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SON plans digitalization of operations –

The Standards Organization of Nigeria (SON) said it will start digitizing its operations to ensure fast and efficient delivery of services.

Director-General Mallam Farouk Salim revealed this at the 2023 opening ceremonyThe Strategic Leadership Retreat held in Uyo, the capital of Akwa Ibom State, was themed “Enhancing the Effectiveness and Efficiency of the Standards Organization of Nigeria (SON) through Digitization”.

According to him, over the years, the organization has been working tirelessly to digitize its procedures and processes in order to give SON world-class visibility.

Currently, most of the organization’s activities have been digitized, with many of their procedures automated and accessible electronically, he revealed.

“Digitalization is a key driver of standardization and economic growth in both developed and developing countries around the world.

“The digitization of public sector operations and services like ours has facilitated rapid industrialization, which in turn will create jobs and reduce poverty and insecurity in our nation.

“I have set up a modernization committee comprising representatives from relevant ministries, chaired by me personally, to drive our ICT roadmap.

“We are engaging the services of ICT consultant Webb Fountain to critically review our infrastructure with a view to addressing these issues in line with the committee’s recommendations,” he explained.

However, the Director-General said the retreat was also aimed at building synergy among managers and developing a roadmap to address challenges such as digitization of the entire organisation.

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In his speech, Mr. Kashifu Abdullahi, Director General of the National Information Technology Development Authority (NITDA), praised SON for taking the right steps to digitize the organization to reduce clumsiness in its operations.

On behalf of Abdullahi, NITDA’s Acting Director of Corporate Planning and Strategy, Dr Aristotle Onumo lamented resistance to digital modality change and inadequate critical infrastructure such as high-speed internet broadband as some of the setbacks for the country’s digitization.

He expressed optimism that when China kicks off its digital transformation in full swing, it will add $100 trillion to the world economy by 2025, which is unexpected.

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