•Tasks local manufacturers on global best practices
In recognition of its quality and adopting Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) in the country, the Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) has certified the processes of PZ Cussons Nigeria Plc by issuing the firm its ISO 9001:2015 Quality Management System (QMS) certificate.
Making reference to the certification, the agency’s Director General, SON, Osita Aboloma, has charged local manufacturers to adopt global best practices when producing goods and services for public consumption, saying this is the only way to surpass consumers’ expectations.
The Chairman, PZ Cussons Nigeria Plc, Kola Jamodu, during the certificate to his company by SON, said the quality management system of its factories in Ikorodu and Aba was established on the strategic direction, culture and value of the organisation, stressing that the company is now more committed to manufacturing products that not only meet but also exceed consumer expectations.
The PZ Cussons boss sought government’s intervention in protecting local manufacturers against the influx of substandard and fake products, even as he commended the Director General, SON for his relentless efforts in ensuring that only goods that meet the minimum requirement of the Nigeria Industrial Standards (NIS) are traded in Nigerian markets.
“Our association with SON has been historic. We are one of the pioneers that started dealing with Standards and quality regulators since the promulgation of the enabling act setting up the organisation in 1971. The company subjects its process to Mandatory Conformity Assessment Programme ( MANCAP) and SONCAP,” he said.
In his response, Aboloma, explained that the present administration is working tirelessly to create the enabling environment for local industries to thrive and remain competitive at the global market.
Aboloma however, assured local manufacturers of the agency’s commitment to protect local manufacturers in the country, seeking the support of Nigerians to join hands with SON to combat the influx of fake and substandard goods in the country.
On the certification, he said the company has joined a privileged class of ISO 9001:2015 Quality Management System (QMS) certified organisations and a trail blazer for others to follow on the requirement of this new standard.
He said that the milestone achievement in the pursuit of service and excellence and business practice in line with international best practices is commendable and worthy of emulation by all manufacturers and service providers in Nigeria.
According to him, the on-going challenges continue to create and sustain opportunities for local content development in Nigeria.He pointed out that the adoption of the ISO 9001:2015 QMS framework reflects the company’s vision to be a centre of excellence in the manufacture of soaps, detergents and other household products, leveraging on the best talents in Nigeria and internationally.
He said the QMS approach provides a robust, global recognised and acceptable solution to address the challenges associated to the business and harnessing the opportunities.
“Achieving this certification is a demonstration of your management system’s conformity to internationally acceptable standard requirements and the ability of PZ Cussons Nigeria to get it right the first time and all the time”, he added.