SON, SEZ partner to implement special economic zones conformity assessment programme

Standards Organisation of Nigeria

The Standards Organization of Nigeria (SON) in partnership with Special Economic Zones are discussing areas surrounding the implementation of the Special Economic Zones Conformity Assessment Programme (SEZCAP).

The Special Economic Zones Conformity Assessment Programme (SEZCAP) is an initiative to enhance the production, importation, sales, and distribution of quality and safe locally manufactured products in Nigeria and the ones to be imported into the Country.

The Director-General of SON, Dr. Ifeanyi Okeke who was represented by Onucheyo Enebi said the organisation will extend its services to ensure products designated for the Nigerian markets meet the requirements of the Nigerian Industrial Standards (NIS) or other regulatory supports for products designated for exports.

The zones involve are Kano, Calabar, and Lagos, the move is to boost standardisation activities in these areas.

He reiterated the organization’s commitment towards ensuring the production and distribution of quality and safe products for Nigerian markets, through its certification processes as mandated by the Act establishing it.

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Speaking, the Managing Director of Nigeria Export Processing Zones Authority (NEPZA), Dr. Olufemi Ogunyemi who was represented by Mrs. Dayo Dada commended the DG of SON for his commitment, consistency, and support for inter-agency cooperation and for also taking prompt actions in ensuring the markets and Country is free of substandard goods which will in turn protect the interest of consumers and the general public.

Head of the Mandatory Conformity Assessment Programme (MANCAP), Akinware Ayodele, emphasized the pivotal role of the SEZCAP certification scheme in enhancing the operational standards within SEZs. He detailed the rigorous processes and procedures involved in the SEZCAP certification, which ensure that businesses operating within SEZs meet high-quality benchmarks.

This not only bolsters investor confidence but also fosters a competitive business environment, ultimately driving economic growth and development. The SEZCAP scheme stands as a crucial element in maintaining the integrity and sustainability of SEZs, aligning them with global best practices and contributing to the broader economic strategy.

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