Written by Godfrey AKON

SON to automate its operations nationwide

The Standards Organisation of Nigeria, SON, has expressed commitment to effectively deploy information and communication technology in its operations nationwide.

SON made the commitment at its strategic management retreat held in Calabar, Cross River State, last week.

According to the agency, it would consider the adoption of an Enterprise Resource Planning, ERP, system to fully automate and integrate its operations nationwide in order to achieve more effective and efficient service delivery.

A communique issued at the end of the retreat, quoted the Director General, SON, Mallam Farouk Salim as disclosing that the organisation has developed its strategic plan for 2021 to 2024 to guide its programmes and actions geared towards achieving its set goals and targets.

Salim noted that the agency is committed to giving automation of its services high priority, adding that SON would institute an efficient, open, transparent and effective performance measuring mechanism, as well as a reward and sanctions programme to ensure accountability and consequence management, stressing that a staff recognition and reward programme will be put in place before the end of 2021.

SON, he said, will strengthen its supervisory role over its stakeholders, to ensure that all its certified products deliver value for money to Consumers while also tracking manufacturers and importers that use fake SON certification marks as well as logo for prosecution.

On enforcement of standards, the SON Chief Executive stated that the agency has resolved to adopt additional approaches including data analytics, risk-based assessment, outcome focused regulation, collaborative, coordinated and proactive enforcement among others.

The SON boss also expressed the organisation’s commitment to the effective implementation of the National Quality Policy recently approved by the Federal Executive Council as well as the Nigerian National Standardization Strategy to provide adequate support for economic development.

Other strategic decisions according to the communique include: “Having a 21st century work environment that is conducive and digital enabling, geared at maximizing the potentials of the employees towards achieving the goals and strategic objectives of the agency and its staff.

Attachment of SON staff to established National Metrology Institutes and testing laboratories outside the country for further exposure. Consideration of retired staff of the organization as SON Ambassadors and Maintenance of established procedure for the Mandatory Conformity Assessment Programme for locally manufactured products.

 

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