DG SON. OSITA ABOLOMAStaff of the Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) have been challenged to take the economic recession in the country as a tool to boost the growth of industrialization in the country, particularly with the diversification of the economy from oil to the development of Agriculture and Industry.

The Director General of the Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) Mr. Osita Aboloma who gave the challenge while on an inspection visit to Enugu and Anambra States offices of the organisation, said SON has a very big role to play in turning around the nations’ fortune, and the quest for a robust agricultural economy and a strong Industrial development could be realized if the machines and equipment in the SON Engineering Laboratory, Enugu are fully utilized.

Mr. Aboloma noted that the diversification of the economy will bring to bear on the Standards Organisation of Nigeria in terms of Quality and Standards, said Nigerians would expect more from the organization, and so charged staff of the organization to be upright in all aspects of their work in order to win the confidence of Nigerians.

He emphasized that there will be Zero Tolerance to Substandard Products in Nigeria, and enjoined the staff to make the best use of the equipment in a way that manufacturers  in the country would have no cause to look outside the shores of the country in standardization and quality assurance of their products.

The Director General noted that the equipment in the laboratory if well and fully utilized could carter for Nigeria’s industrialization demands which is a component of the National Quality Infrastructure that includes Testing and Conformity Assessment.

Mr. Aboloma said though he was in SON to pilot the affairs of the organization, his direction will be the same with that of the staff in order to take SON to the next level and promised to improve on all laudable projects that are ongoing  in the organization including human and capital development and staff welfare scheme.

He implored the staff to be good Ambassadors of the organization and change their attitude to work so that SON will be a pace setter for others to follow.

The DG was also conducted round the construction work at the National Metrology Institute (NMI), and was happy at the progress of work done so far, but  urged the Construction Manager to hasten up efforts so that the project will be completed on scheduled.

He observed that the project when completed will boost Industry and enhance Trade and Investment both in Nigeria and the ECOWAS and will improve the diversification drive of the federal government, while also enhancing export of agro- allied and other manufactured products in Nigeria.