Chinazor Megbolu |
The Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) is partnering with the Nigeria Police Force on quality products campaign in Nigeria.
The Director-General, SON, Mallam Farouk Salim, disclosed this during a courtesy visit to the Commissioner of Police in Enugu State, Mr Ahmad Abdurrahman, saying the partnership with the Nigerian Police would help increase its level of enforcement activities in the country.
He also said the agency has since kicked off a nationwide sensitisation campaign on the need to have only standards and quality products in circulation across the country.
Salim further stated that the campaign is being executed with the agency’s relevant and critical stakeholders in the various sectors of the nation’s economy.
He buttressed that the benefits of stocking, selling and patronising quality and standard products could not be over emphasised.
Salim,during the visit, pointed out the SON existing cooperation with the police had lasted for over 50 years, adding the time has come to re-enforce the partnership for the greater benefit of Nigeria in checkmating sub-standard goods.
“With the help of the police, collaboration of other government regulatory agencies and other stakeholders, SON will definitely deliver on its mandate to secure all goods sold and consumed in the country.
“The police can further help us with enough officers and men to make our enforcement operations seamless,’’ he said.
Salim, while sympathising with the police especially Enugu State Police Command for personnel and working material lost during the hijack of the peaceful EndSARS protest by hoodlums in the state, said: “As partners in progress, SON is standing with the Nigerian Police especially this command in this trying period and we will not mind to contribute our little quota to bring succour to families of deceased policemen if called upon to do so’’.
The SON management however, said the visit would further boost the two agencies’ collaborative and synergising efforts at getting fake and sub-standard products out of the Nigerian markets.
Meanwhile, the Enugu State Commissioner of Police, Abdurrahman in his remarks, assured the SON of cooperation to carry out its mandate of enforcement in the State and rid the State and by extension the nation of sub-standard products.
“SON is also security organisation by the virtual of their mandate. The Police will support your work; since the work of SON and police are closely related in that Police check human criminality; while SON checks materials or goods criminality.
“So, SON is a partner in our quest to reduce all forms of crimes in the country. And once an agency, like SON, is ridiculed; the entire nation will not move forward,’’ he said.
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