Nigeria, Senegal Partner To Develop Sanitation Standards For Africa’s Hygiene

The Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) in partnership with the Association Senegalese de Normalisation (ASN) held a workshop for stakeholders and key process owners on “International Organization for Standardization (ISO) Standards on Non – Sewered Sanitation Systems in Nigeria” at Bolton White Hotel, Abuja on Tuesday.

In his opening remarks, the Director General (DG) of the Standards Organisation of Nigeria, Mallam Farouk Salim said that the aim of the workshop was to present a comprehensive diagnosis of the legal, regulatory, and normative framework for sanitation in Nigeria and by extension Africa.

SON’s Director, Public Relations, Mrs. Foluso Bolaji revealed this in a statement signed on Friday.

Salim said this was through the identification of existing gaps and opportunities, to allow for development of targeted strategies for the successful implementation of ISO standards as well as the Nigerian Industrial Standards in Nigeria.

Represented by the Director, Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Dr. Justin Nickaf, the DG highlighted on the sanitation situation in Nigeria.

He said that the workshop was part of the project for the adoption and implementation of standards for on – site sanitation in Sub-Sahara African countries.

Salim said the purpose of the standardisation work was to enable the development of standards along the sanitation system designed to address basic sanitation needs and promote economic, social and environmental sustainability.

The SON helmsman urged the experts to deploy their expertise to ensure that the objective of this laudable project was achieved.

He applauded all International agencies and Standard bodies present for their dedication towards improving the lives of Africans and Nigerians in particular through standardisation.

Director General of the Association Senegalaise de Normalisation (ASN), Mr. EL Hadji Abdourahmane Ndione appreciated SON and all the stakeholders present for collaborating with ASN to execute the vision of ensuring the adoption and successful execution of these standards to achieve a healthy continent through the development and implementation of the standards.

Director of Industry, Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), Mr. Nyamba Djakaridja expressed his gratitude to ISO for providing technical support to the regional standardisation bodies.

He applauded the Nigerian Authority through SON for hosting as well as collaborating with the ASN to achieve this project in Nigeria.

Mr. Djakaridja emphasized the importance of Standards and urged all participants to actively engage in discussions, share insights, and collaborate wholeheartedly to create a path that not only meets ISO standards but also addressed the specific needs and challenges of Nigeria.

He charged the experts to set an example for other Sub-Saharan African countries, explaining that the deliberations from the workshop would make significant contributions to improving sanitation practices across the region.

Presentations made by the Director, Standards Development, Engr. Yahya Bukar elaborated on the standards development process in Nigeria.

Mrs Tokuala Eva Chuku of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH Nigeria) also delivered a paper on ISO Standards on Non-sewered sanitation systems.

The hybrid workshop had attendees from the Federal Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment (FMITI), Federal Ministry of Environment, Federal Ministry of Health, ECOWAS Standards Harmonization Model ECOSHAM and Stakeholders in environmental issues and management.

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