SON issues MANCAP certificates to 11 firms in Anambra

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The Standard Organisation of Nigeria (SON) on Wednesday issued Mandatory Conformity Assessment Programme (MANCAP) Certificate to 11 manufacturing firms in Anambra.

Mr Osita Aboloma, Director General of SON who presented the certificates to deserving companies in a brief ceremony in Awka lamented the disruptive effect of COVID-19 on businesses across the globe.
Aboloma who was represented by Mr Olalekan Omoniyi, Coordinator of SON in Anambra said the organisation was working round the clock to ensure that Nigerian consumers were protective from unwholesome products.

The companies that received the certificates included Crescent Group of Companies ltd, SNF Foods Ltd, Ashango C. Okoro and Coy Ltd, Sunness Craft Ventures Ltd, Eatank Resource Ltd, Chumpee Global Resources and Capitol Super Aluminum Products Ltd.

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Others were Comag Industries Ltd, Obinaco Aluminum Products Ltd, Emic Foam and Allied Industries and Beta Cosmetic Manufacturing Coy Ltd.

He said in spite the lockdown that resulted from Covid-19 pandemic, the federal government allowed some categories of firms to produce and circulate products to Nigerians adding that there was need to ensure that minimum industrial standards were maintained.

The DG said the certification meant that the awardee companies were not only fit for Nigerian markets but global competitors in the range of products while assuring that consumers could now patronise those products with optimal confidence.

According to Aboloma, today’s event is to recognise these companies for their doggedness, and excellence in production and award of SON MANCAP certification mark to their products.
“With the award of MANCAP, we at SON are demonstrating how standardisation and conformity to standard offer strategic opportunity for increased efficiency, safety, benchmarks, and help promote made-in-Nigeria products to the international market.

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“It is expected to boost their brands within and across the border, they are fit to be used in Nigeria and beyond but let me remind the awardees that the certificates are on loan and could be recalled with attendants penalty if any of the conditions attached are violated,” he said.

Aboloma said SON was working with local producers of Ventilators and Personal Protection Equipments to provide products’ standard and standardisation expertise.

He promised that SON would ensure that the products confirmed to acceptable standards in order to save lives.

In his reaction, Mr Chukwuma Otubelu, Managing Director of Herd Foams ltd said it was not easy meeting with the standard requirements but thanked God that his company was able to earn the certification.

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Otubelu assured his customers of sustained quality while urging government to help local manufacturers to remain in business by increasing access to cheap foreign exchange to enable them import components.

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