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SON Marks World Standards Day, Applauds SDGs As Essential For Addressing Social Imbalance




The Director General of Standards Organization of Nigeria (SON), Mallam Farouk Salim, has applauded the Provisions of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), saying that they are critical for addressing social imbalances, developing sustainable economy, and slow the rate of climate change.

However, he noted that the cooperation of many public and private partners and the use of all available tools, including international standards and conformty assessment are some of the requirements for attaining the sustainable development goals.

In a statement to mark the 2021 World Standards Day, the Director General stated that these objectives of the SDGs are highly ambitious but attainable

According to him, the theme of the 2021 celebrations being coordinated by the International Electrotechnical Commission (EC), International Orgamzation for Standardization (ISO) and the International Telecommuntcations Union (ITU) is “Standards for Sustainable Development Goals Our shared Vision for a better World”.

Stressing the joint message of the three international standardization bodies, Mallam Salim posited that ‘he present battle against a persistent global pandermic revealed the absolute necessity of addressing the SDGs in an inclusive way, to strengthen our societies, like Nigeria.

The statement invites stakeholders around the country to join the three international standard organization bodies IEC, ISO and ITU and SON as an affilliate on a mission that affirms the importance of the seventeen SDGs to build back better, stressing that standards are more relevant than ever in this pursuit

The SON Chief Executive said further that the entire standards system is built on collaboration which Is a testament to the power of cooperation and the belief that we are stronger than the sum of our parts.

“By working together we are empowering people with real world solutions to face sustainability challenges head on” he stated

According to Salim “It ts in this spirit that the IEC, ISO and ITU are engaging in a multl year World Standards Day journey that showcases the many ways in which international standards contribute to the success of the SDGs”.

Commenting on the celebrations in Nigeria, the SON Director General stated that his organisation has been in the forefront of domesticating international Standards for use in the country by working with relevant stakeholders to adopt them as National Standards, as well as providing training and certification services for organisations and individuals in the last fifty years.

This according to him helps to address the attainment of the objectives of the seventeen SDGs in Nigeria.

Mallam Salim disclosed that his organisation would undertake road shows in Lagos and Abuja as well as conduct a sensitization workshop for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises MSMEs across the Country to propagate the Message of the 2021 World Standards Day within the month of October

He enjoined all Nigerians to support SON in the propagation and implementation of Standards for the benefit of the Nation and its people through participation in standardisation activities provision of information on suspected substandard products and demand for quality at all times in purchase decisions.

The SON Chief Executive concluded thus “We stand united to work together to accelerate the 2030 Agenda, with standards for the SDGs, and our ‘Shared vision for a better world”, according to the statement signed by “Bola Fashina, Deputy Director, Public Relations.



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