The Director-General, Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry(LCCI), Muda Yusuf, has charged the new Director-General of Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON), Mallam Farouk Salim to focus on deepening intelligence to expose people who are engaging in the production and importation of substandard products in the country.
Muda Yusuf gave the advice in Lagos, saying that the chamber is ready to collaborate and support with SON in the fight against the proliferation of substandard products.
“The key areas the new SON DG should focus on first include deepening of intelligence; this is because, without intelligence, the enforcers cannot catch up with the criminals that perpetuate the production and importation of substandard products. So, strengthening of intelligence is very crucial and this requires the support of and collaboration of the private sector.
“We will also like to see better logistics for the staff and better security for them because the task of stopping the criminal elements involved in the production and circulation of substandard products is a very risky assignment. So to primarily reduce the risks involved, the new DG will need to collaborate with the security agencies to provide adequate security cover for the officials of SON.
“We will also like to see stronger enforcement, stronger compliance among all the critical stakeholders, particularly in the private sector. This requires a high level of discipline among the officials; it requires that the officials didn’t compromise. Also, in order to improve the resources available to him, he will need to collaborate with the relevant agencies of the government and the private sector to put pressure on the government to strengthen the capacity of SON with the desired resources so that things will work out better.”
“We see SON as a partner. It is in the interest of the investors in the economy to see that SON is supported to do its job. This is because we need to bring sanity to the business environment. We need to do away with all these substandard and fake products. All these things bring a lot of image and reputation problems for us as a country. It also damages the image of well-known brands in the system. So, we are ready to cooperate with him; our doors are open for SON.”