Director General, Standards Organisation of Nigeria, SON, Dr. Paul Angya recently fired a warning shot to importers of products which similar locally produced counterparts enjoy core competence and high quality.
He said he would do everything to protect local manufacturers from unhealthy competition with imported products, adding that this would help to create more jobs and grow the economy.
The Ag. DG of SON lamented the deleterious effects of imported goods, arguing that there must be trade measures to save local initiative and production. Angya equally pledged to continue with the conclusion of the infrastructure development like laboratories initiated by Dr. Odumodu’s administration, stating that infrastructure remained the bedrock of economic development.
SON was one of the key government agencies and parastatals affected by the recent change of guards at Federal Ministries, Departments and Agencies, MDAs.
On Monday, February 15, 2016, the federal government announced the sack of Chief Executive Officers, CEOs, of 26 agencies and parastatals, asking them to handover affairs of the agencies to the most senior directors who would be in acting capacities pending the appointment of substantive directors general.
In SON, the immediate past director general, Dr. Odumodu handed over the mantle of leadership of this apex regulatory agency to Dr. Paul Angya, a seasoned technocrat who parades a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Law. Interestingly, Angya who is on a familiar terrain, comes at a time when issues of standardisation, trade facilitation as well as global best practices are at the front burner of both local and international economic and investment discourses.
Who Is Paul Angya?
Acting Director General/Chief Executive of SON, Dr. Angya was born on July 17, 1963 in Gboko Local Government Area of Benue State, Nigeria to the family of Mr. And Mrs. Mamnenge Angya of Ute, Vandeika Local Government Area, Benue State. Dr. Angya’s spouse is Professor Charity Angya, a University don.
A consummate expert on issues of standardisation and consumer protection legal knitty-gritty, Dr. Angya believes that consumer safety and protection as well as industrial development and national economic prosperity are indeed rooted on standardisation and quality assurance of systems, processes, services, materials and products.
A go-getter and result-oriented gentleman, the SON’s Acting Director General has been Director/Secretary/Legal Adviser, SON since 2000 He is a strong team-builder and facilitator who fosters an atmosphere that encourages highly talented professionals to balance high-level skills with optimal output.
As a clear demonstration of his expertise in quality conformity issues, Dr. Angya’s PhD Thesis is entitled “A Comparative Analysis of the Legal Regime for Standardisation and Quality Regulation: A Case Study of Selected African Countries.”
Angya, a product of University of Lagos, where he bagged Bachelor of Law LL.B degree in 1986, also possesses a Master of Law LL.M degree of the Benue State University, Makurdi. The SON’s acting helmsman has attended several national and international workshops with many professional certificates in his kitty.
“They include: a Training on Logical Framework approach to developing donor-assisted projects in Stockholm, Sweden”, “ISO 9000:2000 Quality Management Systems Implementation Course, Seminar on Investigative Skills for Intellectual Property Crimes, organised by US Department of Justice and Nigeria Communications Commission, ISO Forum for Chief Executive Officers CEOs of National Standards Bodies NSBs in Africa held in Accra, Ghana, 2014, Leadership and Strategic Change Workshop in London, United Kingdom in March 2012; among others.
Angya has participated in several seminars and fora on standardisation and Quality infrastructure.
His duty-posts in SON before now include Secretary to SON Council; Director, Corporate Affairs and SON Consults, Director, Administration and Human Capital Development; Ag. Director, Legal/Enforcement Department, National Film and Video Censors Board, honorary legal adviser to the African Regional Organisation for Standardisation ARSO, Nairobi, Kenya as well as legal adviser of the African Eco-Labelling Mechanism, an agency of the African Union Commission on Environmental and Sustainability Standards, among other responsibilities.
From 2001 to 2012, Angya drafted and concluded international and local consultancy and inter-agency collaboration agreements including the SONCAP Scheme/Intertek consultancy on SONCAP, SON Yellow pages the project/publication, SON Television weekly SON Television Programme and Technical and collaboration agreements with China, South Africa, Ethiopia, Egypt, Ghana, Congo, DRC, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Uganda, BSI/Incomme Group, Institute of Analyst of Nigeria, Nigerian copy Right Commission, Nigerian Institute of Welding, etc., He worked as legal adviser to the African Regional Organisation for Standardisation ARSO with headquarters in Nairobi where he influenced the appointment of Nigerian citizens as Secretary General for a period of 10 years.
He coordinated the EU funded International Project between SON and Ghana Chamber of Commerce in Accra on SPS issues, food rules and regulations drafted the project proposal to the Swedish International Development Agency SIDA for the development of standards in Africa through the ARSO.
The implementation of which SON is a major beneficiary.
The new SON Act/Law introducing modern and up to date provisions which was passed and signed into law by the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria in April 2015 is an extract of the PhD research and recommendations of Dr. Angya.
He introduced/initiated in fulfillment of the requirement of SON Enabling Law the application for and procurement of court orders for sealing, seizing and or destruction of substandard products, a practice known in SON.
He represented SON in all litigations as advocate since 2001- 2012 maintaining 100 percent record of success. One of such cases against British American Tobacco Company BAT earned SON a compensation of N1m in 2001 and donations of several cars, which are presently used as operational vehicles.
Before 2011, he was integral in all SON negotiations and resolutions either of bilateral and technical agreements or resolutions of consumer complaints with an enviable record of success.
He led the SON legal battle to contain moves by NAFDAC to reduce & usurp the scope of SON’s activities and take over some. In all legal battles with NAFDAC and others, SON always came out better for it.
In the year 2008, Angya served at the National Film and Video Censors Board of Nigeria NFVCB as a Deputy Director to help secure the numeric licensing regime under the Board’s enabling law.
As the acting director in-charge of the newly created Legal & Enforcement Department of the NFVCB, he effectively established and entrenched the culture of film licensing.
On 20th of July 2009, he went back to SON as the Secretary/Legal Adviser on the rank of a Director, a position he held until April 2011, when the ex-DG appointed him Director, Administration and Human Capital Development in addition to his office of Secretary to SON.
Angya is a recipient of many honors and awards both locally and internationally, the most recent being “Honor for distinguished service to ARSO” On August 11, 2015, at ARSO Annual General Meeting held at the AUC ultra modern headquarters in Addis Ababa – Ethiopia.