Nigeria has joined other African countries today to mark “African Day of standardisation” which is a day set aside to celebrate the milestone of African day of standardisation with focus on the benefit and challenges.
In Abuja, the standard organisation of Nigeria SON organised an event to commemorate the day with the theme: “The Role of standardisation in facilitating human rights with particular focus on the rights of women”
While speaking to Voice of Nigeria, the Director General of SON Mr Osita Anthony Aboloma said “the choice of the theme is informed by the need to highlight the role of women in standards and also promote gender equality”.
According to Mr Aboloma, “the role of standardization in facilitating human rights with particular focus on the rights of women has been deliberately chosen to further project the roles of women in standardization. Standards being consensus in nature is not discriminatory and so creates a level playing ground for all and sundry.”
He went further to state that women’s active participation in this process should be further encouraged by all stakeholders.
On the issue of locally produced goods in Nigeria, The Director General insists that high standard must be maintained for Nigerian products to gain more acceptability.
In his words “the world has become a global village and standards play the major role of ensuring product acceptability and breaking barriers to trade’’.
The event drew participants from the national Human Right Commission, the Nigeria Police Force, the Nigeria Custom Service, women associations and relevant stakeholders.