EMBRACE PROFFESIONALISM: DG SON CHARGES MEDIA PRACTITIONERS

CHAIRMAN CICAN – MR FRED IDEHAI PRESENTING THE INDUSTRY TRACKER MAGAZINE TO THE DG SON – MALLAM FAROUK SALIM DG SON

GROUP PHOTO: L-R : DD PR -MR BOLA FASHINA , BARR. KAWU D. LEGAL,MR. FRED IHEDAI CHAIRMAN CICAN, DG SON – MALLAM FAROUK SALIM, DR.NICKAF D. CA & SC,MR.TERSOO D. PC, MR.FANA D. PRS, MR. YAKUBU Ag. D. OPS AND MRS MARYAM SAMSON HEAD PROTOCOL

The Director General / Chief Executive, Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON), Mallam Farouk Salim has charged journalists in the country to adhere to professionalism in their reportage so that the unity of the country that will not be estranged.

He made the charge while addressing media practitioners at a one- day capacity building workshop organised by SON for correspondents covering SON activities at the SON Corporate Headquarters in Abuja recently.

Mallam Salim urged media practitioners to always prioritise professionalism in all their dealings taking into cognisance the fact that their stake in the unity of the nation at large cannot be overemphasised.

According to Salim, Journalists are very important in defending the Unity of this country second only to the military in that role, consequently, he advised that news reports should be unbiased as such that will foster unity and development of the nation.

Mallam Salim Farouk lauded the Journalists for their commitment to the reporting of SON and its activities which has boosted the Brand image of the Organisation as the nation’s apex Standards agency.

The DG further intimated the correspondents with the positive strides attained since his assumption of office, taking on activities centring around organisational growth and development of organisational competence.

According to Salim SON management under his leadership is working assiduously on the improvement of staff welfare and working conditions in order to encourage the efficiency of the Organisation in keeping up with the task of Standardisation.

The DG also revealed how the organisation was partnering other sister agencies, public/private organisations and international bodies to share knowledge and experience to nurture productivity through standardisation and quality assurance.

Salim recounted several visits to States around the country that have resulted in the allocation of lands by some Governors for the building of offices and laboratory complexes as well as signing of Memorandum of Understanding’s (MOUs) for the support of Micro, Small and Medium Scale Enterprises (MSMEs).

According to Salim, “this is a step in the right direction and of great importance following the recently signed Africa Continental Free Trade Area (AFCTA) agreement there is need to improve capacity of Manufacturers and MSMEs on standardisation especially in the areas of testing, certification, packaging and labelling of their products to compete in the African markets”.

The DG SON also disclosed ways the Organisation was deploying Stakeholder engagement in relating with the Manufacturers Associations, the Steel Industry, Market Associations and others to ensure adherence to Standards in all sectors.

Salim further revealed the Organisations strategy of targeting states, Government Agencies and the Organised Public and private sector in Management Systems Certification, Occupational Hazard Standards, factory inspections, standardisation activities, sensitization, quality assurance, equipment calibration, laboratory services among others.

He thereafter reiterated his commitment in bringing about visible improvements to the organisation and the country at large as the organisation works towards ridding the country of sub-standard products, processes as well as services.

The Chairman of CICAN Mr Frederick Idehai, in his remarks appreciated the DG for making the workshop a reality, he also expressed his gratitude for SON’s Corporate Social Responsibility in terms of providing support to ailing Journalists he pleaded that similar support be extended to a terminally ill member Walter Ukaegbu.

While reaffirming the commitment of all correspondents present to covering and reporting the organisation’s activities fairly, the Mr Idehai presented copies of the Industry Tracker a news journal of CICAN to the DG SON.

Idehai likewise used the opportunity to invite the DG to the CICAN Annual Conference scheduled for the 14th of October 2021 and requested for participation in events and activities between both parties as this will ensure a mutually beneficial working relationship.

The Paper presenters at the event included Barr. Umaru Kawu, Director Legal Services, Mr. Tersoo Orngudwem, Director Product Certification, Dr. Yahaya Nuhu Fana, Director PRS-, Dr. Justin Nickaf – Director CA/ SON Consult, Mr. Aaron Tam -George – Director F & A, Mr. Dauda Yakubu Ag. Director Operations, Mr. Shehu Abubakar – Deputy Director Procurement, Mrs. Phebean Arumemi – AD/Head SME – represented by Mr Sylvester.

In attendance also were Journalists from the print and electronic media other SON Public Relations officials lead by the Deputy Director Public Relations Mr. Bola Fashina, Mrs. Maryam Samson, Assistant Director/Head Protocol and Mr. Maji Aileku, Head Media and other members of Staff of the Unit.



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