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SON seeks improved partnership with NCS to tackle substandard products

Malam Farouk Salim, Director-General of SON

*The Standards Organisation of Nigeria has requested more strategic engagement with the Nigeria Customs Service in view of the former’s recent return to the country’s seaports

Gbenga Kayode | ConsumerConnect

In a move to further intensify the measures against importation of substandard products into the country, the Standard Organisation of Nigeria (SON) has urged a closer collaboration with the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS).

ConsumerConnect reports the standards regulatory organisation in a statement indicated Malam Farouk Salim, Director-General of SON, made the request Friday, July 15, 2022, when he visited Col. Hameed Ali (Rtd.), Comptroller-General  of NCS, in Lagos.

NCS personnel with seized contraband

Salim noted the robust 11-year cooperation between SON and NCS had produced several fruits over the last decade.

The Director-General of SON also emphasised the strategic role the NCS  played in the fight against importation of substandard products, and acknowledged the historical support given to his organisation, the statement said.

Salim, therefore, requested more strategic engagement with the NCS in the light of the regulator’s recent return to the Nigerian seaports.

Speaking during the visit, the SON stated Ali agreed that synergy between critical government agencies at the ports would greatly enhance efficiency and would do much good in protecting the country as well as its citizens.

The NCS Comptroller-General stressed the need for SON to upgrade its information technology infrastructure so as to enable a smooth interface with the Nigeria Integrated Customs Information System (NICIS) II platform of the NCS.

Ali pledged to make this a reality, while also urging Customs Officers to be trained in ISO certifications.

The statement, as well noted 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 regulators agreed to provide the needed support towards safeguarding Nigeria from the importation of substandard goods through mutual collaboration, SON noted.

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