Mr Joe Onyeabor, Chief Executive of Diamond Paints, on Wednesday advised the Plateau Government to patronise goods made in the state to boost the growth of small and medium enterprises.

Onyeabor made the appeal while receiving the Standards Organisation of Nigeria’s (SON) Mandatory Conformity Assessment Programme (MANCAP) certification in Jos.

He said that the certification indicated that his product had passed the monitoring process and conformed to Nigerian Industrial Standards, thus indicating that the product was safe and of quality

Onyeabor said the state government had on many occasions refused to buy products made in the state, but went out to purchase other locally-manufactured products.

According to him, patronage of small-scale enterprises by the state government will boost the internally generated revenue of the state as well as ensure the creation of more jobs for youths in the state.

Earlier, Mr Musa George, State Coordinator SON in Jos, advised the members of the public to stop purchasing manufactured products without the agency’s certification.

He described products in the market without the agency’s certification as illegal since they had not met the requirements for quality and safety.

The state coordinator said that every product that had met the requirements of the NIS was safe and certified with either a MANCAP or a NIS (Nigerian Mark of Quality) sign.

George said the organisation ensured that all manufactured products complied with NIS requirements before their introduction to the market.

He said that the aim of such requirement was to promote consumer confidence and global competitiveness of Nigerian goods and services.

The official advised the awardees to ensure that they adhere to SON’s standards as their products would still be subjected to regular surveillance.

He warned that the MANCAP certificate could be withdrawn if their products failed to conform to the minimum standards or if the company abused the rules of the usage of the MANCAP logo.

He cautioned them against using the logo and number on their other products that had not been certified.