The Ministry of Small and Medium Scale Enterprises in Abia has said that the state government will support manufacturers in the state that complied with the current good manufacturing practice.
The Permanent Secretary of the ministry, Mr Nkwachukwu Agomuo, said this on Friday at a sensitisation workshop on Current Good Manufacturing Practice in Aba.
News Agency of Nigeria reports that the workshop was organised by the Abia Office of the Standards Organization of Nigeria (SON).
Agomuo said that government would subsidise products with good manufacturing practice to make them affordable and also sustain the businesses.
He therefore urged manufacturers not to be afraid to produce standard goods with high quality because of high production cost.
He gave assurance that government would not allow such companies to close shop.
He said that good manufacturing practices would help businesses to grow their customer base, profit and name, which would make their goods and services acceptable in foreign markets.
Agomuo warned against the dangers of patronising fake products and quacks, saying that producers of fake products would go into extinction, when Nigerians ceased to patronise them.
He said: “There are lots of perennial problems that our production systems are put to due to our failure to follow good manufacturing practices, so we need to change.”
In a speech, Mr David Obi, the Regional Coordinator of SON, said there was need for manufacturers to cooperate with the organisation to improve the quality of their products.
He urged them to regulate their operations in order not to put the lives of their companies and people in jeopardy.
He regretted that manufacturers in Aba were producing below standards, alleging that they often gave fake addresses to SON, thus making it difficult to trace their locations.
He urged them to have a rethink about their activities and engage in businesses that would not be harmful to human lives.
He said that this would not only help to grow their businesses but also make SON’s operations in the area less stressful.
Also, Mr Lad-Alabi Oluyomi, the State Coordinator of SON, said the menace of counterfeits had often put pressure on SON to invoke its operational laws against offenders.
He appealed to manufacturers to save themselves and SON the hassles of subjecting them through the force of law by applying self-regulatory measures.