By Olakiitan Victor in Ado Ekiti

The Standards Organisation of Nigeria, on Tuesday said the war against sub-standard products will continue until Nigerians imbibe the spirit of originality in what they produce or sell.

The acting Director-General of SON, Dr. Paul Angya, made the declaration in Ado Ekiti at the inauguration of the first-ever Standards Clubs in Nigeria’s primary and secondary schools.

Angya, who was represented by the agency’s director of operations, Mr. Felix Ayade, explained that the introduction of standards clubs in Nigerian schools was part of the quality assurance activities of SON, aimed at stemming the tide.

The DG listed other past efforts to include regular stakeholders’ forums, rallies, workshops, seminars ,and continuous public sensitisation progammes among others.

According to him, Ekiti would serve as pilot state for the Standards Club scheme while Anambra and Kaduna states would follow in quick
succession.

He disclosed that the initiative to introduce the standards clubs in the nation’s primary and secondary schools was to consolidate the
“catch them young” policy of the agency.

The SON boss announced that part of the duties of members of the school clubs would be to act as vanguards of standards and quality by helping to disseminate information at their different homes and
schools.

The state Commissioner for Education, Mr. Jide Egunjobi, said the state government supported the programme because it had the capacity of inculcating the culture of standards in young children.

He thanked SON for making Ekiti the pilot state in the country for the programme and urged it not to delay in setting-up library at designated schools where students could access information on goods
and services.

Schools being used as pilots include: Christ school, Ado Ekiti; L.A Primary School, Ado Ekiti; Bravford Secondary school, Ado Ekiti and Rose Bud Nursery and Primary school.