SENATE COMMITTEE BACKS SON ON PROMOTION OF CERTIFIED MADE IN NIGERIA

Chairman, SenateCommittee on Industry, Sam Egwu commenting on the facility tour flanked by Senator Barnabas Gemade and DG, SON Osita Aboloma Esq. Far left is Mrs. Mojisola Kehinde, Director, Laboratory Services.

The Senate Committee on Industry has expressed support for the Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) to continue its drive in campaigning for patronage of certified Made-in-Nigeria products and services always.

Chairman of the Committee, Senator Sam Egwu, stated that SON remain vital to achieving the present administration’s Executive Order 004 aimed at providing support for local content in public procurement by Ministries, Departments and Agencies, [MDAs] as well as increasing the demand for locally made goods and services in the country.

Egwu expressed his support during an oversight visit to the SON Laboratory Complex,  Ogba in Lagos.

He said promoting Made-in-Nigeria goods could only be achieved through SON’s quality assurance programmes and activities across the country, restating the committee’s commitment to support the organisation to achieve its mandate of improving lives through Standards.

In his words, “We have visited laboratories outside this country and the SON Laboratories we have seen today compares favourably with the best in Europe, Asia and some parts of African in terms of international best practices particularly with the international accreditation and expanded scope of testing. Within seven months since our last visit, it is good to see almost all the laboratories in operation and the enthusiasm competence demonstrated by the staff. This is a good development for which we commend the Director General, management and staff of SON. We urge you to maintain these standards so that others will emulate what you”.

The Senate Committee Chairman added: “Apart from ensuring diligent maintenance of the equipment, you must also ensure that the staff are continually trained to be abreast of global trends in standardisation and proficient testing, versatile and proactive.”

Also commenting on the visit, Senator Barnabas Gemade challenged SON to market the services of the accredited Laboratories beyond to the West African Region where such facilities may not be in existence. He acknowledged the accreditation of the SON Management Systems Certification services as well as the international recognition of the Organisation’s training services describing them as necessary for economic growth and diversification.

Egwu disclosed that the oversight visit was to ascertain the progress made in the construction,  equipment,  installation and operation of the Laboratories with a view to identifying areas of required support to properly position SON for greater economic impact.

Welcoming the Committee earlier,  SON DG, Osita Aboloma Esq acknowledged the invaluable support of the members in appropriation over the years, stressing that their demonstrated commitment has been of tremendous encouragement to the SON Management and Staff.

Aboloma disclosed that the agency had diligently applied the 2018 appropriation by the National Assembly to the Laboratories,  building of infrastructure across the Nation and automation of its services for effective service delivery to stakeholders.

He sought the Committee’s continued support for the completion and equipping of ongoing office and Laboratory complexes in the 6 geopolitical zones of the country.

The Committee was conducted through performance, safety and endurance testing of various products including, electrical cables, GSM phones and chargers and medicated soap among others.

Group Photograph of the Senate Committee members and Secretariat Staff, DG, SON and Management with SON Laboratory Analysts.


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