The Director-General, Standard Organisation of Nigeria (SON), Dr. Ikem Odumodu, has described the forthcoming Nigeria Quality Summit being organised by SON as a child of necessity.
He disclosed in an interview that the summit scheduled to hold in Lagos on Thursday, December 6, at the Eko Hotel & Suites, with the theme: Less Waste, Better Results: Standards Increase Efficiency, was borne out of the desire to clean the markets of fake products.
He said the maiden edition of the summit offers a golden opportunity for Nigerian businesses, especially small and medium enterprises (SMEs), to start laying a solid foundation in venturing into other markets, especially the huge West African sub-region and beyond.
"The summit is in keeping with our vision to be a facilitative government agency determined to help our local industries to grow. I expect participants at the end of the summit to take the issue of quality standards more seriously and to have acquired an uncommon skill from the array of resource persons we have assembled to update their standards systems and procedures that will drive efficiency.
"We believe that only quality products comparable to the best in the world will hold sway in the market. And we ask ourselves: how many Nigerian-made products meet the required standards? The answer is not encouraging. Quality is a skill and anyone who wants to play and win in today's market place must learn the secrets .
"So, we said Nigerian manufacturers have to be updated on current trends as regards best practices and this can only be done when we tap from the wealth of experiences of established economies. And that's where the idea of the Quality Summit emerged.
"Besides, the whole world is talking about cutting waste and driving efficiency. The International Standardisation Organisation, ISO, in order to further create awareness and sensitise the world, adopted 'Less Waste, Better Results - Standards Increase Efficiency' as the theme for the 2012 World Standards Day celebrations," he explained.