Nigeria is set to compete in the 2018 edition of the African Organisation for Standardization annual essay competition with the theme “Role of Quality Infrastructure and Standardization in facilitating trade and sustainable development within the African Continental free Trade Area (CFTA)”.

This disclosure was made by the Director General, Standards Organisation of Nigeria, Mr. Osita Aboloma in Abuja while welcoming members of the screening committee for the 2018 ARSO intercontinental essay competition to a meeting at the SON Headquarters.

Represented by the Head of International Standards, Mr. Dauda Yakubu, the SON Chief Executive commended members of the committee for the successes Nigeria has recorded so far in the annual competition since 2014.

According to him, two Nigerian undergraduates, Messrs. Godswill Chijioke Olemgbe,  a 300 Level medical Student from College of Health Science, University of Abuja and Mr. Charles Besidonne, 400 Level Student of the Microbiology Department, Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta were 2nd and 3rd respectively amongst the 112 entries received from 14 African Countries in the 2014 edition.

He stated further that Nigeria consistently won the 3rd position in the annual competition from 2015 to 2017, thus attesting to the level of commitment the Committee has displayed overtime, in handling the national assignment which according to him has manifested in the results.

ARSO according to Mr. Aboloma, is currently encouraging every nation in Africa to develop its Quality Infrastructure (QI) which comprise Metrology, Standardization, Conformity Assessment and Accreditation among other components.

They are aimed at addressing consumer needs, improving trade competiveness in global markets, promoting efficient use of natural and human resources, food safety, health and environment, which may have necessitated the choice of the theme for the 5th ARSO essay competition, he said.

The SON Director General disclosed that only 12 entries were received for the 2018 competition in spite of publications on the SON website and social media platforms out of which the best five entries will be forwarded to the ARSO Essay Committee for consideration.

He reiterated the need for more Nigerian undergraduates to continue to take active part in the annual National and Continental essay competitions, to broaden knowledge and expand their horizon in standardization and quality assurance with a view to improving the lives of Nigerians.

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