AfCFTA: SON urges manufacturers to imbibe standardisation culture

The Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) has urged manufacturers to imbibe the culture of standards to Nigeria to explore opportunities inherent the Africa Continental Trade Area, AfCTA.

Malam Farouk Salim, -General of SON, made the call Abuja while speaking on the sidelines of the ongoing 16th Abuja International Trade Fair (AITF).
The 2021 trade fair, being organised by the Abuja Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI), has its theme as “Exploring Opportunities of the African Continental Trade Area’’.

Salim, represented by the Dr Justin Nickaf, Corporate Affairs and SON Consults, said SON had already put place policies and initiatives aimed at ensuring standardisation of goods and services Nigeria.
He stated that the organisation would do everything within its capacity quality assurance activities to provide the necessary support and guidance local manufacturing, imports and exports.

“Standards are tools that facilitate trade and business and it guarantees quality and when applied diligently, the output (product) is acceptable, fit purpose and gives value money and satisfaction to consumers everywhere,” he noted
He said it established desk Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises all its 41 state offices across the to provide certification and support that would further strengthen standardisation goods and services.

Salim said SON would not hesitate to sanction any erring manufacturers and importers whose action and inaction are to sabotage the good intentions of the federal government.

“As a standards body, our doors are open to all those the business of manufacturing, import, export and provision of services to come forward on issues of standardisation that may require clarification,” Salim added.

The fair was scheduled to hold from Sept. 30, until Oct. 9. (NAN)