Enugu, Sept. 1, 2023: The Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) on Friday, presented the Mandatory Conformity Assessment Programme (MANCAP) certification for quality products production to 14 manufacturing companies in Enugu.
Presenting the MANCAP certificates, the Director-General of SON, Mallam Farouk Salim said the application of Standards in business whether manufacturing or production, “is to create value and the value created makes businesses connect seamlessly irrespective of location”.
Salim, represented by the Director of SON in the South-East, Mr Fred Akingbesote, noted that in its standardization and quality assurance drive, SON had put in place policies and initiatives to ensure value was created for the overall sustenance of the consumers and country at large.
“Some of these policies and initiatives are seen in the services SON provides to MSMEs, which includes but is not limited to: Subsidized sale of Standards to MSMEs; subsidized certification charges; and subsidized laboratory testing charges.
“SONCAP-Import Permit at subsidized service charge to support the importation of raw materials and equipment; inclusion in all Technical Committees on Standards elaboration; and recommendation of MSMEs with certified products for financing,” he said.
He said that MANCAP remained a mandatory product certification scheme to ensure that all locally manufactured products in the country conformed to the relevant Nigerian Industrial Standard (NIS) before such products were presented for sale in the market or exported.
According to him, following the issuance of MANCAP Certificates to your companies, we will undertake periodic factory inspections, sampling and laboratory testing.
This, he said, was to ensure that the products certified today continued to meet the requirements of the relevant standards that had earned the establishments of these certifications.
“The products are to be revalidated every three years, and it is of utmost importance that you note that the certificates issued today shall be withdrawn or suspended if the products fail to meet the minimum requirements.
“I will like to use this forum to call on all manufacturers in the state who are yet to be certified to contact our office and begin the process of getting their certification.
“Some of the benefits of the MANCAP certification include: enhanced business growth and maximization as well as encouraging production of excellent quality products and healthy competition through consistent compliance to relevant standards.
“Encouraging continual improvement on quality of products and production processes by manufacturing industries in the country and promoting global competitiveness among domestic manufacturers among others,” he added.
In an address, the State Coordinator of SON, Mr Francis Onyeji noted that the MANCAP certificate stipulated that “your products, haven been subjected to conformity assessment and testing processes fulfilled all the requirements of their respective relevant standards, and therefore certified.”
Onyeji commended the effort of the awardees, adding that the benefits of being a MANCAP licencee cannot be over-emphasized as the general public remained confident that any product with the MANCAP logo is of “high quality”.
Speaking, Mrs Blessing Okeke, Project Officer of Bank of Industry (BOI) lauded SON for its commitment to quality in the country, while calling on manufacturers to partner BOI to expand their businesses, increase productivity and employment within the country.
One of the awardees, Mr Kingsley Atuh, representing Savanah Standard Roofing Ltd, thanked SON for educating and following-up the manufacturing process of the product of the company he represented to attain international standard and making it exportable.
The 14 companies and the products that got certifie included: Ecaison Ventures Nigeria Ltd. manufacturers of Ecaison Table Water; Star Roof Ventures Ltd. manufacturers of Star Roofing Sheet; Obika Industries Limited manufacturers of Bejoy Table Water.
Others are: Justice Papermill Industries Ltd. manufacturers of Justice Jumbo Reel; Onwudiwe Electrical Enterprises manufacturers of Rockdave Table Water; Marvel Nisi Stores Ltd. manufacturers of Marvel Nisi Bread; and Iykon Integrated Services Ltd. manufacturers of Steph-Joe Parboiled Rice.
The rest are: T.U Woods Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. manufacturers of Rovia Table Water; Gibdoz Enterprise manufacturers of Prisca Soya Bean Powder; Sapphire Ceramics Nigeria Ltd. manufacturers of Sapphire and Yaqak Ceramic Tiles; and Chimes Aluminium Ltd manufacturers of roofing sheets.
Savanah Standard Roofing Ltd. manufacturers of Savanah Standard Roofing Sheet; Sunchi Integrated Farms Ltd. manufacturers of Sunchi Soya Oil; and Sunzern Aluminium Products Ltd. manufacturers of roofing sheets.