The Standards Organization of Nigeria in Ekiti State has blacklisted 23 companies for manufacturing of fake and substandard electrical products.
The agency said the companies failed both the performance, safety, and parameter tests conducted by Electrical and Electronics Laboratory Department.
The head of Ekiti Office, Mrs Sarah Idowu, in a statement in Ado Ekiti gave names of the companies as Everest Wire Limited; Odic Wire & Cable; Daily Star Nig; Rosa Wire & Cable; System Best Limited and Smart Cable Limited.
Also named are Cable City Limited; Mack Wire & Cable; Tomas Cable Nig; MNW Copper Plus; NSE Wire & Cable; New City limited; Nucon Limited;and Kingsmart.
The rest are Chedo Wire, C- Divine Wire, Daily Star Wire & Cable; Devi Wire; Nacolight Wire & Cable; O.C Smart Nig; Cabel Nigeria Cable and one unbranded.
According to the statement, only one out of the several companies whose products were examined passed the various laboratory tests carried out by SON.
She gave the name of the only successful company as Nion Nigeria Wire and Cable.
The SON boss said releasing names of the companies had become necessary so as to guide unsuspecting members of the public against procuring fake and substandard products.
She said many of the products being manufactured by the erring companies did not have size number while their country of origin were not stated.
The statement directed those involved to withdraw all their electrical items from the market and stop further production of such substandard products.
She threatened that all those behind the erring companies and their distributors would be made to face the consequences if their activities persisted.
She warned recalcitrant ones that the agency would henceforth confiscate such items wherever they may be found while their owners would be made to pay a minimum of N1m cost of evacuation and destruction to the Treasury Single Account to serve as deterrent to others.