Nigeria Tasks SON, Others on Disaster Prevention

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Nigeria's Minister of State for Industry, Trade and Investment, Aisha Abubakar

The Nigeria Federal Government has asked the Standard Organisation of Nigeria (SON) and other regulators in standards in Nigeria to optimise the application of international standards in curbing infrastructure disasters like building collapse and fire outbreak in the country.

Speaking in Abuja at the World Standard Day, the Minister of State for Industry, Trade and Investment, Aisha Abubakar stated that issues of flooding, fire outbreak and other disasters will drastically reduce if regulatory bodies in standards in the country imbibe the application of the international standards in the development of infrastructure in Nigeria

According to her, “the vexed issues of building collapses, fire disasters, flooding, improper waste management and the like would be adequately dealt with if the various professional groups and associations, working with the Standards Organisation of Nigeria and other regulators in standards issues close ranks to optimise the application of international standards.”

The Minister said “the advent of the global village has redefined international standards development and provided ample opportunity to Nations to leverage on positive developments across the world; interact at a much faster rate than hitherto and enjoy the benefits of international standardization,” she noted.

She commended SON for the initiative of collaborating with the International Standard Organisation (ISO) in a current bid to create smart cities in Nigeria.