SON Sends Manufacturers Important Message To ‘Weed Out Quacks’
The Standard Organisation of Nigeria has sent an important message to manufacturers.
In the latest health news in Nigeria, manufacturers have been advised to help ‘weed out quacks.’
The Director-General of SON, Alhaji Farouk Salim revealed this at a ‘Stakeholders’ Meeting and Sensitization Workshop’ with manufacturers in Awka, Anambra State on Thursday.
Speaking at the event themed “The Impact of Quality Assurance on Businesses” he urged firms not to allow illegal operators to ruin their efforts.
Farouk who was represented by his Senior Special Assistant Emeka Duru spoke on SON’s core mandate.
“Core mandate of what we do is to ensure that Nigeria made products are quality assured and it is our mandate also to protect firms. I urge you to form associations so that you can articulate your challenges and agenda. This will also help you to work with SON to weed out quacks. Those of you here have nothing to fear but you must assist by exposing those at home.”
The regional director of the organization for Anambra State, Don-Pedro Papaye spoke about community practices.
Papaye said the workshop was part of SON’s goal of promoting businesses and protecting consumers.
He said that the regional office in Anambra would help SON achieve community operations.
Papaye revealed that a laboratory would be constructed in the state. This would facilitate product testing and response.
He explained further that the laboratory would hasten the time of the sample test. Also, the laboratory site would facilitate early results. There is the advantage of avoiding the risk of long-distance product sampling.
“The workshop is essential as part of our services. We meet with manufacturers on a quarterly basis to discuss critical issues that would bring improvement in their products and business.
“So, our surveillance teams are working, going to the market to identify products that have not been certified, and when we see such, we confiscate.”
Elisha Jugu, an officer in the Mechanical Engineering Unit emphasized the need for Quality Management.
Jugu said Quality Management was crucial for the survival of any firm.
According to him, both quality assurance and quality control entailed quality standards.
He explained that they ensured that quality was upheld from the manufacturing process to the customer care desk.
The manufacturing process involves raw materials. Machines and machines the finished stage involved personnel, marketing and customer desk.
Jugu said SON monitors quality compliance through:
Regular inspection visits.
Renewal of MANCAP certificate and training.
Source: PUNCH Health Wise