The Federal High Court in Abuja has prevented the Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) from closing Lafarge Cement WAPCO Nigeria Plc while the court hears the suit filed by Lafarge against the SON regarding the 60-day compliance deadline. Justice Ademola Adeniyi has given an interim order staying action until the case is heard on 10 October.
The SON had originally said that sanctions would be taken against those companies not complying with its directives. As well as the reformed approach to cement standards, the new rules from SON also encompass product labelling and traceability, and include approval of advertisement materials. According to reports, Lafarge Cement WAPCO has alleged that the directives favour its competitors and that its competitor has created the wrong impression that the 32.5 grade cement produced by Lafarge is only suitable for plastering of buildings. Lafarge further alleges that the new standards are a means of allowing one producer to monopolise the Nigerian cement industry.
Edited from various sources by Katherine Guenioui
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