The Governor State Governor, Rt. Hon. Aminu Waziri Tambuwal supported by the DG SON, Mallam Farouk Salim while laying the foundation for a new SON Sokoto State Office.

DG SON, Mallam Farouk Salim addressing the Press after the foundation laying ceremony.

The Governor of Sokoto State, His Excellency Rt. Hon. Aminu Waziri
Tambuwal has said his Government will work hand-in-hand with the
Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) to develop small and medium scale
enterprises to improve the economy of the State.
Hon.  Aminu Waziri Tambuwal said the Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) plays a critical role of ensuring all products whether imported or locally produced most conform to standards. Adding that the role of SON in Nation building was sacrosanct as the Federal Government is looking for an alternative to the mono oil economy which has been in existence.
Governor Tambuwal said he looks forward to when SON and the State will sign a memorandum of understanding (MOU) for the development of the SMEs which will open up market access for products both locally and globally.
He commended President Muhammadu Buhari for appointing Mallam Farouk Salim, who, in his words is “a pharmacist with vast experience “to come and deploy his wealth of knowledge for the benefit of Nigeria. 
Meanwhile, the Director General had appreciated the Governor’s willingness to receive him within a short notice said he and his team were in the State to collaborate with the Government on SMEs such improving the packaging and labeling of their products by making it really look appealing to consumers more so as the African Continental Free Trade Area (ACFTA) agreements come to force.
Mallam Salim said even though all was set for the foundation laying for the State Office, He appealed to the Governor for another parcel of land to establish a laboratory for testing of manufactured food products.
His reasons for establishing a laboratory according to him, will not only cut cost in transporting samples to the available Food and Chemtech Laboratory based in Lagos, but will extensively improve the turn-around time for testing of such products within a short period.
Highlights of the event was the Foundation laying for the construction of the State Office complex were the State Governor, Rt. Hon. Aminu Tambuwal directed the Commissioner of Lands to intensify efforts in providing a parcel of land for the establishment of a the Laboratory at the same time promised to grant waivers for building permits for the laboratory complex.
The Director General was accompanied on the trip by his Chief of Staff; Prof. Olobayo Kunle, Ag. Dir. Operations; Mr. Dauda Yakubu, Head; Public Relations, Mr.Bola Fashina, Head Construction Management; Mr. Olu Onagoruwa, Sokoto State Head; Mr. Mohammed Jubril,  Head Protocol; Mrs. Maryam Samson and his PA; Mr. Hamzat Zubairu.

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