Nigeria produce and market substandard goods successfully without being checked, sue or penalized talks less of imported goods. That is why fake product full the market, to us nw no Nigeria made product is good until we see made in China on it. Our government is really lacking in every angle and they need to do more

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