SON establishes operational roadmap for global expansion of Halal products

By Felicia Nwosu

To continually champion plans that  promote the development of quality products across the board, the Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) has concluded the validation of the final draft report on the roadmap and operational framework for development of Halal products.

The initiative, according to Mallam Farouk Salim, Director-General/CEO of SON, is to help accelerate the speed of Halal product expansion to Nigerians on the global stage for the sector.

The DG, who was represented by Amina Haliru, the Head Halal Desk, reassured that this would be done in line with internationally-accepted Standards for both domestic and foreign consumers while also reiterating the crucial role of standardisation in achieving the set goal.

Salim outlined some of the measures taken by SON to ensure that globally-accepted standards were developed or adopted for the Nigerian Halal Industry.
“It will lead to a boost in the Nigerian economy because the Halal Global Market is valued at trillions of dollars,’’ he said

The SON boss reiterated that they have examined steps that would ensure that products and services met the right specifications and delivered consumers’ expectations, to enable access and acceptance in international markets.
Salim noted that SON has constituted a team to interface with relevant agencies and stakeholders to develop an operational framework for the kick-off of the Halal industry in Nigeria.

Furthermore, he said that the Organisation had established a Training Center in Kano State where all training on Halal Certifications would be held so Nigerian businesses and industries could partake in the Halal Sector.

Meanwhile, Amb. Maryam Katagum, the Minister of State for Industry, Trade and Investment, on his part, commended the committee on the strides achieved thus far.

Katagum noted that the kick-off of the Industry would be useful in the ministry’s mandate of facilitating trade and growing the Nigerian industrial sector.


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