SON partners NCS on substandard products menace

  By Felicia Nwosu

In furtherance of its commitment to curbing the menace of substandard products in the country, the Standard Organisation of Nigeria (SON) has called on Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) to collaborate in the fight against importation of substandard products.

Malam Farouk Salim, Director-General, SON, made the request when he paid a visit to Col. Hameed Ali (Rtd.), NCS Comptroller-General, in Lagos. The SON DG revealed that the robust relationship between the two organisations for over 11 years has helped to strengthen and boost the growth of SON over the last decade.

He emphasised the strategic role played by the NCS in the fight against the importation of substandard products and acknowledged the historical support given to his organization while requesting more strategic engagement in light of their recent return to the ports.

Responding, Ali agreed that synergy between critical government agencies at the ports would greatly enhance efficiency and would do much good in protecting the nation as well as its citizens.

Ali emphasised the need for SON to upgrade its information technology infrastructure to enable a smooth interface with the Nigeria Integrated Customs Information System (NICIS) II platform of the NCS.

He promised to do all in his power to make this a reality while also requesting for customs officers to be trained in ISO certifications.

The meeting reaffirmed the readiness and willingness of the NCS to discharge its statutory responsibilities of protecting the national economy through trade facilitation, revenue generation and anti-smuggling activities. Both outfits agreed to provide the needed support toward safeguarding the nation from the importation of substandard goods through mutual collaboration.


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