The Ekiti state chapter of the Standards Organization of Nigeria has ostracized 23 cable companies for manufacturing of fake and substandard electrical products.
In a statement at the state capital, Mrs Sarah Idowu, the head of the agency in Ekiti said the companies failed both the performance, safety, and parameter tests conducted by Electrical and Electronics Laboratory Department.
The names of the companies include: Everest Wire Limited; Odic Wire & Cable; Daily Star Nig; Rosa Wire & Cable; System Best Limited and Smart Cable Limited, Cable City Limited; Mack Wire & Cable; Tomas Cable Nig; MNW Copper Plus; NSE Wire & Cable; New City limited; Nucon Limited;and Kingsmart.
Also, Chedo Wire, C- Divine Wire, Daily Star Wire & Cable; Devi Wire; Nacolight Wire & Cable; O.C Smart Nig; Cabel Nigeria Cable and one unbranded were among the listed companies.
According to the statement, only one firm, Nion Nigeria Wire and Cable, out of the several companies whose products were examined passed the various laboratory tests carried out by SON.
Mrs Idowu said it became important to release the names of the companies so as to guide the public against procuring fake and substandard products as she said many of their products did not have size number while their country of origin were not stated.
She however, directed those involved to withdraw all their electrical items from the market and stop further production of such substandard products.