Nigeria’s OLEMGBE GOD’S WILL CHIJIOKE winning entry to ARSO 1st Continental Essay Competition; Second Place Prize 

Nigeria’s OLEMGBE GOD’S WILL CHIJIOKE winning entry to ARSO 1st Continental Essay Competition; Second Place Prize 
29 Jul 2016

Name; ​OLEMGBE GOD’SWILL CHIJIOKE
Course: Medicine and Surgery Level: 300 Level

University: University of Abuja—Nigeria Email: gcolemgbe@gmail.com

THE ROLE OF STANDARDS IN PROMOTING SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT IN AFRICA

All activities of man are best when coordinated from a defined reference point identified as Standards and Recommended Practices (SARP) and stipulated national laws and regulations as may be specific for any particular nation or organization. Such points that determine activities are defined as standards while serving as checks to ensure that action, creation and production in all sectors of human existence are carried out with laid down procedures and principles. Such agreed standards must have been proven and most importantly, involves conditions that are sustainable and accessible, scientifically proven to meet current needs without disregard for the future. These are responsibilities borne by organizations with personalities of unquestionable authority in the related fields, whose depth of studies and commitment to best practices is undeniable, anchored on the search for sustainable ways to enhance development, survival rate and comfort on earth.

It is therefore necessary that approved standards responds to the necessities of the present, without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs; and should be at the heart of all developmental forces. For the Millennium Development Goals to be achieved on the continent of Africa, sustainable development is required to effectively address the competitive challenge facing delivery and manufacturing processes in Africa. This involves more than just growth, but also a change in the content of growth, increase in our growth factor and changing our approach to developmental efforts while taking into account all of their effects; most of

which are long term. In spite of this, coming to the understanding that our inability to align with issues relating to prescribed standards and conformity assessment have been among Africa‘s greatest barrier to expanding economic activities and generating more funds to sustain internal development.

The implementation of standards and its initiative as a pressing issue naturally positions an economy to have its priority aligned with foreign markets capabilities; these allows it to expand its activities to meet international requirements. Therefore, our goals for economic and social development must be defined in terms of sustainability in all African countries and be centrally planned. Nevertheless, having an understanding that interpretations will vary to meet specific tides, but must share certain general features and flow from an agreed consensus on the concept of sustainable development anchored on a broad strategic framework to birth these visions.

The civil aviation sector in Nigeria is a simple reflection of one area of challenge in the African continent, a challenge most African nations are waking up to by meeting up with the expected Standards And Recommended Practices (SARP) of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and other international bodies. The operating principles, guidelines and standards applied prior to recent improvement in the sector have been so poor and outdated. The standardization agency are meant to ensure that airports, airstrips and heliports, airlines and their pilots, engineers and cabin staff, navigation aids, all service providers meets the required

safety standards through a series of conformity assessment procedures. Implementation of these standards has positioned the Nigerian civil aviation industry in a safe zone as more international activities, more flights and less air related accidents has been observed in the recent past. It is indeed a tremendously laudable achievement in the country, with more international airport activity as well as increased patronage of air ways by indigenous inhabitants via local flight schedules. The improvements in the aviation sector came with obvious advantage and it‘s also been balanced with high and definitive measures of sustaining the recent standards. A most appreciable fact is the availability of competition among service providers. This has led to the need for excellent service provision, best price offers; while making air fares affordable for the average and low class Nigerian.

It‘s pertinent to state here that subsequent measure of standards in various sectors of the economy is expected to yield such great results, even more results than has been observed in aviation sector and gradually transcending to the power and health sector. The provision of health facilities and policy that are tended towards international standards are been facilitated in the urban and rural communities‘ alike: the power sector is growing rapidly enabling the rural and unreached communities to have access to these facilities as well. A most welcomed development is the recent shifts in budgetary allocation to meet International standards as prescribed for developing nations to enable education enjoy the needed financial boost.

Not just financial Budget increase, numerous policy are been imbibed to make education free at most levels and greatly accessible to most Nigerians.

Resolving the problems in Africa via standard initiatives is such exciting as we are not developing new ways to make things happen. We are harvesting from the data base of best practice available around the world as it is most applicable to us. Africa must begin to see standards as values, and must be treated with wholesome regard. The world has high regards for standards and for us to be truly in cooperated with an unrestricted dealings with the developed communities, we must trend towards the acceptable standards; which has over prolonged time posed a serious threat to Africa‘s development as most of our services and finished products do not meet the standard requirements to be used by the developed communities, making raw materials the unadorned mainstay of Africa‘s economy.

The most essential action of today is the call to reinforce standardized and furnished expertise in key markets and entrepreneurial services, standards of processing procedures and quality finished products. Africa will seize to be an exporter of unfinished products and non-competitive products to items of great quality and immense value, duly priced and appreciated by the developed communities. These will further allow room for sustainable development via enhanced revenue, employment, and increase in per capita income and Gross Domestic Product of the respective countries. Furthermore, positioning Africa at a com- petitive edge with the developed economies as the trend in the flow of true commerce will reverse with the economy of Africa coming to true light as a uniquely endowed continent.

In conclusion, every sustainable development is standard driven and until there is a true interplay with standard which breaks trade and exchange barriers, Africa cannot take its place of leadership as a truly endowed continent in the global community. It therefore means that standard is the language understood by all continental corridors for true globalization, industrialization and achievement of self-sustenance with the flagship of sustainable development.

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