Group Photo of DG SON (3rd from left) receiving  ZIA letter of commendation from the MD ZIA Hajiya Zainab (3rd from right) while other look on
The Regional coordinator North East Adamu Abba Bauchi, the state coordinator Gombe state office, James Yakzum presenting a generator to MD ZIA Spices Zanab Ismai
In a bid to support Medium, Small & Medium Enterprises (MSMEs), the Director General, Standards Organisation of Nigeria, (DG, SON) Mallam Farouk Salim has restated the commitment of SON to encouraging, building and guiding local producers of goods and services on quality assurance and quality control. 
Mallam Salim gave the assertion during a presentation of the MSMEs Clinics Award, 1st Prize Winner Female (North East) to him by the SON North- East Regional Coordinator, Adamu Abba Bauchi and the Gombe State Coordinator Mr. James Yakzum at the Corporate Headquarters Abuja recently.
The DG also commended the Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbanjo for the initiative of the MSMEs Clinics, an initiative to strengthen the MSMEs in the country through government agency’s interventions and also the award for best MSMEs, stating it is a good reward and recognition system for our teeming small scale manufacturers growth. 
The DG recalled that at the Award ceremony earlier in the year, he was personally elated seeing Hajiya Zainab Ismaila the Managing Director ZIA Spices receiving her award and prize money especially from that part of the country, positioning her as an industrious woman who has done well to achieve the award.
Salim further encouraged her as an employer of labour, to see herself as a role model to other women by sharing her experiences with the female folk in the North East and Nigeria as a whole. 
The DG also revealed that SON is currently building capacity for Halal standards, stating that Products tested, measured and certified with Halal Standards by SON, will help scale up products for export to countries recognising the standards, and help to improve the Nigerian Economy immensely. 
In her response, the MD of ZIA Spices Zanab Ismail expressed gratitude to Standards Organisation of Nigeria and Gombe State Office for their support and guidance on standards, quality assurance and good manufacturing practices, encouragement, that helped her to become a winner amongst other entrepreneurs. 
Hajiya Zainab also thanked SON for the donation of a 10 KVA generator, as it will go a long way in solving power problems in her small scale productions, promising to continue to adhere to standards and being an ambassador of SON. 
The Regional Coordinator North East Adamu Abba Bauchi in his remarks commended the DG for his support to the regional office, he also extolled the Gombe State Coordinator for the support given to the MSMEs in the state especially the award winner, ZIA Spices.
The State Coordinator, James Yakzum stated that out of many entrepreneurs, approached by the office, ZIA spices followed all the procedures given by SON on quality assurance and quality control, hence their achievement of the MSMEs Clinic Award. 
The Ag. Director Operations Mr. Yakubu Dauda applauded the award winner for her tenacity in complying to Standards that has bought her this worthy reward encouraging her to keep it up also stating that Operations Department will continue to support State offices towards enhancing local productions.
The Head SMEs desk, Mrs. Phebean Arumemi in her remarks stated that SON sits as the Secretary of the MSMEs Clinic Award committee and its activities are very stringent and transparent, she therefore praised ZIA Spices for scaling through to be a winner.
Arumemi disclosed further the activities of SON towards SMEs, stating that the SME’s desk is available to attend to the challenges experienced by local manufacturers through the State offices nationwide. 
The MD ZIA Spices Zanab Ismail later presented her awards to the DG SON, and also samples of the spices. 


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