STANDARDS Organisation of
Nigeria SON, and International
Standard Organisation ISO, has
partner on the need to upgrade
Nigeria’s urbanisation standards
aimed at achieving the guidelines
for the establishment of smart
cities in the country
The Director-General, Mr
Osita Aboloma who stated this
at the celebration of 2017 World
Standards Day, which celebrated
on Oct. 14 annually but the final
event held in Nigeria noted that,
“Standards Make Cities Smart,
noted the agency was partnering
with ISO in developing a standard
known as the ISO standard 700,
to create the guidelines for the
establishment of smart cities.
Aboloma said, “That is what
we intend to deploy in Nigeria,
when we do that, our cities will
be smarter and things will work.
According to him, “It is
something we are doing with all
other countries in the world and it
will be a welcome development in
Nigeria to improve the standard
of the city through quality
infrastructure.
Aboloma said to be able to
cope with the problems of
urbanisation, there was a need to
make the cities smarter and more
efficient to accommodate the
people coming into them.
He said SON had responsibility
to propagate the use of
international standards within
the nationalities for trade
facilitation and general economic
emancipation across the world.
Aboloma said: “SON has
continued to propagate these
global standards through
adoption and adaption for local
use in all sectors in addition to
organising trainings, seminars,
workshops and consumer
enlightenment activities.
“We are also engaged in the
certification of products, systems
and processes to internationally
acclaimed standards all-round
the year.,’’ he said.
He used the occasion to
present Mandatory Conformity
Assessment Programme
MANCAP, certificate to eight
companies, including Imperial
bakery Ltd, Aninze Food and
drink Ltd and Jasolobaba table
water.
Others are Oceanic Catering
Nigeria Ltd, Binani Printing Press
Ltd, Omega Coat and Allied
Product Ltd, Interafric Paint Ltd
and 212 Bakery.
MANCAP is a mandatory
product certification scheme put
in place by SON to ensure that

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all locally manufactured products
conformed to Nigerian Industrial
Standards.
In his remarks, the Minister of
Industry, Trade and Investment,
Dr. Okechukwu Enelamah, the
said the day provided
opportunity for stakeholders
across various sectors in Nigeria to
discuss how standards could make
Nigerian cities smarter.
The minister who represented
by Hajiya Asiha Abubakar, the
Minister of State, Industry, Trade
and Investment, Enelamah
said the country should be
interested in how to ensure smart
mobility through efficient public
transportation, reduction in traffic,
prevention and quick detection of
accidents
According to her,“The critical
issues of making our cities
and buildings smarter from

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conceptualisation, through design
and construction, that provides
for safety, access, good ventilation
and aesthetics are some of the
issues that the theme is calling our
attention to.
“Smart mobility through efficient
public transportation, reduction
in traffic, prevention and quick
detection of accidents; smart and
renewable energy deployment,
security solutions, treatment of
effluents and smart health care
provisions are some of the issues
that should interest us.
“The vexed issues of building
collapse, fire disasters, flooding,
improper waste management and
the like would be adequately dealt
with if the various professional
groups and stakeholders working
with SON close ranks to optimize
the application of international
standards.’’

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