SON SUPPORTS CREATIVITY, INNOVATION IN WASTE RECYCLING

The Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) has thrown its weight behind creativity and innovation in waste recycling among the youths as part of measures to secure the future.

Speaking at the Recycle Runway Show organized by Agape Bundles Montessori School, Omole Ojodu in Lagos State recently, the Director General, Mr Osita Aboloma commended the school for the competitive spirit brought into waste recycling among the pupils.

This according to him is in line with the vision of the Standards Organisation of Nigeria to inculcate the tenets of standardization and quality assurance in Nigerians from the cradle. It is also in furtherance of the Federal Government’s policy of promoting entrepreneurship among Nigerians, he said.

The Chief Executive stated that SON, as part of efforts to inculcate the quality culture in youths, was already setting up Standards Clubs in primary and secondary schools across the Nation.

Represented by the Head of Consumer Feedback and Collaboration Unit, Mrs. Mosunmola Samuel, the SON Helmsman stated that the competitive spirit brought into waste recycling by the school will further drive the advantages of recycling.

These he enumerated as including, preventing the waste of potentially useful materials, partly supplementing the consumption of fresh raw materials, reducing energy usage, air and water pollution and promoting lower greenhouse gas emissions among other benefits.

The students and guests were educated on the imperative of the SON Mandatory Conformity Assessment Programme (MANCAP) and its implication for driving quality and value for money through the patronage of certified made-in-Nigeria products with the quality marks.

Welcoming guests and the students to the occasion, the Proprietress, Barr. Mrs. Jennifer Okoli commended the Education and Research Committee of the school for coming up with the initiative to create wealth from waste under the Kidspreneur program. She also gratitude to the SON for its collaboration, special guests at the occasion and invited schools for finding time to attend.

Recycled products used by the pupils include plastics, paper, rubber and textiles which have been disposed as trash, transforming them to interior décors, bags and clothes for fashion parades, she said. Other products of the pupils include, hand wash, cakes, fruit juices, air fresheners and bleaching agents.

In his remarks at the occasion, the Special Guest, Mazi Allison Ukonu, Managing Director of Recycle Points, stated that the initiative was highly commendable, stressing that children and adults alike should be encouraged to reuse and recycle old items for alternative use.

According to him, wrong disposal of wastes destroy the environment. He emphasized that proper waste disposal should not only be taught in schools but promoted among adults in order to achieve a clean, green and healthy environment in Nigeria.

Other highlights of the occasion included the presentation of a fifty thousand Naira winning price to Tender Finger Stiches Team by Mrs. Mosunmola Samuel on behalf of the SON Chief Executive and the entertainment of guests with the saxophone by Temilayo Abodunrin of Flora Nursery and Primary School, Ogba

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