Nigeria Regains Membership in International Metrology Organisation

 

Nigeria Regains Membership in International Metrology Organisation

ABUJA 08 March 2018 – Nigeria has been readmitted into the International Organization of Legal Metrology (OIML) with the support of United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) within the context of the European Union funded National Quality Infrastructure Project in Nigeria (NQIP).

With the renewed membership comes the resumption of receiving materials, documentation and lectures from OIML member countries. The director of Weights and Measures Department (WMD) at the Federal Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment (FMITI) Mr. Mohammed Sidi is the Nigeria’s representative at the OIML. He said, “…since we have been registered, we have [received] literature, documents, research work and lectures…This is increasing and building our capacity especially with the recent recruitment of over two hundred officers – graduates – into the system. We may not have enough material to train these people, if not because we are now back into the OIML group.”

UNIDO has also provided Nigeria support with an equipped National Metrology Institute. Mr. Sidi said, “Once you have legal metrology infrastructure established in a country [one is] are bound to have a serious facilitation of trade, both locally and externally because [one has] the required standards that are recognised world-wide. The confidence will be built [and] the accuracy of trading equipment will be ensured.”

For more information see www.nqi-nigeria.org

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