SON decries Nigerians’ obsession for foreign products

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EDO, DECEMBER 13, 2016 – Following most Nigerians’ obsession for goods produced outside the shores of the country, the Edo/Delta Coordinator, Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON), Mr. Ojo Ilesanmi Akogun, has advised on the need to look inward, saying most goods produced locally could compete favourably with imported ones.

Akogun, who spoke in Benin City, Edo State while presenting the Mandatory Conformity Assessment Programme (MANCAP) certificate to management of Revelation Paints on Friday, said the role of SON in ensuring quality products had impacted on manufacturers, whose products are now of better quality.

“I still don’t know why we don’t like our own products in this country. Go outside the shores of this country, they have allegiance to their products. We try to make our products compete too, that is why we do monitoring compliance.”

He described MANCAP as a mandatory product certification scheme put in place by SON to ensure that locally manufactured products in the country conform to the relevant Nigerian Industrial Standards (NIS) before they are presented for sale in the market or exported.

He said the journey for Revelation Paints was not an easy one, stressing that for it to have qualified for the award showed enormous commitment to quality by the management of the company.

Speaking on the award, the Chairman of Revelation Group, Barrister Emmanuel Ogbebor, expressed joy for what he thought was almost not going to be possible.

He said, “We started just seven years ago and getting to this point was quiet difficult and at a point I almost became discouraged because of bigger paint producers in the country.

“We started as a challenge to other big companies. We planned to develop paints to meet the need of the common man and not put a hole in his pocket. We vowed to keep the standard whether we sell or not.

To avoid adulteration, we ensure customers buy directly from us. Within the next few years, we will be asking for more certification. “We are not going to be counted among those that started but are no more; this is a Nigerian company with global standard.

Soon, we will be looking at the ECOWAS market and become a source of foreign exchange to this country.”

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