The Kano branch of the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN) has called for the proper positioning of the Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) at the nation’s entry points in preparation for the implementation of the African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA).
Alhaji Ali Madugu, the National Vice President of MAN, North West Zone, made the call in Kano while receiving the Director-General, SON, Mallam Farouk Salim who was on a working visit to the State.
Alhaji Madugu emphasized the need for SON’s quality verification of all imported products including those from West African Countries, even with the rule of origin in the ECOWAS Trade Liberalisation Scheme.
He said that the commencement of the AfCFTA further underscores the need for SON’s presence at the entry points to prevent Nigeria from being turned into a dumping ground of substandard, fake, and counterfeited products from other African Countries.
In picture: DG, SON Mallam Farouk Salim (left facing Camera) addressing Alhaji Ali Madugu, National Vice President, MAN and other Executives to his left. To the DG’s right are members of SON Management.
Mallam Farouk Salim responded that SON was set up to provide technical assistance and support to genuine local manufacturers as well as protect them from unfair competition from substandard products.
He acknowledged their sacrifices through investment in infrastructure, creation of job opportunities, and regular payment of taxes as part of growing the Nation’s wealth and assured them of his commitment and support.
In his words “We need to partner with MAN to protect genuine manufacturers and legitimate importers by sharing intelligence to apprehend and prosecute standards infractions. With adequate consequences for actions, most people will follow the rules”, he said.