of SON, Dr. Paul Angya, said
that Nigeria aligns with the rest
of the world in commemorating
the Metrology day, particularly
in line with the importance of
scientific measurement to economic
development, innovations and
industrial growth.
He stated this during the
commemoration of the World
Metrology Day 2016 in Abuja
Angya said that the theme:
‘Measurement in a dynamic world’,
was apt, to reflect the changing
modern world.
Director of Metrology and
Instruments, at the Standard
Organisation of Nigeria, SON, Mr.
Obiora Marafa has explained that
the country was long overdue for
the National Metrology Institute to
offer measurement services that are
currently sought overseas.
He revealed the organisation
plans to begin to offer the services
before the end of the year in other to
save the economy foreign exchange
being spent to calibrate local
manufactured products overseas.
Specifically, the organisation,
in collaboration with United
Nations Industrial Development
Organisation, UNIDO, is working
to ensure that the National
Metrology Institute, NMI, is
completed, as the custodian of
national measurement standards
with the highest measurement
reference in the country.
Marafa observed that since 1875
and the inauguration of the Metre
Convention, countries around the
world had put in place scientific
measurement standards that all
goods and products must comply
with to be acceptable in the international market.
He added that the agreement
on measurement standards were
in line with the imperative of
measuring accurately in all spheres
of life, be it domestic or industrial.
He said Nigeria, a member of
the international community, is
often on the receiving end due to
difficulty of complying with the
global best practices.
His words, “Our yams are being
rejected today in other countries not
because they are not good or sweet.
Actually they are, but where they
lack certificates from accredited
national Institute of metrology to
accompany them on the export
journey, then there is a problem.
“Today, I am happy to inform you
that SON is addressing that problem
with the Nigerian Metrology
Institute. Once it is completed,
it will eliminate the incidence of
inaccurate and short measures in
trade, manufacturing, export and
import activities in Nigeria.
It will also be the highest body
giving accuracy level in the
Economic Community of West
Africa, ECOWAS region. It will
compete with those of South Africa,
Germany and so on,” Marafa said.
The NMI, currently under
construction in Enugu one year
after construction commenced,
will among other functions, ensure
the declaration of the country’s
Calibration and Measurement
Capability, CMC, at the BIPM;
guarantee traceability of National
Primary Standards to SI units and
transferring the traceability from the
National Primary Standards to the
calibration and testing laboratories as
well as industry and other end users.

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