SON adopts global standards for local use – DG

Osita Aboloma, SON DG

By Gboyega Oni

Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) will continue to propagate and adopt global standards for local use, manpower training, consumer enlightenment activities and certification of products and systems in Nigeria.

Mr. Osita Aboloma made the declaration in a message to celebrate the 2018 World Standards Day in Nigeria on Sunday October 14 and enjoined Nigerians to continue to support SON in its quest to improve lives of Nigerians through standards.

He noted that emerging technologies, which are blurring traditional boundaries between physical, digital and biological worlds coupled with increased connectivity of people and things, would influence production, trade as well as communication in the fourth industrial revolution.

According to him, ‘’International Standards, like those produced by the International Electro-technical Commission (IEC), International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) will continue to be chief drivers in the transition to this new era of speed and innovation. These will ensure compatibility and interoperability, such that adoption of new technologies for use can be seamless worldwide.’’

Speaking further, Aboloma maintained that just like the transition from manual work to machinery and factory work raised the need for standards in the 18th Century, International standards today have become a vehicle to spread knowledge and innovation globally.

He asserted that international standards are a powerful way to ensure safety and minimize risk, stressing that security standards can keep our data safe and deter hackers while safety standards for robots will make it easier to interact with humans.

The SON CEO stated that the Fourth Industrial Revolution has begun and urged Nigerians to embrace standards further, in order to seize its full potential for the betterment of the Nation.

As part of activities put together by his organisation to mark the celebration is an essay competition among students of ages 13 to 18 in 30 secondary schools in Lagos State on applying digital technology towards resolving issues pertinent to their community, citing existing national or international standards.

He stated that the programme, which is being organised in partnership with Dansol High School, Ikeja would climax on October 25, 2018 when the winning entries will be presented prices ranging from household electronic items like television set, microwave oven and tablets to cash awards.

The theme of this year’s celebration of Standards on October 14 is “International Standards and the Fourth Industrial Revolution”.

 

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