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Corruption impeding the fight against substandard goods, SON.

Corruption impeding the fight against substandard goods, SON.

Mallam Farouk Salim, Director General of the Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON), has stated that corruption is still a major issue in the agency’s fight against substandard goods in Nigeria.

The DG also believes that corruption has become a worldwide phenomenon, rather than a Nigerian phenomenon.

He said this over the weekend in Abuja at a Colloquium organised by Corruption Observatory, a nongovernmental organisation that promotes good governance, on the theme “Finding a Common Definition of Corruption for Nigeria.”

Both public and private institutions should go through an annual audit whereby organisational operations are assessed to identify loopholes,” the DG said, represented by the Director, Management Systems Certification, SON, Engr. Felix Nyado.

“A whistleblowing management system standard is critical, as is a policy introduced by the SON to protect whistleblowers from persons involved in the production of substandard goods in the country,” he noted.

Engr. Ivie Richard, the founder of the Corruption Observatory, advised the government to improve the level of compliance with rules and regulations.

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