FG approves 114 new standards to boost economic growth – Minister

FG approves 114 new standards to boost economic growth – Minister

The Federal Government has approved 114 new Standards for the Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON), to boost Nigeria’s economic growth, the Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Chief Adeniyi Adebayo, has said.


The new standards cut across various sectors of the economy such as civil and building engineering, food technology, mechanical, liquefied petroleum gas as well as energy management systems.


The minister told a council meeting in Abuja that the approval was in line with President Muhammadu Buhari’s Agenda on Economic Recovery and Growth Plan (ERGP).


Adebayo, represented by Dr Nasir Sani-Gwarzo, the Permanent Secretary in the ministry, said that 77 of the new standards were newly introduced, while 11 were reviewed to meet emerging economic and technological requirements.


In a statement signed by Sani-Gwarzo in Lagos on Friday, the minister listed some of the standards as cassava peel products, maize bran as livestock feeds, Halal foods, with specific requirements involved in the production and guidelines for the use of the term Halal in foods in Nigeria.


Others include the practice for planting and harvesting tea, as well as hygienic practice for processing and packaging of products.


“There are other standards for energy management systems requirements, with guidance for the use of various types of gas cylinders, safe-handling use and storage for permanent liquefied or dissolved compressed gases.


“Besides, they will be used as a guide for standards developers in SON and other organisations in Nigeria,” he said.


Adebayo commended SON’s Director-General, Malam Farouk Salim, and his management for achieving 96-per-cent implementation of the approved Nigerian National Standardisation Strategy (NNSS), in spite of the negative impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.


He recalled that in June 2020, the NNSS identified a total of 658 standardisation projects in key priority areas, classified by economic sectors, as highlighted in the Federal Government’s ERGP, the Nigerian Industrial Revolution Plan (NIRP) and other strategies.


Presenting a report, Salim said that SON had developed and approved the 2021-2024 strategic plan to provide a clear guide for the implementation of planned programmes and their evaluation.


The director-general enumerated some of the key projects executed by the agency as the facelift of its corporate headquarters complex in Ado Ekiti, Ekiti State, and some uncompleted facilities in FCT, Abuja, Yobe, Akwa Ibom, Ilorin, Kwara and Bauchi states.


Salim said that there were ongoing constructions in Anambra, Kogi states and at the National Metrology Institute, Enugu, while the Sokoto State Government recently launched the construction of SON’s prototype office, laboratory complex and storage facility.

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