By Sunny A Ijomah
The Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) has issued fresh and renewable Mandatory Conformity Assessment Programme (MANCAP) certificates to 20 manufacturing companies including an importer in Anambra State.
Mr. Farouk Salim, Director-General of SON, who issued the certificates in Awka, said the SON MANCAP scheme was a standardisation process that was being used to help to make it easier for small and medium enterprises to compete internationally.
The DG, who was represented by Mr. Olalekan Omoniyi, said while a product may be fit for a purpose in an environment, globalisation ensured that products could no longer be restricted to a geographical location.
Products manufactured here in Anambra State might find its way to another locality and the MANCAP certificate, a means of showing the world that these products might be Made-in-Nigeria, “but they are Made-for-the World”.
“The companies we are issuing MANCAP today which are certified for the whole African continent usage:
“Landum Aluminum, A-Z Petroleum Products Ltd, Rolex Aluminum, Ezebuike Aluminum, Godwin Okafor and Sons Ind. Ltd., Ken Maduako Group Ltd., Jezco Oil Ltd., e-Meks Aluminum Ltd, Seahorse Lubricants Ltd., Elobest Aluminum Ltd.
Others are Resources Improvement and Manufacturing Ltd., Citizens Chemical Ltd., Obems Pasteurised Foods Ltd., Dozzy Oil and Gas Ltd., Jacbon Ltd., Ages Ind. Ltd., Marta Ind. Ltd., Curtis-Jas Industries Ltd., Pumic Foam Ltd., and Betty More Ltd.
“With the award of these MANCAP certificates to these deserving companies and presentation of e-Product Certificate for some selected imported products, SON and the awardees are helping to build confidence in the quality and safety of these products,” he said.
Mr. Salim commended the firms for submitting themselves to process inspection and certification while urging them to endeavour to maintain the standards that earned them the approval or face their withdrawal and reprimand.
DG Salim said while MANCAP was revalidated every three years, e-Product registration for imported products must be renewed every year.
“Each of the awardees must proudly display their MANCAP certification mark and the e-Product Registration marks on their products.
“As we attest to the quality feats achieved by these companies today, let me remind the awardees that the certificates are on loan and could be recalled with an attendant penalty if any of the conditions attached to the certification is violated,” Mr. Salim said.
Responding on behalf of other awardees, Mr. Amechi Ifedinezi, General Manager, Dozzy Oil and Gas Ltd., whose products were revalidated, said local industries were doing their best to produce quality products and lauded SON for its role at ensuring standards.
He, however, decried the adverse impact of proliferation of cheap and low quality imported products in the lubricant subsector.
“At Dozzy Ltd, we ensure that all our products are certified and today, we came for recertification, having passed the quality assurance process from raw material to finish products.
“Most of cheap imported lubricant products are substandard, local adulterators are harming genuine investors, this is why we are calling on the regulatory agencies to intensify the fight against those responsible,” Mr. Ifedinezi said.