To give the Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) more authority in its battle against substandard products in Nigeria, the organization has urged companies to support the revision of the SON Act of the establishment.
This was stated lately by Mallam Farouk Salim, Director-General of SON, during a facilities tour of FrieslandCampina in Lagos.
Salim claimed that the SON Act modification, which was being considered by the National Assembly, would give the Standards body the authority to impose harsher penalties on offenders and promote industrialization.
Because SON offered a wide range of services, including training, enforcement, metrology, and laboratory testing to promote the nation’s industrialization strategy, he emphasized that industries needed to support it.
However, he pointed out that because of industry closures, which resulted in joblessness, the nation was currently experiencing a period of unrest and insecurity.
He continued by saying that while industries were struggling with issues including subpar products, insufficient infrastructure, and counterfeiting, the SON was committed to helping the sector in any way it could.
The SON DG urged businesses to spend as little money as possible on international laboratory testing while emphasizing that the task would be made simpler if SON laboratories were given support to become better equipped.
Ben Langat, managing director of Friesland Campina, urged the SON, a regulatory body, and indigenous manufacturing firms to work together to support industries through the challenging operating environment.
He emphasized the need for comprehension from both a business and regulatory point of view because Nigeria’s economy was going through a very trying time.
In order to help businesses succeed and address safety issues concerning counterfeit items, Langat also emphasized the importance of working together to combat the increased counterfeiting of domestic products.