The Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) has urged film producers to adhere to standards to drive the industry.
Director-General,Osita Aboloma, made the call at a stakeholders’ meeting with the legends of Nollywood industry, in Lagos, during the week.
The theme of the meeting was: “Empowering the Nigerian film Industry-issues and prospects.”
Aboloma, who was represented by the Head, Customer Feedback and Collaboration Unit, SON, Mrs. Mosunmola Samuel, said adherence to quality products and services would ensure inclusive growth.
Noting that everything in the world is about standards, Abaloma maintained that the agency would continue to work tirelessly in educating Nigerians to be abreast of global trends.
He noted that the agency was throwing its weight behind the film industry to ensure that whatever instruments used conformed to the Nigerian Industrial Standard (NIS).
“We are poised to use every opportunity to educate Nigerians on quality issues,’’ he said, adding that consumer protection could only be achieved through standards hence, the film industry needed to combat faking and counterfeiting through standards.
“We are here to throw our support to the film industry to support their legends. We are also here to educate them and the physically challenged that are legends. They have contributed one way or the other to the success story of Nigeria.
“We want to assure them that when they buy made-in-Nigeria certified products, they are buying safety. We want to also educate them on how to identify certified and quality products. If you look at the film industry today, all the products they use are brought into the country and we have a SONCAP scheme that ensures that these products conform to standards,” Abaloma said.
He added that the SON moved to educate them to look beyond the aesthetic beauty and watch out for the specifications.
“We are here to support them that through quality the film industry will remain sustainable,” he declared, assuring that SON will continue to use every medium to educate and sensitize the Nigerian consumers.
In every forum, we discuss standards the safety aspect is taken care of using standards. We talk about every day to day activity. Everything in the world is about standards and we will continue to educate them about the importance of standards”.
The convener, Paul Obazele, commended the agency for its fight against fake and substandard goods in the country.
“SON has helped the film industry by ensuring that only instruments that meet global best standards are used in film production.
“We are highly grateful for the support and encouragement of the SON. The agency has continued to fight relentlessly to safeguard every sector of the economy against the influx of fake and substandard goods in the country. This is the way to protect the local industries from unfair competition,” Obazele said.