The Standard Organisation of Nigeria (SON) says that the renewed partnership with the Nigerian Police will help to increase its level of enforcement activities in the country.
The Director-General of SON, Mallam Farouk Salim, made this known on Wednesday when he paid a courtesy visit to the Commissioner of Police in Enugu State, Mr Ahmad Abdurrahman, in Enugu.
Salim said the existing cooperation between the Agency and the police had lasted for over 50 years, adding that the time has come to re-enforce the partnership for the greater benefit of the country in checking sub-standard goods.
He noted that with the help of the police and collaboration of other government regulatory agencies and other stakeholders, SON will definitely deliver on its mandate to secure all goods sold and consumed in the country.
The SON DG said that agency had begun a nationwide sensitisation of Nigerians especially its stakeholders on the benefits of stocking and selling only standard products.
He, however, sympathised with the police especially Enugu State Police Command for personnel and working material lost during the hijack of the peaceful EndSARS protest by hoodlums in the state.
“As partners in progress, SON is standing with the Nigerian Police especially this command in this trying period and we will not mind contributing our little quota to bring succour to families of deceased policemen if called upon to do so,’’ he said.
Responding, Abdurrahman assured SON of cooperation in carrying out its mandate of enforcement in the state so as to rid the state and by extension the nation, of sub-standard products.
According to the commissioner, SON is also security organisation by the virtue of their mandate.
“The police will support your work, since the work of SON and police are closely related in that police check human criminality while SON checks materials or goods criminality.
“So, SON is a partner in our quest to reduce all forms of crimes in the country. And once an Agency, like SON, is ridiculed, the entire nation will not move forward,’’ he said.
Highlights of the visit were souvenir presented by the commissioner to the director-general of SON and a group photograph of SON top officials and senior ranking police officers.