SON DG, Dr. J.I Odumodu (MFR)
By Olaolu Olusina
The Nigerian business community appears set for the maiden Nigeria Quality Summit being organised by the Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) and slated for Thursday, December 6, in Lagos as several companies and agencies are hastening efforts to participate in what has been dubbed the defining moment in Nigeria’s economic renaissance.
THISDAY learnt that organisations that registered for participation last week actually out-numbered those who did since registration started two months ago and they include foam, foods and beverages makers, bottling companies, breweries, services providers (telecoms and banks), and some conglomerates.
It was gathered that government agencies, mainly states’ ministries of commerce, trade and economic planning from the North-east, North -central and South-east, are also booking to participate in the summit.
Chairman of the planning committee, Mr. ‘Biola Komolafe, who confirmed the development, expressed delight that government agencies are equally responding.
“State ministries of trade and commerce are the drivers of economic activities and should be enlightened about standards more than the business owners who often engage in manufacturing without a modicum of standards. Take block making for instance, most block makers fabricate outright substandard products and state officials are ignorant of the disasters waiting to happen.
“With experts from industrialised nations such as Sweden, Malaysia, South Korea, South Africa and a developing economy such as Kenya as well as the cream of Nigerian business leadership, the Nigeria Quality Summit 2012 is a great opportunity for organisations to interact and upgrade their efficiency,” he said.
Komolafe disclosed that Mr. Fredric Stany of the Swedish Standards Institute; Dr. Sadhvir Bisson of the South African Bureau of Standards, Mr. Wan Mamat of the Department of Standards Malaysia, Dr. Ku Yoon of the Korean Agency for Technology and Standards and Mrs. Eva Odour of the ISO Committee for Developing Countries are among confirmed speakers at the event.