The critical role of standardization in the growth businesses and enterprise in Nigeria is the highlight of Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON)’s paper presentation to stakeholders at a special day programme during the 32nd Lagos International Trade Fair held at the Tafawa Balewa Square.

Represented by Director in the DG’s Office, Mr. Kabir Yusuf Mohammed, the Chief Executive of SON, Osita Aboloma Esq. in the paper titled “Connecting Businesses, Creating Values” emphasized that standardization processes among others, promotes efficiency and economic advancement in businesses.

He posited that recent studies have shown that businesses that are actively involved in standardization efforts frequently reap short, medium and long-term gains, with regard to costs and competitive status, more than the less active ones.

Aboloma stated that Standardization ensures cheaper and reduced cost of production as well delivery of value for money to customers, to the benefit of the business owners and consumers of their products. These he emphasized, are necessary ingredients for the growth of small scale into large-scale businesses, through mass production encouraged by repeated patronage, which is borne out of customer satisfaction.

The SON DG also enthused that the usage of up to date technology as promoted by standardization is necessary to improve research and development, in order to assist businesses in efficiency and economic growth.

According to him, as part of efforts to boost business growth in Nigeria, SON has in recent years, adopted various innovations to rejig its Standardization processes and procedures through its numerous products and services.

Such products and services include Standards development, Products Certification/Conformity Assessment, Management Systems Certification, Laboratory Services, Metrology and Product Registration services, Compliance Monitoring, Factory Inspection and Market surveillance, Library Services, Customer Feedback and Collaboration as well as Training and Technical advisory services, he said.

Also speaking during the SON Special day at the Trade Fair, President of the Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI), Mr. Babatunde Paul Runsewe, extolled SON’s contributions towards sanitizing the nation of substandard and life-endangering products through its activities, which according to him, are becoming more visible and far-reaching in recent years.

The LCCI President said acknowledged SON regular participation at the Lagos International Trade Fair organized by the chamber in the past and its contributions through interaction and connection with participants and stakeholders in the industry on its activities and various services it offers to businesses.

He also commended SON for its recent removal of Product registration as a prerequisite for clearing of goods at the nation’s ports; a move he said, will further enhance the ease of doing business in Nigeria. Mr. Runsewe pledged LCCI’s continuous partnership with SON as enablers in facilitating business activities in the country.

The President of LCCI and other dignitaries later took a tour of SON’s Exhibition stand to have a first-hand view of how the organization was adding value to businesses at the Trade Fair.

The 2018 Lagos International Trade Fair featured various businesses and organizations from micro to small, medium and large-scale industries, both local and foreign.

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