The Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) has charged manufacturers and dealers of aluminium products on the strict adherence to global best practices on standardisation.
The Director-General of SON, Malam Farouk Salim, gave the advice at a sensitisation workshop on Tuesday in Awka.
The theme of the workshop was: “Importation, Sourcing of Materials and Production of Quality Aluminium Roofing Sheets”.
Salim, who was represented by the South East Regional Coordinator, SON, Mrs Nwaoma Olujie, told aluminium manufacturers and corrugators that adherence to standards would ensure that consumers got value for their money.
He said that the workshop was part of the organisation’s efforts to promote the economic well-being of industries and commercial activities in the state.
He reiterated that the general aim of the workshop was to promote industrial and economic development, by ensuring that made-in-Nigeria products were competitive globally.
Salim disclosed the readiness of SON to sign a Memorandum of Understanding with the state government on training and supporting the growth of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) in the state.
The director-general said that the training would be in the areas of code of practices, packaging, labelling and good manufacturing practices.
He added that the agency was also ready to train the state’s ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs) in the ISO Management Systems Certification (MSC) and Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) standards.
Salim said that these and other strategies would increase productivity and reduce unemployment in the state, which was particularly causing youth restiveness and insecurity in the region.
“Aluminium and allied products are vital equipment needed in the everyday life of Nigerian consumers and such, they should be produced to give value for the hard-earned money that the consumers spend on purchasing them.
“Small-scale producers will be standardised and their products will be able to key into the Africa Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) programme.
“This will be a boost to manufacturers and the economy of the state, making their products acceptable across our borders and overseas,” he said.
In his welcome address, Mr Olanrewaju Onipede, State Coordinator, SON, said that the forum was primarily designed to sensitise members to the need to ensure strict compliance to standard specifications.
Onipede stressed that anything outside the minimum standard gauge, approved for aluminium products, would not be tolerated.
“I, therefore, call on stakeholders of aluminium manufacturers and corrugators to make good use of the workshop to learn the positive ways of doing business, in line with the standard international best practices,” he said.