SON Boss Explains Of “ Walk For Standards’’ Campaign

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The Director-General of the
Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON), Dr Joseph Odumodu, says the agency’s “ Walk for Standards” campaign  is meant to promote interaction among stakeholders.
Odumodu made the remark on Saturday in Abuja after a road show as part of the World Standards Day Celebration.
“The walk for standards is to provide opportunities for interaction among stakeholders.
“It is aimed at propagating the ideals of quality through strict adherence to standards by manufacturers; and also to protect the consumer through zero tolerance to substandard products.
“The walk for standards also provides an opportunity to participants to exercise themselves for sound health,’’ he said.
The Director-General said that SON began the programme  in Abuja, Abeokuta and Calabar simultaneously in order to take its campaign for quality standards to all the states of the federation.
He said that the world standards day was being celebrated on Oct. 14 every year across the world.
Odumodu,  who was represented by the SON’s Director of Operations, Mr Nelson Adebiyi, said that the  celebration was coordinated by three international standard bodies.
He listed the bodies as International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO), the International Telecommunication Union(ITU) and the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC).
Odumodu  said the theme of the 2014  celebration was: “Standards Level the Playing Field.’’and that the theme was in line with the efforts of SON to promote the competitiveness of made-in-Nigeria products through the Mandatory Conformity Assessment Programme(MANCAP),  particularly for  Small and Medium Enterprises.
Odumodu said that MANCAP would ensure that locally manufactured products were subjected to similar conformity processes such as the imported products which underwent SON’s Conformity Assessment Programme.