NIGERIA – The Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) has urged manufacturers to employ the services of the National Metrology Institute (NMI) in calibrating their instruments.

Mallam Farouk Salim, Director General of SON gave the charge against patronizing quacks while flagging off a sensitization campaign in Abeokuta.

He claimed that the event’s topic, “Meeting Global Competitiveness,” was consistent with efforts made by the Federal Government to promote export as a new revenue stream to support the economy.

Salim cautioned producers against supporting charlatans who make claims to have a calibration certificate, stressing that these dishonest people lack the training and power necessary to do calibration in accordance with international standards.

He claimed that SON would make sure that there would be no space for quacks to practice in the nation.

“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 is properly done before verification.

“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 clarified that the NMI represented Nigeria in all metrology-related topics and claimed that the institute was responsible for Nigeria’s highest accuracy level of measurement.

Salim claimed that NMI has cutting-edge machinery and staff that has been educated to provide these services in Nigeria in accordance with worldwide best standards.

“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,” he said.

He claims that in order to attain corporate equity and to make sure that the output meets the standards, machines must be calibrated, reports This Day.

Chief Emeka Duru, the SON Coordinator and senior special assistant to the director general, underlined in his remarks the DG’s enthusiasm for standardizing and fostering stakeholder trust in SON.

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