Nigeria commences certification of MSMEs services 

Elizabeth Christopher,Abuja

As part of effort to build a competitive industrial base for Nigeria, government has begun a process of certification for services offered by Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises in the country

The Director General Standard Organization of Nigeria, Mr. Osita Aboloma disclosed this at an event to mark the 5th Africa day of Standardization in Abuja, Nigeria

He said the agency is committed to enforcing quality across all sectors of the economy.

In furtherance of this drive SON is in the process of commencement of certification of services offered by MSMEs like barbing, tailoring, masonry, cobbling, events management, automobile maintenance/repairs services, car washing, carpentry etc. The aim is to improve the quality of services rendered by the practitioners to satisfy the needs of consumers, create orderliness and enhance competitiveness that will promote continual improvement. he said

He added that the world has become a global village and standards play the major role of ensuring product acceptability and breaking barriers to trade

Standards being consensus in nature is not discriminatory and so creates a level playing ground for all and sundry.he noted that the year’s theme, “The Role of standardization in Facilitating Human Rights with particular focus on the rights of women” has been deliberately chosen to further project the roles of women in standardization.Women’s active participation in this process should be further encouraged.

He explained that, SON is currently synergizing with sister Agencies and is calling on all Nigerians to be the vanguard of the Nation by reporting bad practices “if you see something unwholesome, say something to SON”.In a goodwill message, the head UNIDO in Nigeria, represented by Mrs. Abimbola Uzoma said the role of women in ending poverty cannot be over emphasized and advocated that standards should be developed and implemented through an all inclusive process.

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