Nigeria’s exports received a boost on Thursday as the Standards Organisation of Nigeria unveiled its three laboratories which had been given international accreditation.
The accredited ones are Electrical laboratory, Paint laboratory and Micro-nutrients laboratory.
With this cheering development, locally manufactured products would now be tested, analysed and certified in the laboratories, making these products acceptable and competitive anywhere across the world.
Speaking at the unveiling ceremony at the Ogba, Ikeja, office of SON, the Director-General, Mallam Farouk Salim expressed delight that with the facilities in place, the nation’s export drive promises to be fruitful.
While he called on Nigerians especially operators and manufacturers to patronise the facilities, he expressed the hope that there would be drastic reduction of rejection of products exported from Nigeria.
He said, ‘‘What we have on ground are accredited laboratory facilities for testing, analyses and certifications of certain essential products such as electricals, chemicals as well as agricultural produce.
“In order to be acceptable and competitive, Nigeria’s products need to meet stipulated global standards. Locally-made products need to be certified in this country before we move them to the international market.
“Apart from removing some of the technical barriers to trade, which kept Nigeria’s export products out of international market, SON has been taking bold steps to ensure that Made-In-Nigeria products and services meet acceptable international quality standards.
“Recall that in recent times, some Nigeria export products suffered rejections at the global market for reasons of poor quality. We want to change this narrative.”
He said the laboratories had been accredited after the successful completion of evaluation processes by the American Association of Laboratory Accreditation (A2LA) in accordance with the recognised international standards.
Salim who said there were plans to establish more laboratories in the country in a bid to ensure that goods could be tested anywhere in the country, called on stakeholders in the industry to support SON in constructing more world-class laboratories in the country.
In her goodwill message, the Deputy Director, Federal Institute of Industrial Research, Oshodi, Dr. Adebukola Huthman, commended SON for achieving such a feat.
“I know what you had to go through to achieve this, but to go ahead to meet the tough requirements means that SON has done lots of beautiful work and it also shows that their results have a lot of integrity and there is high confidence in their result,” she said.
On his part, the Executive Secretary, Paints Manufacturers Association of Nigeria, Jude Maduka, said the accreditation would ensure that Made-in-Nigeria paints and other products would no longer be rejected.
He, however, urged the government to provide infrastructural facilities and materials to assist manufacturers in producing competitive products in order to provide employment to the teeming Nigerian youths.