On February 22, 2014, Joseph Ikem Odumodu, director-general, Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON), was honoured by the Sun newspaper for sanitising the Nigerian manufacturing sector, instilling confidence in made-in-Nigeria products as well as altering the country’s long history of substandard products.
“Dr Odumodu, director-general of the Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) is being recognised for his strident fight against substandard products, and other remarkable transformation he has brought to bear on SON,’’ said the organisers, during an event in which Odumodu carted away a trophy for outstanding public service
“Also worthy of note are his other laudable achievements that include the attainment of greater capacity building through training and re-training of SON staff, remodelling of the Standards Organisation of Nigeria Conformity Assessment Programme (SONCAP) for greater efficiency, introduction of an e-products registration scheme to ensure traceability of products and the ongoing certification of 2,000 small and medium enterprises in collaboration with the United Kingdom Trade Office at no cost,’’ they said further.
Commending the organisers’ dispassionate approach to evaluating public service, Odumodu said the recognition would spur him to do more to sanitise the Nigerian economy of substandard products, adding that all the modalities to achieve this was being sustained.
“I am happy that an independent observer has been following our activities at SON. This time, it is not about criticism but recognition for hard work, and we will do more. I dedicate the award to the management and staff of SON because without them, this would not have been possible.”