SON develops operational framework to promote halal products

Jennifer Inah

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The Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) remains commited to continually drive initiatives that promote the development of Halal Products in line with internationally accepted Standards for both domestic and foreign consumers.

The SON Head of Halal Desk; Mrs. Amina Haliru, who represented the Director General, Farouk Salim, stated this at the Validation Meeting of the Final Draft Report on the Roadmap and Operational Framework for the Development of Halal Industry in Nigeria, held recently in Abuja.

Haliru emphasised the crucial role of Standardisation to achieve the set goal.

She analysed the steps taken by SON to ensure that globally accepted Standards are developed or adopted for the Nigerian Halal Industry and to also ensure that products and services meet the right specifications as well as deliver on consumers’ expectation, which will allow for access and acceptance in international markets.

In addition, she explained that SON has constituted a team to interface with relevant agencies and stakeholders to develop an operational framework for the kick off of the Halal industry in Nigeria.

She quoted the SON boss as saying the roadmap and milestones outlined by the committee to get a functioning Halal industry in Nigeria, will open Nigeria to the world with the ripple effect being a boost for the Nigerian economy considering the fact that the Halal Global Market is valued at trillions of dollars.

She further said the Organisation in keeping to plan, has established a Training Center in Kano where all trainings on Halal Certifications has already taken effect so as to have Nigerian businesses and Industries partake in the Halal Sector.

Meanwhile, the Minister of State for the Federal Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment, Ambassador Maryam Katagum, applauded the committee on the strides achieved thus far.

She noted that the kick off of the Industry would be a useful tool in the Ministry’s mandate of facilitating trade and growing the Nigerian industrial sector and assured of the Ministry’s continuous support.

Participants include representatives from the Federal Ministry of Industry Trade and Investment (FMITI); Nigerian Export Promotion Council (NEPC); Nigeria National Accreditation System (NINAS); National Board for Technical Education (NBTE); Federation of Agricultural Commodity Associations of Nigeria (FACAN); other SON officials among others.