SON  moves against sub-standard goods, partners critical stakeholders 


The Standards Organisation of Nigeria says it has commenced a nationwide sensitisation campaign with critical stakeholders on the need to have only standard and quality products in circulation.

The Director -General, SON, Mallam Farouk Salim, disclosed this when he paid a courtesy visit to the Enugu State Commissioner of Police, Mr Ahmad Abdurrahman in Enugu, the state capital.

He noted that the SON had always worked in partnership with Nigeria police, critical stakeholders and other government regulatory agencies.

Salim said the existing cooperation between the agency and the police had lasted for over 50 years, adding that the time had come to re-enforce the partnership for the greater benefit of the country in checking sub-standard goods.

He said, “With the help of the police, collaboration of other government regulatory agencies and other stakeholders; SON will definitely deliver on its mandate to secure all goods sold and consumed in the country.

“The police can further help us with enough officers and men to make our enforcement operations seamless,.”

He maintained that the benefits of stocking, selling and patronising quality and standard products could not be over- emphasised.

He, however, sympathised with the police especially Enugu State Police command for personnel and tools lost during the hijack of the peaceful #EndSARS protest by hoodlums in the state.

He said, “As partners in progress, SON is standing with the Nigerian Police, especially this command in this trying period and we will not mind to contribute our little quota to bring succour to families of deceased policemen if called upon to do so.”

Responding, Abdurrahman assured SON of cooperation to carry out its mandate of enforcement in the state and rid the state and by extension the nation of sub-standard products.

According to the commissioner, SON is also security organisation by the virtue of its mandate.

“The police will support your work; since the work of SON and police are closely related, in that police check human criminality; while SON checks materials or goods criminality.

“So, SON is a partner in our quest to reduce all forms of crimes in the country.”

Other highlights of the visit were souvenir presentation by the Commissioner of Police to the Director-General of SON and a group photograph of SON top officials and senior ranking police officers.

Meanwhile, Salim has started a-three-day tour of formations and Institutes under his organisation’s purview, as well as interact with government officials and concern stakeholders.

The SON boss first point of call was inspection of SON’s office, Engineering Laboratory, National Metrology Institute under construction and interaction with staff of the agency.



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