he Standards Organization of Nigeria (SON) has given a pass mark to the processes and standard of production in PAN Nigeria Limited. This was made known during an industrial conformity check, undertaken by inspectors from SON, who were on ground to carry out an on-the-spot assessment for Mandatory Conformity Assessment Programme (MANCAP) of products manufactured in the country.
Speaking to PANORAMA shortly after the factory tour, Engr. Usman Moses, who led the delegation, said, "The purpose of our visit to the company is to carry out an on-the-spot test for MANCAP certification of Peugeot products" and further commended PAN for its un-relented effort in keeping to the good quality tradition it was known for over the years. Engr. Moses also expressed satisfaction with the outcome of the test conducted by SON engineers, and stated that "the test conducted so far confirmed the company as one who follows standards, and am confident SON will do the needful to make sure PAN gets the certification", he said.
Engr. Moses later advised the management of PAN to keep on with the good work of maintaining standards "because we trust Nigerians will have access to standard Peugeot vehicles which I know, you have all it takes to produce", he emphasised.
It would be recalled that in 2006 Standards Organisation of Nigeria introduced MANCAP to ensure that all manufactured products conform to the relevant Nigerian Industrial Standards (NIS) prior to sales in the markets or export. The scheme which is aimed at protecting genuine manufacturers against unhealthy practices such as production of sub-standards products, faking and counterfeiting as well as unfair competition in trade, will provide consumers the confidence that products manufactured in the country are fit, safe and meet the intended use. It will also ensure that the environment is free from unnecessary wastes and pollution.
Products certified under the scheme are issued with MANCAP certificates, NIS logos and a unique identification number.
High point of the visit was a power point presentation titled, 'Industrial Conformity Check', delivered by Head of Quality, PAN Nigeria, Engr. Chris Osefeko.