By Ediri Ejoh & Iloaze Blessed-Odidi
Manufacturers in Nigeria have been charged to as a matter of urgency imbibe standards that are generally acceptable for locally made and exporting products, else risk acceptance by the International markets.
This was the views of some experts at the just concluded Manufacturing Partnerships for African Development, mPAD and MAN expo, in Lagos.
Speaking on the need for standards in production, Assistant Chief, Standard Engineer, Standard Organisation of Nigeria, SON, Mr. Dosumu Tajudeen, said there is need for manufacturers to retract their minds from going shortcut in production and distribution of their finished product.
According to him, “There are required standards set up by SON to everything being produced both locally and that which should be accepted from the International communities. The problem has always been some individuals who try to boycott the process for selfish reasons.
“Some of these challenges range from corruption, lack of adequate knowledge, our way of life and other social vices. Most times, we have being engrossed with the mindset that any goes, and that alone has hindered locally manufactured products from scaling the odds at the International markets.”
He argued that there is need for manufacturers to carry out research and development on the successes of other prominent manufacturers, internationally and locally, and work on them before going into production or begin to export such products.
“Before a product is certified for local consumption or for export, it is required that such product should pass through what we call Mandatory Conformity Assessment Programm, MANCAP (Local product), and Standard Organization of Nigeria Conformity Assessment Programm, SONCAP, (Importing and Exporting standards).”
He however, urged local manufacturers, importers and exporters to adhere with requirements set in place by the Federal Government via its agencies established, adding that such laid down rule is meant to bring about credibility and values for acceptance in the global markets.
Also speaking, Head, Procurement, Cadbury Nigeria Plc, called for Federal Government will power to strengthened regulatory environment that will drive the implementation of global standards in our markets.
He argued that there should be certifies standards for product imported rather than flooding the markets with diverse adulterated products that it seldom needs. “The challenge here is that, it is not everybody that produces what you need, that deserves to import to the country. There should be a standard, benchmark for products acceptance.”