By Henry Umoru
AS Nigeria joins the rest of the world in celebrating World Standards Day, the Federal Government, yesterday urged Nigerians to embrace standards if we must be healthy and meet the set Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
According to the government, in the spirit of tackling climate change and its effects, new products, services and technologies should consider multiplicity of demands ranging from energy efficiency for and a reduced environmental footprint geared towards benchmarking for good practices.
These, the government said, include environmental and energy efficiency labeling, through promoting good practice for environmental management and energy and for energy management to ease of integration with ICT networks.
Addressing journalists in Abuja yesterday as part of activities marking the day, Minister of State for Commerce and Industry, Mr. Humphrey Abah, who stressed the need for all hands to be on deck in the fight against Climate Change, reiterated that government was determined to meet the set deadline of putting an end to gas flaring, adding that world was facing a very critical challenge as increasing greenhouse gas emissions were raising the earthâ€™s average temperature.
The theme of this yearâ€™s world Standards day is, â€œTackling Climate Change through Standardsâ€.
Abah, who also called on Nigerians to cultivate the quality culture habit through the application of standards, said, â€œI wish to enjoin Nigerians in all walks of life to join the quality vanguard with a view to bringing the benefits of standardization to bear on the lives of our citizens, thus joining the rest of the world to help mitigate the effects of climate change now while offering the potential to reduce its effects in the future as new technologies are developed and mature.
â€œWe are all expected to play our roles as stakeholders in the fight against climate change. From technology designers, products manufacturers, distributors, fabricators to professionals in the built environment, professionals and regulators in waste disposal management and other related fields including the media.
â€œOur companies are not relocating else where, the companies that are operating in Nigeria are not just brand name but leading names world-wide, they provide largest income from their world-wide groups in Nigeria.
â€œWe have challenges, the companies that are truly here to do business have remained on ground doing business. We have quite a lot of tax incentives to assist them in order not for the tax to be a lot of burden unto themâ€, he clarified.
In his remarks, the Director General, Standards Organization of Nigeria (SON), Dr. Ndanusa John Akanya who noted that SON does a lot of sustainable environmental development and presently, stressed that there were forty-two (42) standards for environmental management and control.
Akanya who advised that the use of fertilizer in the soil should be controlled as it may lead to leaching which was a serious threat to human existence revealed that refuse control and management fetches more money to government in some places than the petroleum does.
He called for the fight against refuse disposal and management, just as he maintained that some people litter the roads with sachet water Nylons or even cans out of ignorance thinking they were helping matters.