With effect from yesterday, Nigeria has commenced the full registration of organisations in the country which use weights, measures, weighing and measuring instruments for trade.
The policy is expected to regulate trade or commerce in goods which are sold or distributed by weight, measure or number.
In a circular to all concerned organisations in the country dated August 14, 2013 entitled: "Legal Metrology Equipment Registration Notice," the federal government through the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment advised full compliance with the new policy stating that it was also imperative that such instruments for trade be verified in line with Section 7 of the Weights and Measures Act, CAP W3 LFN, 2004.
While informing that a dedicated web portal for the purpose of the on-line equipment registration was now open ,the federal government warned that punitive sanctions would be taken against those who violate the Weights and Measures Act as the law dictates. "It will be recalled that the Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Olusegun Aganga, recently launched a web portal for the purpose of on-line equipment registration. Please note that refusal to register all weights, measures, weighing and measuring instruments used for trade in Nigeria is a violation of the Weights and Measures Act , and shall attract appropriate sanctions under the law," one of such letters addressed to the Managing Director, FinBank Plc read.
In a media briefing in Abuja to mark the official commencement of the policy, the Chairman/CEO, NIGERCO Nigeria Limited,the company implementing the country's legal metrology system, Engr Yabagi Sani, noted that the recognition of the growing need for accuracy of measurements, promotion of cordial social interactions in commercial transactions in the country and other accompanying benefits, prompted the establishment of the standardised weights and measures.
Sani said the Weight and Measures Department of the ministry was already collaborating with other regulatory agencies in the country to ensure full enforcement of the new policy, in addition to also concluding plans to recruit more hands for effective geographical coverage.