The new Director-General, Standards Organisation of Nigeria, Mallam Farouk Salim has promised to bring changes by promoting the role of standards in local manufacturing, import and export as well as creating an enabling environment for innovations that will stimulate national self-sufficiency.
He made the promise shortly after he took over the baton of leadership from Osita Aboloma in a short ceremony at the Conference Room of the Federal Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment.
It was witnessed by the Minister, Otunba Niyi Adebayo, the Permanent Secretary and Chairman, SON Governing Council, Dr. Nasir Sani-Gwarzo, and some members of management of the ministry and SON.
The new Director General promised to bring his core competencies in organisational restructuring, quality assurance and project management to bear in driving the relevance of SON in national socio-economic development.
Salim said he would strengthen enforcement through increased cooperation with relevant authorities like the Police and the Judiciary, and work more closely with the National Assembly and the Executive arm of Government to update regulations and penalties.
He noted that working closely with the NASS would enable it to lobby for improved budgetary allocations for needed improvements and staff welfare.
He said, “We would also leverage on information and communication technology to disseminate our activities more efficiently, real time, in order to engender greater stakeholders’ buy-in and revamp public confidence in our organisation.”
Salim promised to also lessen red tape, further simplify payment systems through increased investment in information technology, to guarantee improved service delivery, operational efficiency and encourage customer feedback and suggestions towards achieving SON’s goals.
He assured the staff of a level-playing field to enable free flow of ideas and expression of competencies and urged them all to continue to give their best to the nation through the Standards Organisation of Nigeria.
The new SON Chief Executive promised to make stakeholders, particularly the organised private sector groups a fulcrum of his administration’s focus.
Mallam Salim expressed appreciation to President Muhammadu Buhari for the opportunity to further contribute to national development through the Standards Organisation of Nigeria, stressing that he would put in his best to justify the confidence of the number one citizen.
Welcoming the incoming Director-General on behalf of the management and staff, Osita Aboloma commended his predecessors for laying a solid foundation for the advancement of standardisation activities in Nigeria in line with international best practices.
Aboloma stated that the last 4 years had brought forward greater relevance of the SON mandate to the general socio-economic development of the Nigerian nation more than ever before.
The Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Otunba Niyi Adebayo at the occasion, presented a formal letter of commendation and appreciation to Aboloma for his selfless and dedicated services to the nation through SON and wished him well in his future endeavour.