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Nigerian manufacturers thank SON for stemming substandard goods


Nigerian manufacturers at the weekend praised Standard Organisation of Nigeria (SON)’s operations to curbing the influx of fake and substandard goods in the country.
The manufacturers, while reviewing the activities of SON in recent times, pointed out the need to have a conducive environment for businesses to thrive, maintaining that the standards Federal Government through the standards body has been proactive in discharging its mandate to protect local industries as well as the safety of lives and property of the citizenry.
The commendations came during the 34th annual General Meeting (AGM) and public lecture of Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN), Rivers/Bayelsa branch in Port-Harcourt, with the theme “The Challenges of Manufacturing in a Globalised Economy.
According to the manufacturers, the activities of SON has helped in driving local industries thereby creating job opportunities while also attracting foreign direct investment to the nation’s real sector of the economy.
Earlier, Osita Aboloma, the Director General, explained that the agency will continue to introduce different strategies and initiatives to make Nigerian products competitive at the global arena.
“The manufacturing sector holds the key to economic growth and poverty reduction in Nigeria and this is why SON will stop at nothing to rid the nation of substandard goods,” he said.
Dr Frank Udemba Jacobs, the President of Manufacturing Association of Nigeria (MAN), said this year’s theme was apt as the made in Nigeria products are struggling to compete with its likes in the global market.
He went further to appeal to the Federal Government and State Governments to work in synergy with MAN to improve and stabilise the economy.
The guest speaker, Prof. Mike Kwanashie, Vice Chancellor, Veritas University, Abuja challenged manufacturers to brace-up and embrace the realities of globalisation to manufacturing and trade.
The AGM also featured a two day exhibition of Made in Nigeria products especially; those produced within Rivers and Bayelsa States.
SON Rivers/Bayelsa state officers were on ground at exhibition to identify, new products and manufacturers, as well as to get feedbacks to from stakeholders in the manufacturing industry.
Stakeholders appealed to SON to organize a workshop specifically targeting MAN members and all they need to know about the SONCAP regime.
Source: independent.ng


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