By Ado Hassan, Sokoto
Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal on Monday laid foundation stone of the Sokoto office and laboratory of Standard Organisation of Nigeria(SON), describing the organisation as a dependable driver towards revamping Nigeria’s economic fortunes.
According to him” for stepping to establish office and laboratory in Sokoto means a lot the in the organisation’s drive to partner with the state .”
He noted that the organisation has the capacity to stimulate the economy by ensuring quality and standards of products were encouraged for local and international consumption through designed processes.
According to the governor ” it will enhance more revenue generation .”
Tambuwal made the remark earlier when he received the Organisation’s Director General , Malam Farouk Salim and his management team at Government House ,Sokoto.
The said he was confident that SON would turn around the economic fortunes of the country through ensuring standards .
According to Tambuwal who noted that Nigeria was faced with series of challenges , maintained that with the experience, exposure and knowledge of Salim as a professional Pharmacist would transform SON and make it an organisation that would deliver its mandates according to best practices.
” We know that SON is a sensitive organisation that deals with sensitive areas of endeavour. There are challenges but with you , things will be better”, he hoped.
Tambuwal further commended President Muhammadu Buhari for identifying capable hand in the person of Salim to take the task of repositioning SON.
The governor who assured of better partnership between SON and the state government promised to facilitate the allocation of land at suitable location for the a more bigger laboratory to effectively support operations of the organisation.
Earlier, Malam Farouk Salim said SON was tailored at expanding its scope of activities with a view to generating more income as well shift from the conventional oil income generating activities to non oil driven sound economic fortunes.
” We want to fast track window of opportunities that would encourage small and medium scale businesses to thrive among young Nigerians.
” Doing this, we have to take advantage of the African new trade approach to make our products more attractive to appealing to the outside world in order to earn more foreign exchange “, he pointed out.
He told the governor that SON was set to start operations in Sokoto with the establishment of an office and laboratory for tests and certification of products before going to larger markets.
He noted that no such laboratory in the north and if established, Sokoto will be the first to have one .
” We will work towards facilitating he establishment of more in collaboration with northern states governors which will be useful to the region and country as a whole.
” Our target is based on the mandate and national data of 40 million small and medium scale businesses generated by the FG. We are currently working on the template to further encourage active partnership with small and medium scale industries”, he reiterated.