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SON Vows to Strengthen Collaboration with Stakeholders

 

The Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) has stated that it will strengthen its collaborations with stakeholders in the industrial sector of the economy to combat the influx of substandard goods in the country.

Speaking on the sidelines of the agency’s 50th anniversary celebration in Lagos, Director General, SON, Mallam Farouk Salim,said the standards body would also increase its level of campaigns and engagement with the public to fish out and prosecute peddlers of substandard goods in the nation.

He added that the in fight against substandard and falsified products, the global substandard and falsified product industry in 2021 was estimated to be $4.3 trillion, lamenting that the overwhelming figure, justifies the need for a robust collaboration between SON and Industry to fight this scourge.

“In this regard, I urge Industry to invest substantially in brand protection activities to safeguard their intellectual property and associated brands against counterfeiters, copyright pirates and producers of substandard products. Rest assured that SON is determined to rid our marketplace of these substandard and falsified products. As we confidently stride into the Next 50 years and beyond, I solemnly declare, that Industry shall find in SON, a faithful and loyal partner,” he assured.

He also advocated for industry to remain steadfast in compliance with standards and government regulations as well as give maximum cooperation to SON in various initiatives intended to strengthen the organisation.

According to him, the fight against substandard goods is a collective effort, pointing out that the agency is on a national assignment to educate and engage the public and industries to reduce the influx of substandard goods to the barest minimum.

He however, stated that in over the last two years, SON had concentrated on some critical areas that adds value to the industry which he listed as strengthening the National Metfology System to raise the profile of the National Metrology Institute Enugu as a significant component in Nigeria; faithful implementation of the Nigerian National Standardisation Strategy as the framework of the development and publication of National Standards and increasing SON’s technical competence in conformity assessment services through the accreditation of our Product Certification Department.

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