Standards Organisation of Nigeria, SON, has concluded plans to conduct a nationwide road show today tagged, “walk for standards” to mark this year’s World Standards Day celebrations.
A statement from the office of the Director General, SON, indicated that the event is part and parcel of the agency’s annual campaigns normally held during the “ember months” dubbed “Arrive Alive with safety tyres”.
According to the statement, “walk for standards” would be staged simultaneously in four Nigerian cities across the geopolitical divide – Lagos (South-West), Awka (South-East), Abuja (FCT & North Central) as well as Kaduna (North-West/North East) with the purpose of sensitizing the public on the role standards play in everyday life. “It would equally serve as an opportunity to raise awareness on the dangers that sub-standard products like fake and old tyres pose to the safety and well-being of Nigerians. Also, it would be a day to examine the importance of standardization to the economy and to promote its role in helping to meet the needs of business, industry, government and consumers nationwide. This year’s event like previous ones would provide the opportunity to reflect on the benefits of standardization to the nation’s economy”, SON disclosed. Expected participants at the event include SON officials, relevant stakeholders such as the Federal Road Safety Corps, FRSC, Consumers Protection Council, Police, Red Cross, celebrities, members of the National Union of Road Transport Workers, NURTW, the Media, road users, among others.
Indeed, sources at SON say the agency believes that standards, like ideas, rule the world. In this age of increasing global competitiveness and best practices, standards are the sine-qua-non for measuring success or even remaining relevant, irrespective of field of endeavour or area of life. In other words, standardization is a tool for growth, progress and development. SON has adopted many result-oriented initiatives such as the establishment of the Mandatory Conformity Assessment Programme, MANCAP, the Standards Organisation of Nigeria Conformity Assessment Programme, SONCAP and the International Standards Organisation, ISO. These approaches and programmes have in no doubt helped in sanitizing the local markets and raised the standards of locally-made products that they can now compete favourably with their foreign counterparts.
This year’s theme Standards – the world’s common language, depicts the role standards play in everyday life. “Standards are necessary for products to work smoothly and people to communicate easily. Everything in life is regulated by standards”. According to the World Standards Cooperation, “when standards are in place things just work, but if they are not used we instantly notice it. In a world without standards, routine activities we take for granted, like making a call, surfing the Web or using our credit cards when we travel, would be much more complicated, nearly impossible”.
Every October 14 yearly is celebrated as the World’s Standards Day, a special date to mark the role and place of standards in sub-regional, regional and global economies. The general theme for this year’s (2015) event is “Standards: the World’s Common Language”. However, SON has since domesticated the global theme to meet domestic needs and demands.

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