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SON partners Army on intelligence sharing, enforcement

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SON partners Army on intelligence sharing, enforcement

By Stanley Nwanosike

The Standards Organization of Nigeria (SON) says it is seeking a partnership with the Nigerian military on intelligence sharing, surveillance and enforcement of substandard products across the country.

This is contained in a statement to reporters by SON’s public relations manager in the South East / South South region, Mr. Paul Iorkyaa, in Enugu on Wednesday.

The statement said SON’s State Coordinator for Rivers / Bayelsa, Mr. Sam Ayuba, requested collaboration when he paid a courtesy visit to the Commanding General Officer (GOC), 6th Army Division. Nigerian, Major-General. Sanni Mohammed.

He said the event took place in Port Harcourt on October 13.

Ayuba noted that there was a need to strengthen the collaborative relationship between the Agency and the Division in addressing the threat of substandard domestically produced products and those smuggled across borders.

The coordinator said: “Sales of substandard products in markets, including army mini-markets, posed a huge risk to consumers.

“SON is deeply concerned about the relentless influx of substandard and counterfeit products, local and imported, into the South-South area of ​​the country.

“We therefore call for the help of the Nigerian military through the division on intelligence sharing, surveillance and enforcement operations.

“SON relies on intelligence from sister agencies such as the Nigerian military, consumer complaints and other sources to gather information on its operations, hence the need for such a partnership in the fight against The crime.

In response, Mohammed said the Division stands ready to collaborate with any progressive agency or organization in the field of security and protection of life and property.

He said the assurance was in line with that of the Army Chief of Staff (COAS), the Lieutenant General. Faruk Yahaya’s vision.

He explained that SFOC’s vision is: “To have a Nigerian army ready to accomplish the missions assigned to it in a joint environment for the defense of Nigeria”.

Likewise, Ayuba also paid a courtesy visit to Lt. Col. Mohammed Mashegu, commander of the 29th Battalion of the Nigerian Army, in Port Harcourt.

The coordinator also requested the battalion’s cooperation to get rid of substandard products; while commending the army for its tireless efforts to ensure the security of the country.

Ayuba also called for ways to maintain the tremendous working relationship that had existed between the Agency and the battalion before.

In response, Mashegu said SON should expect nothing less than the battalion standard, particularly in providing the Agency with dignified officers and soldiers for its operations as well as relevant intelligence when needed.

Source: NAN

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