Non-compliance with standards hurting Nigeria’s global competitiveness, says minister
Seeks stronger regulatory framework
Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation, Ogbonnaya Onu, has said non-compliance with standards in production of goods is a major constraint to Nigeria attaining global competitiveness.
He disclosed this in Abuja, yesterday, at the Second National Competitiveness Consultative Forum For Regulatory Establishments in Nigeria.
The forum is a regulatory organ that ensures Nigerian goods and services can favourably compete with global counterparts.
Onu said the need to produce goods that are up to standard cannot be overemphasised, especially at a time when governments all over the world were repositioning their institutions for better productivity in the post COVID-19 pandemic era.
He said: “It is widely known and accepted that even when all the alliances are formed and enhanced productivity achieved, the challenge of conformity to standards remains a most constraining factor for our dear country in attaining improved global competitiveness.
“I am always worried and unhappy when I receive news that our cargoes for export are rejected at either Nigerian ports of departure or ports of destination of such exports. It is not easy to imagine the cost of such damage to owners of businesses and the bad image such occurrences create for our great country.
“We are not fully aware of the sad and unfortunate situations created by substandard, counterfeit and defective materials, goods, processes and even systems on our people and trading partners.”
Onu, therefore, urged manufacturers and stakeholders to ensure strong regulatory frameworks are deployed to build confidence and trust in Nigerian goods and services.
The minister called on participants at the forum to come up with solutions to improve on regulations, the National Quality Infrastructure (NQI) and advance Nigeria’s drive towards global competitiveness.