By Franklin Ocheneyi
“WE hope to adequately adopt the British Standards and European Standards. This is what we intend to do to achieve in the present review of our Nigeria Industrial Standards, NIS 117.” Osita Aboloma, Director-General, Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) disclosed this when he inspected African Foundries Limited (AFL) manufacturing plant in Ogun State.
He commended the company for its conformity to global standards, in these words: “We have seen your laboratory and they are quite enviable; we have been able to notice the harmony between quality and safety and we have noticed the enviable deployment of technological innovation and service delivery which is heart-warming.
“The most important thing is the attainment of Integrated Management System ISO 9001 and 14001 for environmental, integrated harmony between quality and standard, and occupational hazard. Only very few of establishments in Nigeria have been able to do that.
According to him NIS is being harmonized with other countries in the West African region, so that, “when we have common standards, we will be able to break barriers in exports.”
Look In-ward for Quality Certifications
He, however, charged the company to look in –ward in its management system certifications.
“Over the years, like AFL, SON has grown in its capacity for testing, capacity for management certifications, and we have now been accredited to award Integrated Management System Certification. So, we want to also invite you to come and take full advantage of our Engineering Laboratory in Enugu. It‘s an all state of the –art- equipment and also, SON within this period has evolved from a regulator that you used to know to business facilitator
He further urged the company to subscribe to the Mandatory Conformity Assessment Programme, MANCAP, stressing: ‘The advantage is a win-win. People will have confidence in your products; people will know they have value for what they paid for, and if you look closely to what you do, we will be able to jointly improve the lives of Nigerians through quality assurance.”
Earlier, Parduman Gupta, Chairman, African Industries Group (AIG), disclosed that the organisation has been operating in Nigeria for the last 40 years.
“In our steel plants we produce one million tons of steel rods which account for at least 60-70 percent of the entire steel rods requirement in Nigeria,” he said.