The Director General of Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON), Mr. Osita Aboloma has presented the Mandatory Conformity Assessment Programme (MANCAP) certification to Innoson Vehicles Manufacturing Company Ltd, Nigeria’s first indigenous vehicle manufacturing company in Nnewi, Anambra State.
Presenting the MANCAP certificate to the Chairman/CEO of Innoson Vehicles, Dr. Innocent Chukwuma, Aboloma said that the certificate to Innoson Vehicles attests that the company went through a rigorous process of inspections and quality assurance in the last five years or more, has demonstrated compliance to the relevant product standards, is providing products that meet consumer expectations and offer value for money among other benefits.
According to him, ‘’with the award of MANCAP certificate to Innoson brand of vehicles, we are demonstrating the standardization and conformance to standard offer strategic opportunities for increased efficiency, set benchmarks and help promote Made-in-Nigeria products to international market. This award will therefore boost Innoson’s brand across borders. We are in effect saying that Innoson brand is fit to be used in Nigeria and beyond.’’
The SON Chief Executive reiterated his organisation’s mission of promoting consumer confidence and global competitiveness of Made-in-Nigeria products and services through Standardization and Quality Assurance.
He said SON established the Mandatory Product Certification Scheme (MANCAP) to ensure that locally manufactured products provide the required degree of satisfaction to consumers through compliance with applicable standards and government policies on standardization and conformity assessment, stressing that the certification of Innoson Vehicles is provides hitch free export opportunities to other countries particularly within the African Continent.
The National President of Nigerian Association of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (NACCIMA), Hajiya Saratu Iya Aliyu noted that the SON MANCAP certificate award to Innoson Vehicles meant it has met the requirements of the Nigerian Industrial Standards (NIS) and it is a “confirmation of the capacity of the Nigerian industry”.
Responding, the Innoson Vehicle Boss, Chief Innocent Chukwuma gave the assurance that the company will continue to employ international best practices in the production of its vehicles so that they can compare favorably in terms of durability, fuel economy and safety. He stated further that the company’s products are affordable that an average Nigerian worker can purchase easily.