The Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) Governing Council has approved 168 new Standards for publication and dissemination to various sectors of the Nation’s economy in furtherance of the Federal Government’s economic diversification policy.
Rising from its virtual meeting, Chaired from Abuja by the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment (FMITI), Dr. Nasir Sani-Gwarzo, the Council also put its seal on the first ever Nigerian National Standardisation Strategy (NNSS) 2020 – 2022, developed by SON to identify priority areas to focus on, based on national needs assessment.
Dr. Sani-Gwarzo said that the document is accompanied by a National Implementation Plan that gives orientation for national standardisation work within the three years duration.
He said that the NNSS has identified a total of 658 standardisation projects in key priority areas classified by economic sectors as highlighted in Federal Government’s Economic Recovery Growth Plan (ERGP), the Nigerian Industrial Revolution Plan (NIRP) and other related national strategic plans.
The SON Council Chairman described the establishment of the NNSS as an outstanding and epoch- making achievement of the Director – General and his Management, for which the Council gave a unanimous commendation.
Commenting on the approved 168 Nigerian Industrial Standards by the Council, Osita Aboloma, the SON Chief Executive enumerated them as 64 for Electrical/Electronic products; 53 for Chemical Technology; 47 for Food and Agricultural products; 3 for Civil/Building Technology products as well as the reviewed standard for Hotel and Serviced Accommodation Management System and Rating – Requirements and Guidance for Use.
Aboloma highlighted some of the standards as including;
– Review of standards for fertilizers
– Review of existing and development of new standards for the Tomato and Cassava Value Chains.
– Adoption of international standards on Environmental Testing
– Adoption of international recommendations for renewable energy and hybrid systems for rural electrification among many others.
In Picture : The SON Council members on the screen during the virtual Council meeting.