FEDERAL government has
tasked local manufacturers and
importers to ensure compliance
to the Nigeria Industrial
Standards, NIS, and the standards
Organisation of Nigeria, towards
improving the quality of goods
produced locally and imported
into the country for economic
Minister of State for Industry,
Trade and Investment, Hajia
Aisha Abubakar who gave the
charge at the 2016 celebration
of the 4th African Day of
standardisation yesterday in
Abuja, noted that government
will no longer tolerate the
deliberate attempts to circumvent
standards compliance in the
Abubakar said, “ government
will no longer tolerate the
deliberate attempts by local
manufacturers and importers to
circumvent the rule of law in
return for personal gains at the
expense of destruction of lives
and property, loss of revenue,
short-changing of consumers
and dumping “.
The minister noted that, while
other countries are increasing
strategies for achieving market
access with instrument of
standards, Nigeria cannot be
seen to be lag behind, adding
that the industrial, social and
economic life of the continent
requires standardization to be
relevant in the light of the current
global advancement.
“ The potentials of Africa
for self-sufficiency cannot be
over emphasized as the rest
of Africa is working towards
participation in the Free Trade
Area, Nigeria must use the
capacities of standardization to
have the much needed edge in
manufacturing and services”
she added.
She appealed to citizens
to patronage certified made
in Nigeria product as it
will empower the people
economically and also create
jobs for the nation.
According to her, “in working
to establish the Continental
Trade Area CFTA,in Africa by
2017, standardization remains
the tool to having a hitch
free trading opportunity for
Nigeria in the African continent
as intra and inter Africa market
remains huge to be tapped”.
Earlier in his welcome
addressed, the Acting
Director General, Standards
Organization of Nigeria, SON,
Dr. Paul Angya said the day
is set aside to commemorate
the establishment of African
Regional Organization for
Standardization, ARSO, and
to raise the awareness among
African regulators on the benefits
of standardization on Africa’s
Angya said this is aimed at
having harmonised systems that
will remove all barriers to trade
to enable Africa trade within
itself, protect lives and enhance
competitiveness of products and
services as consumer confidence
to patronized African products.
The event, which has its theme:
“Women’s Empowerment
and Development towards
AU Agenda 2063 is aimed at
promoting the involvement
of women in regional and
continental standardization to
reduce unnecessary regulatory
barriers to trade in the region.
According to him, “ All over
the world, the issue of women
empowerment is a core focus
of governments in view of their
economic contributions, to this
ends, the theme this year is to
address the role of standards in
women’s development “.
He urged women groups in
the country to support the fight
against sub-standards goods in
promoting the values of quality
especially at the grassroots

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