SON tar­gets more lab­o­ra­to­ries, trains staff

The Guardian (Nigeria) - - INDUSTRY -

THE Stan­dards Or­gan­i­sa­tion of Nige­ria (SON) has an­nounced plans to es­tab­lish more lab­o­ra­to­ries in the coun­try, not­ing that the move was to en­sure that all goods pro­duced lo­cally and im­ported meet the min­i­mum re­quire­ment of the Nige­rian In­dus­trial Stan­dards (NIS).

The Di­rec­tor Gen­eral, SON, Osita Aboloma, stated that the stan­dards body is de­ter­mined to put the na­tion’s prod­ucts in the in­ter­na­tional mar­kets, point­ing out that to achieve this feat, the agency has been equip­ping its staff with the req­ui­site knowl­edge and tech­ni­cal knowhow re­quired for the smooth op­er­a­tions of the agency’s ac­cred­ited lab­o­ra­to­ries across the coun­try.

The SON boss rep­re­sented by the Di­rec­tor Spe­cial Du­ties, Mo­hammed Kabir stated this dur­ing the ISO/IEC lab­o­ra­tory ac­cred­i­ta­tion im­ple­men­ta­tion course held at its train­ing cen­tre in Ogba area of Lagos re­cently.

He stated that the three­day course was one of such pro­grammes to en­able the ex­ist­ing ac­cred­ited lab­o­ra­to­ries of SON to im­ple­ment the most cur­rent stan­dard re­leased in Novem­ber 2017.

In his words, ‘‘It is on record that in 2017, over 40 train­ing ses­sions were car­ried out by the unit as against three of such pro­grammes of­fered in 2016. There was also a re­mark­able im­prove­ment in the turnover from this di­vi­sion. As part of the read­just­ment in the ef­fi­cient and ef­fec­tive run­ning of the or­ga­ni­za­tion, ser­vices that can be de­liv­ered within the or­ga­ni­za­tion are pa­tron­ized, thereby sav­ing cost that would have been ex­pended on ex­ter­nal par­ties.’’

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