By Franklin Ocheneyi
‘‘It is on record that in 2017, over 40 training sessions were carried out by the Training Unit as against three of such programmes offered in 2016.”
That was how Osita Aboloma, Director- General, Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) highlighted the importance of capacity building for its staff spread across the country.
Speaking during the International Organisation for Standardisation, ISO, and the International Electrotechnical Commission, IEC laboratory accreditation implementation course held at its training centre in Ogba area of Lagos, he said: ” SON is determined to put the nation’s products at the international markets, pointing out that to achieve this feat, the agency has been equipping its staff with the requisite knowledge and technical know-how required for the smooth operations of the agency’s accredited laboratories across the country.
“The competence development for both staff and the public remained critical especially at a time when advanced economies of the world have transited into a knowledge-based economy.”
Represented by the Director Special Duties, Mohammed Kabir, the Director-General, said that the three days course was one of such programmes to enable the existing accredited laboratories of SON to implement the most current standard released in November 2017.
He disclosed plans to establish more laboratories in the country, noting that the move was to ensure that all goods produced locally and imported meet the minimum requirement of the Nigerian Industrial Standards (NIS).