These according to the SON Chief Executive, can lead to loss of lives and properties, destruction of trust in institutions and interference with the fair and efficient operation of markets, describing bribery as the single most contributory factor to corruption.
The Anti-Bribery standard alongside the Nigerian Industrial standard on Good Governance (NIS 902:2017) can therefore be proactive tools to drastically reduce the incidence of corruption in the country alongside the anti-corruption laws, he said.
Mr. Aboloma described the timing of the meeting as apt, when according to him, President Muhammadu Buhari is the leading champion of the anti-corruption crusade in Africa.
He assured the Committee members of the determination of his management to push for the promotion and use of the two standards by government ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs) as well as business entities, as tools to fight and work towards the eradication of corruption in our systems.
In her welcome address, SON Acting Director, Standards Development Mrs. Chinyere Egwuonwu, disclosed that the technical committee for good governance standard and the project committee for the anti-bribery standard have been merged to to align with the ISO Technical Committee 309 on Governance of Organisations.
The technical committee is expected to initiate national projects that will address Nigeria’s peculiar governance issues, work with the ISO TC 309 and submit Nigeria’s comments and inputs on current works of the Technical committee and working groups to the secretariat of the Technical Committee, She said.
Speaking earlier, Chairman of the Project Committee and former Governor of Edo State, Professor Oserheimen Osunbor expressed appreciation for the support of the SON Management as well as to the national experts for their contributions to Nigeria’s participation in the development of the international standards.
According to him, Nigeria is ahead of the international community on the development of the Good Governance Standard, stating that work on the standard at ISO only commenced in November 2017.
Picture 1 – DG, SON Mr. Osita Aboloma flanked by Prof. Oserheimen Osunbor, Chairman of the Technical Committee and Mrs. Chinyere Egwuonwu Ag. Director Standards Development at the opening of meeting for the adoption of ISO 37001: 2016 on Anti-Bribery Management System Standard