The SON Team led by Barr. Richard Agu

A delegation from the World Bank visited the Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) in Abuja on a fact finding mission in relation to the Nigeria Quality Infrastructure project.

Welcoming the 5-member team led by Mrs. Shaukat Hussain, the Director General, SON, Mr. Osita Aboloma, disclosed that SON was open minded and open for change, particularly with regards to its role in the development of the Nigerian Quality Infrastructure (NQI) project.

This according to him, this was with a view to promoting the Federal Government’s economic diversification agenda anchored on the Economic Recovery and Growth Plan (ERGP), 2017 to diversify the economy from oil to non-oil sectors like agriculture, solid minerals and services among others.

Represented by Barrister, Richard Agu, Director in the DG’s office, the SON Chief Executive expressed delight at the interest being shown by the World Bank Team in the activities of the Organisation.

He expressed the hope that the fact finding visit will enable the two institutions work together on multiple facets with a view to assisting Nigeria’s rapid development of its quality infrastructure by fashioning out workable projects in tandem with the SON Act No. 14 of 2015.

Barr. Agu enumerated the structure of the SON, the spread of its 36 offices across the Nation and its staff distribution along technical and administrative cadres. He stated that the organization is under the supervision of the Federal Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment.

Responding, , the Head of the World Bank delegation, Mrs. Shaukat Hussain said the team was on hand to ascertain and undertake gap analysis on the activities of the Organisation as it pertains to the National Quality Infrastructure project for Nigeria.

She stated that the team’s objective include to identify key areas of priority to Nigeria within the quality Infrastructure project, with emphasis on standardization and quality assurance activities; laboratories; engagement with the private sector; micro, small and medium enterprises and how  they affect the economy of the country among others.

According to her, the team would like to visit the SON Laboratories in Lagos and interact with the operators, in order to better appreciate the extent of work and areas requiring improvement, for possible intervention of the World Bank.

The World Bank Team had an extensive interactive session with SON officials from the Legal Services, Standards Development, Product Certification, Library Services and the Small & Medium Enterprise Departments. Copies of the SON Act 14 of 2015 was presented to the team.

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