-by our correspondent
The Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) is counting on the improved partnership with the Nigerian Police to increase the tempo of enforcement activities in the country.
The Director General of SON, Farouk Salim, who disclosed this, during his visit to the Commissioner of Police in Enugu State, Ahmad Abdurrahman, said the agency carrying out a nationwide sensitization campaign on the need to have only standards and quality products in circulation across the country.
He said SON is executing the campaign in collaboration with other relevant organisation’s and critical stakeholders in the various sectors of the nation’s economy, while underscoring the benefits of stocking, selling and patronising quality and standard products.
In his words, “The existing cooperation between the Agency and the police has lasted for over 50 years, the time has come to re-enforce the partnership for the greater benefit of the country in checking sub-standard goods’’.
“With the help of the police, collaboration of relevant regulatory agencies and other stakeholders; SON will definitely deliver on its mandate to secure all goods sold and consumed in the country.” He added.
The SON Director General noted that having additional officers and men in the agency would make enforcement operations smooth while sympathising with the police especially Enugu State Police Command for personnel and working material lost during the hijack of the peaceful #EndSARS protest by hoodlums in the state.
“As partners in progress, SON is standing with the Nigerian Police especially this command in this trying period and we will not mind to contribute our little quota to bring succour to families of deceased policemen if called upon to do so,’’ he said.
CP Enugu State, Ahmad Abdurrahman
For his part, Abdurrahman assured Agency of Police cooperation to carry out its mandate of enforcement in the state and rid the state, and by extension the nation, of sub-standard products adding that SON is also a security organisation by the virtual of their mandate.
“The police will support your work; since the work of SON and police are closely related in the sense that police check human criminality; while SON checks materials or goods criminality, so SON is a partner in our quest to reduce all forms of crimes in the country.” He said.