SON, MAN., partner on protection of genuine manufacturers, legitimate importers

The Director General, Standard Organisation of Nigeria (SON), Mallam Farouk Salim, said there is need for SON to partner the Manufacturer Association of Nigeria (MAN) and other stakeholders to protect genuine manufacturers and legitimate importers in the country.

SON DG who said this during a working visit to Kano State office, noted that SON was set up to protect genuine local manufacturers as well as protect them from unfair competition from substandard products, and acknowledged their sacrifices through investment in infrastructure, creation of job opportunities and regular payment of taxes as part of growing the Nation’s wealth and assured them of his commitment and support.

In his words “We need to partner with MAN to protect genuine manufacturers and legitimate importers by sharing intelligence to apprehend and prosecute standards infractions. With adequate consequences for actions, most people will follow the rules”, he said.

He decried the current situation where SON is unable to carry out quality verification of all its regulated imported products at the points of entry nor accost suspected substandard products outside the ports.

Mallam Salim stated that efficient service delivery remains his focus and invited MAN to pull forces together with SON for collective success in the interest of the Nation’s economy and the wellbeing of its people.

The SON Chief Executive asked the MAN and other stakeholders to look forward to seamless and robust deployment of information communication technology to enhance the agency’s delivery of efficient services and an appreciable reduction in turnaround time for standards development, product certification and registration amongst others.

He invited MAN members to work with SON to further protect their brands through the deployment of a product authentication scheme to empower Consumers at the point of purchase. In his words “We need a symbiotic relationship to succeed without loss of business and relevance.”

“While I call for genuine partnership with MAN and other Stakeholders, SON would not back down from implementing the law by diligent prosecution of standards infractions”, he concluded.

Speaking earlier, National Vice President, Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN) North West Zone, Alhaji Ali Madugu, has called for the proper positioning of the Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) at the Nation’s entry points in preparation for the implementation of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA).

Alhaji Madugu emphasised the need for SON’s quality verification of all imported products including those from West African Countries, even with the rule of origin in the ECOWAS Trade Liberalisation Scheme.

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