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House of Reps seeks SON presence in the Nation’s Ports

The House of Representatives Committee on Industry says the decision to exit the Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) from the nation’s ports will lead to the prevalence of fake and substandard goods in the country.

The House Committee Chairman on Industry, Dolapo Badru made this known at an oversight function to SON laboratory in Ogba, Lagos.

Mr. Badru, who said the law mandating SON to be at the ports would be reviewed stated that the customs officials lacked the requisite skills to ascertain the quality of goods imported.

He expressed satisfaction with the level of work done by the standards body and restated his commitment to return SON to nation’s sea ports.

He stated that the House would invite the Director General of SON and the Ministry concerned to review the law that mandates SON to be at the ports.

The Director General, SON, Osita Aboloma, commended the House of Representatives for their support, stating that SON has the capacity to create possibilities.

According to him, the agency had invested so much in human capacity development to be at par with its counterparts all over the world.

Mr. Aboloma said SON need to be positioned to enable it carry out the mandate effectively and safeguarde the lives of Nigerians through standards.

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