By Felix Khanoba
The Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) has rolled out a new set of 128 Nigeria Industrial Standards to enhance economic ventures of manufacturers, importers and other business operators in the country.
The new standards were approved by the Nigerian Standards Council at its 5th meeting held at the SON Operational Headquarters in Lagos, few days ago.
A statement from the office of the Director General of SON, Barr. Osita Aboloma in Abuja, quoted the DG as saying that the approval by the Council would further boost industrial and commercial activities in the country in view of the imminent implementation of the African Continent Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA).
According to him, the agreement has further necessitated rapid development and harmonisation of standards, conformity assessment procedures as well as mutual recognition of quality marks, to cover all sectors and facilitate trade across the continent through the elimination of technical barriers.
He enumerated areas covered by the approved standards as including civil/building technology, chemical technology, electrical and electronics, food/codex, petroleum products as well as liquefied petroleum cylinders among others.
In his opening remarks, Council Chairman, Mr. Edet Akpan, Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Industry, Trade and investment, enjoined members to continue to bring their rich knowledge and experiences to bear in assisting SON deliver on its mandate.
The AUTHORITY reports that the Standards Council is an 18-member body recognised by law to provide policy direction in carrying out the organisation’s mandate of standards development, conformity assessment and Metrology assurance amongst others.