30 phone brands registered with SON
By Kokumo Goodie, Lagos, Nigeria
The Phone and Allied Products Dealers Association (PAPDA), Computer Village, Lagos has said the group has registered no fewer than 30 different brands of mobile phones with the Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) and debunked insinuations that it was encourages the trading of sub-standard mobile phones in the market in the country.
The President of PAPDA, Mr. Ikye Onwe, said further to the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) it signed with SON to rid the market of counterfeit products, the group provided an office for SON officials for the establishment of a market desk, adding that two workers of SON were subsequently deployed to operate from the office in order to mutually fight substandard products.
Specifically, to support the agency’s zero tolerance on sub-standard phones, PAPDA facilitated a joint trip for SON’s top management to China where they visited some phone factories and met with over 65 owners of phone factory to ensure that these factories no longer manufacture and import sub-standard phones into the Nigerian market.
Onwe also explained that the association and all importers of mobile phones in Computer Village agreed that from July 1 this year, all mobile phones that would be sold in the country would be products that have been duly registered with SON.
These products must have brand name marks. According to him, mobile phones such as “Nokia and Samsung products will not be stocked and displayed in stores owned by PAPDA’s members”.
In addition, the group agreed that all mobile phone brands sold in Nigeria market need to have a functional service centre which would cater to after sales services. PAPDA has, however, warned that all products that lack these requirements would be confiscated and destroyed by the “joint taskforce of the SON and PAPDA”.
Gowin, M’horse, Bontel, XGP, Tukaro, Q7, and Soloking, U-Boss, Oktec, Maxtel, BML, MBO, Teemur, Aus, Mi-phone, Opsson, and MTK. Admet, H-mobile, DXD, Teenic, Simba, Ucall, Treesky, and Gionee and Kenxinda are some of the mobile phones that have scaled the hurdles set by SON to be registered in the country.