The Ghana Armed Forces Command and Staff College on Friday April 12, 2019, paid a courtesy call on the Directorate of the Sierra Leone Standards Bureau. The 20 military personnel comprising of 5 lecturers and 15 staff members from Nigeria, Togo, Niger and Zambia, discussed issues related to fostering sustainable development growth in Sierra Leone and Africa in general.
In his welcome statement, Professor Thomas Yormah, executive director of the SLSB, thanked Rear Admiral M. Beick-Baffour, Commandant of the Ghana Armed Forces Command Staff College and his team, for the visit.
Director Yormah gave a brief presentation on the role of the Standards Bureau in fostering the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). He said the Bureau was the watchdog for the maintenance of quality and the custodian of Quality Infrastructure in Sierra Leone.
He added that the mandate of the Bureau was to protect human health, the economy and the environment by ensuring fairness in trade. He emphasized that the SLSB was fostering the SDGs by conducting tests on materials or products with a view to ensure compliance with standards, undertake investigations where necessary into quality of facilities, materials and products in Sierra Leone, regulate measurement and calibration of weighing instruments, develop or adopt national and international standards and certification of goods or products among others.
“By our conformity testing of food products for the local and international markets, and by helping to ensure good manufacturing practices along the value chains of key exportable products, the Bureau contributes to ensuring decent work/employment and economic growth (SDG 8),” professor Yormah assured. He said that the Bureau helps to ensure the availability of clean drinking water and sanitation which was in line with the SDG 6.
Responding, Rear Admiral Beick-Baffour commended the directorate of the Bureau for the hospitality. He described the SLSB’s Director’s presentation as “an eye opener” to his team. Commandant Beick-Baffour said the objective of their visit was to conduct an indebt research into the issues militating the Sustainable Development Growth in Africa. He said his team comprises of 19 students namely from Nigeria, Togo, Niger and Zambia.
He said his team was in Sierra Leone to conduct a research on the SDGs aimed at developing bilateral relations in West Africa.