Makurdi — Governor Sam Ortom of Benue State has expressed his state government's commitment to partner with the Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON), to ensure agriculture produces from the state are certified for export.
The governor revealed this in the course of Standards Organisation of Nigeria's campaign in Makurdi, the state capital.
He said certification of produce would boost their export value and also help in checkmating the rejection of Nigerian export produces in the international market.
Ortom said the state was blessed with abundant natural resources that could serve as back bone for the industries and for export
According to him, the state was ready to partner with relevant agencies of the Federal Government, especially the SON, towards helping value addition, wealth creation and jobs for Nigerians.
He also applauded the current SON leadership for embarking on a noble initiative of building the capacity of operator of micro, small and medium enterprises (MSME), describing it as a step in the right direction given that MSMEs are the engine of growth of any economy.
In his response, the Acting Director-General of SON, Dr Paul Angya, said the essence of the visit which began in Nasarawa state was to sensitize the MSME operators on the importance and benefits of deploying standards in their production and businesses.