The Standard Organisation of Nigeria (SON) has enlisted the support of maritime journalists and other industry stakeholders in its crusade to stage a come back to the ports.
It would be recalled that the organisation was among the other mushroom government agencies that were banished from the ports by the Federal government to enhance efficiency and speedy cargo clearance.
But since then, SON has engaged in clandestine campaign to return back to the ports.
Yesterday, the organization carried its campaign to select maritime journalists whom it begged to help boost its comeback bid.
At a round-table discussion with the select journalists, the Director General of SON, Osita Anthony Aboloma wooed journalists to help advocate for its return to the port to be part of container examinations to unravel any imported substandard products through the port before they enter the market.
Aboloma, who was represented at the interactive session by Enebi Onuchego, Deputy Director, inspectorate and Compliance of SON, also called on maritime journalists and stakeholders to help avail the agency with information that will lead to the arrest and prosecution of importers of substandard products into the country.
He said this was necessary to nip in the bud the incessant influx of adulterated and expired products into the country which he said was inimical to the development of the nation.
The SON DG noted that many substandard products come into the country through the sea ports due to its absence at the port.
He therefore called on journalists and stakeholders to help create awareness for its return.
He said, “Whenever we see anything that is not good we should complain but how many of us complain? Nobody, people will say even though you complain nobody will do anything, that is a wrong mentality.
“In SON, we have customer feedback and collaboration desk; you can go to Consumer Protection Agency. Wherever you choose to take your complaints, it will be taken up provided there is proof or evidence from where you got it from and justice will be done to it bit if you don’t complain, we won’t know.
“All of us here, our hands should be on desk to give us information, if you see something, say something.
“SON on its own is trying its best to make sure we take care of all these things. We need your support, that’s why we say you should do more on investigative journalism