Written by Godfrey AKON

SON partners NERC on local content, export

The Standards Organisation of Nigeria, SON, is combining efforts with the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission, NERC, to promote local content on the production of electrical materials and exportation of certified made in Nigeria products.

Both agencies rekindled the partnership during a courtesy visit by the Nigerian Electricity Supply Industry, NESI/Nigerian Content Consultative Forum, NCCF, delegation to the SON Operational Headquarters, Lekki, Lagos.

A statement by the Head, Public Relations, SON, Bola Fashina, said the leader of the delegation, Engr. A.B. Mohammed, commended SON for its partnership over the years which produced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding, MOU, between the two organisations in 2015.

Mohammed, who is also the General Manager Engineering Performance and Monitoring of NERC, noted that a body of experts from the industry which constituted by NCCF to advice NERC had worked assiduously to compile a publication titled: Regulation on National Content Development for the Power Sector.

Also speaking, the Chairman of the NERC/NCCF, Chief Henry Okolo acknowledged the role of SON in warehousing standards for the nation, stressing the need for improved collaboration in the electricity sector to enhance local content as well as promote export of made-in-Nigeria products and personnel.

Okolo stated that the forum is not unmindful of some agents and vendors resisting the total achievement of local content in the industry despite the signing of the presidential executive order No.5 of 2015, as a government policy to that effect.

He urged SON to intensify its technical support to local industries and interested parties through the application of international standards in the electrical sector as a means of sustaining the local industry and building greater capacity.

Okolo advised SON to consider setting up a Nigerian content desk to handle matters directly impacting on standards as relating to local content in the power sector.

Responding on behalf of the Director General, SON, Osita Aboloma Esq. the Director in the DG's Office, Mr. Kabir Yusuf, highlighted SON’s core mandate as including development of standards, factory inspections, testing, offshore and local conformity assessment of products, certification of management systems amongst others as means of promoting the ease of doing business initiative of the Federal Government.

Aboloma assured the NESI-NCCF delegation of SON’s preparedness to support and enhance the collaboration with NERC in achieving the best for all Nigerians and reiterated the organisation’s determination at all times to confront incidents of substandard and fake products including electrical materials as part of its mandate.

He welcomed a review of the MOU between the two agencies to strengthen the existing cooperation with a view to promoting greater local content and quality assurance in the sector to continually give value for money of the consumers, ensure repeated patronage, increased capacity utilization and job creation.

The SON boss also invited members of the NNCCF to visit SON’s state of the art laboratories to have a first-hand assessment of the electrical laboratory with the capability of testing meters and other electrical products and components.

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