Nigeria to partner IEC over tarrif hike

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Nigeria is set to strengthen and maximise the existing partnership with the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) to reduce the amount of money spent on electricity bills in the country.
The energy saved will be made available to other consumers.
The Director-General of the Standard Organisation of Nigeria (SON), Mr. Osita Aboloma, who stated this yesterday in Abuja at the Nigerian Electrotechnical summit, added that the International Electro-technical Commission (IEC) is the leading standardisation organization that publishes relevant consensus-based International Standards.
He also noted that theme of the summit: “Making impact in global standardisation”, was chosen to reflect the ultimate objective of increased stakeholders’ participation in standardisation.
Aboloma explained that the IEC is made up of over eighty (80) member countries, each represented by the national committee made of experts who take part in the IEC technical committee or subcommittee works.
According to him, the Nigerian Electro-technical Summit is aimed at creating awareness on the benefits of the implementation of standards and the need for the Nigerian Electro-technical experts to be more involved in the process of standards development both at the national and international levels.
Earlier, the Acting Director General/Chief Executive Standard Development (SON), Chinyere Egwuonwu, explained that Nigeria would benefit tremendously from the IEC considering its global technological advancement.
According to her, Nigerian markets and consumers are constantly procuring and applying Electrotechnical and other related technology -based products/services to improve life.
“Therefore, there is no better time than now to organize a summit in order to reposition our National Electrotechnical Committee for beneficial participation in global standardisation.
“In matters of standardisation, I say that the relationship between Nigeria and the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) is beneficial industrially and economically, however, we are not there yet but in the meantime, we would neither give up nor relent in the efforts to ensure that our participation is optimal”.
She further explained that the Nigerian National Committee of International Electrotechnical Commission was inaugurated in 2006 after Nigeria attained the Associate membership of the IEC having been an affiliate member for many years.


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