Restriction of SON In Nigeria Ports Deters Efficiency.

The Standard Organization of Nigeria (SON) has decried the non-involvement of the organization in the nation's port operations.

This it says has continued to pose challenges especially to the compliance and monitoring units of the regulatory body.

The Director-General of SON Mr. Osita Aboloma addressing stakeholders said it is easier to find the influx of substandard products at the Port of entry rather than chasing them around all over the country whether in markets or warehouses.

The DG who was represented by Engr. Obiora Manafa expressed dismay at the development stating:

"For us in the Enforcement unit it is difficult to chase substandard products as far as the products have left the ports.

"Immediately the products leave the ports we don't know the destination.

"So it is easier for us to get the products at the ports."

The development has so far adversely affected SON's efficiency in discharging of duties especially routing substandard products that have found their ways outside the ports.

Recently the regulator upgraded it's portal for the operation of SONCAP to enhance service delivery, promote quicker turnaround time and reduce human interaction to the barest minimum.

It invited stakeholders to a sensitization seminar to interact with maritime players, to discuss import export business with the objective of getting stakeholders deeply involved in doing the right thing especially concerning port processes and procedures.

The DG therefore iterated that, "We need to disabuse the minds of those who think that SON is out to close down their businesses by exceeding the enforcement of quality and standard requirement.

" We are only protecting Nigerians from the hazards of substandard products.

"Substandard products can kill and destroy property," he stressed.

He urged importers to process their SONCAP permit as they are preshipment processes and avoid situations where products arrive the shores of Nigeria without SONCAP certificate or import permit.

Pix1: Engr. Obiora Manafa delivering his speech on behalf of the DG.
Pix2: Stakeholders listening on.


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