How accurate measurements of metrology promotes fair, transparent trade – SON

The Director-General of the Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON), Dr. Ifeanyi Okeke, has said accurate measurements of metrology promotes fair and transparent trade, which can improve economic conditions and reduce poverty.

Okeke stated this on Monday in Abuja on the occasion of World Metrology Day, celebrated annually.
“This day celebrates the science of measurement metrology which is fundamental to technological and scientific progress, ” he said.

Okeke pointed out that accurate measurements are crucial for various sectors including industrial manufacturing, international trade and environmental protection.

He emphasised that metrology affects all aspects of society, enhancing the quality of life and protecting the environment.

The Director-General of SON who highlighted several benefits of accurate measurements, said it promotes fair and transparent trade, which can improve economic conditions and reduce poverty as well as ensure reliable test and calibration results to enhance health and well-being.

Other benefits, according to him, include the development of systems to guarantee access to affordable and clean energy and
driving of industrial innovation and growth.

Okeke, therefore, called on stakeholders to uphold their responsibility to safeguard the environment and maintain the effective calibration of measuring equipment, which is essential for economic development.

He also acknowledged and honoured the contributions of individuals advancing metrology globally, congratulating them on their efforts and achievements.

It should be noted that National Metrology Institutes (NMIs) around the world, including Nigeria, develop and coordinate measurement standards and procedures.

These institutes participate in global measurement comparisons to ensure the reliability of measurement results, supervised by the Bureau International des Poids et Mesures (BIPM) and Regional Metrology Organisations.

The International Organization for Legal Metrology (OIML) also plays a key role in ensuring the accuracy of measurements, thereby supporting global trade.