PZ Cussons Nigeria Limited has been presented with a certificate of conformity to the requirements of International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO) 9001: 2015 Quality Management System (QMS) standard by the Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON). PZ Cussons is the first to be so certified with the new standard by SON. The certification, which is valid for three years, means that products and services from the manufacturing giant consistently meet customer’s requirements, and that quality is consistently improved. At the certificate presentation to the company at its factory in Ikorodu, Lagos, during the week, the Director General (DG) of SON, Mr. Osita Abaloma, said that with the ISO 9001: 2015 QMS certificate, the Ikorodu and Aba factories of PZ Cussons are adjudged to have a system in place to deliver quality products to its customers at all times.
BUA Group to increase cement market share with 10m tonnes – BUA Group has unveiled plans to increase its cement market share with 10 million metric tonnes by 2018. At the company’s yearly customers’ forum and award held in Abuja, its Executive Chairman, Abdulsamad Rabiu, said the firm would double its production capacity through an expansion of its production plants. “Cement business is a very challenging one, because it is a capital intensive business especially with the declining value of the naira. But I want to assure you that we have embarked on an expansion drive that will be completed by the end of next year or at the beginning of 2018,” Rabiu said. He said cement was cheap compared with other African countries, noting that, despite the harsh operating environment, the company would continue to meet its stakeholders’ aspirations. Rabiu said the essence of the forum was to celebrate the success of the company’s partners and interact with them.
FAO-supported farmers hope for good harvest – Farmers supported by Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) in Northeast are looking forward to good harvest, going by the quantity and quality of crops they have gathered so far from their fields. A monitoring and evaluation officer at Community Based Agricultural and Rural Development Programme (CBARDP), the FAO implementing partner in Borno State, Salisu Bukar Mohammed Ngulde, said: “Most of the crops are grown by women who make up 40 per cent of the project”. They have already started harvesting their crops from the dry season interventions and have food for their families for some time to come while they sell part of their produce to make some money. They are now able to get income, save feeding costs and have surplus at home to take care of other basic needs for a few months. The FAO is collaborating with the governments of Belgium, Ireland and Japan to support these farmers.