The Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) has stressed the need to patronise Made-in-Nigeria goods as a way of stimulating economic growth and the much needed development, which the country has been yearning for.
The Acting Director General, SON, Mr. Paul Angya, noted that Nigeria has no business importing products it has competitive and comparative advantage of producing, saying that made-in-Nigeria goods that meets the requirements of the Nigerian Industrial Standards ( NIS) can compete anywhere in the world as they are produced adhering to global best practices.
Angya who stated this during a courtesy visit to Wemco Steel Mills Company Limited recently, called on government procurement agencies to make Nigeria the first point of call during procurement as they are heavy spenders, adding that it would help fast track the country’s quest for industrialisation.
The Acting DG said, to attract and earn foreign exchange for Nigeria, the agency has developed standards for agricultural products to be competitive in order to earn foreign exchange, noting that this move was also coming on the heels of efforts by the present administration to diversify the nation’s economy away from oil.
He said, “The competitive advantage that Nigeria has in competing with other countries is in agriculture and allied products and since the incident of the slump in oil prices and the concomitant slump in the nation\’s economy, the need to attract foreign exchange has geared the government towards diverfying the economy. To achieve this, they have identified agriculture. Considering the fact that Nigerian produce still face rejection at the international market, we decided to develop standards and quality in agricultural products to improve agricultural produce to meet the requirements of the international market and also compete to attract investments to earn foreign exchange for the country.