The newly appointed Director General of the Standard Organisation of Nigeria, Barr. Anthony Osita Aboloma, on Tuesday said he will take advantage of his background as a lawyer to push for the prosecution of those who deals on substandard products in the country.
Barr. Aboloma, assumes office as the sixth substantive Director General and Chief Executive Officer of the Organisation, since it’s establishment.
In a brief hand-over ceremony in Abuja, former acting director general of the agency, Dr. Paul Angya, said the Organisation in the last few months had doubled it efforts in the fight against substandard products and had made substantial progress in the implementation of its programmes.
Dr Angya recommended to the new DG to prioritise the yet to be signed MoU between China and SON which will stem the influx of substandard products in the country, even he advised the DG to tackle the issue of substandard products headlong and continue with some of the policies and programmes already initiated by the Organisation.
“Apart from SON existing initiatives, Honorable DG, I will recommend as top priority to continue with, which was trying to get the Chinese government to sign an MOU with SON which unfortunately they continue to resist till today, for which we view as very critical factor in stemming the influx of substandard products into Nigeria.
“Apart from that long standing strategy for fighting that scourge and other many issues which included enlightenment campaign, engagement with strategic sectors we initiated the scheme for product authentication, verification and security sealing” he said.
Dr Angya who pledged his unwavering support to the new DG, urged other staff the organisation corporate with the new DG in order to take the Organisation to next level.
Barr. Aboloma, in his response said the country cannot grow with consistent influx of substandard goods as government tries to diversify its economy.
He said: “The issue of influx of goods is a disaster and now that the government wants to diversify from petroleum products to other areas: agriculture, production and everything, this now place further burden to the members of SON family to be more proactive in their duties because we cannot grow with consistent influx of substandard goods.
“We me must sent a louder message. I will take advantage of my background as a lawyer to place more emphasis on prosecution”.
Barr Aboloma, promised to address issues of staff welfare and other issues earlier raised by the former acting director general.
He thanked all staff of SON for their commitment to duty and solicits their cooperation for the realisation of the mandate of the organisation.