Intensify efforts to fight importation of sub-standard goods, manufacturers urged

The Presidential Committee on Trade Malpractices, (PCTM) and Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) have urged manufacturers to intensify efforts in fighting importation of sub-standard goods into the country.

The two organizations made the plea today at a meeting with manufacturing companies in Abuja.

During the meeting, four operational vehicles were handed over to the PTCM and SON by the manufacturers as part of Corporate Social Responsibility (CRS).

The companies are SUMO Steels Limited, Aarti Steel, Olak Group and KAM Holding Ltd.

The vehicles donated to the two organisations include three Toyota Hilux and a bus. They are meant to support SON and PTCM’s operations.

Speaking at the meeting, Mallam Dahiru-Ado Kurawa, the chairman of PCTM, said the gesture was meant to support manufacturing sector and by extention Nigerian economy.

Kurawa said his committee is working with other sub-sectors of the economy in order to boost local manufacturing in the country.

“I am happy to inform you that PTCM is currently working with various economic sub-sectors in a bid to supporting local manufacturing and stop the infiltration of foreign goods into the Nigerian economy.

“Stakeholders in the steel sub-sector need to synergize with critical agencies to protect steel industry from total collapse like the textile industry.

Also, the Director-General, Standards Organization of Nigeria (SON), Mallam Salim Farouk, described the donation as a good example of cooperation, assuring that government is determined to protect the industries from collapsing.

Farouk emphasized that the industries create employments, pay taxes, and add value to the nation’s economy hence the need to provide support.

He decried lack of adequate support from the industries stressing that some of the industries do not support where they ought to support.

“If the industries in Nigeria team up as one family, as a force in the public, to protect us as regulators, to protect the people, speak with one voice, believe you me this issue of sub standard goods in the market will be a thing of of the past.

The representative of Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN), Mr. Adeyemi Folorunsho, said that the gesture is part of efforts to appreciate the good works being done by the government establishment.

Folorunsho reiterated that as an association MAN is working not only itself but also to improve the wellbeing of the nation through creation of the needed employments.

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