By Gilbert Ekugbe
“WE cannot overemphasize the issue of standardisation, because it is the core for every manufacturing output. We are not happy that Standards Organisation of Nigeria, SON, is not allowed to operate at its maximum capacity especially with their absence being felt at the port.”
These were the words of Senator Sam Egwu, Chairman, Senate Committee on Industry during an oversight function to SON offices and laboratories in Lagos.
Justifying reasons for SON’s presence at the ports, he said: “Nigeria is import dependent with porous borders and for them not to be at the port to inspect these goods first hand is not good enough. They should be allowed to be at the port to see these products before they enter into the market.
“We have seen products coming into the country from countries that do not have standards and these goods are all cloned with SON logo, this is certainly not good for the Nigerian economy. If not for SON in its efforts to rid this country, they would have gone into the hands of the unsuspecting consumers,” he said.
Earlier, the Director General, SON, Osita Aboloma, expressed its gratitude to the committee, pointing out at that SON has made steady progress over the years under the leadership of the Senate Committee.
“We have never had it so good under any committee in the history of SON, not only did you bequeath a befitting SON Act; we have also been able to discharge most of our core mandate. I am also proud to tell the world that the issue of possession and co-ownership of the building where our operational office in Lekki is situated has been resolved in favour of SON due to your able leadership, “he said.
“We remain grateful for what you have done for us in terms of funding; we want to also seek your counsel to help us to discharge our core mandate of standardisation and quality assurance. I pray this will be the first of many more visits to SON,” he added.