SON ORGANISES ROAD SHOW TO RAISE AWARENESS ON STANDARDS

L-R: Executive Vice-Chairman/CEO, Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission, Mr. Babatunde Irukera; Director General, Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON), Mallam Farouk Salim; Senior Special Assistant to Director General, SON, Mr. Emeka Duru; Director, Laboratories, SON, Dr. Barth Ugwu; Principal Standards Officer, SON, Mr. Bathinyi Ahmadu; Principal Standards Officer, SON, Mrs Grace Benjamin, and Head, Surveillance, Investigation and Monitoring, SON, Mr. Suleiman Isa, during the ‘Nigeria Walk For Standards’ in celebration of the World Standards Day 2021, in Lagos on Saturday.

L-R: Executive Vice-Chairman/CEO, Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission, Mr. Babatunde Irukera; Director General, Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON), Mallam Farouk Salim (middle); Director, Laboratories, SON, Dr. Barth Ugwu, and others, during the ‘Nigeria Walk For Standards’ in celebration of the World Standards Day 2021, in Lagos on Saturday.

As part of the activities to commemorate “World Standards Day 2021, the Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) stomped the streets of Lagos with a roadshow tagged “Nigeria Walk for Standards” to raise awareness and sensitize the public on the mandate and activities of the Organisation.

This year’s special event was flagged off by the Director-General/ Chief Executive SON, Mallam Farouk A. Salim and the Executive Vice – Chairman, Federal Consumer Competition Protection Commission (FCCPC) Mr Babatunde Irukera at the SON Ogba laboratory complex in Lagos.

Speaking to the press at the event, the SON Chief Executive, made it clear that the organisation will not relent in its zero tolerance to substandard products because standards affect every facet of life and therefore is not an issue to be treated with levity.

According to Salim, some of the bad products around today are essentially a result of not following the standards stressing that the importance of standards cannot be overemphasised as standards affects every aspect of daily life. “We survive or sink without standards, hopefully, we survive with standards” he said.

The DG SON also noted that as a result of SON’s continuous engagement with stakeholders and market associations there has been significant improvement in quality in some sectors while a lot still needs to be done in other areas.

Salim however enjoined Nigerians to always look out for the SON certification marks on products before purchasing to guarantee quality, safety and value for money.

The Executive Vice Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, FCCPC, Babatunde Irukera in his remarks charged the public to cooperate with SON in its war against substandard goods as standards are an integral part of everyday life.

Irukera congratulated the Director-General, management and staff of SON for the initiative in organizing the “Walk for Standards,” to enlighten the public on the importance of standards and the organisation’s mandate. He however maintained that, “there is still a long road ahead but with the right management, SON can travel that road”.

The FCCPC boss described his organisation’s relationship with SON as one that subsists on standards, while lauding SON for being responsive to FCCPC each time it reaches out, saying “Standards has contributed to our successes and we will continue to collaborate as standards is very fundamental to what we do”.

Irukera further urged SON staff at the event to use the same energy and commitment shown throughout the walk to promote the Nigerian economy and protect Nigerians through standards.

The carnival-like event was flagged off at the SON Ogba Laboratory complex and terminated at Alausa in Ikeja Lagos with the participation SON management, staff, stakeholders and members of the press.

The grand finale for this year’s World Standards day activities is expected to culminate in Abuja with a similar road show on Saturday 30th October 2021.



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