By Ossom Raphael
Abuja – The Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) in collaboration with the International Standard Organisation (ISO) is developing standards that will be used for the establishment of smart cities across the country.
Speaking at this year’s World Standards day in Abuja, themed “Standards Make Cities Smart” the Director General of SON, Osita Aboloma, said in order 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 the agency will continue to propagate the use of global standards within the nationalities for trade facilitation and general economic emancipation across the world.
“We are working in collaboration with ISO in developing a standard, it is called ISO standard 700, it states clearly the guidelines for the establishment of smart cities.
“That is what we intend to deploy in Nigeria, when we do that, our cities will be smarter and things will work.
“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.
The DG SON explained that the agency has a responsibility to propagate the use of international standards within the nationalities for trade facilitation and general economic emancipation across the world.
According to him 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.,’’
The Minister of Industry Trade and Investment, Okechukwu Enelamah, said Nigeria should be interested in how to ensure smart mobility through efficient public transportation, reduction in traffic, prevention and quick detection of accidents
Enelamah who was represented by Aisha Abubakar, the Minister of State in the ministry, said the day provided opportunity for stakeholders across various sectors in Nigeria to discuss how standards could make Nigerian cities smarter.
“The critical issues of making our cities and buildings smarter from 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.
Eighth companies were presented with the certificate of Mandatory Conformity Assessment Programme (MANCAP).
MANCAP is a mandatory product certification scheme put in place by the Standards Organisation of Nigeria to ensure that all locally manufactured products conformed to Nigerian Industrial Standards.