Exportation: FG reiterates commitment to improve standards of goods

Jennifer Inah, Abuja

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The Nigerian government has reiterated its commitment toward improving standards of goods and services to attract local and international trade in the country.

The Deputy Director Trade, Ministry of Industry Trade and Investment, Mr Aliyu Abubakar stated this at the Validation Workshop on Nigeria National Quality Policy in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital.

Mr Abubakar who represented the Minister of Industry Trade and Investment, Mr Adeniyi Adebayo said the policy will ensure that Made in Nigeria goods and services meets global standard for exports.

“Nigeria could have a National Quality Policy which is very important for trade and even for our national development, even if you are talking of domestic trade you need quality product and services and if you are talking of international trade at all levels your products must meet the necessary quality and standards for them to be in the market.”

“We are validating a policy and hopefully the Federal Executive Council will approve the Policy and have a policy that will take the Nigerian economy to the next level, it will actually help in terms of diversification of the productive sector of the economy, the government wants to reduce reliance on oil by going into the non-oil sector,” he added.

Speaking on the new draft of the policy, the Director General of the Nigeria National Accreditation Service, NiNAS, Mr Celestine Okanya assured consumers of getting value for their money when the policy is implemented.

“We want to be sure that every product manufactured or imported in to this country is good for the people, safe for the people and if it is produced here we can confidently sell it to foreign countries without rejection so we are diversifying our economy and to do that we need a good policy system,” Mr Okanya stated.

According to him, “from this policy we are validating today as a consumer of goods and services you are now assured that we have plans to ensure that in whatever you purchase, you must get value for your money, now this policy is holding all of us responsible”.

The National President, Nigeria Association of Small and Medium Enterprise and Board of Director, NiNas, Mr Degun Agboade stated that the policy would guarantee that there is an accreditation body to curb the importation of substandard goods and services.

Peace PIAK