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  •  The Standard Organisation of Nigeria SON says it is working on plans to return to the nation s land borders to check influx of fake and substandard products into the country Malam Farouk Salim Director General SON said this at the one day Stakeholders Forum with the theme Building Confidence Value in Local Products via Standardisation on Friday in Awka Salim called for stakeholder s cooperation toward achieving standardisation of services and products in the country He stressed the need for other agencies involved in the task of ensuring standard to partner with the agency to achieve better results Salim said that standardisation was a global issue and Nigeria cannot afford to lag behind in the comity of nation if it desired economic development Efforts should therefore be geared towards cooperation by all manufacturers consumers service providers and government agencies at all levels with SON in this global subject he said Salim represented by Mr Papaye Don Pedro the Director Anambra Regional Operations SON said the federal government s policy that uncertified products should not be sold in the country must be supported The DG called on educational institutions hotels to subscribe to relevant international standards to enable them to be reckoned with Salim harped on the imperative for industrialists to adhere to Mandatory Conformity Assessment Programme MANCAP which required periodic factory of local industries by SON The scheme combines all the processes involved in conformity assessment inspection standardisation and testing product sampling and quality control audits using the relevant Nigeria Industrial Standard as reference in SON laboratories he said Chief Bede Obayi Director National Metrology Institute SON called on industrialists to ensure that their measurement tools were accurate to avoid production of substandard products He said non compliance to measurements also result to building collapse saying that SON target was for Nigerian manufacturers to produce for the global markets Obayi advised importers and exporters to avoid lowering measurements in their specifications as that contributed to the sufferings of the masses Chief Emeka Duru Senior Special Assistant to the DG said that SON would soon return to the country s borders to ensure that products entering the country were of high standards Chief Humphrey Ngonadi President South East Chamber of Commerce Industry Mines and Agriculture appealed to SON to help check the activities of substandard producers and importers He said that the organisation should equally look into the activities of its officers abroad to ensure they only allow quality products to be imported into the country Dr Celestine Akaolisa the guest speaker whose topic was The Role of Standard in Nation Industrialization suggested that importers and exporters should register with SON to closely monitor their operations NewsSourceCredit NAN
    SON to return to Nigeria’s borders soon- Official
     The Standard Organisation of Nigeria SON says it is working on plans to return to the nation s land borders to check influx of fake and substandard products into the country Malam Farouk Salim Director General SON said this at the one day Stakeholders Forum with the theme Building Confidence Value in Local Products via Standardisation on Friday in Awka Salim called for stakeholder s cooperation toward achieving standardisation of services and products in the country He stressed the need for other agencies involved in the task of ensuring standard to partner with the agency to achieve better results Salim said that standardisation was a global issue and Nigeria cannot afford to lag behind in the comity of nation if it desired economic development Efforts should therefore be geared towards cooperation by all manufacturers consumers service providers and government agencies at all levels with SON in this global subject he said Salim represented by Mr Papaye Don Pedro the Director Anambra Regional Operations SON said the federal government s policy that uncertified products should not be sold in the country must be supported The DG called on educational institutions hotels to subscribe to relevant international standards to enable them to be reckoned with Salim harped on the imperative for industrialists to adhere to Mandatory Conformity Assessment Programme MANCAP which required periodic factory of local industries by SON The scheme combines all the processes involved in conformity assessment inspection standardisation and testing product sampling and quality control audits using the relevant Nigeria Industrial Standard as reference in SON laboratories he said Chief Bede Obayi Director National Metrology Institute SON called on industrialists to ensure that their measurement tools were accurate to avoid production of substandard products He said non compliance to measurements also result to building collapse saying that SON target was for Nigerian manufacturers to produce for the global markets Obayi advised importers and exporters to avoid lowering measurements in their specifications as that contributed to the sufferings of the masses Chief Emeka Duru Senior Special Assistant to the DG said that SON would soon return to the country s borders to ensure that products entering the country were of high standards Chief Humphrey Ngonadi President South East Chamber of Commerce Industry Mines and Agriculture appealed to SON to help check the activities of substandard producers and importers He said that the organisation should equally look into the activities of its officers abroad to ensure they only allow quality products to be imported into the country Dr Celestine Akaolisa the guest speaker whose topic was The Role of Standard in Nation Industrialization suggested that importers and exporters should register with SON to closely monitor their operations NewsSourceCredit NAN
    SON to return to Nigeria’s borders soon- Official
    General news3 months ago

    SON to return to Nigeria’s borders soon- Official

    The Standard Organisation of Nigeria (SON) says it is working on plans to return to the nation’s land borders to check influx of fake and substandard products into the country.

    Malam Farouk Salim, Director General, SON, said this at the one day Stakeholders’ Forum with the theme “Building Confidence Value in Local Products via Standardisation” on Friday in Awka. Salim called for stakeholder’s cooperation toward achieving standardisation of services and products in the country.

    He stressed the need for other agencies involved in the task of ensuring standard to partner with the agency to achieve better results.

    Salim said that standardisation was a global issue and Nigeria cannot afford to lag behind in the comity of nation if it desired economic development.

    “Efforts should therefore be geared towards cooperation by all manufacturers, consumers, service providers and government agencies at all levels with SON in this global subject,” he said.

    Salim, represented by Mr Papaye Don-Pedro, the Director, Anambra Regional Operations, SON, said the federal government’s policy that uncertified products should not be sold in the country must be supported.

    The DG called on educational institutions, hotels to subscribe to relevant international standards to enable them to be reckoned with.

    Salim harped on the imperative for industrialists to adhere to Mandatory Conformity Assessment Programme (MANCAP) which required periodic factory of local industries by SON.

    “The scheme combines all the processes involved in conformity assessment; inspection, standardisation, and testing, product sampling, and quality control audits using the relevant Nigeria Industrial Standard as reference in SON laboratories,” he said.

    Chief Bede Obayi, Director, National Metrology Institute, SON, called on industrialists to ensure that their measurement tools were accurate to avoid production of substandard products.

    He said non-compliance to measurements also result to building collapse, saying that SON target was for Nigerian manufacturers to produce for the global markets.

    Obayi advised importers and exporters to avoid lowering measurements in their specifications, as that contributed to the sufferings of the masses.

    Chief Emeka Duru, Senior Special Assistant to the DG, said that SON would soon return to the country’s borders to ensure that products entering the country were of high standards.

    Chief Humphrey Ngonadi, President, South-East Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture appealed to SON to help check the activities of substandard producers and importers.

    He said that the organisation should equally look into the activities of its officers abroad to ensure they only allow quality products to be imported into the country.

    Dr Celestine Akaolisa, the guest speaker whose topic was, “The Role of Standard in Nation Industrialization”, suggested that importers and exporters should register with SON to closely monitor their operations.


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  •  The Standards Organization of Nigeria SON on Tuesday said that it is committed to best practices in the country s shea butter value chain It said that the measure would boost consumers confidence and ensure global competitiveness for the product Malam Farouk Salim SON Director General stated this in Minna at a one day sensitization workshop on Shea Butter Value Chain to companies in the value chain in the state The SON also used the occasion to present Mandatory Conformity Assessment Programme MANCAP certificates to certified companies in the value chain One of the most important agricultural activities in Niger state is shea nut production processing and marketing Niger state produces over 50 per cent of the shea nut butter in Nigeria Therefore it is imperative to create awareness on the importance of producing quality shea butter both for local and international use which will boost consumer confidence and global competitiveness As an organisation charged with the responsibility of facilitating the development of standards and also ensuring that the quality of locally manufactured and imported products meet the requirements of the relevant standard in order to satisfy the needs of customers We will ensure quality and safety as well as facilitate trade SON has developed relevant code of practice for shea butter value chain he said Salim who was represented by Mr Umaru Kawu Director Human Resources Management said that President Muhammadu Buhari has demonstrated commitment to the promotion and development of non oil sectors with focus on the Micro Small and Medium Enterprises MSMEs as the driving force This is in line with the presidential order on ease of doing business At the heart of this efforts are the twin issues of standards and quality of our locally manufactured goods and services he said He said that quality was an important factor in any product or service hence the workshop and presentation of the MANCAP certificates to ensure global best practices With the high market competition quality has become the market differentiator for almost all products and services he said The Director General said that quality control was essential to building a successful business that delivers products that meet or exceed customers expectations Similarly Mrs Talatu Ethan Director North Central Region SON said that the objective of the workshop was to ensure that stakeholders become aware of the SON brand products and services and the need to support the organisation to succeed Ethan said that the workshop would make the companies in the value chain to comply with the relevant Nigeria Industrial Standards NIS in the production processing and marketing of shea butter Earlier Hajiya Hauwa Nuhu the state coordinator SON said that the organization presented 67 MANCAP certificates to 45 companies for 91 products within and outside the shea value chain Also retired Capt Mohammed Musa Managing Director Crystalizer Nigeria Limited whose company received MANCAP certificate in the production of fertilizers said that he was satisfied with the SON s certification This certificate shows that our fertilizers are of good quality that will enhance crop production he said NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Standards organisation committed to Shea butter value chain- DG
     The Standards Organization of Nigeria SON on Tuesday said that it is committed to best practices in the country s shea butter value chain It said that the measure would boost consumers confidence and ensure global competitiveness for the product Malam Farouk Salim SON Director General stated this in Minna at a one day sensitization workshop on Shea Butter Value Chain to companies in the value chain in the state The SON also used the occasion to present Mandatory Conformity Assessment Programme MANCAP certificates to certified companies in the value chain One of the most important agricultural activities in Niger state is shea nut production processing and marketing Niger state produces over 50 per cent of the shea nut butter in Nigeria Therefore it is imperative to create awareness on the importance of producing quality shea butter both for local and international use which will boost consumer confidence and global competitiveness As an organisation charged with the responsibility of facilitating the development of standards and also ensuring that the quality of locally manufactured and imported products meet the requirements of the relevant standard in order to satisfy the needs of customers We will ensure quality and safety as well as facilitate trade SON has developed relevant code of practice for shea butter value chain he said Salim who was represented by Mr Umaru Kawu Director Human Resources Management said that President Muhammadu Buhari has demonstrated commitment to the promotion and development of non oil sectors with focus on the Micro Small and Medium Enterprises MSMEs as the driving force This is in line with the presidential order on ease of doing business At the heart of this efforts are the twin issues of standards and quality of our locally manufactured goods and services he said He said that quality was an important factor in any product or service hence the workshop and presentation of the MANCAP certificates to ensure global best practices With the high market competition quality has become the market differentiator for almost all products and services he said The Director General said that quality control was essential to building a successful business that delivers products that meet or exceed customers expectations Similarly Mrs Talatu Ethan Director North Central Region SON said that the objective of the workshop was to ensure that stakeholders become aware of the SON brand products and services and the need to support the organisation to succeed Ethan said that the workshop would make the companies in the value chain to comply with the relevant Nigeria Industrial Standards NIS in the production processing and marketing of shea butter Earlier Hajiya Hauwa Nuhu the state coordinator SON said that the organization presented 67 MANCAP certificates to 45 companies for 91 products within and outside the shea value chain Also retired Capt Mohammed Musa Managing Director Crystalizer Nigeria Limited whose company received MANCAP certificate in the production of fertilizers said that he was satisfied with the SON s certification This certificate shows that our fertilizers are of good quality that will enhance crop production he said NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Standards organisation committed to Shea butter value chain- DG
    General news3 months ago

    Standards organisation committed to Shea butter value chain- DG

    The Standards Organization of Nigeria (SON) on Tuesday said that it is committed to best practices in the country’s shea butter value chain.

    It said that the measure would boost consumers confidence and ensure global competitiveness for the product.

    Malam Farouk Salim, SON Director General, stated this in Minna at a one day sensitization workshop on Shea Butter Value Chain to companies in the value chain in the state.

    The SON also used the occasion to present Mandatory Conformity Assessment Programme (MANCAP) certificates to certified companies in the value chain.

    “One of the most important agricultural activities in Niger state is shea-nut production, processing and marketing.

    “Niger state produces over 50 per cent of the shea nut butter in Nigeria.

    Therefore it is imperative to create awareness on the importance of producing quality shea butter both for local and international use, which will boost consumer confidence and global competitiveness.

    “As an organisation charged with the responsibility of facilitating the development of standards and also ensuring that the quality of locally manufactured and imported products meet the requirements of the relevant standard in order to satisfy the needs of customers.

    ”We will ensure quality and safety as well as facilitate trade, SON has developed relevant code of practice for shea butter value chain,” he said.

    Salim, who was represented by Mr Umaru Kawu, Director Human Resources Management, said that President Muhammadu Buhari has demonstrated commitment to the promotion and development of non-oil sectors with focus on the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) as the driving force.

    “This is in line with the presidential order on ease of doing business.

    “At the heart of this efforts are the twin issues of standards and quality of our locally manufactured goods and services,” he said.

    He said that quality was an important factor in any product or service, hence the workshop and presentation of the MANCAP certificates to ensure global best practices.

    “With the high market competition, quality has become the market differentiator for almost all products and services,” he said.

    The Director General said that quality control was essential to building a successful business that delivers products that meet or exceed customers expectations.

    Similarly, Mrs Talatu Ethan, Director, North Central Region, SON, said that the objective of the workshop was to ensure that stakeholders become aware of the SON brand, products and services and the need to support the organisation to succeed.

    Ethan said that the workshop would make the companies in the value chain to comply with the relevant Nigeria Industrial Standards (NIS) in the production, processing and marketing of shea butter.

    Earlier, Hajiya Hauwa Nuhu, the state coordinator SON, said that the organization presented 67 MANCAP certificates to 45 companies for 91 products within and outside the shea value-chain.

    Also, retired Capt. Mohammed Musa, Managing Director, Crystalizer Nigeria Limited whose company received MANCAP certificate in the production of fertilizers, said that he was satisfied with the SON’s certification.

    “This certificate shows that our fertilizers are of good quality that will enhance crop production,” he said.


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  •   The Standards Organisation of Nigeria SON has awarded Mandatory Conformity Assessment Programme MANCAP certificates to both new and returning products manufactured by seven Enugu based firms for outstanding quality The MANCAP certificate issuance is contained in a statement by the Public Relations Officer SON South East Regional Operations Directorate Mr Paul Iorkyaa in Enugu on Tuesday Iorkyaa said that the award certificates and logos presentation to the representatives of the companies held on Friday Aug 26 at SON s office in Enugu The certification is part of the Director General of SON Mallam Farouk Salim s strategic design to ensure that at the end of the fourth quarter year 99 per cent of Nigerian products are certified to fit global competitiveness The MANCAP certification will ensure improved standardisation and quality assurance that will facilitate trade for the brands and the companies within and outside the country SON s MANCAP certification is coming just in the nick of time as a beacon light of hope of quality assurance to thousands of manufacturers and millions of consumers in the nation as well he said He said that the State Coordinator of SON Mr Francis Onyeji in an address reiterated SON s commitment to providing Standards and Quality Assurance to all products services and processes in Nigeria The SON spokesman said SON is moving in line with international best practices and to ensure continual improvement of all products services and processes in the country The certificate belongs to SON and can be withdrawn at any time should the companies failed to continually meet the requirements of the standards and keeping to international best practices said Iorkyaa Iorkyaa said that the awardees while receiving the awards promised to always conform to the requirements of the standards and strive for continual improvement of their products The companies that received the MANCAP certificates Chomps Nigeria Ltd Chucks Michael Ltd and Chisam Special Bread and Bakery Ltd The others were Kanih Ltd Celebrities Restaurants Ltd Intercolor Paints Ltd and Samez Paints Ltd NewsSourceCredit NAN
    SON awards certificates to 7 Enugu-based firms
      The Standards Organisation of Nigeria SON has awarded Mandatory Conformity Assessment Programme MANCAP certificates to both new and returning products manufactured by seven Enugu based firms for outstanding quality The MANCAP certificate issuance is contained in a statement by the Public Relations Officer SON South East Regional Operations Directorate Mr Paul Iorkyaa in Enugu on Tuesday Iorkyaa said that the award certificates and logos presentation to the representatives of the companies held on Friday Aug 26 at SON s office in Enugu The certification is part of the Director General of SON Mallam Farouk Salim s strategic design to ensure that at the end of the fourth quarter year 99 per cent of Nigerian products are certified to fit global competitiveness The MANCAP certification will ensure improved standardisation and quality assurance that will facilitate trade for the brands and the companies within and outside the country SON s MANCAP certification is coming just in the nick of time as a beacon light of hope of quality assurance to thousands of manufacturers and millions of consumers in the nation as well he said He said that the State Coordinator of SON Mr Francis Onyeji in an address reiterated SON s commitment to providing Standards and Quality Assurance to all products services and processes in Nigeria The SON spokesman said SON is moving in line with international best practices and to ensure continual improvement of all products services and processes in the country The certificate belongs to SON and can be withdrawn at any time should the companies failed to continually meet the requirements of the standards and keeping to international best practices said Iorkyaa Iorkyaa said that the awardees while receiving the awards promised to always conform to the requirements of the standards and strive for continual improvement of their products The companies that received the MANCAP certificates Chomps Nigeria Ltd Chucks Michael Ltd and Chisam Special Bread and Bakery Ltd The others were Kanih Ltd Celebrities Restaurants Ltd Intercolor Paints Ltd and Samez Paints Ltd NewsSourceCredit NAN
    SON awards certificates to 7 Enugu-based firms
    Economy3 months ago

    SON awards certificates to 7 Enugu-based firms

     The Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) has awarded Mandatory Conformity Assessment Programme (MANCAP) certificates to both new and returning products manufactured by seven Enugu-based firms for outstanding quality.

    The MANCAP certificate issuance is contained in a statement by the Public Relations Officer, SON South-East Regional Operations Directorate, Mr Paul Iorkyaa, in Enugu on Tuesday.

    Iorkyaa said that the award certificates and logos presentation to the representatives of the companies held on Friday, Aug. 26, at SON’s office in Enugu.

    “The certification is part of the Director-General of SON, Mallam Farouk Salim’s strategic design to ensure that at the end of the fourth quarter year, 99 per cent of Nigerian products are certified to fit global competitiveness.

    “The MANCAP certification will ensure improved standardisation and quality assurance that will facilitate trade for the brands and the companies within and outside the country.

    “SON’s MANCAP certification is coming just in the nick of time as a beacon light of hope of quality assurance to thousands of manufacturers and millions of consumers in the nation as well,” he said.

    He said that the State Coordinator of SON, Mr Francis Onyeji, in an address, reiterated SON’s commitment to providing Standards and Quality Assurance to all products, services and processes in Nigeria.

    The SON spokesman said: “SON is moving in line with international best practices and to ensure continual improvement of all products, services and processes in the country.

    “The certificate belongs to SON and can be withdrawn at any time should the companies failed to continually meet the requirements of the standards and keeping to international best practices,”  said Iorkyaa.

    Iorkyaa said that the awardees while receiving the awards, promised to always conform to the requirements of the standards and strive for continual improvement of their products.

    The companies that received the MANCAP certificates Chomps Nigeria Ltd ; Chucks Michael Ltd and Chisam Special Bread and Bakery Ltd. The others were Kanih Ltd.; Celebrities Restaurants Ltd.;  Intercolor Paints Ltd, and Samez Paints Ltd.  
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  •   Why products must conform The Standards Organisation of Nigeria SON has reiterated that products and services must conform to applicable standards to achieve global competitiveness The Director General of SON Malam Farouk Salim stated this while delivering an address at a stakeholders forum held on Tuesday in Abeokuta Salim was represented by the organisation s Director Southwest Region Mrs Yeside Ak nlabi at the programme with the theme Achieving global competitiveness via standardisation He said it was important for manufacturers to have the ability to produce quality goods and services in line with relevant and international standards Salim said that the organisation had continued to ensure that local products were of standard quality The director general said that the organisation also certified imported products to be of quality and standard He said that the organisation had critically ensured that products and services met up with the needs of consumers ensured quality and safety as well as facilitated trade Salim said that the doors of its 44 offices across the federation were open for technical support and expertise on Mandatory Conformity Assessment Programme MANCAP among others This programme is apt and it is what we need at this point in time When you are into production your purpose is to sell to the world as a global market We want our manufacturers to ensure that whatever product that is produced or service that is rendered meets the requirements of the standards and with this the product will be competitive The essence of the stakeholders forum is to let them know that trade is important as long as they are into manufacturing They need to be competitive the world is a global market and your product must meet standards he said In his remark the Senior Special Assistant to the D G Mr Emeka Duru observed that standardisation was key for Nigerian businesses to be able to compete in the international market Duru submitted that the programme was brought to Ogun State for the stakeholders to understand the operations of SON and how it could assist them to boost their trade In their presentations the Director of the SON Institute of Metrology Enugu Mr Bede Obayi and the SON Head of Product Registration Mr Joseph Ogbaja said that material balancing through measurement remained vital They also said that registration of products was important for certification and authenticity NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Why products must conform to standards — SON
      Why products must conform The Standards Organisation of Nigeria SON has reiterated that products and services must conform to applicable standards to achieve global competitiveness The Director General of SON Malam Farouk Salim stated this while delivering an address at a stakeholders forum held on Tuesday in Abeokuta Salim was represented by the organisation s Director Southwest Region Mrs Yeside Ak nlabi at the programme with the theme Achieving global competitiveness via standardisation He said it was important for manufacturers to have the ability to produce quality goods and services in line with relevant and international standards Salim said that the organisation had continued to ensure that local products were of standard quality The director general said that the organisation also certified imported products to be of quality and standard He said that the organisation had critically ensured that products and services met up with the needs of consumers ensured quality and safety as well as facilitated trade Salim said that the doors of its 44 offices across the federation were open for technical support and expertise on Mandatory Conformity Assessment Programme MANCAP among others This programme is apt and it is what we need at this point in time When you are into production your purpose is to sell to the world as a global market We want our manufacturers to ensure that whatever product that is produced or service that is rendered meets the requirements of the standards and with this the product will be competitive The essence of the stakeholders forum is to let them know that trade is important as long as they are into manufacturing They need to be competitive the world is a global market and your product must meet standards he said In his remark the Senior Special Assistant to the D G Mr Emeka Duru observed that standardisation was key for Nigerian businesses to be able to compete in the international market Duru submitted that the programme was brought to Ogun State for the stakeholders to understand the operations of SON and how it could assist them to boost their trade In their presentations the Director of the SON Institute of Metrology Enugu Mr Bede Obayi and the SON Head of Product Registration Mr Joseph Ogbaja said that material balancing through measurement remained vital They also said that registration of products was important for certification and authenticity NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Why products must conform to standards — SON
    General news4 months ago

    Why products must conform to standards — SON

    Why products must conform The Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) has reiterated that products and services must conform to applicable standards to achieve global competitiveness.

    The Director-General of SON, Malam Farouk Salim, stated this while delivering an address at a stakeholders’ forum held on Tuesday in Abeokuta.

    Salim was represented by the organisation’s Director, Southwest Region, Mrs Yeside Akínlabi, at the programme, with the theme: “Achieving global competitiveness via standardisation.

    He said it was important for manufacturers to have the ability to produce quality goods and services in line with relevant and international standards.

    Salim said that the organisation had continued to ensure that local products were of standard quality.

    The director general said that the organisation also certified  imported products to be of quality and standard.

    He said that the organisation had critically ensured that products and services met up with the needs of consumers, ensured quality and safety as well as facilitated trade.

    Salim said that the doors of its 44 offices across the federation were open for technical support and expertise on Mandatory Conformity Assessment Programme (MANCAP), among others.

    “This programme is apt and it is what we need at this point in time.

    “When you are into production, your purpose is to sell to the world as a global market.

    “We want our manufacturers to ensure that whatever product that is produced or service that is rendered meets the requirements of the standards, and with this, the product will be competitive.

    “The essence of the stakeholders forum is to let them know that trade is important as long as they are into manufacturing.

    “They need to be competitive, the world is a global market and your product must meet standards,” he said.

    In his remark, the Senior Special Assistant to the D-G, Mr Emeka Duru, observed that standardisation was key for Nigerian businesses to be able to compete in the international market.

    Duru submitted that the programme was brought to Ogun State for the stakeholders to understand the operations of SON and how it could assist them to boost their trade.

    In their presentations, the Director of the SON Institute of Metrology, Enugu, Mr Bede Obayi and the SON Head of Product Registration, Mr Joseph Ogbaja, said that material balancing through measurement remained vital.

    They also said that registration of products was important for certification and authenticity.


    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •   Techno Oil receives ISO certification for quality management Mr Felix Nyado Director Management Systems Certification SON presentingthe ISO 9001 2015 certificate of quality management system to Mrs Nkechi Obi Chief Executive Officer Techno Oil Ltd on Tuesday in Lagos Techno Oil receives ISO certification for quality managementTechno Oil Ltd a wholly owned Nigerian integrated energy company has received the ISO 9001 2015 certification for its quality management system The certificate was formally presented to Mrs Nkechi Obi Chief Executive Officer Techno Oil Ltd by the Director General of the Standards Organisation of Nigeria SON Malam Farouk Salim on Tuesday in Lagos Obi said the award was issued as a result of the conformity of the company s Quality Management System to the requirements of the standard ISO 9001 2015 She said the award followed about two years of rigorous certification assessment by auditors after which the system was adjudged to have conformed to the requirements of the International standards The ISO award is a sign of our commitment on how we will go about our business with the best practices We will continue to implement every step that has been outlined to us It is a way of life for us and we will continue to improve and abide by the principles of ISO in our operations Obi added On his part Salim represented by Mr Felix Nyado Director Management Systems Certification SON said by the achievement the company had joined a privileged class of Quality Management System certified organisations in Nigeria He said This milestone achievement in the pursuit of service excellence is highly commendable and worthy of emulation by all oil and gas energy infrastructure and manufacturing companies in Nigeria As I join other Nigerians to congratulate you on this milestone achievement permit me to remind you that the petroleum industry is the hub of the development for Nigeria s economy and needs to be sustained if the country is to achieve real economic growth and create new jobs Adoption of the ISO 9001 2015 quality management system framework reflects your vision to deliver quality products to your customers at all times I am confident that this focus on production of quality products will also strengthen your relationship with stakeholders Salim noted that the certificate was for a duration of three years which would be subjected to review annually He said that the company must therefore strive to confirm with all the outlined processes in order not to have it withdrawn I am aware that your products such as Liquefied Petroleum Gas cylinders and lubricants are under our Mandatory Conformity Assessment Programme MANCAP and today you are being presented a certificate of conformity to ISO 9001 2015 You will agree with me that your biggest challenge in this endless journey to excellence will be to consistently direct your efforts towards meeting customer requirements to enhance their satisfaction I am sure that this certification to ISO 9001 2015 will be a launching pad for your organisation Salim said The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the ISO 9001 2015 is defined as the international standard that specifies requirements for a quality management system QMS Most organisations use the standard to demonstrate the ability to consistently provide products and services that meet customer and regulatory requirements Also the ISO 9001 2015 in addition to the above specifies requirements for a quality system when the organisation aims to enhance customer satisfaction through the effective application of the system These include processes for improvement of the system and the assurance of conformity to customer and applicable statutory and regulatory requirements www nannews ng NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Techno Oil receives ISO certification for quality management
      Techno Oil receives ISO certification for quality management Mr Felix Nyado Director Management Systems Certification SON presentingthe ISO 9001 2015 certificate of quality management system to Mrs Nkechi Obi Chief Executive Officer Techno Oil Ltd on Tuesday in Lagos Techno Oil receives ISO certification for quality managementTechno Oil Ltd a wholly owned Nigerian integrated energy company has received the ISO 9001 2015 certification for its quality management system The certificate was formally presented to Mrs Nkechi Obi Chief Executive Officer Techno Oil Ltd by the Director General of the Standards Organisation of Nigeria SON Malam Farouk Salim on Tuesday in Lagos Obi said the award was issued as a result of the conformity of the company s Quality Management System to the requirements of the standard ISO 9001 2015 She said the award followed about two years of rigorous certification assessment by auditors after which the system was adjudged to have conformed to the requirements of the International standards The ISO award is a sign of our commitment on how we will go about our business with the best practices We will continue to implement every step that has been outlined to us It is a way of life for us and we will continue to improve and abide by the principles of ISO in our operations Obi added On his part Salim represented by Mr Felix Nyado Director Management Systems Certification SON said by the achievement the company had joined a privileged class of Quality Management System certified organisations in Nigeria He said This milestone achievement in the pursuit of service excellence is highly commendable and worthy of emulation by all oil and gas energy infrastructure and manufacturing companies in Nigeria As I join other Nigerians to congratulate you on this milestone achievement permit me to remind you that the petroleum industry is the hub of the development for Nigeria s economy and needs to be sustained if the country is to achieve real economic growth and create new jobs Adoption of the ISO 9001 2015 quality management system framework reflects your vision to deliver quality products to your customers at all times I am confident that this focus on production of quality products will also strengthen your relationship with stakeholders Salim noted that the certificate was for a duration of three years which would be subjected to review annually He said that the company must therefore strive to confirm with all the outlined processes in order not to have it withdrawn I am aware that your products such as Liquefied Petroleum Gas cylinders and lubricants are under our Mandatory Conformity Assessment Programme MANCAP and today you are being presented a certificate of conformity to ISO 9001 2015 You will agree with me that your biggest challenge in this endless journey to excellence will be to consistently direct your efforts towards meeting customer requirements to enhance their satisfaction I am sure that this certification to ISO 9001 2015 will be a launching pad for your organisation Salim said The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the ISO 9001 2015 is defined as the international standard that specifies requirements for a quality management system QMS Most organisations use the standard to demonstrate the ability to consistently provide products and services that meet customer and regulatory requirements Also the ISO 9001 2015 in addition to the above specifies requirements for a quality system when the organisation aims to enhance customer satisfaction through the effective application of the system These include processes for improvement of the system and the assurance of conformity to customer and applicable statutory and regulatory requirements www nannews ng NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Techno Oil receives ISO certification for quality management
    General news4 months ago

    Techno Oil receives ISO certification for quality management

    Techno Oil receives ISO certification for quality management Mr Felix Nyado, Director, Management Systems Certification, SON presentingthe ISO 9001:2015 certificate of quality management system to Mrs Nkechi Obi, Chief Executive Officer, Techno Oil Ltd. on Tuesday in Lagos. 

    Techno Oil receives ISO certification for quality managementTechno Oil Ltd, a wholly-owned Nigerian integrated energy company,  has received the ISO 9001:2015 certification for its quality management system.

    The certificate was formally presented to Mrs Nkechi Obi, Chief Executive Officer, Techno Oil Ltd. by the Director-General of the Standards Organisation of Nigeria(SON), Malam Farouk Salim, on Tuesday in Lagos.

    Obi said the award was issued as a result of the conformity of the company’s Quality Management System to the requirements of the standard ISO 9001:2015.She said the award followed about two years of rigorous certification assessment by auditors, after which the system was adjudged to have conformed to the requirements of the International standards.

    “The ISO award is a sign of our commitment on how we will go about our business with the best practices.

    “We will continue to implement every step that has been outlined to us. 

    It is a way of life for us and we will continue to improve and abide by the principles of ISO in our operations, “Obi added.

    On his part, Salim, represented by Mr Felix Nyado, Director, Management Systems Certification, SON, said by the achievement, the company had joined a privileged class of Quality Management System certified organisations in Nigeria.

    He said: “This milestone achievement in the pursuit of service excellence is highly commendable and worthy of emulation by all oil and gas, energy, infrastructure and manufacturing companies in Nigeria. 

    “As I join other Nigerians to congratulate you on this milestone achievement, permit me to remind you that the petroleum industry is the hub of the development for Nigeria’s economy and needs to be sustained if the country is to achieve real economic growth and create new jobs.

    “Adoption of the ISO 9001:2015 quality management system framework reflects your vision to deliver quality products to your customers at all times.  

    ” I am confident that this focus on production of quality products will also strengthen your relationship with stakeholders.

    ”Salim noted that the certificate was for a duration of three years which would be subjected to review annually.

    He said that the company must therefore strive to confirm with all the outlined processes in order not to have it withdrawn.

    “I am aware that your products such as Liquefied Petroleum Gas cylinders and lubricants are under our Mandatory Conformity Assessment Programme (MANCAP) and today you are being presented a certificate of conformity to ISO 9001:2015.“You will agree with me that your biggest challenge in this endless journey to excellence will be to consistently direct your efforts towards meeting customer requirements to enhance their satisfaction.

    ” I am sure that this certification to ISO 9001: 2015 will be a launching pad for your organisation,” Salim said.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the  ISO 9001: 2015 is defined as the international standard that specifies requirements for a quality management system (QMS).

    Most organisations use the standard to demonstrate the ability to consistently provide products and services that meet customer and regulatory requirements.

    Also, the ISO 9001:2015 in addition to the above, specifies requirements for a quality system when the organisation aims to enhance customer satisfaction through the effective application of the system.

    These include processes for improvement of the system and the assurance of conformity to customer and applicable statutory and regulatory requirements.

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  •  The Standards Organisation of Nigeria SON has awarded the Mandatory Conformity Assessment Programme MANCAP certification to two indigenous companies in Jos The SON Coordinator in Plateau Mr Gambo Dimka commended A B Chami Company Ltd for being the first indigenous perfume company in the state to be MANCAP certified He similarly commended the management of Shardoc Bakery for getting certified by SON with the MANCAP certification He however warned the awardees to adhere to SON safety and security standards as their products could still be subjected to regular surveillance He also warned them that the MANCAP certificates could be withdrawn if their products failed to conform to the minimum standard or abused the rules on usage of the MANCAP logo Dimka while presenting the certificate in Jos said that the companies awarded the certificates were those which products passed the monitoring process and conformed to the Nigerian Industrial Standards He further cautioned them against using the logo and number on their other products that had not been certified Dimka advised the public to stop purchasing manufactured products without SON certification He pointed that such products without their certification were in the market illegally and could be detrimental to them since they had not met the requirements for quality and safety The state coordinator said that every product that had met the requirements of the Nigerian Industrial Standards was safe He also said that certified manufactured products imported into the country would carry the SONCAP logo According to him the aim of the organisation is to ensure that all manufactured products comply with Nigeria Industrial Standard requirements before their introduction to the market The SON coordinator said that the action was to prevent dumping of unsafe and substandard products in the markets He said that this would also promote consumer confidence and global competitiveness of Nigerian goods and services Mr Michael Odeyale the Managing Director of Shardoc Bakery whose company is one of the awardees assured SON that his company would adhere to the laid down standards to ensure that the certification isn t retrieved Similarly the Managing Director A B Chami Company Ltd Mr Ali Chami assured SON that his company wouldn t renege on its standards NewsSourceCredit NAN
    SON certifies 2 indigenous companies in Plateau, says certificate can be withdrawn if…
     The Standards Organisation of Nigeria SON has awarded the Mandatory Conformity Assessment Programme MANCAP certification to two indigenous companies in Jos The SON Coordinator in Plateau Mr Gambo Dimka commended A B Chami Company Ltd for being the first indigenous perfume company in the state to be MANCAP certified He similarly commended the management of Shardoc Bakery for getting certified by SON with the MANCAP certification He however warned the awardees to adhere to SON safety and security standards as their products could still be subjected to regular surveillance He also warned them that the MANCAP certificates could be withdrawn if their products failed to conform to the minimum standard or abused the rules on usage of the MANCAP logo Dimka while presenting the certificate in Jos said that the companies awarded the certificates were those which products passed the monitoring process and conformed to the Nigerian Industrial Standards He further cautioned them against using the logo and number on their other products that had not been certified Dimka advised the public to stop purchasing manufactured products without SON certification He pointed that such products without their certification were in the market illegally and could be detrimental to them since they had not met the requirements for quality and safety The state coordinator said that every product that had met the requirements of the Nigerian Industrial Standards was safe He also said that certified manufactured products imported into the country would carry the SONCAP logo According to him the aim of the organisation is to ensure that all manufactured products comply with Nigeria Industrial Standard requirements before their introduction to the market The SON coordinator said that the action was to prevent dumping of unsafe and substandard products in the markets He said that this would also promote consumer confidence and global competitiveness of Nigerian goods and services Mr Michael Odeyale the Managing Director of Shardoc Bakery whose company is one of the awardees assured SON that his company would adhere to the laid down standards to ensure that the certification isn t retrieved Similarly the Managing Director A B Chami Company Ltd Mr Ali Chami assured SON that his company wouldn t renege on its standards NewsSourceCredit NAN
    SON certifies 2 indigenous companies in Plateau, says certificate can be withdrawn if…
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    SON certifies 2 indigenous companies in Plateau, says certificate can be withdrawn if…

    The Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) has awarded the Mandatory Conformity Assessment Programme (MANCAP) certification to two indigenous companies in Jos.

    The SON Coordinator in Plateau, Mr Gambo Dimka, commended A.B.Chami Company Ltd.

    for being the first indigenous perfume company in the state to be MANCAP certified.

    He similarly commended the management of Shardoc Bakery for getting certified by SON with the MANCAP certification.

    He, however, warned the awardees to adhere to SON safety and security standards as their products could still be subjected to regular surveillance.

    He also warned them that the MANCAP certificates could be withdrawn if their products failed to conform to the minimum standard or abused the rules on usage of the MANCAP logo.

    Dimka, while presenting the certificate in Jos, said that the companies awarded the certificates were those which products passed the monitoring process and conformed to the Nigerian Industrial Standards.

    He further cautioned them against using the logo and number on their other products that had not been certified.

    Dimka advised the public to stop purchasing manufactured products without SON certification.

    He pointed that such products without their certification were in the market illegally and could be detrimental to them since they had not met the requirements for quality and safety.

    The state coordinator said that every product that had met the requirements of the Nigerian Industrial Standards was safe.

    He also said that certified manufactured products imported into the country would carry the SONCAP logo.

    According to him, the aim of the organisation is to ensure that all manufactured products comply with Nigeria Industrial Standard requirements before their introduction to the market.

    The SON coordinator said that the action was to prevent dumping of unsafe and substandard products in the markets.

    He said that this would also promote consumer confidence and global competitiveness of Nigerian goods and services.

    Mr Michael Odeyale, the Managing Director of Shardoc Bakery, whose company is one of the awardees, assured SON that his company would adhere to the laid down standards to ensure that the certification isn’t retrieved.

    Similarly, the Managing Director, A.B.Chami Company Ltd., Mr Ali Chami, assured SON that his company wouldn’t renege on its standards.

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  •  South East stakeholders in the manufacturing consumption service and allied businesses have urged the Standards Organisation of Nigeria SON to extend its services to the grassroots The South East stakeholders made the call during a one day Stakeholders Sensitisation Forum organised by SON in Enugu on Thursday with the theme Standardisation Panacea for Economic Growth They were of the view that once the message of standardisation is achieved even at the local communities it would in turn have a positive socio economic effect on the country in general The Permanent Secretary Enugu State Ministry of Commerce and Industry Dr Godwin Anigbo urged SON to extend its services to the grassroots by creation of more awareness on standardisation of products and services We need robust engagement with the people at the grassroots in the local areas to enable them know how they can attain and maintain international acceptable standard for any endeavour they engage in Once majority of our local people start doing the right things and getting it right our products and services will be the best internationally and the country will be better for it Anigbo said Mr Felix Odoh Deputy Director of National Orientation Agency NOA in Enugu State said that SON could leverage on the spread of NOA officials scattered in the 774 council areas to reach Nigerians even in their localities This sensitisation and enlightenment should go beyond here and get more Nigerians especially the people at the grassroots to know the standard for all they produce at their localities Odoh said A consumer Mrs Vivian Offor said that the sensitisation would make more meaning if those at the local areas whose extract raw materials add value to them could achieve quality standardisation Something as simple as palm oil should be produced to standard with good packing to ensure better value and more gain for the ordinary Nigerians that engage in such endeavours Offor said Earlier the Managing Director of Enugu State Investment Development Authority Dr Sam Ogbu Nwobodo lauded SON for being constant on its engagement of Nigerians to do the right thing and reposition the country s economy The issue of standardisation is important and it will be helpful to everybody and we must key into it This is the only way to ensure we grow our economy and ensure conformity of our products and services Ogbu Nwobodo said An Enugu based manufacturer Sir Eric Chime noted that manufacturers and SON were both partners in progress adding that SON had continued to ensure Nigerian products met international standard and acceptability Apart from meeting international conformity and acceptability standardisation also help the consumer not to be short changed and quality guaranteed at all time Standardisation also leads to better profit and international market opening for the manufactured products Chime who is the Chief Executive Officer of RICO Group of Companies manufacturers of petro chemical products said In an address the Director General of SON Mr Farouk Salim said that standardisation of products and services would assist the country s economic growth and lead to general and international acceptance of all products and services Salim who was represented by the Director South East Operations of SON Mr Fred Akingbesote noted that when all products and services conform to standardisation the country and her people would benefit tremendously from it He revealed that there was standard for every product or service adding that upholding standardisation even in service industry of hospitality tourism and hotel would create international market and patronage for such services The director general said that standardisation led to cost reduction less effort on production strengthening of brands and making it convenient and easy for customers to recognise and pick quality products and services If you see any product with SONCAP certification logo rest assured that you have got a product with quality and satisfaction guaranteed he said Mrs Ijeoma Ezeazor representative of the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria MAN in Anambra Ebonyi and Enugu States made a presentation on Expanding Products Market Share via Standards SON officials made presentations on MANCAP and Certification SONCAP and Registration as well as Import and Export Requirements and Driving Industrialisation with Quality Products The sensitisation also witnessed question and answer sessions as well as goodwill messages from the Nigerian Immigration Service Nigeria Drug Law Enforcement Agency and Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps among others NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Stakeholders urge SON to extend awareness services to grassroots
     South East stakeholders in the manufacturing consumption service and allied businesses have urged the Standards Organisation of Nigeria SON to extend its services to the grassroots The South East stakeholders made the call during a one day Stakeholders Sensitisation Forum organised by SON in Enugu on Thursday with the theme Standardisation Panacea for Economic Growth They were of the view that once the message of standardisation is achieved even at the local communities it would in turn have a positive socio economic effect on the country in general The Permanent Secretary Enugu State Ministry of Commerce and Industry Dr Godwin Anigbo urged SON to extend its services to the grassroots by creation of more awareness on standardisation of products and services We need robust engagement with the people at the grassroots in the local areas to enable them know how they can attain and maintain international acceptable standard for any endeavour they engage in Once majority of our local people start doing the right things and getting it right our products and services will be the best internationally and the country will be better for it Anigbo said Mr Felix Odoh Deputy Director of National Orientation Agency NOA in Enugu State said that SON could leverage on the spread of NOA officials scattered in the 774 council areas to reach Nigerians even in their localities This sensitisation and enlightenment should go beyond here and get more Nigerians especially the people at the grassroots to know the standard for all they produce at their localities Odoh said A consumer Mrs Vivian Offor said that the sensitisation would make more meaning if those at the local areas whose extract raw materials add value to them could achieve quality standardisation Something as simple as palm oil should be produced to standard with good packing to ensure better value and more gain for the ordinary Nigerians that engage in such endeavours Offor said Earlier the Managing Director of Enugu State Investment Development Authority Dr Sam Ogbu Nwobodo lauded SON for being constant on its engagement of Nigerians to do the right thing and reposition the country s economy The issue of standardisation is important and it will be helpful to everybody and we must key into it This is the only way to ensure we grow our economy and ensure conformity of our products and services Ogbu Nwobodo said An Enugu based manufacturer Sir Eric Chime noted that manufacturers and SON were both partners in progress adding that SON had continued to ensure Nigerian products met international standard and acceptability Apart from meeting international conformity and acceptability standardisation also help the consumer not to be short changed and quality guaranteed at all time Standardisation also leads to better profit and international market opening for the manufactured products Chime who is the Chief Executive Officer of RICO Group of Companies manufacturers of petro chemical products said In an address the Director General of SON Mr Farouk Salim said that standardisation of products and services would assist the country s economic growth and lead to general and international acceptance of all products and services Salim who was represented by the Director South East Operations of SON Mr Fred Akingbesote noted that when all products and services conform to standardisation the country and her people would benefit tremendously from it He revealed that there was standard for every product or service adding that upholding standardisation even in service industry of hospitality tourism and hotel would create international market and patronage for such services The director general said that standardisation led to cost reduction less effort on production strengthening of brands and making it convenient and easy for customers to recognise and pick quality products and services If you see any product with SONCAP certification logo rest assured that you have got a product with quality and satisfaction guaranteed he said Mrs Ijeoma Ezeazor representative of the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria MAN in Anambra Ebonyi and Enugu States made a presentation on Expanding Products Market Share via Standards SON officials made presentations on MANCAP and Certification SONCAP and Registration as well as Import and Export Requirements and Driving Industrialisation with Quality Products The sensitisation also witnessed question and answer sessions as well as goodwill messages from the Nigerian Immigration Service Nigeria Drug Law Enforcement Agency and Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps among others NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Stakeholders urge SON to extend awareness services to grassroots
    Economy5 months ago

    Stakeholders urge SON to extend awareness services to grassroots

    South-East stakeholders in the manufacturing, consumption, service and allied businesses have urged the Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) to extend its services to the grassroots.

    The South-East stakeholders made the call during a one-day Stakeholders’ Sensitisation Forum organised by SON in Enugu on Thursday with the theme: “Standardisation Panacea for Economic Growth”.

    They were of the view that once the message of standardisation is achieved even at the local communities, it would in turn have a positive socio-economic effect on the country in general.

    The Permanent Secretary, Enugu State Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Dr Godwin Anigbo, urged SON to extend its services to the grassroots by creation of more awareness on standardisation of products and services.

    “We need robust engagement with the people at the grassroots in the local areas to enable them know how they can attain and maintain international acceptable standard for any endeavour they engage in.

    “Once majority of our local people start doing the right things and getting it right; our products and services will be the best internationally and the country will be better  for it,” Anigbo said.

    Mr Felix Odoh, Deputy Director of National Orientation Agency (NOA) in Enugu State, said that SON could leverage on the spread of NOA officials scattered in the 774 council areas to reach Nigerians even in their localities.

    “This sensitisation and enlightenment should go beyond here and get more Nigerians especially the people at the grassroots to know the standard for all they produce at their localities,” Odoh said.

    A consumer, Mrs Vivian Offor, said that the sensitisation would make more meaning if those at the local areas, whose extract raw materials add value to them could achieve quality standardisation.

    “Something as simple as palm oil should be produced to standard with good packing to ensure better value and more gain for the ordinary Nigerians that engage in such endeavours,” Offor said.

    Earlier, the Managing Director of Enugu State Investment Development Authority, Dr Sam Ogbu-Nwobodo, lauded SON for being constant on its engagement of Nigerians to do the right thing and reposition the country’s economy.

    “The issue of standardisation is important and it will be helpful to everybody and we must key into it.

    ”This is the only way to ensure we grow our economy and ensure conformity of our products and services,” Ogbu-Nwobodo said.

    An Enugu-based manufacturer, Sir Eric Chime, noted that manufacturers and SON were both partners in progress, adding that SON had continued to ensure Nigerian products met international standard and acceptability.

    “Apart from meeting international conformity and acceptability, standardisation also help the consumer not to be short-changed and quality guaranteed at all time.

    “Standardisation also leads to better profit and international market opening for the manufactured products,” Chime, who is the Chief Executive Officer of RICO Group of Companies manufacturers of petro-chemical products, said.

    In an address, the Director General of SON, Mr Farouk Salim, said that standardisation of products and services would assist the country’s economic growth and lead to general and international acceptance of all products and services.

    Salim, who was represented by the Director South-East Operations of SON, Mr Fred Akingbesote, noted that when all products and services conform to standardisation, the country and her people would benefit tremendously from it.

    He revealed that there was standard for every product or service, adding that upholding standardisation even in service industry of hospitality, tourism and hotel would create international market and patronage for such services.

    The director general said that standardisation led to cost reduction, less effort on production, strengthening of brands and making it convenient and easy for customers to recognise and pick quality products and services.

    “If you see any product with SONCAP certification logo, rest assured that you have got a product with quality and satisfaction guaranteed,” he said.

    Mrs Ijeoma Ezeazor, representative of the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN) in Anambra, Ebonyi and Enugu States, made a presentation on “Expanding Products Market Share via Standards”.

    SON officials made presentations on MANCAP and Certification; SONCAP and Registration as well as Import and Export Requirements and “Driving Industrialisation with Quality Products”.

    The sensitisation also witnessed question and answer sessions as well as goodwill messages from the Nigerian Immigration Service; Nigeria Drug Law Enforcement Agency and Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps among others. (

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  •  The Standards Organisation of Nigeria SON issued certificates of Mandatory Conformity Assessment Programme MANCAP to 12 companies operating in Kano on Tuesday The certificates were issued to the companies for meeting set production standards The companies are Aminu Dawaki Oil Ltd Amarava Agro Process Creative El Matador Continental Fertilizer Ltd Joyreap Foods and Beverages Company and Kalamu Foods and Allied Industries Others are Prime Waves Mafa Rice Ltd Namalele Petrochemicals Ltd Northern Nigeria Flour Mills Shenzhen Global Services and Saura Rice Mills Ltd SON s Director General Malam Faruk Salim noted at the ceremony that MANCAP is a scientific approach to ensure that all steps in production complied with stipulated standards He said the issuance of the certificate was meant to ensure that all locally made products complied with relevant national industrial standards prior to their being offered to consumers This will create sanity and ensure safety of products offered for public consumption he said He warned that SON would withdraw the certificate from any company whose production standards fell below stipulation after the award of the certificates He urged Nigerians to always patronise SON certified products as they were safer and gave value for money Such patronage he said would also boost the economy and create employment opportunities Salim was represented at the occasion by one of SON s coordinators in Kano State Alhaji Qassem Yahaya The MANCAP certificate is renewable after every three years In his remarks Sambo Illiyasu Director Administration at the Kano State Consumer Protection Council said it would continue to partner with SON to encourage companies to produce standard products Representative of one of the companies who spoke on behalf of others Malam Ibrahim Muhammed thanked SON for the certificates and promised that the companies would continue to improve on product quality NewsSourceCredit NAN
    SON issues MANCAP certificates to 12 companies in Kano
     The Standards Organisation of Nigeria SON issued certificates of Mandatory Conformity Assessment Programme MANCAP to 12 companies operating in Kano on Tuesday The certificates were issued to the companies for meeting set production standards The companies are Aminu Dawaki Oil Ltd Amarava Agro Process Creative El Matador Continental Fertilizer Ltd Joyreap Foods and Beverages Company and Kalamu Foods and Allied Industries Others are Prime Waves Mafa Rice Ltd Namalele Petrochemicals Ltd Northern Nigeria Flour Mills Shenzhen Global Services and Saura Rice Mills Ltd SON s Director General Malam Faruk Salim noted at the ceremony that MANCAP is a scientific approach to ensure that all steps in production complied with stipulated standards He said the issuance of the certificate was meant to ensure that all locally made products complied with relevant national industrial standards prior to their being offered to consumers This will create sanity and ensure safety of products offered for public consumption he said He warned that SON would withdraw the certificate from any company whose production standards fell below stipulation after the award of the certificates He urged Nigerians to always patronise SON certified products as they were safer and gave value for money Such patronage he said would also boost the economy and create employment opportunities Salim was represented at the occasion by one of SON s coordinators in Kano State Alhaji Qassem Yahaya The MANCAP certificate is renewable after every three years In his remarks Sambo Illiyasu Director Administration at the Kano State Consumer Protection Council said it would continue to partner with SON to encourage companies to produce standard products Representative of one of the companies who spoke on behalf of others Malam Ibrahim Muhammed thanked SON for the certificates and promised that the companies would continue to improve on product quality NewsSourceCredit NAN
    SON issues MANCAP certificates to 12 companies in Kano
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    SON issues MANCAP certificates to 12 companies in Kano

    The Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) issued certificates of Mandatory Conformity Assessment Programme (MANCAP) to 12 companies operating in Kano on Tuesday.

    The certificates were issued to the companies for meeting set production standards.

    The companies are Aminu Dawaki Oil Ltd., Amarava Agro Process, Creative El-Matador, Continental Fertilizer Ltd., Joyreap Foods and Beverages Company and Kalamu Foods and Allied Industries.

    Others are Prime Waves, Mafa Rice Ltd., Namalele Petrochemicals Ltd., Northern Nigeria Flour Mills, Shenzhen Global Services and Saura Rice Mills Ltd.

    SON’s Director-General, Malam Faruk Salim, noted at the ceremony that MANCAP is a scientific approach to ensure that all steps in production complied with stipulated standards.

    He said the issuance of the certificate was meant to ensure that all locally-made products complied with relevant national industrial standards prior to their being offered to consumers.

    “This will create sanity and ensure safety of products offered for public consumption,’’ he said.

    He warned that SON would withdraw the certificate from any company whose production standards fell below stipulation after the award of the certificates.

    He urged Nigerians to always patronise SON-certified products as they were safer and gave value for money.

    Such patronage, he said, would also boost the economy and create employment opportunities.

    Salim was represented at the occasion by one of SON’s coordinators in Kano State, Alhaji Qassem Yahaya.

    The MANCAP certificate is renewable after every three years.

    In his remarks, Sambo Illiyasu, Director, Administration at the Kano State Consumer Protection Council said it would continue to partner with SON to encourage companies to produce standard products.

    Representative of one of the companies who spoke on behalf of others, Malam Ibrahim Muhammed, thanked SON for the certificates and promised that the companies would continue to improve on product quality.

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  •  Stakeholders in the construction industry from the South West Zone have called on relevant authorities to be proactive in their oversight functions to stem the tide of building collapse across the nation The stakeholders made the call in separate interviews with the News Agency of Nigeria in Ibadan Osogbo Ilorin Abeokuta Akure and Lagos on how to address and curb the incessant building collapse in the country Dr Ibrahim Oyediran a Senior Lecturer Department of Geology University of Ibadan linked the challenge of building collapse in the Nigeria to the neglect of geologists in the building process According to Oyediran geologists must be the first point of call whenever anybody thinks of constructing a building He said soil test must first be carried out by geologists before erecting any kind of building It is the result of the soil test conducted that will reveal the kind of building to be constructed on a given plot of land However Nigerians value town planners surveyors and building engineers more than the geologists Underestimating the importance of geologists in the process of building houses and roads is like putting the cart before the horse and buildings may continue to collapse if nothing is done about it he said Meanwhile Wale Lagunju a registered structural engineer with the Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria COREN said the council had remained committed to seeing the reduction of building collapse Lagunju said COREN has a monitoring body known as Engineering Regulatory Monitoring ERM committee in almost all the cities and states Their responsibility is to investigate any building that is under construction and if they notice any inadequacy or poor construction or challenges that are ongoing they have the statutory power to stop such building from further construction They can be located in any branch of the Nigerian Society of Engineers nationwide They have been empowered by law to be able to investigate any property that is under construction that is suspicious or that can cause any danger to the community Also I know that different states are also coming up with their own building control agencies which are empowered to be able to monitor building projects throughout the length and breadth of their towns he said Lagunju emphasised the support of the media in helping out with publicity to ensure that the people did not patronise quacks Mr Ismail Olaniran the Director Oyo State Bureau of Physical Planning and Development Control said the state government had been proactive in ensuring that private and public developers obtained certificate of completion for their property before occupying them Olaniran said that this was part of the government s efforts to guard against building collapse in the state The certificate which is the last stage of approval given to developers in the state will confirm the compliance of the structure with the requirements stipulated in the building plan Oyo State planning laws even require developers to obtain certificate of compliance for every stage of their construction This is to ascertain whether they comply or deviate from the approval given to them Also a copy of the approved plan with all approval stamps must always be on the site during construction Any property without approval on sites will be served with contravention or demolition notice These planning laws and building instructions are to avert any defect and building collapse In Osogbo Mr Tunde Fadahunsi the Chairman Nigerian Institute of Surveyors NIS Osun State chapter attributed building collapse to the engagement of non professionals in building constructions Fadahunsi who noted that there were many charlatans in the building construction sector said that many usually engaged non professionals for their building construction ignorantly It is a pity that many building owners do not take cognisance of surveyors and survey plans which are crucial in building construction he said Fadahunsi described the role of surveyors in building construction as essential calling on professional architects and town planners to always work with the surveyors plan to get their work done perfectly Before you can build a house you need a survey plan The survey plan is what the architect will design on Also before contractors can start building the surveyor will still come to set out the building layout even after completion of the building In summary a surveyor has to be engaged because they play a key role in any building or road construction work he said Dr Grace Ojo Associate Professor Department of Quantity Surveying Obafemi Awolowo University OAU Ile Ife urged the Federal Government to enforce necessary ethical construction standards in all phases of construction to prevent incessant building collapse Ojo who is also a registered Quantity Surveyor attributed the menace of building collapse to the use of inferior materials According to her there are certain specifications that must be adhered to in order to minimise building collapse She also identified the involvement of quacks in building construction as another reason for building collapse in the country She frowned at the practice of issuing approvals for buildings without sighting all the required documents by the appropriate authorities This corrupt practice can stand as another reason for the frequent building collapse recorded Ojo therefore called for the enforcement of and the compliance with all necessary standards as required by construction regulated bodies In Ilorin a Structural Engineer Mr Adeniyi Balogun identified substandard building materials corruption and cutting corners on the part of supervising engineers as factors responsible for building collapse Balogun said that faulty structural designs and inadequate or no regulation from relevant government departments were among other causes of the problem For example when a 16 mm reinforcement bars are not standard anymore you will notice it is 14 mm when measured with the callipers We have regulations as contained in the National Building Code NBC but the issue is implementation Government alone has the sole responsibility to empower the physical planning authorities to enforce the NBC lack of enforcement will only lead to a free for all attitude to buildings In his opinion an expert in building construction Yinka AbdulHakeem also said substandard building materials for construction was the major cause of sudden building collapse Most of the building materials available in the market now are substandard For instance an iron rod of 12 inches can just be10 inches when well checked The same thing with cement the quality has reduced and these materials are the things that really matter in determining a good construction AbdulHakeem said AbdulHakeem said that government should punish any engineer violating the rules and regulations of construction work by demolishing such sites Another engineer Usman Olanrewaju said that some quacks parading themselves as building engineers had taken over building projects in the country Government must rescue the situation by enforcing the building code and arrest of unqualified and fake builders in the country Another engineer Mr Taiye Aina tasked the government to ensure effective monitoring of buildings before completion to prevent mishaps Aina urged the government to arrest quack builders and charge them to court with severe punishment Government must wake up to this reality if truly they want to tackle building collapse The government should start by arresting quacks and fake engineers Flush them out of the system he said In Abeokuta Mr Ademola Adeleke the Chairman Ogun chapter of the Nigerian Institute of Builders blamed incessant building collapses on faulty designs Adeleke who emphasised the importance of quality design in building noted that negligence and incompetence were major factors responsible for poor designs He said that the building industry had also been saturated with unqualified persons who neither attended schools nor went through formal training in reputable organisations He said this had contributed to the menace adding that unsuspecting clients had continued to fall into wrong hands The chairman also attributed the situation to extra ordinary loads which the affected building carry in later years but which were not initially factored into the foundation Wrong use of building is another cause of building collapse This is when a building is used beyond the original or maximum design of the building Also Mr Olasoji Ogunleye Director of Building Ogun Housing Corporation explained that lack of effective supervision and enforcement of rules by relevant authorities were part of the reasons for the situation Ogunleye noted that corrupt practices of the builders and regulators play major role in building collapse in Nigeria Many of our builders often use sub standard building materials so as to make more profit without taking cognisance of the dangers involved This practice has continued because the regulatory authorities are either compromised or fail to put in place effective monitoring mechanism he said Ogunleye also alleged that the menace had persisted because government had continued to take the issue lightly while lives and property were being lost He also called for urgent and quick passage of the National Building Code which he said was prepared in 2006 and currently being reviewed by the National Assembly Mrs Olufunke Adenekan the Chairman Nigerian Institute of Town Planners Ogun chapter said that over the years the issue of building collapse had become a recurring decimal We town planners are always the first to be contacted when it happens but we only grant building permits We neither build nor supervise she said Adenekan however recommended that competent professionals should supervise building constructions and other necessary procedures She also advised people to be wary of quacks in the industry and not to patronise them in an attempt to save cost Government should come up with a law that only the professionals in the construction industry should be allowed to carry out building projects Mr Seyi Bankole a building expert in Sango Ota called for adequate supervision at every stage of a building project According to him this will ensure that incompetence is not concealed and standards are not compromised Bankole called for the confiscation of affected landed property and other serious punishments to serve as deterrent to others Mr Jerome Umoru Ogun Coordinator Standard Organisation of Nigeria SON said that failure to comply with stipulated standards regulations and national building codes before during and after constructions were responsible for building collapse Umoru who also blamed the menace on the use of sub standard materials emphasised that block moulders had huge roles to play if Nigeria must stem the tide of building collapse The SON official who considered block moulding as an important component of any building project stressed the need to subject the production process unto proper scrutiny He expressed concern that in spite of the huge number of block makers in the state only about 10 possess the Mandatory Conformity Assessment Programme MANCAP certificate of the SON to mould blocks In the whole Ogun those who are certified are not up to 10 That shows the gravity of what we are talking about he said He however explained that the organisation had continued to enlighten stakeholders in the building sector on the importance of producing quality materials and applying these materials in right quantities However a civil engineer in Akure Mr Segun Afolabi identified foundation failure as the major and common cause of building collapse Afolabi explained that this could occur when inferior materials were used for building construction According to him building collapse can be curbed by giving out building constructions to construction engineers and by carrying out necessary supervisions He advised COREN to do the needful by putting in place necessary sanction to completely get rid of quacks within the building industry In Lagos the Chairman of the Lagos State chapter of the Nigerian Institute of Building NIOB Mr Lucky Isename listed factors responsible for building collapses to include human errors wrong foundation and use of substandard construction materials Isename told NAN that human error could be corrected by adequate regulation which was lacking thereby encouraging quackery He said the law specified that professional builders must be on site to supervise building production management but lack of enforcement was giving developers opportunity to cut corners on site He said that lack of regulation was also making architects town planners and others perform the role of builders thereby creating a gap that would cause collapse Isename said professional builders were always guided by the builders document which spells out requirements for quality assurance in building production management He said lack of political will on the part of government to prosecute high profile building collapse cases and or enforce laws against their illegalities also caused breaching of construction procedures He cited the Synagogue Church of All Nations and the Nov 1 2021 Ikoyi 21 storey building collapse investigations as an example He also blamed officials of regulatory government regulatory agencies of corruption saying that they take bribes to approve illegalities on construction sites because there are not adequate mechanisms to checkmate their activities The National Vice Chairman Nigerian Institute of Civil Engineers NICE Mrs Omolola Adetona called for enthronement of quality control and assurance to keep collapse away She listed causes of building collapse to include poor quality of construction materials poor supervision lack of good technical skills lack of good monitoring process and people getting away with culpabilities they should be punished for Adetana who is also the Chief Executive Officer Engineering Resource Academy told NAN that the public should become involved to ensure good quality projects delivery Young graduates of engineering should be trained on good working processes Culprits should be banned from construction works she said Mr Olayemi Shonubi the President Nigerian Institute of Quantity Surveyors NIQS called for stiffer penalties including death for erring professionals who cause building collapse Shonubi said the inclusion of life imprisonment or death sentence to existing laws could make construction offences less attractive He advised governments at all levels to strengthen the laws that govern the construction process and include provisions for severe penalties Not only fines for everyone involved in any collapsed building project from approval level to execution level Endemic corruption at all levels has blinded most from adherence to professionalism so much so that they don t care to sacrifice money for human life We have gotten to a stage where professional blacklisting as punitive measure alone is not sufficient and no longer addresses the issue because erring professionals can always get something else to do to make a living But when an erring professional is made to face life imprisonment or death sentence I reckon that this will help to bring sanity as well as curb these untoward developments he said Shonubi called for the involvement of Quantity Surveyors in projects to curb wastages during construction adding that high cost of construction materials was one reason developers and individuals cut corners NAN
    South West stakeholders call for proactive oversight functions to stem building collapse – a survey
     Stakeholders in the construction industry from the South West Zone have called on relevant authorities to be proactive in their oversight functions to stem the tide of building collapse across the nation The stakeholders made the call in separate interviews with the News Agency of Nigeria in Ibadan Osogbo Ilorin Abeokuta Akure and Lagos on how to address and curb the incessant building collapse in the country Dr Ibrahim Oyediran a Senior Lecturer Department of Geology University of Ibadan linked the challenge of building collapse in the Nigeria to the neglect of geologists in the building process According to Oyediran geologists must be the first point of call whenever anybody thinks of constructing a building He said soil test must first be carried out by geologists before erecting any kind of building It is the result of the soil test conducted that will reveal the kind of building to be constructed on a given plot of land However Nigerians value town planners surveyors and building engineers more than the geologists Underestimating the importance of geologists in the process of building houses and roads is like putting the cart before the horse and buildings may continue to collapse if nothing is done about it he said Meanwhile Wale Lagunju a registered structural engineer with the Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria COREN said the council had remained committed to seeing the reduction of building collapse Lagunju said COREN has a monitoring body known as Engineering Regulatory Monitoring ERM committee in almost all the cities and states Their responsibility is to investigate any building that is under construction and if they notice any inadequacy or poor construction or challenges that are ongoing they have the statutory power to stop such building from further construction They can be located in any branch of the Nigerian Society of Engineers nationwide They have been empowered by law to be able to investigate any property that is under construction that is suspicious or that can cause any danger to the community Also I know that different states are also coming up with their own building control agencies which are empowered to be able to monitor building projects throughout the length and breadth of their towns he said Lagunju emphasised the support of the media in helping out with publicity to ensure that the people did not patronise quacks Mr Ismail Olaniran the Director Oyo State Bureau of Physical Planning and Development Control said the state government had been proactive in ensuring that private and public developers obtained certificate of completion for their property before occupying them Olaniran said that this was part of the government s efforts to guard against building collapse in the state The certificate which is the last stage of approval given to developers in the state will confirm the compliance of the structure with the requirements stipulated in the building plan Oyo State planning laws even require developers to obtain certificate of compliance for every stage of their construction This is to ascertain whether they comply or deviate from the approval given to them Also a copy of the approved plan with all approval stamps must always be on the site during construction Any property without approval on sites will be served with contravention or demolition notice These planning laws and building instructions are to avert any defect and building collapse In Osogbo Mr Tunde Fadahunsi the Chairman Nigerian Institute of Surveyors NIS Osun State chapter attributed building collapse to the engagement of non professionals in building constructions Fadahunsi who noted that there were many charlatans in the building construction sector said that many usually engaged non professionals for their building construction ignorantly It is a pity that many building owners do not take cognisance of surveyors and survey plans which are crucial in building construction he said Fadahunsi described the role of surveyors in building construction as essential calling on professional architects and town planners to always work with the surveyors plan to get their work done perfectly Before you can build a house you need a survey plan The survey plan is what the architect will design on Also before contractors can start building the surveyor will still come to set out the building layout even after completion of the building In summary a surveyor has to be engaged because they play a key role in any building or road construction work he said Dr Grace Ojo Associate Professor Department of Quantity Surveying Obafemi Awolowo University OAU Ile Ife urged the Federal Government to enforce necessary ethical construction standards in all phases of construction to prevent incessant building collapse Ojo who is also a registered Quantity Surveyor attributed the menace of building collapse to the use of inferior materials According to her there are certain specifications that must be adhered to in order to minimise building collapse She also identified the involvement of quacks in building construction as another reason for building collapse in the country She frowned at the practice of issuing approvals for buildings without sighting all the required documents by the appropriate authorities This corrupt practice can stand as another reason for the frequent building collapse recorded Ojo therefore called for the enforcement of and the compliance with all necessary standards as required by construction regulated bodies In Ilorin a Structural Engineer Mr Adeniyi Balogun identified substandard building materials corruption and cutting corners on the part of supervising engineers as factors responsible for building collapse Balogun said that faulty structural designs and inadequate or no regulation from relevant government departments were among other causes of the problem For example when a 16 mm reinforcement bars are not standard anymore you will notice it is 14 mm when measured with the callipers We have regulations as contained in the National Building Code NBC but the issue is implementation Government alone has the sole responsibility to empower the physical planning authorities to enforce the NBC lack of enforcement will only lead to a free for all attitude to buildings In his opinion an expert in building construction Yinka AbdulHakeem also said substandard building materials for construction was the major cause of sudden building collapse Most of the building materials available in the market now are substandard For instance an iron rod of 12 inches can just be10 inches when well checked The same thing with cement the quality has reduced and these materials are the things that really matter in determining a good construction AbdulHakeem said AbdulHakeem said that government should punish any engineer violating the rules and regulations of construction work by demolishing such sites Another engineer Usman Olanrewaju said that some quacks parading themselves as building engineers had taken over building projects in the country Government must rescue the situation by enforcing the building code and arrest of unqualified and fake builders in the country Another engineer Mr Taiye Aina tasked the government to ensure effective monitoring of buildings before completion to prevent mishaps Aina urged the government to arrest quack builders and charge them to court with severe punishment Government must wake up to this reality if truly they want to tackle building collapse The government should start by arresting quacks and fake engineers Flush them out of the system he said In Abeokuta Mr Ademola Adeleke the Chairman Ogun chapter of the Nigerian Institute of Builders blamed incessant building collapses on faulty designs Adeleke who emphasised the importance of quality design in building noted that negligence and incompetence were major factors responsible for poor designs He said that the building industry had also been saturated with unqualified persons who neither attended schools nor went through formal training in reputable organisations He said this had contributed to the menace adding that unsuspecting clients had continued to fall into wrong hands The chairman also attributed the situation to extra ordinary loads which the affected building carry in later years but which were not initially factored into the foundation Wrong use of building is another cause of building collapse This is when a building is used beyond the original or maximum design of the building Also Mr Olasoji Ogunleye Director of Building Ogun Housing Corporation explained that lack of effective supervision and enforcement of rules by relevant authorities were part of the reasons for the situation Ogunleye noted that corrupt practices of the builders and regulators play major role in building collapse in Nigeria Many of our builders often use sub standard building materials so as to make more profit without taking cognisance of the dangers involved This practice has continued because the regulatory authorities are either compromised or fail to put in place effective monitoring mechanism he said Ogunleye also alleged that the menace had persisted because government had continued to take the issue lightly while lives and property were being lost He also called for urgent and quick passage of the National Building Code which he said was prepared in 2006 and currently being reviewed by the National Assembly Mrs Olufunke Adenekan the Chairman Nigerian Institute of Town Planners Ogun chapter said that over the years the issue of building collapse had become a recurring decimal We town planners are always the first to be contacted when it happens but we only grant building permits We neither build nor supervise she said Adenekan however recommended that competent professionals should supervise building constructions and other necessary procedures She also advised people to be wary of quacks in the industry and not to patronise them in an attempt to save cost Government should come up with a law that only the professionals in the construction industry should be allowed to carry out building projects Mr Seyi Bankole a building expert in Sango Ota called for adequate supervision at every stage of a building project According to him this will ensure that incompetence is not concealed and standards are not compromised Bankole called for the confiscation of affected landed property and other serious punishments to serve as deterrent to others Mr Jerome Umoru Ogun Coordinator Standard Organisation of Nigeria SON said that failure to comply with stipulated standards regulations and national building codes before during and after constructions were responsible for building collapse Umoru who also blamed the menace on the use of sub standard materials emphasised that block moulders had huge roles to play if Nigeria must stem the tide of building collapse The SON official who considered block moulding as an important component of any building project stressed the need to subject the production process unto proper scrutiny He expressed concern that in spite of the huge number of block makers in the state only about 10 possess the Mandatory Conformity Assessment Programme MANCAP certificate of the SON to mould blocks In the whole Ogun those who are certified are not up to 10 That shows the gravity of what we are talking about he said He however explained that the organisation had continued to enlighten stakeholders in the building sector on the importance of producing quality materials and applying these materials in right quantities However a civil engineer in Akure Mr Segun Afolabi identified foundation failure as the major and common cause of building collapse Afolabi explained that this could occur when inferior materials were used for building construction According to him building collapse can be curbed by giving out building constructions to construction engineers and by carrying out necessary supervisions He advised COREN to do the needful by putting in place necessary sanction to completely get rid of quacks within the building industry In Lagos the Chairman of the Lagos State chapter of the Nigerian Institute of Building NIOB Mr Lucky Isename listed factors responsible for building collapses to include human errors wrong foundation and use of substandard construction materials Isename told NAN that human error could be corrected by adequate regulation which was lacking thereby encouraging quackery He said the law specified that professional builders must be on site to supervise building production management but lack of enforcement was giving developers opportunity to cut corners on site He said that lack of regulation was also making architects town planners and others perform the role of builders thereby creating a gap that would cause collapse Isename said professional builders were always guided by the builders document which spells out requirements for quality assurance in building production management He said lack of political will on the part of government to prosecute high profile building collapse cases and or enforce laws against their illegalities also caused breaching of construction procedures He cited the Synagogue Church of All Nations and the Nov 1 2021 Ikoyi 21 storey building collapse investigations as an example He also blamed officials of regulatory government regulatory agencies of corruption saying that they take bribes to approve illegalities on construction sites because there are not adequate mechanisms to checkmate their activities The National Vice Chairman Nigerian Institute of Civil Engineers NICE Mrs Omolola Adetona called for enthronement of quality control and assurance to keep collapse away She listed causes of building collapse to include poor quality of construction materials poor supervision lack of good technical skills lack of good monitoring process and people getting away with culpabilities they should be punished for Adetana who is also the Chief Executive Officer Engineering Resource Academy told NAN that the public should become involved to ensure good quality projects delivery Young graduates of engineering should be trained on good working processes Culprits should be banned from construction works she said Mr Olayemi Shonubi the President Nigerian Institute of Quantity Surveyors NIQS called for stiffer penalties including death for erring professionals who cause building collapse Shonubi said the inclusion of life imprisonment or death sentence to existing laws could make construction offences less attractive He advised governments at all levels to strengthen the laws that govern the construction process and include provisions for severe penalties Not only fines for everyone involved in any collapsed building project from approval level to execution level Endemic corruption at all levels has blinded most from adherence to professionalism so much so that they don t care to sacrifice money for human life We have gotten to a stage where professional blacklisting as punitive measure alone is not sufficient and no longer addresses the issue because erring professionals can always get something else to do to make a living But when an erring professional is made to face life imprisonment or death sentence I reckon that this will help to bring sanity as well as curb these untoward developments he said Shonubi called for the involvement of Quantity Surveyors in projects to curb wastages during construction adding that high cost of construction materials was one reason developers and individuals cut corners NAN
    South West stakeholders call for proactive oversight functions to stem building collapse – a survey
    General news6 months ago

    South West stakeholders call for proactive oversight functions to stem building collapse – a survey

    Stakeholders in the construction industry from the South-West Zone have called on relevant authorities to be proactive in their oversight functions to stem the tide of building collapse across the nation.

    The stakeholders made the call in separate interviews with the News Agency of Nigeria in Ibadan, Osogbo, Ilorin, Abeokuta, Akure and Lagos on how to address and curb the incessant building collapse in the country.

    Dr Ibrahim Oyediran, a Senior Lecturer, Department of Geology, University of Ibadan, linked the challenge of building collapse in the Nigeria to the neglect of geologists in the building process.

    According to Oyediran, geologists must be the first point of call whenever anybody thinks of constructing a building.

    He said soil test must first be carried out by geologists before erecting any kind of building.

    “It is the result of the soil test conducted that will reveal the kind of building to be constructed on a given plot of land.

    “However, Nigerians value town planners, surveyors and building engineers more than the geologists.

    “Underestimating the importance of geologists in the process of building houses and roads is like putting the cart before the horse and buildings may continue to collapse, if nothing is done about it,” he said.

    Meanwhile, Wale Lagunju, a registered structural engineer with the Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria (COREN) said the council had remained committed to seeing the reduction of building collapse.

    Lagunju said COREN has a monitoring body known as Engineering Regulatory Monitoring (ERM) committee in almost all the cities and states.

    “Their responsibility is to investigate any building that is under construction and if they notice any inadequacy or poor construction or challenges that are ongoing, they have the statutory power to stop such building from further construction.

    “They can be located in any branch of the Nigerian Society of Engineers nationwide.

    “They have been empowered by law to be able to investigate any property that is under construction that is suspicious or that can cause any danger to the community.

    “Also, I know that different states are also coming up with their own building control agencies, which are empowered to be able to monitor building projects throughout the length and breadth of their towns,” he said.

    Lagunju emphasised the support of the media in helping out with publicity to ensure that the people did not patronise quacks.

    Mr Ismail Olaniran, the Director, Oyo State Bureau of Physical Planning and Development Control, said the state government had been proactive in ensuring that private and public developers obtained certificate of completion for their property before occupying them.

    Olaniran said that this was part of the government’s efforts to guard against building collapse in the state.

    “The certificate, which is the last stage of approval given to developers in the state, will confirm the compliance of the structure with the requirements stipulated in the building plan.

    “Oyo State planning laws, even require developers to obtain certificate of compliance for every stage of their construction.

    “This is to ascertain whether they comply or deviate from the approval given to them.

    “Also, a copy of the approved plan with all approval stamps, must always be on the site during construction.

    “Any property without approval on sites will be served with contravention or demolition notice.

    “These planning laws and building instructions are to avert any defect and building collapse.’’

    In Osogbo, Mr Tunde Fadahunsi, the Chairman, Nigerian Institute of Surveyors (NIS), Osun State chapter attributed building collapse to the engagement of non-professionals in building constructions.

    Fadahunsi, who noted that there were many charlatans in the building construction sector, said that many usually engaged non-professionals for their building construction ignorantly.

    “It is a pity that many building owners do not take cognisance of surveyors and survey plans, which are crucial in building construction,” he said.

    Fadahunsi described the role of surveyors in building construction as essential, calling on professional architects and town planners to always work with the surveyors’ plan to get their work done perfectly.

    “Before you can build a house, you need a survey plan. The survey plan is what the architect will design on.

    “Also, before contractors can start building, the surveyor will still come to set out the building layout, even after completion of the building.

    “In summary, a surveyor has to be engaged because they play a key role in any building or road construction work,” he said.

    Dr Grace Ojo, Associate Professor, Department of Quantity Surveying, Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife, urged the Federal Government to enforce necessary ethical construction standards in all phases of construction to prevent incessant building collapse.

    Ojo, who is also a registered Quantity Surveyor, attributed the menace of building collapse to the use of inferior materials.

    According to her, there are certain specifications that must be adhered to in order to minimise building collapse.

    She also identified the involvement of quacks in building construction as another reason for building collapse in the country.

    She frowned at the practice of issuing approvals for buildings without sighting all the required documents by the appropriate authorities.

    “This corrupt practice can stand as another reason for the frequent building collapse recorded.’’

    Ojo, therefore, called for the enforcement of and the compliance with all necessary standards as required by construction regulated bodies.

    In Ilorin, a Structural Engineer, Mr Adeniyi Balogun, identified substandard building materials, corruption and cutting corners on the part of supervising engineers as factors responsible for building collapse.

    Balogun said that faulty structural designs and inadequate or no regulation from relevant government departments were among other causes of the problem.

    “For example, when a-16 mm reinforcement bars are not standard anymore; you will notice it is 14 mm when measured with the callipers.

    “We have regulations as contained in the National Building Code (NBC), but the issue is implementation.

    “Government alone has the sole responsibility to empower the physical planning authorities to enforce the NBC; lack of enforcement will only lead to a free-for-all attitude to buildings.’’

    In his opinion, an expert in building construction, Yinka AbdulHakeem, also said substandard building materials for construction was the major cause of sudden building collapse.

    “Most of the building materials available in the market now are substandard.

    “For instance, an iron rod of 12 inches, can just be10 inches when well checked.

    “The same thing with cement; the quality has reduced and these materials are the things that really matter in determining a good construction,” AbdulHakeem said.

    AbdulHakeem said that government should punish any engineer violating the rules and regulations of construction work by demolishing such sites.

    Another engineer, Usman Olanrewaju, said that some quacks parading themselves as building engineers, had taken over building projects in the country.

    “Government must rescue the situation by enforcing the building code and arrest of unqualified and fake builders in the country.’’

    Another engineer, Mr Taiye Aina, tasked the government to ensure effective monitoring of buildings before completion to prevent mishaps.

    Aina urged the government to arrest quack builders and charge them to court with severe punishment.

    “Government must wake up to this reality, if truly they want to tackle building collapse.

    “The government should start by arresting quacks and fake engineers. Flush them out of the system,” he said.

    In Abeokuta, Mr Ademola Adeleke, the Chairman, Ogun chapter of the Nigerian Institute of Builders, blamed incessant building collapses on faulty designs.

    Adeleke, who emphasised the importance of quality design in building, noted that negligence and incompetence were major factors responsible for poor designs.

    He said that the building industry had also been saturated with unqualified persons, who neither attended schools, nor went through formal training in reputable organisations.

    He said this had contributed to the menace, adding that unsuspecting clients had continued to fall into wrong hands.

    The chairman also attributed the situation to ‘extra-ordinary loads’, which the affected building carry in later years but which were not, initially factored into the foundation.

    “Wrong use of building is another cause of building collapse. This is when a building is used beyond the original or maximum design of the building.’’

    Also, Mr Olasoji Ogunleye, Director of Building, Ogun Housing Corporation explained that lack of effective supervision and enforcement of rules by relevant authorities were part of the reasons for the situation.

    Ogunleye noted that corrupt practices of the builders and regulators play major role in building collapse in Nigeria.

    “Many of our builders often use sub-standard building materials, so as to make more profit, without taking cognisance of the dangers involved.

    “This practice has continued because the regulatory authorities are either compromised, or fail to put in place effective monitoring mechanism,” he said.

    Ogunleye also alleged that the menace had persisted because government had continued to take the issue lightly, while lives and property were being lost.

    He also called for urgent and quick passage of the National Building Code, which he said was prepared in 2006 and currently being reviewed by the National Assembly.

    Mrs Olufunke Adenekan, the Chairman, Nigerian Institute of Town Planners, Ogun chapter said that over the years, the issue of building collapse had become a recurring decimal.

    “We town planners are always the first to be contacted when it happens, but we only grant building permits. We neither build nor supervise,” she said.

    Adenekan, however, recommended that competent professionals should supervise building constructions and other necessary procedures.

    She also advised people to be wary of quacks in the industry and not to patronise them in an attempt to save cost.

    “Government should come up with a law that only the professionals in the construction industry should be allowed to carry out building projects.’’

    Mr Seyi Bankole, a building expert in Sango-Ota, called for adequate supervision at every stage of a building project.

    According to him, this will ensure that incompetence is not concealed and standards are not compromised.

    Bankole called for the confiscation of affected landed property and other serious punishments to serve as deterrent to others.

    Mr Jerome Umoru, Ogun Coordinator, Standard Organisation of Nigeria (SON), said that failure to comply with stipulated standards, regulations and national building codes, before, during and after constructions were responsible for building collapse.

    Umoru, who also blamed the menace on the use of sub-standard materials, emphasised that block moulders had huge roles to play if Nigeria must stem the tide of building collapse.

    The SON official, who considered block moulding as an important component of any building project, stressed the need to subject the production process unto proper scrutiny.

    He expressed concern that in spite of the huge number of block makers in the state, only about 10 possess the Mandatory Conformity Assessment Programme (MANCAP) certificate of the SON to mould blocks.

    “In the whole Ogun, those who are certified are not up to 10. That shows the gravity of what we are talking about,” he said.

    He, however, explained that the organisation had continued to enlighten stakeholders in the building sector on the importance of producing quality materials and applying these materials in right quantities.

    However, a civil engineer in Akure, Mr Segun Afolabi, identified foundation failure as the major and common cause of building collapse.

    Afolabi explained that this could occur when inferior materials were used for building construction.

    According to him, building collapse can be curbed by giving out building constructions to construction engineers and by carrying out necessary supervisions.

    He advised COREN to do the needful by putting in place necessary sanction to completely get rid of quacks within the building industry.

    In Lagos, the Chairman of the Lagos State chapter of the Nigerian Institute of Building (NIOB), Mr Lucky Isename listed factors responsible for building collapses to include human errors, wrong foundation and use of substandard construction materials.

    Isename told NAN that human error could be corrected by adequate regulation which was lacking thereby encouraging quackery.

    He said the law specified that professional builders must be on site to supervise building production management but lack of enforcement was giving developers opportunity to cut corners on site.

    He said that lack of regulation was also making architects, town planners and others perform the role of builders thereby creating a gap that would cause collapse.

    Isename said professional builders were always guided by the builders’ document, which spells out requirements for quality assurance in building production management.

    He said lack of political will on the part of government to prosecute high profile building collapse cases and or enforce laws against their illegalities also caused breaching of construction procedures.

    He cited the Synagogue Church of All Nations and the Nov. 1, 2021 Ikoyi 21 storey building collapse investigations as an example.

    He also blamed officials of regulatory government regulatory agencies of corruption, saying that “they take bribes to approve illegalities on construction sites because there are not adequate mechanisms to checkmate their activities.’’

    The National Vice Chairman, Nigerian Institute of Civil Engineers (NICE), Mrs Omolola Adetona called for enthronement of quality control and assurance to keep collapse away.

    She listed causes of building collapse to include poor quality of construction materials, poor supervision, lack of good technical skills, lack of good monitoring process and people getting away with culpabilities they should be punished for.”

    Adetana, who is also the Chief Executive Officer, Engineering Resource Academy told NAN that the public should become involved to ensure good quality projects delivery.

    “Young graduates of engineering should be trained on good working processes.

    “Culprits should be banned from construction works,” she said.

    Mr Olayemi Shonubi, the President, Nigerian Institute of Quantity Surveyors (NIQS), called for stiffer penalties including death for erring professionals who cause building collapse.

    Shonubi said the inclusion of life imprisonment or death sentence to existing laws could make construction offences less attractive.

    He advised governments at all levels to strengthen the laws that govern the construction process and include provisions for severe penalties.

    “Not only fines for everyone involved in any collapsed building project from approval level to execution level.

    “Endemic corruption at all levels has blinded most from adherence to professionalism so much so that they don’t care to sacrifice money for human life.

    “We have gotten to a stage where professional blacklisting as punitive measure alone is not sufficient and no longer addresses the issue because erring professionals can always get something else to do to make a living.

    “But when an erring professional is made to face life imprisonment or death sentence, I reckon that this will help to bring sanity as well as curb these untoward developments,” he said.

    Shonubi called for the involvement of Quantity Surveyors in projects to curb wastages during construction, adding that high cost of construction materials was one reason developers and individuals cut corners.

    (NAN)

  •  The Standard Organization of Nigeria SON has created an additional area and regional office in Anambra to expand and deepen its operations in the state Mr Olanrewaju Onipede Coordinator SON in Anambra stated this during the presentation of the Mandatory Certificate and Assessment Program MANCAP to deserving companies in Awka on Tuesday Onipede who is in charge of the Awka Anambra 1 office said that the new area office also known as Anambra 2 was located in Nnewi while the regional office was also in Awka He said the move was to increase the agency s reach to businesses across the state and ease the rigors encountered in supplying access to SON services and processes The SON leadership has approved a new structure in Anambra we now have two state offices in Awka and Nnewi and a state regional office also in Awka This is to get closer to our customers and reduce transportation time and other inconveniences it is to increase efficiency in general he said The coordinator said that the organization had developed a policy of concessions to incentivize genuine artisan businesses and allow them to regularize their operations Onipede warned that the production importation and distribution of unsafe or unapproved products remained a serious crime adding that the culprits would be identified and prosecuted He congratulated the nine companies that obtained new MANCAP certificates for 20 products and another four that obtained the revalidation of seven products for passing the approval processes The coordinator said that the certificate has a duration of three years during which the products will be monitored and that the firms will be able to revalidate them if they consistently comply with the standard or be withdrawn for non compliance Today we issued MANCAP certificates to nine companies for 20 products and revalidated seven products in four companies They submitted to the processes and were found worthy they have been constant and it is impressive to know that we have had no reason to withdraw any certificate That s because they are aware of our regular visits surveillance monitoring and analysis which are most of the time unannounced he said
    SON decentralises operations in Anambra
     The Standard Organization of Nigeria SON has created an additional area and regional office in Anambra to expand and deepen its operations in the state Mr Olanrewaju Onipede Coordinator SON in Anambra stated this during the presentation of the Mandatory Certificate and Assessment Program MANCAP to deserving companies in Awka on Tuesday Onipede who is in charge of the Awka Anambra 1 office said that the new area office also known as Anambra 2 was located in Nnewi while the regional office was also in Awka He said the move was to increase the agency s reach to businesses across the state and ease the rigors encountered in supplying access to SON services and processes The SON leadership has approved a new structure in Anambra we now have two state offices in Awka and Nnewi and a state regional office also in Awka This is to get closer to our customers and reduce transportation time and other inconveniences it is to increase efficiency in general he said The coordinator said that the organization had developed a policy of concessions to incentivize genuine artisan businesses and allow them to regularize their operations Onipede warned that the production importation and distribution of unsafe or unapproved products remained a serious crime adding that the culprits would be identified and prosecuted He congratulated the nine companies that obtained new MANCAP certificates for 20 products and another four that obtained the revalidation of seven products for passing the approval processes The coordinator said that the certificate has a duration of three years during which the products will be monitored and that the firms will be able to revalidate them if they consistently comply with the standard or be withdrawn for non compliance Today we issued MANCAP certificates to nine companies for 20 products and revalidated seven products in four companies They submitted to the processes and were found worthy they have been constant and it is impressive to know that we have had no reason to withdraw any certificate That s because they are aware of our regular visits surveillance monitoring and analysis which are most of the time unannounced he said
    SON decentralises operations in Anambra
    Economy9 months ago

    SON decentralises operations in Anambra

    The Standard Organization of Nigeria (SON) has created an additional area and regional office in Anambra to expand and deepen its operations in the state.Mr. Olanrewaju Onipede, Coordinator, SON in Anambra, stated this during the presentation of the Mandatory Certificate and Assessment Program (MANCAP) to deserving companies in Awka on Tuesday.Onipede, who is in charge of the Awka (Anambra 1) office, said that the new area office, also known as Anambra 2, was located in Nnewi, while the regional office was also in Awka.He said the move was to increase the agency's reach to businesses across the state and ease the rigors encountered in supplying access to SON services and processes.“The SON leadership has approved a new structure in Anambra, we now have two state offices in Awka and Nnewi and a state regional office also in Awka."This is to get closer to our customers and reduce transportation time and other inconveniences, it is to increase efficiency in general," he said.The coordinator said that the organization had developed a policy of concessions to incentivize genuine artisan businesses and allow them to regularize their operations.Onipede warned that the production, importation and distribution of unsafe or unapproved products remained a serious crime, adding that the culprits would be identified and prosecuted.He congratulated the nine companies that obtained new MANCAP certificates for 20 products and another four that obtained the revalidation of seven products for passing the approval processes.The coordinator said that the certificate has a duration of three years during which the products will be monitored and that the firms will be able to revalidate them if they consistently comply with the standard or be withdrawn for non-compliance.“Today we issued MANCAP certificates to nine companies for 20 products and revalidated seven products in four companies.“They submitted to the processes and were found worthy, they have been constant and it is impressive to know that we have had no reason to withdraw any certificate."That's because they are aware of our regular visits, surveillance, monitoring and analysis, which are most of the time unannounced," he said.

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