Nigerian youths under the aegis of the All Nigerian Youths Reorientation Movement ANYRM, a pan-Nigeria youth group, has commended the Director-General of the Standards Organisation of Nigeria SON, Osita Aboloma over his renewed onslaught against fake and substandard goods in the country, which led to his recent emergence as the Public Servant of the Year 2020.

Aboloma emerged ahead others following what the organisers described as his sterling standardisation efforts since becoming the DG of the country’s apex standards bureau.

President of the group, Olufemi Oguntoyinbo, in a congratulatory message to the SON-boss, said the group was impressed by his approach in the agency’s fight against fake and substandard products and considers The Eagle awards on him as well deserved.

Oguntoyinbo said unlike other agencies of the Federal Government, SON under Aboloma had particularly remained friendly to stakeholders, carrying them along its programmes and activities rather than breathing threats and sanctions.

“We put into consideration the fact that the agency had done impressively in containing fake and substandard products in the country. This is unlike the situation before whereby one in two products on sale in our markets are substandard.

“But particularly impressive to us is that the SON has indeed emerged from a punitive agency to one that is supportive of stakeholders in the Organised Private Sector OPS.

The group also noted that it has duly followed the interactive sessions and sensitisation programmes the agency had held with 9ostakeholders and at which it has freely interacted with them asking questions in terms of their challenges and reaching to them in terms of solutions, saying this has helped the operators.

“By its activities, the SON under Aboloma has, really created the enabling environment for indigenous entrepreneurs to thrive.

“We agree totally that Osita Aboloma has proven himself to be, not just a public servant but bridge builder, who has taken his campaign against fake and substandard products proactively and productively, knowing when to wield the big stick and when to use the carrot”, the President said.

The youth body also noted the increased involvement of SON to the harmonisation of standards within Africa and across trading borders, pointing out that the agency had also pursued vigorously pursued the standardisation campaign in a robust and economically rewarding manner without harming local business.

He said: “We are satisfied in the jaw-jaw approach of Aboloma, rather than the sanction and sanction style which not only kills local businesses but also worsen the unemployment situation in the country.

“We are also aware that the SON DG has sustained other efforts aimed at helping the SON fulfil its statutory mandates in the economy and these are commendable”.

Other areas of interest to the group is the  automation of the SON’s processes in the sustained fight against influx and circulation of substandard and life-endangering products through the setting up of a rapid response squad and the aforementioned support for development and growth of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises.

It argued that Nigeria’s economy in particular and the country in general would become better if public office holders would become more friendly and proactive but without compromising efficiency and delivery in terms of their mandates.

According to the association, heads of critical agencies in the country needed to imbibe the principle of inclusiveness in the way they relate with stakeholders and not to remain aloof as regulators.

 “As we congratulate Aboloma and his team, we remind them of the saying, that the reward for good work is more good work.

“Rather than rest on their oars, The Eagle Award as Public Servant of the Year” should motivate Aboloma particularly and the entire SON team for more good works ahead”, the youth group also said.