The Minister of State Industry, Trade and Investment, Hajia Mariam Katagum says the Standards Organisation of Nigeria, SON is a useful tool in the delivery of the Ministry’s mandate of facilitating trade and the growth of the Nigerian industrial sector.
Hajia Katagum stated this at an occasion to mark the 50th anniversary of the standards Organisation of Nigeria in Abuja on Monday.
Hajia Mariam Katagum said 50 years was a long time in the life of an organisation in Nigeria especially given the fact that the country’s existence as an independent country, was only 12 years longer.
“SON must therefore be one of the oldest government institutions in Nigeria. This anniversary, is undoubtedly a milestone worth celebrating. In addition, the steady growth of the Organisation from its humble beginnings to becoming the Apex Standards Body in Nigeria, with constitutional responsibilities, is also remarkable and worth celebrating”. She noted
While congratulating the organisation, Hajia Mariam said SON has been ranked first in the Ease of Doing Business by the Presidential Enabling Business Environment Council.
“In acknowledgement of its consistent implementation of reforms aimed at making its services more easily accessible to the public, SON has been ranked first in the Ease of Doing Business by the Presidential Enabling Business Environment Council PEBEC.
In addition, the Organisation recently received an Award from the National Information and Technology Development Agency NITDA for Ease of Doing Business in the Information Technology Sector. These two recognitions are no doubt fitting anniversary gifts which will of course challenge the organisation to keep up its good work.”
Earlier the Director General of the SON, Mallam Farouk Salim said it was working with the National Assembly to ensure the review of the agency’s act and appealed for speedy facilitation of the process.
While acknowledging the achievements and strides of SON in the last 50 years, Mallam Farouk Salim said his vision for the Organsation in the next 50 years is to be the foremost standardisation body in Africa and among the top ranking globally.
“While this vision is achievable, the Organisation will need to surmount severe challenges such as Political changes in Government policies like often removing the Organisation at points of entry. Foreign trade policy of some Governments that actively encourage exportation of substandard products Economic Low disposable income that drives purchase of substandard products among others”.
In a goodwill message, the Minister of state for works and housing Alhaji Umar El-yakub said SON has changed the story of made in Nigeria goods.
Also, the representatives of Nigeria customs service, manufacturers association of Nigeria, NAFDAC commended SON on efforts to ensure eradication of substandard products.
There was a launch of the SON compendium and presentation of awards to deserving members of staff.
Reporting by Victoria Chimezie; Editing by Oluwaseyi Ajibade and Annabel Nwachukwu