The Standard Organization of Nigeria (SON) has flagged-off free National Calibration for industries in Kano to ensure equity and fairness in measurement and also improve quality and standards of products to compete in the global market.
Speaking during the flag-off of the free calibration exercise in Kano at Gerawa Rice Mills Company, the Director General of the SON, Mallam Farouk Salim said the essence of the exercise is to ensure that weight and measures are given due consideration in products standardization to be certified and attract sales in the international environment.
According to him, the SON has procured modern equipment worth huge amounts of money to commence the exercise and that the system is mobile in order to get all industries calibrated at their door steps, to prevent losses and also to ensure that consumers are not cheated on the other side.
“Looking at the way standardization is going on across the globe, and considering the situation of our industries in the country, prompted the need to have these calibration machines in a mobile laboratory to ensure that all companies have accurate measurement of their products.
“We bring our equipment here to do the calibration free of charge so that the industries would see and to learn how to ensure that their products were up to standard, which will then enhance the competitiveness of their products both within Nigeria and beyond. After this one, the industries will pay a token so that we can come with our mobile labs to the calibration,” he said.
While reassuring the teeming populace of the nation of their determination in ensuring that industries get their products calibrated, the DG explained that the mobile calibration lab will be launched soon in Geo-political zones of the federation aimed at ensuring that their products were being calibrated.
In his remark the Regional Director SON in Kano Mr. Albert Wilberforce said the exercise was kick-started to boost the morale of indigenous companies to achieve greater heights.
Earlier the Group Managing Director of a Rice Milling Company Alhaji Isa Muhammad Gerawa said the initiative was a welcome development, and applauded the federal government for the closure of land borders which pave way for locally produced items to be patronized.