SON issues clearance certificates to 11 Sokoto indigenous manufacturers
The Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) on 3rd of August issued clearance certificates of Mandatory Conformity Assessment Programme (MANCAP) to 11 indigenous manufacturers in Sokoto and Zamfara states.
Presenting the documents, Mr. Osita Aboloma, the SON’s Director-General, urged the manufacturers to sustain their quality productions for the nation’s growth.
“On behalf of SON, I congratulate the MANCAP awardees for their resilient path taken to get their products certified.
“MANCAP scheme ensures that all manufactured products conform to the relevant Nigerian Industrial Standards (NIS), prior to sale in the markets or for exports,” Aboloma said.
The Director-general, who was represented by SON Northwest Regional Coordinator, Dauda Yakubu, said the scheme was aimed at protecting genuine manufacturers against unhealthy practices and other unfair competition in trade.
He added the scheme also provided consumers with enough confidence that the products manufactured in Nigeria were fit, safe and met the intended standards of use.
He described the awards as important and timely, in recognition of diversification drive of the Federal Government which needed all sectors to key into the strategy.
According to him, SON is committed to supporting the competitiveness of Nigerian products and services through a focus on the development of market driven standards in conformity with assessment processes.
“I urge the Organised Private Sector (OPS) and nongovernmental organizations to embark on the voluntary check on standards in their businesses in line with global best practices.
“SON subsidizes processes to 50% of all industrial standards sold to Micro, Small and Medium Entrepreneurs (MSME) in addition to getting their products certified free or at token within the time frame of two months.’’
He urged state governments to patronize goods produced in the state in their purchase contracts, to encourage local industries and boost employment opportunity.
He said the agency partnered with strategic organizations such as Sokoto State Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency (SOSMEDA), noting that entrepreneurs had advantages on leather and agro-allied products.
Director, SON, Sokoto State, Sani Bosso, said the agency enjoyed a cordial relationship with manufacturers and urged them to sustain the efforts on quality products as well as others to approach the organization and relevant agencies such as NAFDAC, Corporate Affairs Commission CAC and other regulatory bodies.
The Director General of SOSMEDA, Hajia A’isha Hassan, said the certification was part of proceeds of MSE’s clinic launch by Acting President Yemi Osinbajo between March 8 and 9.
Hassan said 17 manufacturers were selected to enjoy more attention by the Federal Government in the state and urged indigenous entrepreneurs to utilize the advantages given by the present administration to prepare the products for exports and markets in the country.
According to her, the Federal Government has awarded N30 million contracts for producing 3,000 pairs of shoes to National Leather Institute Sokoto, to encourage indigenous producers.
Alhaji Tambari Ahmad, Chairman of National Association of Small Scale Industries, appealed to governments at all levels to patronize locally made goods such as textile materials, furniture, metal materials and other varieties produced by members.
Chairman of Foam Manufacturers Association in Sokoto, Alhaji Faruk Rima, expressed appreciation over the achievement and assured government of increased commitment to producing quality materials.
Rima said the members faced enormous challenges and urged the government to increase its commitments in harnessing local production as it contributed to economic growth and employment for the population.
Companies that received certificates were
- Rima Foam,
- Lattex Foam,
- Gusau Sweets Factory,
- BG Tea Gusau,
- Destiny Foam,
- Chiza Kilishi (dry meat),
- Legend Foam,
- Concord Foam,
- Maina Concept Ltd,
- Betta Foam
- Spaco Foam.
The event was attended by officials from Federal Inland Revenue Service, Nigerian Customs Service, NAFDAC, National Technology Incubation Centre, Police and the Civil Defence Corps.
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