About 103 Nigerian products meant for export to the international market have been rejected due to their unacceptable international quality stamdard.
The Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Mr Olusegun Aganga,who make this declaration in Abuja recently, said government was disturbed by the high volume of rejected products.
He attributed the development to lack of accredited laboratories in the country, where the products could be tested before being shipped abroad.
The Minister noted that while the rate of rejected products exported from Nigeria was over 103, countries like South Africa and Ghana had just six and seven rejected products.
He however, said with the reforms that had been carried out by the current administration within the last four years, Nigeria now had an internationally-accredited laboratory in Lagos, which would help to check the drift.
He explained that since the laboratory in Lagos meets international standard as any product tested there would be acceptable anywhere outside the country, thus saving the huge revenue being lost to manufacturers and countries wherever there was product reject.
”We all say we want to diversify the economy with a view to increasing our income from non- oil products. But there is no way we can achieve this without having quality infrastructure such as the laboratory.”
”For instance, we could not export yam to the United Kingdom because we do not have a laboratory to test it here.