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President, Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN), Engr. Mansur Ahmed, has made a passionate appeal to the federal government for the standards Organization of Nigeria (SON)to return to the ports.
He however called for the federal government to ensure the Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) is properly empowered to rid the nation’s environs and markets of fake, substandard , cloned and unwholesome products .
According to Ahmed, “The work of standardisation and quality control across the country has continued to attract increasing stakeholders’ attention.
“Apart from the government’s regulatory bodies such as Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON), there is the growing conviction that all hands should be on deck for the campaign against substandard products”.
Ahmed said,, based on this tall mandate, SON requires strong and full federal government backing, financially or otherwise, in order to enable the agency perform its task satisfactorily.
The MAN boss confided that the Organisation needs to be assisted especially if the nation would make progress in her quest for economic diversification and industrialization.
Also responding, SON Director General, Mallam Farouk Salim, said, both government and private sector should support, co-operate and continue to collaborate with SON to check counterfeiting and other illicit and unwholesome products, he appealed to the federal government to allow the Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) to return to the nation’s seaports as a way of checking the influx of sub-standard products into the country
The MAN President, said, the presence of SON at the seaports would make its work more efficient and cohesively effective rather than allowing it to chase containers in the highways and markets.
As he said, ‘‘we have made strong representations to the relevant ministries and the agencies and we are making steady progress to ensure that there would be smooth operations at the ports when SON is returned’’ .
“I believe that when they do that, the whole system will be harmonised so as not to generate another congestion at the ports. That was what led to the problem, but I believe that with the use of technology, better system would be put in place so that SON would be linked with other agencies to have a one-stop shop.’’
Also speaking, Engr. Mansur Ahmed, said MAN has over the years enjoyed a robust and honest relationship with SON, which it formalised in 2013 after signing an MoU.