The Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) will this week join the rest of
the world to mark this year’s world standards day which has as its theme,
“Intelligent and sustainable buildings”.
A statement that was sent to Shipping Position Weekly by the spokesman for the
organisation, Mr Adebola Fashina quoted the SON’s director general, Dr John
Akanya as saying that the basic quality and safety requirements provided by
standards as well as the incorporation of new technologies for the
construction and operation of intelligent and sustainable buildings is the
focus of the 2008 World Standards Day celebration.
The statement added further that this year’s celebrations will be jointly
coordinated by the International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO),
International Electro technical Commission (IEC) and the International
Telecommunication Union (ITU).
According to the SON boss, the increasingly urban environment which sees new
construction forging ahead in both the developed and developing countries
poses a great challenge to meet the needs of a world population that has more
than doubled since 1950.
The statement further quotes Dr Akanya as positing that with so much at stake,
principles for sustainability need to be combined with a growing need for
Information and Communication Technology (ICT) connectivity for intelligent
buildings that optimize energy efficiency, safety, security, communication and
The SON helmsman stated that given the importance of the building sector which
represents a large share of the economic assets of individuals, organisations
and nations as well as being a major employer of labour, construction
materials and processes have an impact on the health and safety of
construction workers and the people who live or work in buildings, while the
quality of buildings has a direct influence on the quality of life.
He disclosed that for this year’s celebrations, SON has designed many
programmes including, walk for Standards, and exhibition of certified quality
products as well as presentation of awards in various categories to local
companies whose products have met and exceeded the minimum requirements in the
various standards. The awards have already been held at Kaduna for the
Northern Zone, Enugu for the Eastern Zone and will be held between November 13
and 15th, 2008 in Lagos for the South West Zone.
The programme tagged “Nigerian Quality Week” is designed to ensure greater
participation of local industries particularly small and medium scale as well
as cottage industries, facilitate greater interaction with Consumers within
the primary markets of the various companies and bring standardisation nearer
to the grassroots through public enlightenement activities.
He stated that his organisation has also elaborated standards for most
materials in the building and construction industry, introduced a safety
identification marking for all locally manufactured and imported iron rods for
trace ability and is collaborating with all stakeholders in the built
environment towards to the full and effective implementation of the National
The SON Director General asserted that today, new commercial, governmental and
residential buildings particularly in a country like Nigeria need to meet a
multiplicity of demands; from resistance to fire and flood, natural disasters
through energy efficiency and a reduced environmental footprint to ease of
integration with ICT networks as well as accessibility for disabled or elderly
Building according to him represent a large share of the economic assets of
individuals, organisations and nations as a major provider of employment,
stressing that construction materials and processes have an impact on the
health and safety of both the construction workers and the people who live or