The Maritime Police Command Lagos has taken a major step towards building capacity of its officers and ranks to assist in confronting the enormous challenge of production and importation of substandard and counterfeit products into the country.
The Command in collaboration with Halliday Finch Africa held a workshop Friday in Lagos to train the Maritime Police Officers on how to inspect containers to ascertain the authenticity of the information on the content, source and genuineness of the products coming into the country.
Assistant Inspector General Maritime Police Command Alkali Baba Usman told Peplnews that the Command is ready to cooperate with Halliday Finch Africa to empower its officers with the requisite skills to be able to identify counterfeit products because whatever comes into the country has to be ascertained.
He stated that,” The training being given will be very necessary for the officers and men that are working in the port particularly because it is the point of entry of all consumable goods and cosmetics into the country.”
The AIG admitted that the officers are already assisting and synergizing with regulatory bodies like NAFDAC and Standard Organisation of Nigeria for law and checks.
“If we dont have the knowledge, we cant assist sister agencies”
“The capacity building workshop will be held periodically. Another training session will be holding in Port Harcourt next week” the AIG said.
Deputy, Head of Brand Production Unit, Halliday Finch Africa, Mr Ian McDermid pointed out that Counterfeits are real threat to Africa. He said, high brand awareness, vast amount of sophistication, shoppers who have low purchasing power and lack of specific continent-wide counterfeit laws make Africa a dumping ground for counterfeit products.
Concerned by the negative implication of counterfeit which includes economic waste and fatality, Mr McDermid explained that Halliday Finch Africa came up with an initiative to educate Maritime Police Officers on how to know and identify counterfeit products with a view to preventing them from coming into the country.
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