Written by Godfrey AKON

SON urges Nigerians to always demand for quality

The Standard Organisation of Nigeria, SON, has urged Nigerians to promote self-regulation and demand for quality at all times.

Speaking at the 2019 celebration of World Standards Day in Abuja, the Director General of SON, Mr Osita Aboloma, also called for concerted efforts to improve the life of Nigerians through standards and quality assurance activities.

On the theme of the event which was "Video Standards Create a Global Stage,” Aboloma stated that innovations of recent decades had improved video quality and made it more accessible to people worldwide to share their stories.

He said the development and application of international standards had enhanced both the sophistication and accessibility of videos.

In his remarks, the Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Mr Adeniyi Adebayo, urged stakeholders in the video technology subsector to explore ways of creating investments and job opportunities in Nigeria through advancement in video technology standards.

Adebayo said that 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

Represented by the Minister of State for Industry, Trade and Investment, Mrs Mariam Katagum, the minister, said video technology as a modern medium of expression has revolutionized entertainment, enriched communication experiences and enabled major improvements in medical care and education sector.

''Also, according to the international standardization bodies (ISO, IEC and ITU), International Standards meet industry demand for powerful compression capabilities and enable smooth transitions to the next generation of video compression technology. This they say “helps industry to maximize returns on each wave of investment.

''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,'' he said.

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