The Standards Organisation of Nigeria has inaugurated the first international food and chemical laboratories in Nigeria and stakeholders in the industrial sector are already seeing their benefits to Nigerian exporters .
The laboratories, said to have received accreditation status 17025 from the International Organisation for Standardisation, have also been certified by the American Association of Laboratory Accreditation.
At the inauguration ceremony themed, ‘Delivering Nigeria Produce To The World,’ the stakeholders commended the efforts of the Director-General, SON, Dr. Joseph Odumodu and his team for setting up indigenous food and chemical technology laboratories of international standard without employing the services of foreign consultants.
In his keynote address at the occasion, the Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Dr. Olusegun Aganga, noted that the timing of the laboratories coincided with a period of diversification of Nigeria’s revenue sources.
He noted that the laboratories would bring an end to the plight of Nigerian exporters and the practice of exporting Nigeria’s agro allied products through Ghana.
He said, “For decades, the country has lost significant amount of revenue and our exporters have suffered heavy financial losses because of the number of rejected export items from Nigeria.
“The situation became so bad that Nigeria, the number one economy in Africa had to export its products through Ghana.