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Osita Aboloma: Ruthless Standards Enforcer

One of the most arduous tasks in leadership and governance is that of enforcing rules and standards especially when the scope of these tasks revolves around every facet of human endeavours.

Barrister Aboloma, who is the Director-General of the Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) has been outstanding in ensuring the safety of Nigerians vis-a-vis the products they use, items that are produced locally and imported ones, making sure that they meet local and international standards with product certification.

Product Certification service is responsible for ensuring that locally manufactured products in Nigeria give the required degree of satisfaction to consumers through compliance with Government policies on standardization and conformity assessment.

The purpose is to promote global competitiveness among domestic manufacturers and encourage continual improvement on the quality of products in line with the statutory obligation of the Standards Organisation of Nigeria.

The General aim has been to promote industrial/economic development by ensuring that Made-in-Nigeria products meet the requirements of the relevant Nigeria Industrial Standards with continual improvement on the quality of the products while collaborating effectively with all relevant stakeholders to build strong relationship for mutual benefits.

The SON DG, sadly has gathered more foes than friends in the discharge of this national assignments just because he wouldn’t compromise on quality. Hence, reports of seizures of substandard products, shutting down of illegal factories that more often than not, belong to prominent Nigerians and foreigners where shady and expired products are being manufactured.

Despite the threats to his life and that of his families, Aboloma is undeterred and still willing and daring to confront the monsters who unrepentantly are cutting corners at the expense of the Nigerian economy and the safety of the citizens.

Aboloma has built infrastructures and has succeeded in digitalizing the services of SON.

Little wonder why he enjoined stakeholders and customers to take optimum advantage of its automated service offerings as the organisation resumed nationwide operations in compliance with the Federal Government’s directive easing the lockdown occasioned by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Osita Anthony Aboloma holds a Bachelor of Law degree (LL.B) Hons from the then Bendel State University, Ekpoma 1991 and a B.L. from the Nigerian Law School, Lagos in 1992.

An alumnus of the Anglican Grammar School, Ubulu-Uku, in Delta State, Mr. Aboloma has been in legal practice since 1992. He started with Jaja Wachukwu and Company, Abuja and later Okunade Olorundare (SAN) and Company as Counsel involved in preparation and perfection of loan and equipment leasing agreements, deeds of assignment, mortgages, debentures and guarantee bonds, legal aspects of sale and purchase of lands as well as debt recovery and litigation.

He sets up Osita Aboloma and Associates in 1997 where he was Principal Partner until his appointment. The scope of legal practice spanned telecommunication, media and energy; litigation; corporate finance & banking; commercial; employment; property and litigation.

The Director General of SON was also Legal Consultant to the House of Representatives Committee on Petroleum; U. A. C Properties Nigeria Plc; Securities & Exchange Commission on capital market issues; Central Bank of Nigeria and many commercial banks.

A member of the Institute of Management Consultants (MIMC), Mr. Aboloma was appointed Director General and Chief Executive of the Standards Organisation of Nigeria by President Muhammadu Buhari, on September 26, 2016.

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