Non-oil Exports: Enugu State, SON Partner On MSMEs Growth

The Enugu State Government has said that it would partner with the Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) to ensure that micro, small and medium enterprises (MSME’s) in Nigeria are encouraged to produce export quality products.

The governor of the state, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, who gave this assurance when the SON management, led by the agency’s acting director-general, Paul Angya, paid him a courtesy call at the state house, therefore, advised the SON to continue in its campaign against the importation of substandard products into the country, stressing that this would enable locally-produced products to compete favourably with other international brands.

On his part, Angya called for a partnership between the agency and the state government that would enhance the growth and development of MSMEs in the state, and the country at large with a view to strengthening their capacity to produce for export.

The acting DG also intimated the governor on developments at the agency’s National Metrology Institute (NMI), Enugu, which is still under construction. He explained that the institute is part of the efforts of the federal government to put in place a national measurement system in the country, adding that it was also part of the National Quality Infrastructure (NQI) plan that would serve Nigeria as well as the entire West Africa sub region.

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