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THE Standards Organisation of Nigeria has announced plans to equip journalists with the requisite skills on International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO).

Besides, the move became imperative as it would help the media industry understand the benefits of ISO to the national economy in developing standards to ensure the quality, safety and efficiency of products, services and systems.

The Director-General, SON, Mallam Farouk Salim, stated this at a capacity workshop for journalists in Lagos recently.

He also urged the media to practise investigative journalism, taking into cognizance creativity and authenticity to write stories that would change the narratives of the country.

He noted that the essence of the workshop is to appreciate the media and their contribution to the progress of the agency and the country in general.

He said, “We are also using this medium to interact  and discuss issues that bother both the media and the standards body.”

On the level of seizures made so far, the SON boss added that its level of seizures has increased tremendously, maintaining that responses from stakeholders and market associations indicate that SON is winning the war against substandard goods.

“The stakeholders response is very good and recently we have studies where steel products quality has also increased very much as we get this information from contractors and dealers. We are getting very good responses from stakeholders and the markets about the quality of steel products and cables,” he added.

He also reaffirmed SON’s commitment to strengthen its partnership with the media urging journalists to also act as vanguards in its fight against fake and substandard goods.

He added that SON has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Katsina State government to develop the Small and Medium Enterprises in the State, stressing that discussions are also ongoing to take the gospel of standardisation to Jigawa, Kano, Bauchi and Sokoto to make SMEs competitive.

The Director, Standards Development, Mrs. Chinyere Egwuonwu, said the Nigeria National Standardisation Strategy introduced last year with a 3-year implementation plan had so far identified 658 standardisation projects to be developed before the end of 2023.

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