The Director-General of Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON), Mallam Farouk Salim, has warned manufacturers against producing and trading substandard products in the country.
He gave the warning at the formal presentation of the Mandatory Conformity Assessment Programme (MANCAP) to six manufacturers in Bauchi, saying no manufacturer is allowed to produce or trade substandard products
Represented by Regional Coordinator, North-East Region, Alhaji Adamu Abba, said SON is an organization that protects consumers from locally manufactured substandard and unsafe products.
He said the MANCAP was meen to cover all products manufactured in Nigeria to promote fare competition and distinction between quality and substandard product.
“Through deriving both genuine manufacturers and consumers the opportunity and value for money for good services provided in Nigerian market,” Salim said.
Earlier, Hajiya Hauwa Hussein, The Bauchi state Coordinator, Standard Organisation of Nigeria (SON) explained the significance of the certification was to provide guarantees of safety and confidence to manufacturers and consumers in the state.
She said SON wants to ensure that all locally manufactured products conform with the requirements of the relevant Nigeria industrial standard (NIS) before such products are presented for sale in Nigerian markets.
Hussein said six manufacturers revalidate their certificates while others get new certificates.
“Among the awardees include Sky Bakery, Rahma Zango Bakery, Khalid 212 Bakery,Shawwal Bakery, Assea Bakery and Masna Table Water ,” she said.
She calls on manufacturers to get MANCAP certification for all their products to guarantee and boost global market access, consumer confidence ,wealth creation and employment generation among others.
The Coordinator also Commended the manufacturers for taking the giant strike and quality ambassador to work hard and sustain quality of their products.
She calls on the awadees to display their MANCAP certification mark conspicuously on their products as evidence that their products have been certified.
Hussein however urged consumers to express dissatisfaction, through consumer complaint desks, on any substandard products sold to them in stores, markets or companies.
In a remark, Alhaji Baba Kawuji a Director at the state Ministry of commerce and industry commended the SON for encouraging manufacturers and enabling an environment to produce a quality product for the citizens in the state.
He urged manufacturers who are yet to certify their products to do so, for an opportunity to key into other economic benefits in the state.