L-R Dr. Halilu Hamman (Memeber, Council) , SON DG Mallam Farouk Salim, Chairman SON Governing Council and Mrs. Evelyn Ngige   during the pressing briefing at the just concluded SON Governing Council meeting in Lagos.

L-R Dr. Halilu Hamman (Memeber, Council) , SON DG Mallam Farouk Salim, Chairman SON Governing Council Mrs. Evelyn Ngige and Engnr. Senator Femi Kila (Memeber, Council) during the pressing briefing at the just concluded SON Governing Council meeting in Lagos

The Governing Council of Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) has approved 37 new National Industrial Standards (NIS) to enhance product global competitiveness and improve Nigeria’s economy through participation in the African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA).

Speaking at a press briefing after the 2-day meeting, Chairman SON Governing Council, Mrs Evelyn Ngige, Permanent Secretary Federal Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment stated that out of the (37) Standards (3) were reviewed, (8) eight were newly developed, while 26 were adopted from existing international standards.

According to the Chairman, the approved standards cut across various sectors of the economy and are in line with the approved Nigerian Industrial Standardization Strategy.

Mrs Ngige further disclosed that ten (10) of the standards were developed for chemical technology, and in particular for plastic piping products, thermoplastic pipes, human and synthetic hair extensions for women in the beauty sector.

The Chairman of the council stated that it was important to emphasize and applaud SON’s newly acquired testing capacity at the Ogba laboratory complex for the testing of plastics from raw materials to finished products.

According to her “these standardised tests would to a large extent provide opportunities for manufacturers and dealers in plastic products to be competitive locally as well as take advantage of the AfCFTA in balancing international trade and in turn help improve the nation’s economy,’’ she said.

Ngige also itemised seventeen (17) approved standards in the mechanical sector, with a focus on agriculture in support of the federal government’s economic diversification agenda. They include standards for irrigation and crop protection equipment.

According to her “Council also approved eight (8) Nigerian industrial standards for use in the food sector, for liqueur, spirits, primary production of milk, candies, fruit nectars, soya drink and alcoholic bitters”.

The Chairman also announced two (2) new and unique service standards that have been approved for mansory and carpentry services which are expected to meet the yearnings of Nigerians for quality and standards in the areas of furniture, building and construction sector.

The Director-General, Mallam Farouk Salim remarked that Nigerian goods are rejected abroad as a result of manufacturers not meeting the required Standards during production and exportation.

Salim therefore, implored manufacturers and exporters to engage SON for Standardization of their products adding that, “If exporters come through us and they follow the standards of the country to which they are exporting, then they should not have problems at the destination point”.

According to Salim, every standard out there is strategic especially with the advent of AfCFTA, this is because when standards are developed, it is expected for the exporters to get the standards and comply so that at the destination point the products are accepted as up to standard.

The DG SON stressed further that it was always necessary to comply with standards because getting it right the first time saves everyone from wastages, losses and in turn yields positive results for the economy.

SON Council members during the meeting in Lagos

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