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Published on : Jun 04, 2014

The three different manufacturing companies namely, Lafarge Cement WAPCO, Ashaka Cement and Unicem have established suitable suits against the Standards Organization of Nigeria (SON) over its recent decision, plan and pronouncement to employ a new Mandatory Industrial Standard Order for the field of cement manufacturing, distribution, and effective usage in the country. 

Lafarge WAPCO, AshakaCem Plc and Unicem are basically trialing and challenging this new order, which aims at serving the very intents and purposes of the gradual phasing rated out of 32.5 cement grade. This grade in rating has been widely recognized and used as general purpose cement in the global market.

SON has recently published a public notice that states the limitations of the application is 50kg 32.5R grade of cement to plastering. 

Through the suits, the cement manufacturers are gauging the fact that whether the court is to establish the respondents (SON) the mandatory provisions of the law for establishing new standards in the industrial field and introduce the Commodity Composition and Conformity Criteria for Common Cements and Specification of Mandatory Industrial Standard NIS 444-1 2014. 

It is for these reasons, the complainants are seeking different methods through the court regarding the declaration that the introduction of the Commodity Composition and Conformity Criteria for Common Cements and Specification of Mandatory Industrial Standard NIS 444-1 2014 by the respondent (SON) without complying with the mandatory and clear provisions of the SON Act 2004, as well as other existing laws are null, unlawful, and void.

The cementing companies are also seeking an order of the court restraining SON, their privies, agents, and whosoever is involved in purporting to act through the respondent from implementing the Mandatory Industrial Standard NIS 444-1 2014.   

The three cement companies have also informed the director general of the SON of these suits, along with copies forwarded to the Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, for every party to allow this matter to be resolved through the system of courts.