SON Charges Business Operators On Standards 

Yemisi Izuora 

The Director-General, DG, and Chief Executive Officer, Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON), Osita Aboloma, has stressed the need for business enterprises to maintain set standards in their operations.

He said the agency has observed that those who have maintained strict compliance to standardization have reaped short and long term benefits in the country.

Speaking at the ongoing Lagos International Trade Fair, Aboloma said there is need for operating companies in the country to adhere to standardisation in a bid to remain competitive in the market.

The SON DG, while speaking at the fair on ‘Connecting Business, Creating Values – Standardisation’, noted that participating companies have more say in the adoption of a national standard as well as international standards because they have gained a competitive edge due to their conformity to standardisation.

He stated: “Survey has shown that businesses, which are actively involved in standards, work more frequently, reap short and long term benefits with regards to costs and competitive status, than those that do not participate.

“Participating companies have more say in the adoption of a national standard as well as an international standard. In this case, the company gains a competitive edge because it will not need to make extensive modifications in order to conform to a European or international standard.

“Involvement in standardization assists the company to easily anticipate new legislation and avoid costs.”

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