FG Explains Why Nigerian Products Are Not Accepted Abroad

By Ikenga Chronicles November 28, 2018

FG Explains Why Nigerian Products Are Not Accepted Abroad

The Federal Government yesterday revealed that most of the products manufactured in the country are being rejected when exported abroad. This was made known during a non-oil export dialogue convened by the Policy Development Facility Phase 2 funded by UK Aids.

It was explained that manufacturers fail to conform to global standards in production and packaging which makes them unacceptable in the international market.

Agencies of the Federal Government including the Nigeria Agricultural Quarantine Service (NAQS), National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), Standard Organization of Nigeria (SON), stressed the need for potential manufacturers to seek adequate knowledge on the standard and specifications required at the international market.

The session brought together manufacturers, entrepreneurs, farmers and representatives of Chambers of Commerce, Mines and Agriculture across the country to explore ways of improving market access to Nigerian products being exported abroad.

The Coordinating Director of NAQS, Dr. Vincent Isegbe, noted that most countries spend more time inspecting Nigerian products imported because of the belief that the manufacturers didn’t conform to specifications.

Noting that Nigeria is on the high priority area of countries not conforming, he charged manufacturers to self-regulate and do the right thing.

“You should do what is right. It is good for you to have better access to the market. All we will do as regulatory agencies is to complement,” he said.