By Adegboyega Oni
The Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) has enjoined importers and customs licensed agents to imbibe self-regulation and urged them to always report suspected standards infractions through its toll free lines.
The organsation however assured of improved service delivery in all areas its mandate in year 2020.
Director General, SON Osita Aboloma Esq. gave the assurance in a media chat to review the activities of the organization in the past year. He gave insights into the areas of focus of the organization in year 2020.
Aboloma who described 2019 as very eventful enumerated the areas as improved standards development, conformity assessment, products and management systems certification activities, metrology, national human capacity development through its training services as well as continuous Stakeholders’ engagement.
He noted that in 2019 SON achieved approval of 128 new standards for use as Nigerian Industrial Standards,
international accreditation for SON Management Systems Certification Services, automation of products certification and registration procedures for greater efficiency, introduction of electronic demand notes and receipts, among others.
The SON Chief Executive commended the organisation’s collaborative activities in 2019 with particular emphasis on standards development, enforcement and diligent prosecution of infractions.
Giving further insight into SON’s areas of focus in 2020, Aboloma said the organization is also committed to obtaining accreditation for more of its laboratories, increasing the scope of those already accredited and completion of ongoing infrastructural developments such as regional laboratory complexes and state offices.
He stated that training and retraining of staff will continue with greater emphasis on SON’s collaboration with sister regulatory and security agencies, the organized private sector and development partners.
The SON helmsman said the organisation shall intensify standards compliance and enforcement activities nationwide and continue the prosecution of ongoing matters in the courts while being prepared to undertake new ones that may emerge.