In continuation of the 2018 World Standards Day celebration in Nigeria, the Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON), in collaboration with Dansol High School, Ikeja Lagos, hosted a prize and award giving day to deserving secondary schools in Lagos State, who participated in an essay competition, instituted to commemorate this year’s theme “International Standards and the 4th Industrial Revolution” at the Dansol School Assembly Hall.

In his remarks, the Director General SON, Osita Aboloma Esq. stated that there is no better time to stimulate children into imbibing the values of standards and quality. According to him, the future of children is limitless, especially in relation to technological advancement and its impact on the society. “It is only through the values of standards and quality that children would excel as the future generation”, he said.

Represented by the Director in the DG’s Office, Barrister Richard Agu, the SON Chief Executive stated that his organisation chose to break away from tradition of the past years to promote standards from the cradle, by challenging secondary school students to write essays on topical issues bedevilling their community and enumerating ways of solving these problems using innovative technology.

Barr. Agu stated that only seven of the initial twenty schools invited qualified, based on laid down criteria after submission of essays to win this year’s prizes in the keenly contested competition where only 4 schools got the top prizes.

The first prize of Tab S4, 32” TV, plaque and cash prize went to Canterbury International High School for a presentation on MED Robo-soft for Traffic Management and Anti-corruption. Grange School Lagos won the second prize of Galaxy Tab, Microwave oven, plaque and cash prize for an essay on Moving from 3D Tech to 4D in the day to day administration of Lagos State.

The 3rd prize of Galaxy tab, LG TV 20”, plaque and cash prize and the 4th prize of DVD and Cash went to Kings College for essays on Smart Waste Management System and Power Production and Internal Standards respectively.

The Special Guest of Honour and Deputy Governor of Lagos State, Dr. Idiat Adebule lauded the innovation by SON in its effort to inculcate the values of standardisation into secondary school students through essay competition. She stated that this would go a long way in ensuring that the values translate to the society as children are being challenged to become problem solvers guided by standards.

She was represented by Mr. Olatunde Isaac, President, Nigerian Conference of Principals of Secondary Schools (ANCOPSS), Lagos chapter,

Also addressing the students, the Director Standards Development, SON, Mrs. Chinyere Egwuonwu disclosed that Standards has played a pivotal role in making industries virile through the first to the fourth Industrial revolution.

According to Egwuonwu, “In this 4th industrial revolution which involves Artificial intelligence, Robotics and Nano technology, stressing that standard will also play a large role in regulating the industry. That is why SON has deemed it fit to start exposing the younger generation to the emerging concepts and solutions.”

Present at the event were the Commissioner of Industry, Trade and Investment, Lagos State represented by Mrs Monsurat Bello, Mrs. Mojisola. Kehinde, Director, Laboratory Services, SON, Engr Timothy. Abner, Head SON Training Services, Engr. Nwaoma Olujie  State Coordinator SON, Lagos State office 1, Mr. Ayodele Folayan, State Coordinator, SON, Lagos office 111. Also in attendance were students from the various participating schools, teachers and members of the press.

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