By Felix Khanoba
The Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) has commended the various reforms put in place in the Nigerian electricity supply sector, which have resulted in increased interest in local manufacturing of electrical equipment and components.
SON’s Director General, Mr Osita Aboloma, gave the commendation in Abuja on Tuesday during the Nigerian Electro-Technical Summit.
He said the development has therefore made it imperative to encourage stakeholders to play more active roles in standards development and further develop capacity for quality assurance in the industry.
While expressing delight over the presence of experts from the Nigerian Electricity Supply Industry (NESI) and other stakeholders to discuss standardisation in the industry, the SON boss emphasised the importance of standardisation in the sector given the new dynamics and fundamental changes introduced by government.
He said: “Today’s interaction thus becomes most necessary to work out the modalities to better engage experts from the Nigerian Electricity Supply Industry in the development and implementation of Electro-technical standards to ensure quality and safety of products, systems and practices in the country.
“The Nigerian Electro-technical Summit is therefore aimed at creating awareness on the benefits of the implementation of standards and the need for the Nigerian Electro-technical experts to be more involved in the process of standards development both at the national and international level.
“It is important to note that the Nigerian National Electro-technical Committee has been in existence before now and has worked on a substantial number of standards, some of which were referenced in the Nigerian Electricity Supply and Installation Standards Regulations, 2015.”