As part of efforts to further promote economic and industrial growth through manufacturing in Nigeria and to provide a greater enabling environment for the ease of doing business, Standard Organization of Nigeria (SON) has signed an MoU with MAN in Lagos.
The MoU covers the operations of the mandatory conformity assessment programme for the certification of all locally manufactured products as well as the offshore conformity assessment programme for imported products. It will be in force for 5years according to the document.
Speaking after the signing, SON Director General, Osita Aboloma Esq. stated that the mandate of his organization is primarily to promote local manufacturers in order to ensure rapid industrial growth, describing MAN as a formidable partner in progress.
Aboloma urged MAN leadership to put mechanisms in place against abuse of concessions granted, promote self-regulation amongst its members & join SON quality vanguard by providing information to aid the fight against influx & distribution of substandard & life-endangering products.
Responding, MAN DG, Mr. Segun Ajayi Kadiri described signing of the MoU as necessary response to concerns by the association’s members, stressing that SON has further demonstrated its avowed commitment to the development of the manufacturing sector in Nigeria.
Mr. Kadiri stated that the timing of the MoU cannot be better in view of the imminent implementation of the African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA) and its likely implications for the manufacturing sector in Nigeria.