SON boss seeks support for local industries, visits ANRML

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Group Managing Director, African Industries, Alok Gupta (left) taking DG, Mallam Farouk Salim through the project site plan of African Natural Resources and Mines Limited located at Gujeni, Kagarko Local Government, Kaduna State during the facility tour.

Group Managing Director, African Industries, Alok Gupta (left) taking DG, Mallam Farouk Salim through the project site plan of African Natural Resources and Mines Limited located at Gujeni, Kagarko Local Government, Kaduna State during the facility tour.

By Valentine Amanze

The Director General, Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON), Mallam Farouk Salim, has solicited support for local industries as a solution to the nation’s high insecurity and the poor economy.

He made the appeal during a visit to the African Natural Resources and Mines Limited (ANRML) at Gujeni, Kagarko Local Government Area of Kaduna State.

The DG also explained that the protection of Nigerian industries would guarantee the protection, safety, greatness and progress of the nation and its people.

Salim pointed out that Nigeria was blessed with enormous natural and human resources that needed investments to harness the inherent benefits with its attendant multiplier effect on individuals, families, communities, companies and the economy as a whole.

His words: “One of the reasons the nation is battling insecurity is the lack of adequate protection for local industries leading to shut down, loss of jobs and income, which leads some into criminal activities”.

He said that gainful employment would provide regular disposable income for the citizen’s wellbeing, payment of personal and company taxes, self-respect and dignity thus discouraging banditry, terrorism, cultism, separatism and generally social vices.

Salim however commended the African Industries, the parent company of African Natural Resources and Mines (ANRML), for believing in Nigeria and re-investing millions of dollars in the country even 50 years, thus contributing to the nation’s gross domestic product.

He described ANRML investment as one of the largest in the nation currently, outside the Oil and Gas sector, stressing that their production of high quality products under SON guidance would be for local consumption and export thus attracting foreign exchange for the nation.

“It is therefore SON’s priority to make the Nigerian industry an entity safe for the workers, competitive for the investors and producing quality goods to meet the needs of our large population and export to the huge potential markets in the West African region with technical support and guidance,” he said.

Salim also called on prospective investors to emulate the ANRML and become part of the journey to improve the lives of Nigerians while enjoying high returns on their investment.

While welcoming the SON DG to the Gujeni Integrated Iron Ore Mining and Processing Project site, Group Managing Director, African Industries, Alok Gupta, commended SON’s role in making Nigerian products globally competitive through its quality assurance activities that help to build consumer confidence for products certified by the organisations.

Gupta disclosed that the Manufacturing Group has been in operation in Nigeria for over 50 years with diversified operations in steel, chemicals, commodities and power generation.

 

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