The Standard Organisation of Nigeria (SON) is re-equipping the National Metrology Institute (NMI) for greater efficiency in calibration of measuring equipment nationwide
The Director General of SON, Farouk Salim who disclosed this on the occasion of the worldwide celebration of the 2021 World Metrology Day with the theme “Measurement for Health” said across the world, national metrology institutes continually advance measurement science by developing and validating new measurement techniques at the necessary level of sophistication.
In a statement, the SON Chief Executive noted that national metrology institutes, including that of Nigeria participate in measurement comparisons coordinated by the BIPM to ensure the reliability of measurement results worldwide.
He said the local manufacturing of medical equipment and machinery stand to gain a lot in accuracy of measurements from the calibration services being offered by the SON promoted National Metrology Institute (NMI) located in Enugu with outreaches across the country.
Salim stated further that the International Organization of Legal Metrology (OIML) develops international recommendations, which aim to align and harmonise requirements worldwide in many fields. The OIML according to him, also operates the OIML Certification System (OIML-CS) which facilitates international acceptance and global trade of regulated measuring instruments.
“These international metrology systems provide the necessary assurance and confidence that measurements are accurate, providing a sound basis for global trade today and helping us to prepare for the challenges of tomorrow.” Salim said.
Nigeria is joining the worldwide celebration of the 2021 World Metrology Day with the theme: ‘Measurement for Health’. “The theme of the 2021 celebrations as released by the Bureau International des Poids et Measures (BIPM) and the International Organization of Legal Metrology (OIML) is in tandem with the realities of the global COVID-19 pandemic.” The statement read.
Salim underscored the significance of the theme chosen to create awareness of the important role measurement plays in health, and in the well-being of everyone as well as ensure that all measuring instruments in the health care delivery sector give accurate values to support medical personnel in delivering quality services.
“The local manufacturing of medical equipment and machinery stand to gain a lot in accuracy of measurements from the calibration services being offered by the SON promoted National Metrology Institute (NMI) located in Enugu with outreaches across the country. The World Metrology Day recognises and celebrates the contribution of all the people that work in intergovernmental and national metrology organisations and institutes throughout the year.” The SON DG noted.
He called on all public and private sector organisations in Nigeria to take optimum advantage of the capacities being built at the National Metrology Institute to maintain accuracy of all measuring instruments particularly in the health care delivery sector in the spirit of the theme of the 2021 World Metrology Day celebrations.