SON decries Nigerians’ obsession for foreign goods


The Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) has deplored the high preference for foreign products, noting that the locally made goods can favourably compete with the imported ones.

SON’s coordinator for Edo/Delta, Ojo Ilesanmi Akogun, who was speaking during the presentation of the Mandatory Conformity Assessment Programme (MANCAP) certification to a local paint company in Benin City, Edo State at the weekend, said the organisation’s quest for quality products was already impacting positively on manufacturers.

“I still do not know why we dislike our own products. Go outside the shores of this country, they have an allegiance to their products. We try to make our products compete too, that is why we do monitoring compliance,” he lamented

Akogun said the certification was put in place to ensure that locally made goods conform to the Nigerian Industrial Standards (NIS) before getting to the market.

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