Influx of substandard imports : SON Partners NPA to curb the menace

From left ; NPA boss and the DG of SON during the strategic meeting :

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Influx of substandard imports :
SON Partners NPA to curb the menace

From left ;  NPA boss and DG of SON during the strategic meeting :

The Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) has entered into a strategic partnership with Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), to tackle influx of sub-standard products into the country.

The strategic synergy according to the two federal agencies becomes imperative for overall good of the nation’s economy and the safety of its citizens, particularly in tackling importation of fake and sub-standard products.

Also, the partnership will promote circulation and sales of high quality products in the local markets.

The Chief Executives of the two agencies expreased confidence that the collaboration will lead to more employment opportunities, increase in revenue collection for the Federal Government and substantial growth in the nation’s economy.

Speaking at the strategic meeting in Lagos, the Director General of SON, Mallam Farouk Salim and Managing Director of NPA, Muhammed Bello-Koko with their management teams agreed on the need for more effective collaboration to drive a result-oriented and seamless operations at the seaports.

More so, both agencies agreed to work hand-in-hand to promote speedy processing of goods for exports in furtherance of Government’s economic diversification policy, especially for non-oil export products.

According to Bello-Koko, SON’s technical expertise will be brought to bear through its participation in joint cargo inspection and examination for greater efficiency, in order to ensure swift interception of substandard products.

The NPA boss assured :
“We will work with SON to ensure the agency discharges its duty effectively. I am sure SON will also work with other sister agencies without issues“.

Muhammed Bello-Koko also enjoined SON to play more active role in the Export Processing Zones to fast-track Nigeria’s export drive for quality and competitive products across the Nation’s borders.

The NPA Managing Director disclosed that both organisations will deliberate on personnel and equipment to be utilised following the presidential approval for Export Processing Terminals.

Earlier in his remarks, DG, SON, Mallam Farouk Salim expressed regret at the challenge posed by influx of substandard products to the concerted efforts of relevant agencies and stakeholders towards growing the nation’s economy.

According to him, the situation has been partly responsible for increased unemployment rate and poor wealth creation in the country, adding that all hands should be on deck to reverse the negative trend.

Mallam Salim expressed SON’s preparedness to avail its Management Systems Standards Certification and training services to NPA personnel to continually improve its efficiency in service delivery.

While accepting SON offer of training and certification, the NPA boss requested SON input into NPA Academy Curriculum.

He commended SON leadership for piloting various initiatives to reposition the organisation, in order to achieve its statutory mandate.

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