SON Eyes Standardisation Of MSME Brands
The Director-General of the Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON), Mallam Farouk Salim, said the agency is committed to ensuring that every manufactured product including brands from the stables of Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) are of quality standard and meet global standard.
He emphasized that the issue of providing standards for MSMEs was non-negotiable in view of the crucial roles they played in the economy, describing them as undeniable agents of growth.
Salim made this known recently in Lagos during a pre-World Standards Day press briefing.
He said, “SMEs are easily accessible as they operate very close to our homes and offices. The most feasible way to bring their growth to bear on Nigerians is to provide standards for their activities.”
While speaking on plans by SON to integrate all sectors of the economy into its programmes, Salim noted the need to provide effective standards for an estimated 40m SMEs and further assist them in breaking the barriers against them in the face of the African Continental Free Trade Agreement is critical.
The director-general said issues such as discrimination and outright rejection suffered by made-in-Nigerian goods at the international market would become a forgone issue once the activities of MSMEs operating in the country were standardised by SON.