The Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) has partnered the International Standard Organisation (ISO) to develop an initiative termed ‘SON 700’, which is believed will help upgrade Nigeria’s urbanisation standards.
Director-General, Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) Anthony Aboloma, revealed this during the world standard day in Abuja, with the theme: ‘Standard Makes Cities Smarter’, assuring that they are working in partnership with ISO in developing a standard called ISO 700, bringing to fore the establishment of smart cities in Nigeria.
He said: “That is what we want to deploy in Nigeria, when we do that, our cities will be smarter and things will work, this is a programme we run with all other countries of the world, this will be a welcome development for Nigeria to improve the standard of the city through quality infrastructure.
“Usually the world standard day is celebrated every October 14, this year it is for us to look for ways to deploy standards to make our cities smart. From statistics we are aware that an average of 20,000 people move into the cities every year, for us to be able to cope with the problems of migration and urbanisation, we have to make our cities smarter, more efficient to accommodate the people coming in to the cities.”
The Minister of State, Industry, Trade and Investment, Aisha Abubakar said ISO, International Electro technical Commission (IEC), and the International Telecommunications Union, (ITU) are the major standards bodies.
This annual event goes with various activities to bring home the message of standardisation across different sectors of economies around the world. “SON is our key representative in international standard forum. The platform today is to discuss how standards can make our cities smarter,” she said.
The minister said the critical issue of making our cities and building smarter is from conceptualisation through design and construction, that provides for safety, access , good ventilation aesthetics are some of the issues that the theme of this years, s world standards day is calling our attention to.