By Abbanobi-Eku Onyeka
A Federal Government delegation led by the Director-General of Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON), Osita Aboloma, was among global participants at the 2018 General Assembly of the International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO) in Geneva, Switzerland.
In a statement, SON’s Head, Public Relations (HPR), Bola Fashina, said that as part of the activities of the delegation and in the desire to mutually strengthen beneficial relationship, the agency entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) International.
ASTM Vice President, Global Cooperation, Teresa Cendrowska, who represented the President, Katharine F. Morgan, stated that the organisation wished to enhance its support for the needs of the people of Nigeria, as well as continued growth of the nation’s economy, aid the development of Nigerian national standards for health, safety and environment.
The MoU which was signed by Aboloma on behalf of Nigeria is to promote communication between the two organisations; avoid duplication of efforts where possible; have knowledge, standard and development activities of both organisations.
Others were to utilise the resources of ASTM International to strengthen SON standards development system; promote greater SON input and content through active participation in the ASTM international standards development process, and promote the SON acceptance and use of ASTM International standards.
In the Nigerian delegations to the event were Messrs Chinyere Egwuonwu, Ibrahim Abdullahi and Richard Arinze, SON Director, Standards Development; Deputy Director, Library Services and Special Assistant to the DG respectively.