SON at 50: Minister applaudes SON for driving Nigeria’s industrial sector, MSMEs

The Standard Organization of Nigeria (SON) has been applauded for its outstanding contributions towards facilitating trade and the growth of the Nigerian industrial sector and the sustainability of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs).

The commendation was made by the Minister of State for Industry, Trade and Investment, Amb. Maryam Katagum while delivering her speech at the 50th anniversary celebration of SON held in Abuja on Monday.

Katagum said the positive role SON played in the growth of the sector especially through the MANCAP scheme had contributed immensely to the increased acceptability of Nigerian made products in the international market achieved by this administration.

She further reiterated the support of the Ministry in its efforts to ensure adherence to internationally accepted standards which would eliminate technical barriers to trade and make Nigerian made products more competitive.

According to Amb. Katagum, “in acknowledgement of its consistent implementation of reforms aimed at making its services more easily accessible to the public, SON has been ranked first in the Ease of Doing Business by the Presidential Enabling Business Environment Council (PEBEC).

“In addition, the Organization recently received an Award from the National Information and Technology Development Agency (NITDA) for Ease of Doing Business in the Information Technology Sector. These two recognitions are no doubt fitting anniversary gifts which will no doubt challenge the organisation to keep up its good work.”

In the same vein, the Director General of the Standard Organization of Nigeria (SON), Mallam Farouk Salim while acknowledging the achievements of the organization in the last 50 years, stated that his vision in the next 50 years is to ensure that SON becomes the foremost standardization body in Africa and among the top ranking globally.

According to him in 2022 over 600 were trained representing about 35% of the workforce.