World Standards Day Symposium: Industry Minister Tasks Stakeholders in Video Technology on Standards

DG, SON Osita Aboloma Esq. attending to the Media during the WSD Symposium

The Federal Government has challenged Stakeholders in video technology to explore ways of creating more investment and job opportunities in Nigeria using the advancement in video technology standards

The Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Otunba Adeniyi Adebayo made the call while declaring open the 2019 World Standards Day (WSD) Symposium, with the theme: “Video Standards Create a Global Stage.” The event was organised by the Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) in Abuja, Thursday.

Represented by the Minister of State in the Ministry, Ambassador Maryam Katagum, the Minister assured the continued support of the ministry to ensure that the nation reaps from the benefits of international standards programmes being coordinated by the SON to actualize optimum gains.

The Minister noted that the role of standards as the benchmark for the development and advancement of video technology cannot be over-emphasized.

According to her, “The advent of the global village has redefined international standards development and provided ample opportunity for Nations to leverage on positive developments across the world; interact at a much faster rate than hitherto and enjoy the benefits of international standardization.

“Having standards recognized and respected all over the world, means that a video encoded on one device can be decoded by another, regardless of the device being used thus introducing economies of scale that help to grow the market and give innovators the confidence to invest in new video applications and services.”

Nigeria is a member of international Standardization bodies including the International Organisation for Standardization (ISO); the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) and the International Telecommunications Union (ITU).

Earlier in his welcome remarks, the SON Director General, Osita Aboloma, assured that as the representative of Nigeria in the international standardization bodies, SON would continue to explore means of ensuring the active participation of Nigerian stakeholders in standards development, review and implementation in line with international best practices.

He urged all Nigerians to “join the quality vanguard by promoting self-regulation, demanding for quality at all times and saying something to SON every time you see something unwholesome.”

Aboloma stated that SON will continue in collaboration with other agencies of government to ensure that standards are enforced and sustained in all spheres of the Nation’s economy in video industry to the benefits of all Nigerians.

The high points of the event included a paper presentation on the theme of the 2019 WSD by Mrs. Chinyere Egwuonwu, SON Director of Standards Development with discussants drawn from Nigeria Film and Video Censors Board (NFVCB), Nigeria Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) and Association of Skilled and Vocational Artisans of Nigeria.

Others were the presentation of certificates and awards to the National Winners of the 2019 ARSO Continental Essay Competition among undergraduates in Nigeria and the World Standards Day Quiz competition among 6 selected Secondary Schools in Abuja as well as a dance and drama sketch on the theme of the 2019 World Standards day celebrations.

National Winners of the 2019 ARSO Essay Competition and members of the Inter-Ministerial Screening Committee in a group Photograph with Minister of State , Ambassador Maryam Katagum and DG, SON Osita Aboloma Esq.

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