Knock Out Substandard Products, make Domestic Products Exportable – Minister charges Standards Organisation
The Standards Organization of Nigeria (SON) has been charged to intensify the fight against the circulation of substandard products in Nigeria by developing new strategies to importation and local production of substandard products in line with the policy direction of present administration.
Minister of State, federal ministry of industry, trade and investment, Mrs. Aisha Abubakar, gave the charge in a speech at the SON’s annual retreat in Kaduna Wednesday.
The minister also said the SON’s efforts, as the nation’s standard bearer, must ensure that made-in-Nigeria products becomes exportable and be able to support the nation’s foreign exchange earnings and improved capacity utilization towards providing more job opportunities for the teaming youths.
Aisha further stressed the need for agency to provide greater assurance to Niger I any public by ensuring the certification of made-in-Nigeria products that qualifies for award so as to increase patronage of such products.
While she commended the organization for the choice of the theme: “Made in Nigeria for The World,” the minister said her ministry has put in place appropriate policies, programmes and projects aimed at effectively tackling some of the constraints facing the industrial sector that would pact on the manufacturing sectors and other sectors such as agriculture and education, among others.
Dr. Aisha reminded the agency of federal government’s commitment to the fight against corruption and urged staffs to be diligent in their duties and transparent in transactions and be advocates of positive change.
According to her, the retreat was organised, in order to get the direction of the ministry from the government and for SON, as an agency of the ministry, to key into her vision appropriately and jointly play the role in achieving the change mantra of the present administration in diversifying the economy.