SON considers full automation of operations nationwide

A cross section of SON staff at the retreat.

The Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) says it would consider the adoption of an Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) System to fully automate and integrate its operations nationwide to achieve more effective and efficient service delivery.

Also, the organisation has developed its strategic plan for 2021 to 2024 to guide its programmes and actions geared towards achieving its set goals and targets.

The Director-General of SON Mallam Farouk Salim stated this at the retreat organized by SON for its management staff in Calabar, River State recently.  

According to Salim, SON would institute an efficient, open, transparent and effective performance measuring mechanism, as well as a reward and sanctions programme to ensure accountability and consequence management, stressing that a staff recognition and reward programme will be put in place before the end of 2021.

SON, he said, would strengthen its supervisory role over its stakeholders, to ensure that all its certified products deliver value for money to consumers while also tracking manufacturers and importers that use fake SON certification marks as well as a logo for prosecution.

The SON Chief Executive stated that the agency has resolved to adopt additional approaches including data analytics, risk-based assessment, outcome-focused regulation, collaborative, coordinated and proactive enforcement among others to enforce standards.

Mallam Salim expressed SON’s commitment to the effective implementation of the National Quality Policy recently approved by the Federal Executive Council and the Nigerian National Standardization Strategy to provide adequate support for economic development.

The SON boss added that the agency would send its staff on attachment to National Metrology Institute in Enugu and testing laboratories abroad for further studies, consider retired staff as SON Ambassadors, and maintenance of established procedure for the Mandatory Conformity Assessment Programme for locally manufactured products.

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