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‘SON will play its role in diversifying economy without compromising standards’

By Femi Adekoya   |   12 October 2016   |   1:47 am

Standards-Organisation-of-Nigeria-SONThe new Director General, Standards Organisation of Nigeria ( SON), Aboloma Osita, has reiterated the agency’s resolve to support government’s diversification agenda without compromising the standards of goods and services offered in the country.

The agency’s Chief Executive Officer added that his major vision for the agency is to play a critical role in the present administration’s drive to diversify the nation’s economy away from hydro carbon resources, saying that plans are also the way to ease doing business in Nigeria without compromising standards.

Osita during an inspection exercise in Lagos to acquaint himself with some of major developmental projects the agency undertaken, said there will be little or no room for review under his regime while commending his predecessors for recording milestone achievements.

In his words: “I am flattered and happy to be with you today. This is going to be the beginning of a new journey in SON. We are starting a new relationship in SON. This meeting is a dawn of a new era. It has to be a collective effort to take SON to the next level. The present administration acknowledges what SON represents and we know the nation is at a critical situation presently and the federal government wants to diversify its economic revenue from a single product and we have a very serious role to play. We have to be the new face of this endeavour without compromising standards in both locally produced and imported products.

“We want to be a reference point to other institutions in this new endeavour that the government is aiming to embark on.‎ All the laudable projects or activities that have been going on with my predecessors, will have little or no room for review.

“All we have to do is work together and make the best out of what we have. I want to give further assurance that we will surmount the present challenges confronting the agency, because I want us to stand at par with other regulatory agencies. I want to call on everybody here to assist me wherever you can to make a difference. Learning is a continuous process, but change is constant”.

He said all hands are on deck to surmount challenges hindering ‎the agency to carry out its mandate, assuring his staff of the necessary support to boost their morale and productivity.

“I am not changing anything. I am going to continue with the laudable achievements I have met on ground. I will continue from there and take it to the next level and I cannot do much without your support. We are not changing the attitude to work, but we want to change the way the public perceives us,” he noted.

The former acting Director General, SON, Paul Angya, however charged the staff to support the new Director General to achieve the agency’s mandate of zero tolerance for substandard products in the country.

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