Standards Organisation begins Golden Jubilee Celebration

Jennifer Inah

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The Standards Organisation of Nigeria, SON’s Governing Council has approved 168 new Standards for publication and dissemination to various sectors of the nation’s economy to enhance the ongoing economic diversification policy.

The Director-General of SON, Malam Farouk Salim disclosed this during a press briefing ahead of the organisation’s 50th anniversary taking place on 28th November 2022.

Malam Salim stated that Presently, SON is structured to lead every process that surrounds the preparation of standards relating to products, measurements, materials, and processes among others, and their promotion at the national, regional, and international levels.

According to the Director General,  “Working within the provisions of the Enabling Act, SON under my leadership, SON has been able to, through the Standards Council, designate, establish, and approve standards in respect of metrology, materials, commodities, structures, and processes for the certification of products in commerce and industry throughout Nigeria.”

“Upon assumption of duty in September 2020, we have been able to achieve the following; Facilitated the return of SON to the Ports; Election of Nigeria into the standards management committee of the African Organisation for Standardisation (ARSO); Completion of the 2019/20 ARSO essay competition for undergraduates in Nigerian tertiary institutions and setting up of an independent 5-man committee to review and strengthen management practices in SON.”

“To mark our Golden Jubilee, we have put together, a historical compendium of the last 50 years of our evolutionary journey as a regulatory Authority.” Mr Salim said.

The SON Boss noted that the celebration is a moment of stock-taking and introspection to chart the course of our giant strides into the future, he said.

Mr Salim added that the celebration encompasses Book launches, Exhibitions by Companies with MANCAP, Awards to deserving staff, and Companies who have distinguished themselves in strict adherence to SON ethical standards and regulatory frameworks.

 

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