The Standards Organisation of Nigeria has certified Dangote Cement Plc as having passed the Mandatory Conformity Assessment Programme, a development the agency says has distinguished the company among its competitors.
The Director-General, SON, Osita Aboloma, stated that a new revised standard for cement production in Nigeria had been released.
The SON DG, who was represented by the agency’s Director of Standard Development, Mrs Chinyere Egwuonwu, stated these during a partnership facility tour of the Dangote Cement Plant, Obajana, Kogi State by top officials of the organisation from the northern parts of the country.
He noted the new certification was an attestation to Dangote Cement’s quality products and its capacity to conduct in-process and in-house tests on its raw materials and finished products in conformity with relevant national standards.
“Through our conformity assessment activities, we have always visited your plants on routine quarterly factory inspections to ensure compliance of your products with relevant national standards. The outcome of these activities is the certification of your products to the Mandatory Conformity Assessment Programme,” Aboloma said.
The SON boss stated that the revised standard for cement, the NIS 444-1:2018, had been approved by the Standard Council of Nigeria and was ready for implementation.
Aboloma commended Dangote Cement for its active participation, especially in the area of standard development, saying the SON appreciated the company’s effort and that it would be ready to collaborate with the management on other issues.
In his remark, the Group Managing Director, Dangote Cement Plc, Joseph Makoju, said the company had never taken the issue of standard with levity and that was why it did not limit itself to the set standards, but usually exceeded standards both in quality of its products and environmental friendliness of its plants operations.
The Obajana Plant Director, Veeraraghavan Sirinivasan, boasted that the plant was the largest single cement plant in Africa, South of the Sahara and thanked the SON officials for deeming it fit to visit the plant as partners.
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