The Federal Government has commended the Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) for the agency’s renewed vigor in the fight against fake and substandard products in the country.
Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Adeniyi Adebayo, who gave the commendation at the commissioning of SON’s office and laboratory complex in Ekiti State, said the new infrastructure marks another milestone in the country’s quest to build a new society free from substandard products, imported or manufactured locally.
“The construction and equipping of this edifice has in fact become a priority as the construction and equipping of the edifice has in fact become a priority as we gradually and systematically march towards independence and self-reliance from oil from oil to non-oil export for economic growth and development.
“Let me emphasise that no serious will engage in manufacturing of any product without first checking for regulatory compliance standards have his product pass through rigorous tweeting and quality control system to be provided in the laboratory in house in the company”, Adebayo emphasized, adding that many Nigerian lives have been cut short as a result of substandard products.” He said.
Adebayo vowed that going forward, SON will come hard on violators as the DG and management have assured the Federal Government of their resolve to tame the tide. He assured Nigerians that the Agency will soon get rid of engine oil laced with sophisticated debris capable of destroying vehicle engine, fake LPG Cylinders, and other substandard products, from the society.
In his welcome address at the occasion, the Director General of SON, Farouk said the commissioning of the Ekiti permanent office and lab is in line with the agency’s new found vigor in fighting fake and substandard products in the country. He expressed delight over the official commissioning of the Office andLaboratory.Complex.in the state, noting that SON is now more determined than ever to fight the menace.
“Within a few weeks of taking over the mantle of leadership at SON I was confronted with a high level of infrastructural deficit which has limited the organisation’s operations. I also met ongoing office building projects all around the country which had been embarked upon by the organisation to address the situation.” He noted.
Farouk said SON is currently on the path of closing the infrastructural gaps identified with the wholesale completion of offices and lab projects, adding that the commissioning of such facilities is in line with the National Quality Infrastructure (NQI) plan.
He expressed appreciation to the Minister and his ministry for their support as enshrined in the enabling Act No.14 of 2015 establishing SON.