Memorandum of Understanding on Quality Control Signed Between Liberia and Nigeria

Thursday, 12th July 2007
Commerce Minister Olubanke King-Akerele and Nigerian Standard Organization Director  Dr. John Akanya sign the MOU, as President Sirleaf looks on.
Commerce Minister Olubanke King-Akerele and Nigerian Standard Organization Director Dr. John Akanya sign the MOU, as President Sirleaf looks on.
Photo Credit: Ousman Diallo/Executive Mansion
Monrovia, Liberia - President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has welcomed the signing on Thursday of a Memorandum of Understanding between the Government of Liberia and Standard Organization of Nigeria. The President described the signing as another dimension of the strong partnership between Liberia and Nigeria which has been continuously demonstrated. The signing, President Johnson Sirleaf noted, further returns Liberia to a state of normalcy.

An Executive Mansion release says the MOU, would ensure that government protects Liberians from harmful goods. The President pledged Liberiaís commitment to the implementation of the Understanding, signed at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs by Commerce Minister Olubanke King-Akerele and Dr. John Akanya, Director General of Standard Organization of Nigeria.

The MOU also seeks to ensure that sub-standard goods do not flood the market. As part of the Memorandum, Liberians will undergo training in standardization and quality control in Nigeria.

Standard Organization Director General Dr. John Akanya, said he was pleased to assist Liberia in standardization training, in keeping with Nigeriaís policy of cooperation. He said standardization is most important for the development of the country. Dr. Akanya emphasized that the continuous dumping of sub-standard goods causes poverty.

Commerce Minister King-Akerele, who requested the assistance from Standard Corporation, said it goes well beyond the Ministry of Commerce. The Minister said, the goal is to also ensure that the laboratory at the Ministry is fully functional. The Commerce Ministry, Mrs. Akerele noted, has a responsibility towards meeting standards to benefit Liberians. She thanked Standard Corporation for its decision to train Liberians in the area of standardization and quality control.

Thursdayís signing ceremony was also witnessed by the Nigerian Ambassador to Liberia, Eineje Enobu, staff of Standard Corporation and Senior Liberian government officials.