*recognizes 7 Brands For Conformity To Standards
By KATO P. LADAN, Kaduna
The Director General of the Standards Organization of Nigeria (SON) Osita Aboloma has advisee producers and manufacturers of products to ensure their brands are quality enough to drive Nigeria’s income through exports.
He gave the advise in Kaduna while presenting certificates to seven companies that have remained consistent in the quality of their products on Thursday February 6, 2020.
He said their recognition follows checks of the Mandatory Conformity Assessment Programme (MANCAP), worthy of export as a result of their conforming to standards and were awarded certificates to that effect, to serve as an example for others to emulate.
“Mandatory Conformity Assessment Programme (MANCAP) was put in place by this organization (SON) in the year 2006 to ensure that all locally manufactured producers conform to the relevant Nigerian Industrial Standard (NIS) prior to sales in the market or export,” the DG, represented by the SON Kaduna State Coordinator, Danlami Datti said.
He further said that the scheme is aimed at protecting genuine manufacturers against unhealthy practices such as production of substandard products, faking and counterfeiting as well as unfair competition in trade.
“They complied to the various International standards and we’re identified. Different groups were here.
“It is to build the confidence of the consumers. Instead of going outside abroad, they will patronize products made here,” he added.
Those that received the certificates were; Big Treat Confectioneries, Biz Integrity Ventures, DICON Research Institute, Dorseka Nigeria LTD, Peugeot Automobile Nigeria LTD, (301 and 508), Richifa Blocks Industry, Zagi Concrete Industry
Fielding questions from newsmen, MD PAN, Ibrahim Tanko Mohammed assured that they will continue to conform to standards.
“It is consistency that gave us the recognition. We hope to go back to full production known as CKD production. We are beginning to go to multibrand not only Peugeot. PAN Nigeria LTD is multibranded company,” he said.
Also speaking, Kaduna Branch Manager Big Treat Confectionery, Rotimi Adeosun said that their consistency in operating in a hygienic environment earned them the certificate.
“We have a good environment and standards. Our products, Happy Chef and Puma are the those that gave us an edge,” he added.
On his part, Ekundayo Timi Gbenga, who represented DICON said that though their primary responsibility is the production of arms and ammunition for Nigeria, but they diversify into civilian products like liquid detergent.
“There are ingredients we use for our detergent that you can’t find with others in the market,” he said.
Managing Director of Biz Integrity Ventures, Engineer Ogbu Ekwenze Moses said that it was consistency in quality that earned them the certificate
“We are a multi skills industry in building materials. The award will bring in a lot of customers who will be expecting better products,” he added.
Dorseka Crafts Nigeria Ltd, represented by Sule Innocent explained that the company has been in existence for over 10 years and with this recognition, they will create more jobs for the youth through a new brand of liquid detergent.
Manager of Richifa Blocks Industry, Saidu Balarabe said he is delighted with the certificate received.
“Even though this is the second time we are been recognised. First time was in 2016, we are happy and will work towards improving our products,” he assured.
Speaking further, he said that the uniqueness of their products brought the recognition.
“This is to say we don’t compromise standards. We deliver products within and outside Kaduna State,” he added.
For the Managing Director of Zagi Concrete Industry, Alhaji Ahmed Zagi he said patriotism ifps what drives him into producing quality products.
“Today I am delighted because we have been doing good products out if patriotism. It is challenging but if you are consistent, one day you will be recognized.
“We want to call on business people to put in quality into anything they are doing. People will use your products and enjoy it. We put our brand names in it because we get positive feedback we are happy,” he added.