Chibuzor Emejor, Abuja
Nigeria has had 103 of its export commodities rejected in the last five years because they failed to meet international quality standards, Minister of Trade, Industry and Investment, Olusegun Aganga, has said,.
Aganga who disclosed this at the inauguration of the Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) complex in Abuja, said the volume of exportable products Nigeria rejected was unacceptable and would be resolved as soon as possible.
The minister said he would present the National Quality Policy developed by SON, which would guaranty quality of standards of goods and services being exported to other countries, to the Federal Executive Council for consideration and approval.
“There is no way we are going to diversify the economy without having the right quality infrastructure in place. There is no way we are going to meet our expectations in terms of generating revenues for the country through exports without National Quality Standards.
“We could not export yam (products) to the United Kingdom because we did not have the laboratory to test it here. The reason we are having (this) high number of rejects is because we did not have internationally accredited laboratories in Nigeria,” he said.
Aganga, however, said he was optimistic that with the launch of the new, accredited laboratories established by SON in Lagos, Nigeria would now export agricultural produce that would meet international standards.
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