Standard Organization Of Nigeria: Canvasses international standards for Nigerian products

Mr. Joseph Odumodu,the Director-General, Standards Organization of Nigeria, has stressed the need for made-in-Nigeria goods to meet international standards.
Mr. Odumodu said this while declaring open a workshop on “Small and Medium Enterprises: Standards for Competitiveness,” in Abuja Nigeria on Monday.
Represented by the Director, Technical Services, SON, Mr. Daniel Agbanelo, the DG said the era of comparative advantage was gone and focus was now on competitive advantage.
He said that every country was making input to the global economy through export and that Nigerian goods must be fit for the international market.
Odumodu said, “What we do now is to encourage our SMEs so that Nigeria will enter the era of competitiveness.
“Our products need to sell, not only locally, but internationally; some of the SMEs are certified and we need to encourage others to be certified.”

In his speech, the President, Nigeria Association of Small and Medium Enterprises, Alhaji Garuba Ibrahim, said the focus of the body was to make Nigerian products more credible.
“We are not discrediting Nigerian products; we are just trying to upgrade them to international standards,” he said.
A consultant to the Commonwealth, Mr. Stephen Houten, said the workshop was geared toward making Nigerian products more competitive in the market.
Mr. Houten noted that Nigeria, with its enormous population, had only 10 certified SMEs; while Canada, with just 35 million people, had 25,000 certified companies, and stressed the need to create opportunity for more Nigerian manufacturers.
“We have to provide funding to support the implementation of the quality and standards training and management consultancy services,” he said.
The one-day workshop, which was organized by the standard Organization of Nigeria (SON) in conjunction with the Commonwealth, also held in Aba and Lagos Nigeria on April Wednesday and Friday respectively.
By Agency Reporter – Punch Newspaper

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