RECENTLY, the world in quest for standards, celebrated yet another World Standard Day, which took place on Sunday.
The members, International Standardisation Organisation (ISO) with its president, John Walter, International Telecommunications Union (ITU) with its Secretary-General Houlin Zhao and International Electro-technical commission (IEC) with its president, James Shannon, assured that they will continue to be Chief drivers in the transition to this new era of speed and innovation compatibility and such that adoption of new technologies for use can be seamless worldwide.
These assertions were contained in a world standards Day message from the office of the Director-General, Standard Organization of Nigeria (SON), Osita Aboloma Esq, to propagate the joint statement from the ISO, IEC, and ITU which stated that the theme of this year’s celebration is “International Standards and the Fourth Industrial Revolution”.
According to him, “Just like the transition from manual work to machinery and factory work raised the need for standards in the 18th century, International Day today have become a vehicle to spread knowledge and innovation globally”.
He asserted that International Standards is a powerful way to ensure safety and minimise risk, stressing that security standards can keep our data safe. He stated that the fourth industrial revolution has begun and urged Nigerians to embrace standards further in order to seize its full potential for the betterment of the Nation.
Continuing, Aboloma affirmed that the Standards Organisation of Nigeria as a representative of these International standard bodies in Nigeria would continue to propagate these global standards through adoption for local use, manpower training through seminars, workshops, consumer enlightenment activities, certification of products and systems to the internationally acclaimed standards.
In his contribution to the World Standard Day, the commandant in charge of Anambra sector command, Federal Road Safety Commission, Sunday Ajayi, called on road users to insist on the usage of standard tires, motor spear parts and good maintenance culture to ensure safety on our roads.
It could be recalled that World Standards began as a celebration of the birth of international organisation for standardisation which held its first meeting in London on October 14, 1946.
Since 1970, World Standards Day has been celebrated in various ways through out the world. Conferences, exhibitions, seminars, Television and Radio interviews are some of the activities to mark world standards Day each year.
Interestingly, the goal of the world standard Day is to raise awareness of the importance of global standardisation to the world economy and to promote its role in helping meet the needs of business industry, government and consumers world wide.
It is a means of paying tribute to the collaborative efforts of the thousands of experts world wide who develop the voluntary technical agreements that are published as international standards.