SON DG, Mr Osita Aboloma, made the call while meeting with members of the Steel Manufacturers Group in Lagos yesterday.
Aboloma said his mission was to ensure compliance to standards, safety and quality of products. It is expected that all businesses in Nigeria must conform to the tenets of standards.
“The diversification to non-oil is a fulcrum for industries to strive to be at their best as the nation will depend more on the manufacturing sector for the economy to boom. Government policies are meant to protect local manufacturers from unhealthy competition to ensure sustainable development.”
The DG urged the group to do the right things at all times and to also comply with SON standards according to the SON 2015 Act.
He stressed the need for understanding and co-operation with Stakeholders. He added that its goal is to enhance the ease of doing business in Nigeria without compromising standards.
Aboloma said standards build trust and Nigerians would trust them once they complied with standards.
Group Laments Challenges To SON
The leader of the group, Mr. Sunnil Goel, said the members had come to felicitate with the DG and intimate him of the challenges confronting them.
Goel lamented the current economic situation which affecting the the group negatively.
He pledged support and willingness to work with SON to achieve the objectives and vision of the organisation.
Stop Patronising Substandard Goods -SON
The body has however urged members of the public to desist from patronising sub-standard goods. This is in an effort to check the influx of such commodities to the country.
According to the SON, continued patronage of such goods would only sustain the businesses of those involved in the illicit trade.
It further embarked on increased consumer awareness initiative to empower consumers on the negative impact substandard goods have on lives of people and properties.