The Standards Organisation of Nigeria Governing Council has approved 96 new Nigerian Industrial Standards for national use which cut across chemical technology, electrical/electronics, food/agriculture, textile/leather and services.
The approval was given at the first meeting of the Council in 2021 since the appointment of Mallam Farouk Salim as the Director- General of the organisation.
With this approval, the total number of Standards approved by SON Governing Council increased to 264 from the earlier approval of 168 Standards in 2020.
Chairman of the Council, Dr. Nasir Sani-Gwarzo commended the new SON helmsman for being able to convene the Council meeting few months after his appointment in spite of the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic and other socio-economic events.
He added that the newly approved standards were significant given the scope of their coverage.
He enumerated the approved standards to include those that were essential for the production of medical and other supplies required for the management of the COVID-19 pandemic such as syringes, face barriers, alcohol-based hand sanitizer, and medical electrical equipment.
Others are health and safety measures for tourism and hospitality establishments – Post Pandemic (Covid-19) resumption among many others.
Sani-Gwarzo listed then as being of great economic, regulatory and industrial importance including “standards for agricultural, petroleum and automobile gas products, electrical/electronic standards for smart energy meters and renewable energy, all of which support the Federal Government’s policies, strategic priorities and plans.”
Represented by Dr. Halilu Hamma, the Chairman formally congratulated Mallam Salim on his appointment and assured him of the full support of the Council members via harmonious working relationship based on mutual trust and respect in order to significantly improve the organisation’s efficiency and effectiveness in delivering on its mandate to Nigerians.
Sani-Gwarzo assured the new SON Chief Executive of access to a rich and diverse knowledge, expertise and experience in the Council to support his aspiration of making SON a high impact organisation in support of the nation’s socio-economic growth and development.
Addressing the Council earlier, Mallam Farouk Salim expressed appreciation to President Muhammadu Buhari for giving him the opportunity to further contribute to national development through SON.
He said he looked forward to tapping from the rich expertise and experience of the Council members in the areas of providing necessary approvals for policies to make the organisation more efficient and effective in touching the lives of Nigerians.