SON DG promises innovations toward stimulating national self-sufficiency


By Abba – Eku Onyeka


The newly appointed Director – General (DG)), Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON), Mallam Faruk Salim has has promised innovations towards stimulating self – sufficiency.

In a press release from from the Head, Public Relations, Fashina Adebayo, the DG made the promise  while being handed over the mantle of letadership of the agency by his immediate predecessor, Barr. Osita Aboloma recently in Abuja.

President Muhammad Buhari has recently appointed Salim to head the agenxy in replacement of the former DG, Osita Aboloma who has recently completed his tenure and the handover was done in Abuja office of the agency in the presence of the Honorable Minister  and Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment (FMITI), Otumba Niyi Adbayo and Dr Nasir Sani – Gwarzo respectively, among others witnessed th event.

Commenting Aboloma on his vision for the agency, Farouk Salim promised to bring changes by promoting public safety, the role of standards in local manufacturing, import and export as well as creating an enabling environment for innovations that will stimulate national self-sufficiency, even as he promised to bring  his core competencies in organisational restructuring, quality assurance and project management to bear in driving the relevance of SON in national socio-economic development further. He however stressed his desire to strengthen enforcement through increased cooperation with the relevant authorities like the police and the judiciary, work more closely with the National Assembly and the Executive arm of Government to update regulations and penalties as well as lobby for improved budgetary allocations for needed improvements and staff welfare. Promising to also lessen red tape, further simplify payment systems through increased investment in information technology, to guarantee improved service delivery, operational efficiency and encourage customer feedback and suggestions towards achieving the goals, he assured the staff of a level playing field to enable free flow of ideas and expression of competencies and urged them all to continue to give their best to the Nation through the Standards Organisation of Nigeria.

The new SON Chief Executive promised to make stakeholders, particularly the organised private sector groups a fulcrum of his administration’s focus, just as he expressed appreciation to Mr President for the opportunity to further contribute to National development through the Standards Organisation of Nigeria, stressing that he would put in his best to justify the confidence of the number one citizen. He also expressed appreciation to his predecessor for his selfless services to SON in the last 4years and wished him well in his future endeavour.

Welcoming the former new DG, Aboloma  commended him for laying a solid foundation for the advancement of standardisation activities in Nigeria in line with international best practice, even as he sssured Mallam Salim of bequeathing to him, a crop of highly competent staff in virtually all fields of standardisation, who according to him, compare favourably with their counterparts in the developed economies of the world. Aboloma therefore stated that the last four years has brought forward greater relevance of the SON mandate to the general socio-economic development of the Nigerian Nation more than ever before.

On his own, at the Honorable Minister presented a formal letter of commendation and appreciation to Aboloma for his selfless and dedicated services to the nation through SON and wished him well in his future endeavour.