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SON reiterates commitment to enforce quality, standards

The StandardsOrganisation of Nigeria (SON) says it will
ensure compliance with quality and standard
production of goods both imported and locally produced.
The Kwara State Coordinator of SON, Mr
Sunday Yashim, said this while speaking
with newsmen in Ilorin on Friday at the
presentation of the Mandatory Conformity
Assessment Programme (MANCAP) to
Forgo Battery Ltd.
He said that SON had identified that most
substandard products were imported from
China, adding that the organisation was
ready to ensure that foreign companies
complied with its Conformity Assessment
Programme (SONCAP).
“We have found out that most of the
substandard products in Nigeria are from
China, and we have our people in place over
there to make sure that they produce to our
standards.
“We are ready to make sure substandard
goods are taken out of the Nigerian
markets,” he said.
Yashim, who represented the Director
General of SON, Mr Osita Aboloma
presented the MANCAP certificate to the
Managing Director of Forgo Batteries.
“I hereby on behalf of the director general of
SON present this certificate to you,” he said.
Yashim however warned that the
certification, which had a unique number
could not be transferred and the MANCAP
logo could be used only on the awardees
products.
“In view of the above, the organisation
attaches conditions to the certificate and
use of the logo, this includes that the
certificate is valid for a period of three years.
“The certificate may be revalidated at the
end of the third year and MANCAP
certification number and logo cannot be
shared or transferred.
“The certificate will be withdrawn if the
number is shared in addition to lack of
conformance of the product to minimum
requirement of the standard,” he added.
Yashim therefore appealed to the staff and
management of the company to ensure the
sustainability of quality products.
“Once again I say congratulations to the
management and staff,” he said.
Mr Alyx Offorjama, the Managing Director of
Forgo Batteries expressed his appreciated to
SON for its guidance and encouragement in
the process leading to the certificate.
“We appreciate the objectives and role of
SON in ensuring products manufactured in
Nigeria competes in quality with best brands
anywhere in the world.
“At this juncture, I want to commend the
efforts of the director general of SON in his
resolve toward ensuring that manufacturers
adopt best practices and their products
comply with Nigeria Industrial Standards
(NIS).
“Forgo Battery company being an innovative
establishment is an emerging major player
in automotive battery sector in Nigeria.
“The presentation of MANCAP certificate to
Forgo today for us is a starting point and
we will like to sincerely thank the head of
SON in the state, and his team in ensuring
that today is a success and reality.
“May we use this opportunity to assure you
all of our commitment to lead in terms of
quality and best value for money,” he said.
Offorjama identified lack of adequate power
supply and sourcing foreign exchange as
major challenges facing the Nigerian
industries.
He said that some raw materials and spare
parts for the production of batteries were
still being imported.
He therefore urged the Federal Government
to help industries in the areas of foreign
exchange and improved power supply.
Mrs Aishat Abubakar, who represented the
Commissioner for Commerce and Industry
in the state, urged the company to continue
to produce quality goods and it should not
be compromised.
“This is what we want in Nigeria, to be able
to produce what we consume, once again I
congratulate you,” she said.
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