Anthony Aboloma, Director General of Standards Organization of Nigeria(SON) has urged Nigerian manufacturers to work more on quality of goods produced in order to improve on the economy, saying good products have comparative advantage over the substandard goods illegally imported into the country.
The Director-General of SON who was represented by Agboola Folayan, Group Head, Chemical Technology at the presentation of the Certificate of Mandatory Conformity Assessment Programme (MANCAP) to Polar Petrochemicals Limited in Ilorin, Kwara state capital on Wednesday, also urged Nigerians to patronize Made in Nigeria products, adding that such products could compete favourably with similar goods manufactured elsewhere in the world.
“I wish to call on the management to deliberately synergize with the distributors because experience has shown to us that adulteration, fake or any manner of tempering with the product is usually traced to improper monitoring and communication gap, therefore the need to be on the lookout,” said Aboloma
“By this certification given to Polar Petrochemicals – EP140, Rolam X HD50, HAZE 2T SAE 30, ALVA 5000 XP 20W/50 and Polar Supreme 29W/50, company’s name and products are already in the SON website and can be accessed all over the world.
“The certification has also licensed the company to market its products beyond the shores of this country. It is important to note that MANCAP Certification has its conditionalities which were clearly communicated in the award letter.
“However, the commitment shown by the management gives me confidence that polar Petrochemicals Limited with perseverance will not be found wanting.”
Also, Sunday Yashim, the SON Coordinator in Kwara State advised the company to always improve on its products and should not compromise quality of the products, saying: “Take note that lubricating sub sector is full of competition and adulteration, this is very rampart in Kwara State.
“You should guard against any form of adulteration of all your products to win the confidence of your customers”, Yashim added.
Responding, Tasiu Mustapha, the Chairman, Polar Petrochemicals Limited, that said he dreamt of coming up with a product or brand that would be of good quality and acceptable to the consuming public.
Mustapha, represented by Muhideen Babalola, Managing Director of Polar Petrochemicals Limited, described the presentation of the certificate as a huge success and call to do more for the country.
He said, “On behalf of myself and management of Polar Petrochemicals, I want to assure you that we shall ensure that the standard with which this company started with, shall be sustained to all stakeholders’ satisfaction.
“Polar Petrochemical is the first Lubricant Manufacturing and Marketing Company (Major/Independent) to be OHSAS 18001:2007 certified, this is the operational, Health and Safety Assessment Series Awards.
“The harvest of awards is the testimony of the brand quality and has positioned not only the product brands but the company in the global league of international recognised company”.
SIKIRAT SHEHU, Ilorin