Director General, Standards Organisation of Nigeria, SON, Dr. Joseph Odumodu has vowed to apprehend and prosecute producers and sellers of fake vehicle lubricants in the country, adding that the agency would work hand in hand with the Department of Petroleum Resources, DPR to ensure proper surveillance of the sector.
Dr. Odumodu, who stated this Thursday in Abuja at a meeting with members of Lubricant Producers Association of Nigeria, LUPAN explain that the latest effort was in line with the agency’s mandate of standardisation and quality assurance.
Odumodu disclosed that SON has “embarked on monitoring and sampling of base oil and to establish a database on blending plants and consumption of base oil in the country to stem the tide of diversion and adulteration of the product.”
He further expresses his desire to replicate the feat the agency achieved with the cement sector and the need to rid the nation’s market of fake lubricant products that are haemorrhaging the economy.
According to him, the collaboration with LUPAN was timely and apt as the expected fallout would not only give bite to its present campaign but would in addition, send a warning signal to those that profit from bad business.
Odumodu, who also disclosed that numerous attempts by the agency in the past to curb the excesses of fake lubricant manufacturers were not as successful because some members of LUPAN were involved in the shady business for survival, submitted that going forward, SON would up its game in this direction by ensuring that all lubricant products in the country were registered for standards compliance.
“One of the reasons we have engine problem is because we feed the engines with adulterated lubricants. We have done some surveillance of the market and we saw that some members of LUPAN are in this kind of wrong business for survival.
“People bring in a lot of used oil into the country and we know what happened to the viscosity of this oil and a lot of them come in from Dubai. We must have a strong collaboration with the DPR and we will have a meeting with the department of government with a view to having a meeting point on how to address the drift,” he added.
In his response, the chairman of the association, Mr Anthony Enukeme, assured the agency of the total support of LUPAN in this crusade.
Enukeme said , “Even our business is suffering because when you are now trying to produce a good one and the fake one is coming in you cannot sell because the fake one is cheaper.’

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