The Standards Organisation of Nigeria SON has received an award as the “Institution in the Ease of Doing Business in Nigeria”.
The award was conferred by the National Information Technology Development Agency NITDA during the Digital Nigeria Dinner 2022 Award Night.
In a statement signed by the Director of Public Relations, Mrs. Foluso Bolaji, the award comes after the agencies ranking as the number one Government Agency in the Ease of Doing Business by the Presidential Enabling Business Environment Council (PEBEC).
The Statement reveals SON has been at the forefront of assisting businesses to prosper and grow in Nigeria, by ensuring that all of its procedures are recorded online so that potential customers, stakeholders, and prospective partners can evaluate the majority of services online without experiencing delays.
According to the report, SON has over the years supported micro, medium, and small businesses (MSMEs) by providing training and certifying their products, particularly those that are prepared for export outside of Nigeria.
The MSMEs have also received the most support possible thanks to the SON, which has substantially cut the cost of standards in half to make it possible for them to adhere to the requirements for any products or services they provide.
The Director General and Chief Executive of SON, Mr. Farouk Salim while addressing journalists after the awards, said the Core mandate of SON is to establish and enforce standards and quality to forestall the influx of substandard products into the country.
The award, according to him, is a proof to the effort and commitment made by SON employees across the nation to ensure that industries are continuously inspected so that consumer end products are advantageous to consumers who will drive demand by using them. With increased demand comes increased production, which will benefit the economy overall.
Other award categories included those for Corporate Social Responsibility, Digital Compliant States, and IT Start-ups, as well as Long Service Awards for employees who have worked for the NITDA for between 10 and 20 years.