By Chinonye Anyatonwu
The Director General (DG) of Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON), Mallam Farouk Salim, has tasked engineers to ensure strict adherence to standards to boost the nation’s economy.
Salim said this while speaking at the 30th General Assembly of the Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria (COREN) in Abuja recently.
In a paper titled “Sustainable Codes and Standards in Engineering Practice in Nigeria” The SON DG said all hands must be on deck to tackle the menace of substandard products and services in the country..
According to him, all facets of life are guided by standards and code of ethics, noting that the panacea for all the issues facing the country is adherence standards.
Mallam Salim acknowledged the numerous miracles engineering had brought into our world which allowed mankind to achieve great exploits ranging from reusable rockets to surgical processes.
He described standards application as tools, protocols and instructions that have to be adhered to for the proper function of life.
The SON boss said the absence of standards application would result in continuous decline in the quality of products, safety, lifespan, effectiveness and service delivery.
Speaking at the occasion also, the President, Nigerian Society of Engineers, Tasiu Sa’ad Gidari-Wudil,, commended SON for her ongoing work in the education sector and reiterated the need for inclusion of Standards in school curriculum at tertiary level.
Wudil stated that, inclusion of standards in university curriculum would further help in the application of standards to our day-to-day activities.
It would also increase awareness, create patriotism and a culture of fellowship amongst Nigerians regarding the importance of standards and the role they play in qualitative and sustainable development
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