DG’s representative Mr. Dauda Yakubu (1st right), Mrs. Phebean Arumemi, ARSO Desk Officer (3rd right) and other Secretariat members coordinating the exercise from SON Corporate Headquarters, Abuja.
The Nigerian inter-ministerial screening committee for the annual African Organisation for Standardisation (ARSO) national/continental Essay Competition has commenced the marking of the 2020 edition during a virtual meeting coordinated from Abuja.
Coordinated by the Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON), the meeting was for the selection of National winners for the 7th edition of the essay competition as well as  representatives at the 2020 edition of the continental version.
Delivering the opening remarks at the inter-ministerial committee meeting, SON Director General, Osita Aboloma Esq. disclosed the theme of the 2020 competition as ” The Role of Standardisation in Resolving and Addressing Socio-Economic Issues for Refugees, Returnees and Internally Displaced Persons and Creating Durable Solutions to Forced Displacement in Africa”.
He commended the Committee members’ participation in the virtual meeting occasioned by the global COVID-19 pandemic, noting that the activity ought to have been concluded in April and the winners announced in June according to the ARSO Calendar.
Represented by the Ag. Director, Operations and Head, International Standards, Mr. Dauda Yakubu, the SON Chief Executive announced that ARSO member countries are now expected to submit their results not later than 15th September, 2020.
According to him, notifications of the competition was widely disseminated across higher institutions in Nigeria through official email addresses as well as on the SON website and social media handles in November 2019.
The SON Chief Executive stated that 41 essays successfully met the pre-screening requirements for final assessment.
The meeting carried out a revalidation of the assessors scores to ensure that all entries were correctly and appropriately captured.
Following observations by members, and in order to ensure fair judgement of all the contestants, the committee resolved to call for a reassessment of the scores by indepedent assessors and reconvene to finalize the screening exercise.
In his closing remarks, Mr. Dauda Yakubu thanked members of the inter-ministerial Committee for their contributions towards the success of the exercise.
He assured them of SON’s commitment towards sustaining Nigeria’s participation in the annual ARSO Essay Competition.
The inter-ministerial Screening committe members were from Nigerian Financial Intelligence Unit, Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offence Commission (ICPC), Federal Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development and the Federal Ministry of Health. 
Others include Federal Ministry of Education, National Commission for Colleges of Education, Nigerian Educational Research and Development Council and the Standards Organisation of Nigeria as Secretariat.
The result spreadsheet on the screen during the meeting.

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