Nigeria Backs SON on Introduction of PAM

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Enterprise Television- Nigeria Backs SON on Introduction of PAM

The Federal Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment has thrown its weight behind the Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) to introduce its Product Authentication Mark (PAM), noting that the move by the agency is germane to actualising the federal government’s diversification efforts towards increasing patronage of made-in-Nigeria goods and services as captured in the Economic Recovery Growth Plan (ERGP), Executive.

The Minister of State, Federal Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment, Aisha Abubakar, explained that other countries have adopted such measures to protect their domestic market, saying that the planned introduction of PAM is part of the measures being adopted by SON to guarantee the quality of products on sale in the Nigerian market.

Aisha commended SON and National Association of Chambers of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agricultuere (NACCIMA) for organising the stakeholders’ sensitisation forum, which she said serves as an avenue to receive feedback from critical stakeholders towards the smooth take off of the PAM.

Also speaking, the Director General, SON, Osita Aboloma, added that PAM is an added quality assurance mark in furtherance of its role in creating an enabling environment for diversification of the economy and SON’s attempt to put control on the goods consumed by Nigerian consumers.

According to Aisha, the PAM initiative is also another step in supporting the rising interest in healthy living through ensuring consumables meet acceptable local and international quality standards thereby stamping counterfeit products from the Nigerian markets.