SON Unveils New Anti-bribery Standard, Targets MDAs, Others

SON Unveils New Anti-bribery Standard, Targets MDAs, Others
Chris Steven, Abuja

The Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) has unveiled its Anti-bribery Management Systems Standard which is designed to tackle corruption in public and business transactions in the country.


The new standard, International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO) 37001:2016, is expected to root out bribery in Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) as well as business entities.


Speaking during a project committee meeting on the anti-bribery management standard systems in Abuja on Monday, SON’s Director General, Mr Osita Aboloma, said bribery is the most single contributory factor to corruption in the country, hence, the development of the new standard to checkmate the problem.


His words : “As you may be aware, fighting corruption in the country seems insurmountable and a herculean task that many administrations have not been able to overcome.


“This standard alongside the Nigerian Industrial Standard for Good Governance (NIS 902:2017) can therefore be proactive tools to drastically reduce the incidence of corruption in the country alongside the anti-corruption laws.


“This is more so that Mr President is the leading champion of the anti-corruption crusade in Africa.”


While commending the 11-man project committee headed by former Edo State Governor, Prof. Oserheimen Osunbor that worked with ISO team on anti-bribery to come up with the standard, Aboloma said SON would push for its adoption in the country.


“We are going to push for the promotion and use of these standards by government Ministries, Departments, Agencies (MDAs) as well as business entities,” Aboloma said.


The project commitment chairman, Prof. Osunbor, said the adoption of the standard across the country will be a massive boost to good governance in the country.


“I am hopeful that government will embrace these standards as useful tools in the execution and implementation of anti-corruption and good governance policies,” Osunbor said.


On his part, the SON’s acting Director of Standards, Felix Nyado, who gave an overview of ISO 37001:2016, said apart from being applicable to all entities, it will  also address the problem of bribery in contracting, employment, prevent lawsuits, among others.