SON: Our Main Objective is Economic Diversification

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Crusoe Osagie

The Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) has said that it will double its efforts to help Nigeria achieve her quest for a diversified economy.

The Director General (SON), Mr. Osita Aboloma, during an inspection visit to the agency’s offices in Enugu and Anambra States recently, said SON has a vital role to play in turning around the nations’ fortune, noting that the Nigeria’s quest for a robust agricultural economy and a strong Industrial development will be realised if the machines and equipment in the SON engineering laboratory, Enugu are fully utilised.

Aboloma noted that the diversification of the economy will bring to bear, doubled efforts in terms of quality and standards, streesing that Nigerians should expect more from the organisation, and therefore, charged staff of the agency to be upright in all aspects of their duties in order to win the confidence of Nigerians.
He emphasised the need to achieve zero tolerance to substandard products in Nigeria, and enjoined the staff to make the best use of the equipment in a way that manufacturers in the country would have no cause to look outside the shores of the country in standardisation and quality assurance of their products.

The Director General noted that the equipment in the laboratory, if well and fully utilised, could cater for Nigeria’s industrialisation demands, which is a component of the National Quality Infrastructure that includes testing and conformity assessment.

Aboloma said though he is in SON to pilot the affairs of the organisation, but stated that his direction will be the same with that of the staff which is to take SON to the next level and also promised to improve on all laudable projects that are ongoing in the organisation including human capital development and staff welfare scheme.
He implored the staff to be good ambassadors of the organisation and change their attitude to work so that SON will be a pace setter for others to follow.

The Director General was also conducted round the construction work at the National Metrology Institute (NMI), and expressed delight over the progress of work done so far and called for accelerated efforts for the project to be completed as scheduled.
He noted that the project when completed will boost Industry and enhance trade and investment both in Nigeria and the ECOWAS, maintaining that it would also improve the diversification drive of the federal government, while also enhancing export of agro- allied and other manufactured goods in the country.