The Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) has charged manufacturers to pursue standardisation of their goods to achieve global competitiveness.
Director-General, Standards SON, Mallam Farouk Salim gave the charge in Calabar, the Cross State capital at the workshop for stakeholders in Southsouth Region, organised by the organisation.
Represented by Mr. Usman Mohammed, SON Director, Southsouth Region, Salim said it would continue to consult stakeholders on issues affecting standardisation and quality assurance, in line with its culture of inclusiveness, collaboration and partnership in order to ensure that Nigerian products attain global competitiveness.
He explained that the essence of the workshop, which has the theme: “SON: Partner in Progress for Business Boom via Standardisation” is to enlighten manufacturers on the need to adhere to the requirements of standards, adding that this is the reason SON is interfacing with relevant stakeholders to ensure that they comply with laid down standards.
According to him, the organisation will not relent in its responsibility at ensuring that locally manufactured products meet consumer’s expectations and attain global competitiveness.
He went on to explain that SON is currently creating awareness among manufacturers across the country through sensitisation campaigns.
Speaking further, he explained that the workshop will educate stakeholders on how to grow their businesses, minimise waste and ensure product cost effectiveness, thereby promoting the economic growth of Cross River State and the country at large”.
The Chief Executive went on to explain the SON product registration processes,”we have locally manufactured and imported products. The locally manufactured products are what we use what we call MANCAP (Mandatory Confirmatory Assessment Programme) to assess the factories.
“We go round the factories, pick samples, test and give them the necessary corrective measures. Internally, we monitor the locally manufactured products very well, as well as the imported, through MANCAP and SONCAP”.