Lawan Hamidu, Abuja
The Standard Organisation of Nigeria, SON says it will give priority to the automation of its activities to increase efficiency services.
The Director General of the Agency, Mr. Osita Agboloma said this while defending the agency’s 2019 budget before the House of Representatives’ Committee on Industry.
Mr. Agboloma said the agency automation and infrastructure expansion would standardise its operation and increase revenue generation through blocking leakages among others.
He said “Our focus is to develop things that are manufactured within Nigeria to make sure they conform to mandatory SON’s conformity assessment and to fine-tune what we have in SON’s Conformity Assessment Programme, automated them further and let them a par with International Best Practice.”
According to him, in 2019 SON is planning to equip all its regional laboratories as well as built additional laboratories in four other States to ease its operations in the country.
On the agency’s 2018 Budget performance, Mr. Agboloma said 9.23 billion Naira was generated out of the 11.32 billion Naira projected for the year, representing 81.66%.
“Most of the 2018 budget releases were used on our automation and infrastructural expansion projects as well as training and retraining of our personnel.
The automation has led to increase in the revenue generation and blocked all leakages of the past.” Mr. Agboloma explained.
The Chairman of the committee, Hussaini Moriki reiterated the National Assembly’s commitment to speedy consideration of the 2019 Budget submitted to the lawmakers in December last year.