The BUA Sugar Refinery has received the revalidation of the Mandatory Conformity Assessment Programme, MANCAP, product quality certificate of the Standards Organisation of Nigeria, SON, for its refined white sugar.
BUA Sugar Refinery is a subsidiary of BUA Group of Companies.
Osita Aboloma, the Director-General of SON, made this known on Tuesday at the presentation of the certificate to the company in Lagos.
Mr Aboloma, represented by Joseph Ugbaja, the Lagos State Coordinator of SON, said that the revalidation of the company’s MANCAP Certificate was an attestation to its product and process conformity to production standard.
Recall that MANCAP was introduced by SON in January 2006 as part of the measures by the Federal Government to entrench the culture of quality in the manufacturing sector.
Mr Aboloma said that MANCAP protected manufacturers against counterfeiting and unfair trade practices that instilled confidence in consumers that locally produced goods were fit and safe for intended use.
“The certificate we are about to present today is a revalidation and reaffirmation of their product’s quality after our routine checks and test in the last three years.
“We want to equally remind you that the certificate can be withdrawn by SON at any time you deviate from the standards or your quality falls short of the minimum requirements,” he said.
The SON chief advised BUA to ensure that its Quality Assurance Department was empowered for the greater role of ensuring good quality products through provision of equipment and independence of their operations.
Earlier, Ibrahim Yaro, the Managing Director, BUA Sugar Refinery, said that the certification was the demonstration and recognition of the consistent quality maintained in their sugar production.
“BUA Sugar Refinery has gone through the vigorous process of routine inspection, tested and satisfied the SON’s stringent conditions for the award of the Quality Mark and is being awarded the SON prestigious quality of MANCAP.
“BUA Sugar Refinery produces 2,000 metric tonnes of sugar per day and we use the best technology in our production line,” he said.
Mr Yaro said that the company would continually ensure quality in all its production line toward building the nation’s economy and boosting the image of the manufacturing sector.
He said that the company would continue in its drive to boost the nation’s self-sufficiency in sugar production through investment in backward integration.