Dr Ifeanyi Okeke | File Photo
‘We are not allowing a lull in activities; we are not having any transition break or period. Work continues for proper consolidation and sustainability’
By Valentine Amanze
The Standards Organisation of Nigeria’s (SON) new Director General/ Chief Executive, Dr. Ifeanyi Chukwunonso Okeke, has declared commitment to the rapid industrial and economic development of Nigeria with an achievable work template.
Okeke disclosed this
during his inauguration and reception of handover notes in Abuja last week.
He said that he was hitting the ground running immediately because government remains a continuum.
His words: “We are not allowing a lull in activities; we are not having any transition break or period. Work continues for proper consolidation and sustainability.”
The SON boss also listed areas of priority attention to include: Re-invigorated nationwide campaign against sub-standard products, growth and sustainability of Micro, Small, and Medium Scale Enterprises (MSMEs), development and proper utilization of SON metrology services and test laboratories across the country as well as stakeholders’ engagement and collaborations.
He also pointed out that he would prioritise staff welfare and development, local products competitiveness in African Common Market, exports/ trade promotion, increase in the tempo of standardisation activities across the country, among others.
Okeke was appointed as the Director General/ Chief Executive of SON, a parastatal under the Federal Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment by President Bola Ahmed Tinubu on October 13, 2023.
He succeeded the immediate past Director General of the Organisation, Mallam Farouk Salim.
As the SON DG/ CEO, Okeke, a chartered accountant, would now be in charge of implementing and enforcing standards and quality assurance and discharging the mandate and statutory duties of SON as stipulated in the amended SON Act 2015.