Standard Organisation of Nigeria, SON, has partnered Lubricants Producers Association of Nigeria, LUPAN, to rid Nigeria of all forms of adulterated lubricant in the market within three months.
The Director General, SON, Dr. Josephs I Odumodu said the partnership is to re-invigorate the fight against the proliferation of adulterated lubricants, importation of poor quality off-spec base oil in the country.
According to him, “the potential waste in oil level is about eighty percent of the annual consumption, and this, the environment is exposed to over two hundred and forty million of used lubricating oils without adequate management frameworks”
Odumodu said the collaboration is aimed at establishing a database on blending plants and consumption of base oil to stem the tide of diversion and adulteration of the product with a view to tackle the menace in Nigeria.
The Director General noted that an average of more than three million litres of lubricating oil are consumed annually in the country.
According to him, “there would be a self-cleansing fraudsters from duplication their product as fake and circulating it in the market.”
He said, “Market statistics, intelligence and analysis indicated that at least three million metric tons of base oil is imported into the country for lubricant production; while the total plants production capacity utilisation nationwide is about two hundred and forty million metric tons.
He added that investigation reveals a surplus of sixty million metric tons that do not go to the plants, but are diverted for other uses from all indication by some fraudsters who are in the business of lubricants.
Odumodu said in line with government’s policy on zero tolerance to substandard products, it has constantly ensured production of good quality products and services by dogged commitment to core values of expertise, discipline integrity, consumer focus and teamwork.
The chairman, LUPAN, Chief Anthony Enukeme noted that the partnership would ensure that fake lubricants are out of the market with a view to ensure that vehicles are safe and secure in the country.
“We are here to partner with SON to ensure that Nigeria cleans off all substandard lubricants in circulation, either refilled or circulated into the country. We advise our members to ensure that they protect their seal with temper proof so as to avoid anything that would indict them.”

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