SON tasks engineers on adherence to quality standards
Director-General (DG) of Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON), Mallam Farouk Salim, has charged engineers to ensure strict adherence to quality standards to boost the nation’s economy.
Salim gave the charge at the 30th General Assembly of the Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria (COREN) in Abuja in a paper titled: Sustainable Codes And Standards In Engineering Practice In Nigeria.
He said all hands should be on deck to tackle the menace of substandard products and services in the country, stressing that all facets of life are guided by standards and code of ethics, and as such the panacea for all the issues facing the country lies with adherence to ethics and standards.
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Salim, who acknowledged the several feats engineering had made in the world, which allowed mankind to achieve great exploits ranging from reusable rockets to surgical processes, described standards application as tools, protocols and instructions that have to be adhered to for proper functioning of life.
He pointed out that the absence of standards application would result in continuous decline in the quality of products, safety, lifespan, effectiveness and service delivery.
Also speaking, President of the Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE), Tasiu Sa’ad Gidari-Wudil, commended the SON for its ongoing work in the education sector and restated the need for inclusion of standards in school curriculum at the tertiary level.
Wudil said including standards in university curriculum would further help in the application of standards to our day-to-day activities, adding that it would also increase awareness, ensure patriotism and a culture of fellowship among Nigerians on the importance of standards and their role in quality and sustainable development.