The Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) is set to boost the acceptability of Nigeria’s products in the international market through accurate measurement standards.
Mr Obiora Manafa, Director, Meteorology and Instruments of SON, said this during the celebration of World Meteorology Day in Lagos.
The theme of the celebration was “Measurements in a Dynamic World.”
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that meteorology is the field of knowledge concerned with measurement.
Manafa said that conformity to global best practices in standard measurement would eliminate the rejection of the country’s products and boost volume of its bilateral trade with other countries.
“Measurement is life. If we do not measure accurately people will die in the hospital, aircraft will crash, and people will be short changed in the market.
“Meteorology cuts across every part of our lives and every sector of the economy,” Manafa said.
He said that the agency through its National Meteorology Institute (NMI) would ensure the elimination of the incidence of inaccurate measures in trade, manufacturing, export and import activities in the country.
According to him, the institute will boost the country’s export base by providing the required confidence and reliability in the exported goods.
He said that the institute would strengthen components of the National Quality Infrastructure including standardisation, accreditation, certification and testing.
Manafa said that accredited testing and calibration laboratories would obtain traceability of measurement locally and save the foreign exchange paid to foreign NMIs.
Dr Shaukat Malik, a United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) representative, said that quality and measurement were important to the acceptability of products worldwide.
Malik said that accurate measurement would enhance global competitiveness of the country’s products and services.
He reiterates UNIDO’s commitment to support the country’s industrial growth and development.
Alhaji Gbadamosi, Managing Director, IMC Ltd., saysmeteorology removes chaos, provides structure, saves money, time and life.