By Miriam Humbe
“To enhance standards, your task is to ensure compliance and adherence to metrological and measurement standards as you’re now certified inspectors and legal metrology officers of weights and measures”.
Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Otunba Richard Adeniyi Adebayo gave this charge when he
inducted 152 inspectors to facilitate weights and measurement standards in the Nigerian trading space.
Adebayo urged the inspectors to be professional in their dealings and ensure standards of trade facilities are maintained.
“Today the ministry is inducting 152 weights and measurement inspectors in line with the provisions of Section 9 of the weights and measurement act which states that non one shall attain to weighing or measuring by all means, except he holds a certificate from the Superintendent that he has sufficient knowledge and skill for the proper performance of duty.
In his remarks, the Director, Weights and Measures Department of the ministry, Engr. M. Sidi said the weights and measures department has been ensuring transparency in the area of transparency and customer protection in transactions involving measurements.
He said: “In 2018, the department generated N500 million, if well-equipped the revenue generation from the operations of the Weights and measures is projected to be more than N5 billion per annum.
“As a custodian of measuring and weighing equipments used for trade in Nigeria, twe ensure that standards are maintained in line with the International Bureau of Legal Metrology (IBLM)
“Also we have ten new procured operational vehicles to the newly trained inspectors and legal metrology officers of weights and measures and have presented testamur certificates.
“The operations of the officials will be in the area verifying grains of indegeneous measures, monitoring of crude oil export at terminals, inspection and testing of pre-packed goods among others”.