SON’s director general calls for the agency’s return to seaports



By Olayinka Owolewa

Malam Farouk Salim, the director general of the Nigeria Standards Organization (SON), urged the federal government to allow the agency to return to the country’s ports to allow the organization to control the influx of goods substandard in the country.

Salim made the remarks during an inspection visit of KAM Holdings, a steel manufacturing company, in Ilorin on Monday.

He noted that hunting down substandard products across the country, rather than waiting for them in ports, had been a major challenge for the agency.

“It is important to note that SON’s non-involvement in the country’s seaports continued to pose various challenges, especially for the agency’s compliance and oversight units.”

“It is only in Nigeria that the standard leadership of the national organization is not in ports to authenticate goods brought into the country. It is counterproductive for the nation’s economy.

“It is easier to fight the influx of substandard products at entry points than it is to hunt them in all the markets and warehouses in the country,” said Salim.

The Director General of the ONS also said that more than 85 percent of products imported into the country on a daily, monthly or annual basis pass through seaports and waterways.

Salim said that it would therefore be difficult to ignore the agency in the quest for zero imports of substandard and unhealthy products as well as the federal government’s policy on the ease of doing business in the country.

In his response, Dr Kamaldeen Yusuf, the chairman of KAM Holdings, called for the reintroduction of preshipment inspection of goods at the country’s ports to control the proliferation of weapons, substandard products and loss of income. in the country.

Yusuf said Nigeria could adopt what can be obtained abroad, where government regulatory agencies inspect goods from factories of origin before they are allowed to go to markets.

He called on SON to invest more in technologies that would help rid the country of substandard steel. (NOPE)


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