On recognition of its exceptional service to the International Customs community, the World Customs Organisation (WCO) has presented a Certificate of Merit to the Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON), representing Partner Government Agencies.
According to a statement by organisation’s Head of Public Relations, Mathias Bassey, the certificate was presented to SON on the occasion of the International Customs Day through its affiliate, the Nigerian Customs Service (NCS) and signed by the Secretary General, Kunio Mikuriya.
Receiving the award, the Acting Director General SON, Dr. Paul Angya, said the award could not have come at a better time than now that SON has doubled its efforts to rid Nigeria of substandard products through collaboration with critical stakeholders.
He thanked the WCO for the award, adding that it would serve to double the efforts of SON at stepping up its activities in the area of standards.
He said: “I reiterate SON’s commitment of ensuring that Nigeria is not made a dumping ground for all manner of products, as I am advising importers to always cross check with SON before importing into the country.
“The Merit Award recognizes SON’s effort in partnering with the Nigerian Customs Service and other world Customs bodies to ensure that only wholesome products that meet up with Standards are allowed in and out of the country.
“Standards Organization of Nigeria is the government agency mandated by law for the elaboration of standards for products in the country and has been a partner with the Customs authority and other stakeholders in the country with its offshore Conformity Assessment Program (SONCAP), which ensures that goods and products destined for Nigeria from all over the world are tested to comply with standards and quality assurance.”
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