For its contribution to the fight against substandard products in the country and its exceptional service to the International Customs community, the Standards Organisation of Nigeria, SON, has been awarded Certificate of Merit by the World Customs Organisation, WCO.
The Merit Award, according to a statement signed by the Head, Public Relations, Mr. Mathias Bassey, and made available to journalists recently in Abuja, noted that it was a recognition of SON’s effort in partnering with the Nigerian Customs Service and other world Customs bodies to ensure that only wholesome products that meet up with Standards are allowed in and out of the country.
The statement noted that the certificate was presented to SON on the occasion of the International Customs Day through an affiliate, the Nigerian Customs Service NCS, was signed by the Secretary General, Kunio Mikuriya.
Receiving the award, the Acting Director General SON, Dr. Paul Angya described the awards as encouragement for the agency to redoubled its efforts to rid Nigeria of substandard products through collaboration with critical stakeholders, and thanked the World Customs Organization for the award,adding that it will serve to double the efforts of SON at stepping up its activities in the area of standards.
Dr. Angya used the occasion to reiterate SON’s commitment of ensuring that Nigeria is not made a dumping ground for all manner of products, and advised importers to always cross check with SON before importing into the country.
He noted the agency mandated by law for the elaboration of standards for products in the country and has been a partner with the Customs authority and other stakeholders in the country with its offshore Conformity Assessment Program SONCAP, which ensures that goods and products destined for Nigeria from all over the world are tested to comply with standards and quality assurance.
It further noted that the 180 member strong World Customs Organisation with Nigeria Customs Service as a member was established in 1952 as an independent intergovernmental body whose mission is to enhance the effectiveness and efficiency of Customs administrations, controlling 98% of world trade.
The WCS in an effort to improve Customs service’s globally has recognized the need to digitalize customs by dedicating its 2016 Customs day celebrations to “Digital Customs: Progressive Engagement”.


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