Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) has approved Dangote Cement for its Mandatory Conformity Assessment Programme (MANCAP).
SON’s Director-General Osita Anthony Aboloma, who broke the news, also said a new revised standard for cement production had been released.
The SON chief, represented by the Director of Standard Development, Mrs. Chinyere Egwuonwu, stated this during a facility tour of the Dangote Cement Plant, Obajana, Kogi State by top officials of the organisation.
He noted that the new certification was an attestation to Dangote Cement’s quality products and its capacity to conduct in-process and in-house tests on its raw materials and finished products in conformity with relevant national standards.
He said: “Through our conformity assessments, we have always visited your plants on routine quarterly factory inspections to ensure compliance of your products to relevant national standards. The outcome of these activities is the certification of your products to the Mandatory Conformity Assessment Programme.”
Aboloma further disclosed that the revised standard for cement NIS 444-1:2018 had been approved by the Standard Council of Nigeria and is ready for implementation.
Aboloma commended Dangote Cement for its active participation, especially in standard development, saying the SON appreciated the company’s effort and that the SON would be ready to partner with the company’s management.
He promised that the SON would continue to collaborate and provide the required support with Dangote Cement, other private sector operators and stakeholders to ensure availability of the relevant standards for both raw materials and finished products.
Dangote Cement Group Managing Director (DMD), Joseph Makoju said the company has never taken the issue standard with levity and that is why it does not limit itself to the set standards, but usually exceeds standard both in quality of its products and environmental friendliness of its plants operations.
He stated that standard could not be compromised if products from Nigeria are to compete favourably with foreign ones, noting that it was for the reason of high standard that Dangote Cement has been a leader in the countries where it is sold.
The Dangote Cement GMD explained that its partnership with the SON as the regulating agency was borne out of the quest of Dangote Cement to keep to standard and that the organisation has invested heavily in machinery that ensure that its products’standard is second to none.
He explained that the decision of the company to lead in the backward integration policy of the Federal Government has paid off and that it was for the role played by Dangote Cement that Nigeria is self-sufficient in cement production and consumption.
Agency’s training centre gets global recognition
THE Standards Organisation of Nigeria Training Services (STS) Centre has received certification by the Chartered Quality Institute (CQI) and the International Register of Certified Auditors (IRCA) as an Approved Training Partner (ATP).
The SON Training Centre thus becomes the first and only CQI and IRCA approved Training Centre in Nigeria and the West Africa Region to offer certified courses by the two international institutions.
A statement by the Director-General, Mr. Osita Aboloma in Abuja said the certification was a precursor to the international accreditation of the STS courses and part of the repositioning of the agency’s services for global competitiveness.
Aboloma stated further that the certification was to ensure that appropriate systems and processes were in place and continuously maintained to provide effective and efficient management, development and operational delivery of CQI and IRCA certified courses to industry, government and non-governmental organisations as well as private individuals in Nigeria.
He explained that the recognition was attained following provision of huge resources at the SON Ogba training facility, concerted efforts of the staff of the STS as well as a rigorous assessment to establish that CQI and IRCA Certification criteria were met.
CQI and IRCA certified courses offer some of the best trainings for quality, environment, services and auditing professionals in the world, given its global recognition and approval by employers and industry. They also provide a boost to practitioners’ employment prospects, he said.
The courses to be offered according to the statement will be at three levels, namely Foundation, Internal Auditor and Transition as well as Lead Auditor and Conversion courses.
It stated further that part of the criteria for the maintenance of the STC certification are CQI collection of direct delegate feedback; analysis of the pass rates; annual self-assessment; desktop documents review and on-site validation visits.
The statement concluded that trainees will be provided with the skills and knowledge to support application for CQI membership or IRCA certification as the case may be and serve as an invaluable way of gaining professional recognition for their expertise and commitment.