THE Standards Organisation of Nigeria, SON, and the Association of Food, Beverages and Tobacco Employers Association, AFBTE, are collaborating with a view to further promoting the quality of products manufactured by AFBTE.
This affirmation was expressed at a forum in Lagos where chief executives of organisations under the umbrella of AFBTE hosted the Director General of SON, Mr. Osita Aboloma and some members of his management to a lunch.
Welcoming the SON Director General to the occasion, the president of AFBTE, Mr. Paul Gbededo, who is also the group managing director of Flour Mills of Nigeria, enumerated the immense benefits of the long standing collaboration between the two organizations in the areas of standardization and quality assurance in Nigeria.
He congratulated the SON DG on his appointment and commended the agency’s role in clarifying the specifications in the Nigeria Industrial Standard in relation to standards in other climes in the recent soft drinks saga.
Responding, Mr. OsitaAboloma acknowledged the tremendous support his agency had been getting from the AFBTE member bodies particular in the hosting of technical committee meetings for standards development and review as well as their active and relevant contributions to the processes.
He stated that SON only played its statutory role in the soft drinks saga by providing documented facts as agreed by stakeholders and approved by the Standards Council of Nigeria. “The concessions being enjoyed by members of the AFBTE in certification fees, import permits for raw materials and machinery shall continue to encourage improve capacity utilization by the member companies”, he said