By Henry Umoru
Standards Organisation of Nigeria(SON) has approved 133 Nigerian Industrial Standards(NIS) for Chemical, Food, and Leather Technology as well as for Mechanical Engineering and Textile Technology
Chairman, Governing Council of SON, Dr. Samuel Ortom who disclosed this noted that the products for which new standards have been set also includes the processing of Suya, Kulikuli,
Sesame Seeds, Analysis of Caramel, Liquid Malt Extract, Bakerâ€™s Yeast, safety foot wear; Citrus Marmalade, Dodo, among others.
According to him, the move by SON is geared towards ensuring that Nigerians get value for their money as well as ensure that Nigeria products compete favourably with internationally accepted products, adding that to ensure that we get standards, all local manufacturers would now be made to undergo the Mandatory Conformity Assessment Programme of SON.
The Chairman who promised that the council would ensure that theÂ organization gets all necessary support and encouragement for the realization of its set goals by ensuring that cases of dumping of substandard products on Nigeria shores from any parts of the world were reduced to the barest minimal, adding that as part of moves to achieve this, SON has engaged the services of additional two experienced programme management companies toÂ complement the efforts of IntertekÂ International Service in the worldwide management of its offshore Conformity Assessment Programme.
The Director-General, SON, Dr. John Ndanusa Akanya, Ortom , called on allÂ stakeholders, manufacturers, civil society organizations, others to support the organization if theÂ set target must be achieved, stressed that Nigeria has traced the origin of fake and adulterated
products to China.
â€œI am happy to inform you that the Agreement had been concludedÂ and will be signed shortly and put into effect in the overall interest of the Nigerian economy andÂ our people.