New SON boss assumes office, vows to prosecute offenders

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Barrister Anthony Osita Aboloma, yesterday in Abuja, assumed duty as the substantive director general/CEO of the Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON).

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This is also as he has vowed to use his background as a lawyer to push for the prosecution of those who deal in substandard products to another level.

In a brief hand-over ceremony , former acting director general of the agency, Paul Angya, said the agency in the last few months had doubled efforts in the war against substandard products and had made substantial progress in the implementation of its programmes.

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While pledging his unreserved loyalty to the new DG, Angya enjoined the staff to support the new DG in order to lift the agency to greater heights.

Angya also advised Aboloma to tackle the issue of substandard products headlong and continue with some of the policies and programmes already initiated by the agency like the Metrology institute in Enugu.

According to him, Nigeria’s diversification agenda cannot be achieved without the national quality infrastructure, adding that the institute when completed, would further aid the country’s compliance with conformity assessment rules.

He also drew his attention to ongoing efforts to ensure that goods being imported from China and other Asian countries conform to the nation’s industrial standard.

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Specifically, the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between China and Nigeria that would address the issuance of Certificate of Free Sale (CFS) to importers who request for the production of sub-standard goods for the country.

While also stressing the need for improved staff welfare, Angya told the DG that the agency has been ejected from its operational headquarters by the Raw Materials, Research and Development Council which owns the structure and urged him to urgently do something about the present challenge.

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Responding, Aboloma expressed gratitude for the opportunity given him to serve the nation in his new capacity.

He thanked staff of SON for their commitment to duty and craved the cooperation of all for the realisation of the mandate of the agency.

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