Idibia Gabriel, Kaduna
Standard Organization of Nigeria (SON) has been charged to intensify the fight against the circulation of substandard products in the country by developing new strategies to prevent the importation and local production of substandard products in line with the policy direction of the present administration.
The Minister of State of Federal Ministry Of Industry, Trade And Investment, and Mrs. Aisha Abubakar gave the charge at the SON’s annual retreat in Kaduna Wednesday.
The minister also said the SON’s efforts, as the nation’s standard bearer ,must ensure that made-in-Nigeria products becomes exportable and able to support the nation’s foreign exchange earning and as well improve capacity utilization towards providing more jobs opportunities for the youths.
Aisha further stressed the need for the Agency to provide greater assurance to the Nigerian public by ensuring the certification of made-in-Nigeria products that qualifies for award so as to increase patronage of such products.
While she commended the organisation for the choice of the theme: “Made in Nigeria for The World”, the minister said her ministry has put in place apropriate policies, programmes and projects aimed at effectively tackling some of the constraints facing the industrial sector ,adding that that would impact on the manufacturing sectors and others such as agriculture, education among others.
Aisha reminded the Agency of the Federal Government’s commitment to the fight against corruption and urged members of the staff to be diligent in their duties and transparent in transaction and be advocate of positive change.
According to her, the retreat was organised to enable the agency key into the vision of the ministry with a view to appropriately and jointly playing the role in achieving the change mantra of present administration in diversifying the economy.
She therefore enjoined the SON’s management to make good use of it.