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ACTIVITIES OF STANDARDS ORGANISATION OF NIGERIA

John Ndanusa Akanya (Dr)
Standards Organisation of Nigeria, Lagos, Nigeria
Abstract − Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON)
was established by Decree No. 56 of 1971, and with three
amendments in 1976, 1984 and 1990, the body corporate,
has the sole responsibility for National Policy on Metrology,
Standards, Testing and Quality Control (MSTQ).

SON is the custodian of all product, process and metrology
Standards in Nigeria.
The Organisation is governed by Standards Council but the
day – to – day running of the Organisation rests on the
Director General/Chief Executive

The following Directorates exist in SON
1. Standards
2. Quality Assurance
3. Laboratory
4. Metrology
5. Technical Services
6. Human Resources
7. Finance and Supplies
8. Legal

The Organisation is an active member of African Regional
Organisation for Standardisation (ARSO), member of the
Codex Alementarius Commission, which is the Food
Standardisation Organ of the united Nations Food and
Agriculture Organisation (FAO) and is also a member of the
International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO).
SON is also an intending member of the World Standards
Services Network (WSSN) and International Electro –
technical Commission (IEC).
The Organisation participates fully in the programmes and
activities of international bodies and appropriate UN
agencies, in particular, UNIDO and UNICEF, in the interest
of Nigeria.
SON is an intending member of Southern African
Development Co-operation in Measurement Traceability
and Legal Metrology (SADCMET and SADCMEL).
SON is putting every thing in place to establish an
instrumentation centre to ensure the maintenance of
measuring and test equipment in all SON laboratories and
outside customers.
The centre is intended to serve the entire West African
region where no such centre exist presently.

An inventory of measuring and test equipment in Nigeria
has been established in SON which is regularly updated.
The compilation of this inventory had revealed that a lot of
equipment are unserviceable, hence the need for this centre.
This centre is highly necessary due to the increasing use of
new sophisticated technologies in production which calls for
traceable measurements with known uncertainties, more so,
in this WTO era of free trade policies.
Calibration (traceable to known standards) of measuring and
test instruments gives assurance that measured values are
reliable.

In ensuring the provision of adequate calibration services to
the Nigerian nation, SON is in the process of acquiring a
mobile calibration laboratory to ensure traceable
measurements. This is prior to the metrology lab proposed
for Abuja in Nigeria.
The instrumentation centre will render a big support service
to the metrology laboratories.
The establishment of this centre is being assisted by UNIDO
which engaged technical experts from Hungary to fashion
out adequate strategies and methods and give the required
technical support.
Personnel requirements for the centre have been identified
and implemented.

Three electronic engineers have been recruited for the take –
off of this centre.
One electronic engineer will maintain the electronic
database of all equipment available in Nigeria.
There will be two (2) repair engineers for the centre for the
initial take – off.
The specifications for hand tools and instruments required in
the centre have been given to SON by the technical expert
and these items have been purchased.
Proceedings, XVII IMEKO World Congress, June 22 – 27, 2003, Dubrovnik, Croatia TC1
Proceedings, XVII IMEKO World Congress, June 22 – 27, 2003, Dubrovnik, Croatia TC11

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