* It gives our country, industries credibility – SON chief
By Franklin Alli
The Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) has certified three of its testing laboratories in Lagos to international standards.
The laboratories are an electrical labs for performing tests on electrical cables, insulation, and sheaths; chemical tech, and goods.
The accreditation and certification were done by the American Association of Laboratory Accreditation (A2LA).
The Director-General of SON, Mallam Farouk Salim, said that with the facilities in place, the nation’s export drive promises to be fruitful.
He calls on local manufacturers to patronize the facilities and expressed hope that there would be a drastic reduction of rejections of Nigeria export products.
‘‘What we have on the ground are accredited laboratory facilities for testing, analyses, and certifications of certain essential products such as electricals, chemicals as well as agricultural produce. ITobe acceptable and competitive, Nigeria’s products need to meet stipulated global standards,” he said.
He explained that locally made products need to be certified in this country before they can be moved to the international market.
Apart from removing some of the technical barriers to trade, which kept Nigeria’s export products out of the international market, SON has been taking bold steps to ensure that Made-In-Nigeria products and services meet acceptable international quality standards.
What it means for our market is that most of our manufacturers you heard them saying that their products were rejected even by our local companies because their products are not certified, because they do not have laboratory certificate to say that they are up to standard, but now that excuse is out of the way, because of the export potentials of our industries, with the certification it is easy for them to export anywhere in the world because an accredited laboratory means that whatever we say is good is good.
” It gives the nation credibility, it gives our manufacturers credibility, and it saves our foreign currency because they do not have to go to neighboring countries to get their products certified many more so it is a win-win situation for everybody,” he said