By Franklin Alli & Ikeoye Oyetoro
Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) has declared that the 2010 Nigerian Quality Week celebrations for manufacturers will be held in the Eastern part of the country.
Specifically, SON is considering to hold the event in Aba, the Abia State capital.
Head Quality Control, Mrs.
Margaret Essiet, who disclosed this in an interview with Vanguard, said that the annual exercise had been held respectively in Kano for manufacturers in the North , and in Lagos for manufacturers in the Western Zone, and that Aba is being considered for the hosting of next yearâ€™s event, if and only if the spate of kidnaping situation in the East eases.
She maintained that the essence of the week yearly exercise was to create the needed awareness for consumers who are expecting government intervention in controlling the scourge of fake and substandard products in Nigerian market.
SON Director General, Dr. John Akanya, noted that in response to the needs of Nigerians, the Management of the Standards Organisation of Nigeria three years ago introduced the Mandatory Conformity Assessment Programme (MANCAP) for locally Manufactured products as a fall out of the introduction of the off-shore Conformity Assessment Programme (SONCAP) targeted at fighting the menace of importation of substandard products by adjudging their quality before leaving the countries of origin.
This, he said, translates to a mandatory certification of all Made-in Nigeria products to the requirements of the Nigerian Industrial Standards (which is the benchmark for imported products under the SONCAP scheme).
In order to provide a level playing field for both imported and locally manufactured goods, Nigerian manufacturers wherever they may be located, must subject their products to the process of MANCAP certification which earns them the right to use (NIS), the mark of quality, the Nigerian Industrial Standards Mark on such products.