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SON asks manufacturers to shun quacks in calibrating equipment

The Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) has warned manufacturers against patronizing quacks and advised them to always use the National Metrology Institute (NMI), Enugu in calibrating their measuring instruments.

The Director General of SON, Mallam Farouk Salim, gave the charge at the general stakeholders sensitization campaign organised by SON in Abeokuta.

He said the theme of the event – “Meeting Global Competitiveness” – was in line with Federal Government efforts to develop export as another source of revenue to sustain the economy.

Salim warned manufacturers to desist from patronizing  quacks who claim to have calibration certificate, noting that these unscrupulous individuals do not have the competence and authority to carry out calibration according to international standards.

He said that SON would ensure that quacks would have no room to operate in the country.

“The quacks are out there to cheat people, stressing that their services do not add value to the industry and economy

“SON will ensure calibration of equipment are properly done before verification, he said

“This is why SON with all its equipment and staff trained to carry out these services are out to ensure that calibration is done according to international best practices in Nigeria,” he said.

He explained that the NMI represented Nigeria in all matters of metrology, stating that the highest accuracy standard of measurement in Nigeria was traceable to the institute.

Salim said that NMI has state-of-the-art equipment equipment and staff trained to carry out these services according to international best practices in Nigeria.

In his words: “These unscrupulous people do not do calibration and Nigerians should be very careful at the request they are entertaining, because those who are not adding value to them cannot help them to grow.

“So we need to show that calibration is done according to International Organisation for Legal Metrology (IOLM) recommendations.”

According to him, machines must be calibrated to achieve equity in business while also ensuring that products do not fall short of the requirements of the standards.

“The consumers will get value for their money, the manufacturers will be happy because they are producing their products to meet the requirements of SON and that means that Nigerians will be happy to use these products,” he said.

He added: “Metrology ensures that all the National Quality Infrastructure (NQI) for Nigeria’s economic development stands.

“For every component of infrastructural development projects to stand, measurement must be accurate, traceable to the highest level of measurement instruments in Nigeria and these are stored in the institute.”

He noted that the NMI had the capacity to handle such measurements in the areas of mass and related quantities such as pressure, volume, temperature, metrology in chemistry, electrical measurements, dimensions, lengths and all the other parameters that could help Nigeria achieve economic development.

“NMI is there to help industries grow, to help government grow and to give value for money spent by Nigerian consumers whenever they are carrying out purchases, carrying out contractual agreements and carrying out measurement in practice.

“SON is proud to equip the NMI to serve Nigerians in the areas of measurements,” he said

Highlighting some of its economic benefits, he said metrology facilitates transactions in trade and commerce, serves as a pillar for the development of science, helps in the determination of major physical and chemical constants and bring about development of technology to a nation and promotes mass production in industries.

He also said that metrology serves as a catalyst for compliance monitoring and control of substandard products in a nation.

According to him, it has been generally accepted that there is a direct relationship between the accurate measurement capability and industrial development of a country.

He added that the role and benefit of calibration improve health of citizens and ensure safe environment, promotes improved quality of MSME products, process and services, improves health of citizens and ensure safe environment

In his words: “Metrology helps conserve foreign exchange that would have been paid to foreign NMIs, full collection of government excise and taxes based on accurate measurement, boost country’s export base by promoting improved quality of products.

He said NMI under his leadership had been properly equipped to carry out some major jobs in the oil industry equipment on Pressure and Temperature.

Speaking on the position of Nigeria compared to other clime, he said: “Africa is the continent for the future. We need not be reminded that Nigeria has been the hope of this Africa.

“This terrain, especially in infrastructural development, has become an open space; therefore, metrology development is key.

“Our goal is to put Nigeria at par with South Africa, Egypt, Tunisia, to enable Nigerian goods compete favourably.

“This will contribute to the wellbeing and respect of its people at home and the much needed African Continental Free Trade Area Agreement (AfCFTA).

“Every developed country has used metrology to find its feet,” he said.

According to him, made in Nigeria products can only compete at the international shelve if only  Nigerians imbibe the culture of quality assurance and standardisation.

He explained that metrology was a major component of standardisation.

“This why SON has taken it up in line with its act of 2015 to ensure that calibration services are properly done,” he said.

Coordinator and Senior Special Assistant to the Director General of SON, Chief Emeka Duru, in his remarks, expressed the DG’s passion for standardization and building the confidence of stakeholders in SON.

He urged companies to exhibit unreserved compliance to all the guidance and technical assistance offered by the organisation towards standardisation of their products and processes, through implementation of all the requirements stipulated in the Nigerian Industrial Standards.

According to Duru, “If you do the right thing, you won’t have a problem with SON, the organisation will go through great lengths to support your business”.

Chief Duru advised all present to seize this opportunity provided by the organization in order to gain more knowledge on standardisation,noting that standardisation is the major way to grow the economy

The Guest Speaker, Prof. Toafeek  Shittu of the Department of Food Science, University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, emphasized the importance of standardization especially in the area of food production.

He tasked the stakeholders to be standards compliant in their various industries in order to be able to compete locally and globally.

Shittu lamented that most of the agricultural products marked for exports are turned away for lack of proper storage thereby resulting in waste and financial loss for the  country.

The university don advised the government to provide adequate training and awareness campaigns for export professionals on proper storage procedures and  also provide sufficient funding to set up warehouses to store such produce pending export.

Over 700 participants drwan from various sectors of the economy were in attendance. They included representatives of the; National Association of Block Moulders of Nigeria; Flour Millers Nigeria; roofing sheets manufacturing and crugators; LPG NUPENG;  Manufacturer Association of Nigeria; Iron Rod Manufacturers; Bread Millers among others.

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