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SON links faster market growth to standards

STANDARDS is a condition for local firms to grow their market faster.Director General, Standards Organisation of Nigeria Dr. John Ndanusa Akanya, stated this during a ceremony to mark this year’s edition of World Standards Day with the theme: “Accessibility for All with International Standards.”

The SON helmsman stated that International standards developed by IEC, ISO and ITU, based on international consensus give manufacturers and service providers the guidelines on how to design products accessible for all with due consideration for safety, ergonomics and harmonized test methods all geared to increase accessibility, provide a platform for the dissemination of technological innovations both in developed and developing countries and help markets to grow faster by increasing global trade.

The SON helmsman stated that International standards developed by IEC, ISO and ITU, based on international consensus give manufacturers and service providers the guidelines on how to design products accessible for all with due consideration for safety, ergonomics and harmonized test methods all geared to increase accessibility, provide a platform for the dissemination of technological innovations both in developed and developing countries and help markets to grow faster by increasing global trade.

Dr. Akanya affirmed that his organisation as the representative of the three international standardisation bodies in Nigeria has the responsibility and has continued to propagate these global standards through programmes such as adoption and adaptation of these     standards for local use, training of manpower through seminars, workshops, consumer enlightenment activities and the certification of products and systems to internationally acclaimed standards.

According to him, SON has designed programmes round the year including, walk for  Standards, exhibition of certified quality products as well as presentation of awards in various categories to local companies whose products have met and exceeded the minimum requirements in the various standards.

The programme tagged “Nigerian Quality Week” scheduled for the last week of October, 2010 is designed to ensure greater participation of local industries particularly small and medium scale as well as cottage industries, facilitate greater interaction with Consumers within the primary markets of the various companies and bring standardisation nearer to the grassroots through public enlightenment activities.

The latest of such efforts according to him was a 2-day National Workshop on the recently concluded international guidance standard on social responsibility ISO 26000 held in  collaboration with the International Organisation for Standardisation in Abuja to improve stakeholder education on social responsibility standard concepts, vision and importance with a view to understanding its implications for organisations in the country.


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