Nigeria through the Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) has been elected into the first ever six (6) member, Standards Management Committee (SMC) of the African Organisation for Standardisation (ARSO) recently.
In a keenly contested election involving thirteen Member States, Nigeria came first with twenty-seven (27) votes.
Other elected Member States into the SMC are Kenya, Burkina-Faso, South Africa, Uganda and Zambia.
The SMC was approved as a component of the revised procedures for harmonization of African Standards by the 61st Council meeting of ARSO held in November, 2019 in Lusaka, Zambia.
It is charged with the responsibility of coordinating the management and timely execution of the procedures, due process and Standards harmonization programmes of ARSO.
Director, Standards Development of the SON Mrs. Chinyere Egwuonwu, represents Nigeria on the SMC.
The committee would amongst others also be responsible for:
– establishment and dissolution of Technical Committees, appointment of Chairpersons of TCs; allocation or re-allocation of secretariats of TCs and, in some cases, Subcommittees (SCs); approval of titles, scopes, programmes of work of TCs; approval of the establishment and dissolution of SCs by TCs;
The Director General of SON, Mallam Farouk Salim reiterated the organisation’s commitment to promote the Nation’s continual relevance in regional, continental and international standardisation, especially in view of the imminent implementation of the African Continental Free Trade Agreement.
This according to Mallam Farouk would ensure that Nigeria benefits optimally from being a signatory to the agreement as well as similar international trade treaties.