Determined to boost Nigeria’s export and import trade through standard and quality products, the Standards Organization of Nigeria (SON) has entered into a strategic partnership with the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) to address the influx of substandard products into the country .

The strategic arrangement under the two main federal agencies has become critical to the overall well-being of the country’s economy and the security of its population, especially in tackling the importation of substandard products and promoting the circulation and sale of high-quality products in Nigeria.

Meeting in Lagos, the Chief Executives of the two agencies expressed confidence that the collaboration would lead to more employment and increased revenues for the federal government.

The Director General, SON, Mallam Farouk Salim and General Manager, NPA, Muhammed Bello-Koko, agreed with their management teams on the need for more effective collaboration and synergy to drive results-oriented and seamless operations in the Nation’s Ports.

Both agencies also agreed to work together to promote the rapid processing of goods for export to promote the federal government’s economic diversification policies, especially for non-oil products.

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According to Bello-Koko, NPA’s general manager, SON’s technical expertise would be leveraged
through its participation in the inspection and investigation of joint cargo for greater efficiency and rapid detention of suspected substandard products.

“We will work with SON to make sure it does its job effectively. I am sure that SON will also work with other sister agencies without any problems,” the NPA boss said enthusiastically.


Muhammed Bello-Koko has also instructed SON to take a more active role in the export processing zones to accelerate Nigeria’s drive for quality and competitive products across national borders.

The NPA chief announced that both organizations would deliberate on the personnel and equipment to be used after the presidential approval for export processing terminals.

Earlier in its comments, DG, SON, Mallam Farouk Salim expressed regret at the challenge that the influx of substandard products poses to the concerted efforts of relevant agencies and stakeholders to grow the country’s economy.

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According to him, the situation is partly responsible for the increased unemployment and poor wealth creation in the country, adding that all hands must be on deck to reverse the negative trend.

Mallam Salim expressed SON’s willingness to leverage its Management System Standards certification and training services for NPA personnel to continuously improve service efficiency.

While accepting SON’s training and certification offer, the NPA MD solicited SON’s input into the NPA Academy Curriculum.

He commended SON’s leadership for driving several initiatives to reposition the organization to fulfill its legal mandate.

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