The Standards Organisation of Nigeria has demonstrated its dedication to maintaining quality standards in the nation by successfully certifying an astounding 6000 brands.
The former director of product certification at SON, Tersoo Iyorshe Orngudwem revealed this information at a retirement celebration in Abuja.
According to him, the accreditation is a major step forward in the continuous fight against inferior items, which have been a major cause for concern given that more than 80% of Nigerian goods fall into this category.
In response to the widespread issue of inferior imported goods, which make up over 80% of all commodities in Nigeria, Tersoo emphasised SON’s proactive approach, which involves the implementation of Product Authentication Marks (PAM).
According to him, PAM is a precision-focused programme created to combat the flood of inferior imports, highlighting SON’s unwavering dedication to quality and its firm stance against subpar items in order to protect the integrity of commodities that are sold in the Nigerian market.
Tersoo underlined the critical role PAM plays in boosting consumer confidence, increasing profitability, and the market share for domestic companies in order to encourage local manufacturers to adopt it.
Additionally, he encouraged the government to address the difficulties local manufacturers confront and give the necessary infrastructure support to lower production costs.
When considering SON’s overall performance, Tersoo recognised the commitment of its staff and applauded the agency’s unwavering efforts in the fight against subpar products.
Tersoo expressed hope in the agency’s ability to continue evolving and its dedication to continuous improvements as SON looks to the future.
In reaction to Tersoo’s input, the director-general of SON, Dr. Ifeanyi Chukwunonso Okeke, emphasised Tersoo’s unwavering commitment to the organisation and acknowledged the critical part he played in leading SON towards expansion and success.
Dr. Chukwunonso expressed confidence in SON’s ability to carry out its purpose of ensuring quality and standards in the Nigerian market as it moves forward.