Facilitators of the training for Halal Certification. From left : The FCT state office coordinator Mallam Umar Yakubu, Amina Haliru, Engr Shehu Maik, and Director Product Certification, Mr Tersoo Iyorshe Orngudwem

The Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) has restated its commitment towards ensuring Nigeria takes advantage of the Standardisation of Halal products and services for export in line with the Federal Government’s economic diversification agenda through standardisation and quality assurance.

The Director-General (DG) of SON, Mallam Farouk Salim reiterated this during a training programme for staff on Halal Standards Certification at its Corporate Headquarters in Abuja, recently.

In his opening remarks, the DG SON who was represented by the Director, Product Certification, Mr Tersoo Iyorshe Orngudwem, stated that the global Halal food market recorded sales of about 1.9 trillion dollars in 2020 and is expected to reach 2. 9 trillion dollars by 2024.

According to the DG SON, therefore, there is a need for Nigeria to key into the huge and profitable Halal market and as the nation’s apex standardisation body, capacity building such as this will provide the organisation with the necessary knowledge and expertise required to standardise Nigeria’s Halal Industry.

Salim explained that Halal Standards ensures that products and services meet all the regulations on food safety, hygiene and sanitation with compositions that do not contain any single ingredient that is forbidden by Islamic laws.

The DG went on to explain Halal is an internationally recognized standard that provides the best framework in setting up Halal requirements in the country.

According to the DG, there is an increasing demand for Halal certified products globally, especially among the large Muslim population around the world, therefore it is impossible to ignore the importance of assuring Nigeria’s local and international consumers that “Made in Nigeria” products are Halal certified.

The SON helmsman charged the trainees to take the opportunity provided by the organisation seriously as this would enhance their task delivery.

The training was facilitated by Engr. Shehu Maik of the SON Training Centre and the FCT State Coordinator, Mallam Umar Yakubu.

Cross section of Staff being trained, Vanguards for Halal Certification

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