The country will start full implementation of the Weights and Measures Act in the oil and gas sector on February 1.
This was disclosed by the Director of Weights and Measures at the Federal Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment, Joseph Sikuade, in a technical meeting in Abuja between the Ministry and officials of NNL, who are consultants to the Ministry on Weights and Measures as well as the operators of the Oil Producing Trade Section (OPTS) of the Ministry.
He said this year had been dedicated as the year for the implementation of the legal metrology services in the oil and gas sector to enable stakeholders conform their activities to Section 7(2) and 30(b) of the Weights and Measures Regulation 25, Vol. 99 of 16th April, 2012.
“We are going to look at the metering system of the operators for accuracy, equity, fairness and conformity. We will take into consideration internationally acceptable error margins to bring fairness and justice to the trading devices in use by operators,” he said.
According to him, the Constitution requires the Ministry’s Weights and Measures Department to be the custodian of the national primary standards to which other standards in Nigeria must be traced to.
He explained that the Ministry had the expertise that would enable the sector perform its statutory duty efficiently as the sector is very vital to the Nigerian economy. The official added that the measuring instrument used for trade in this sector must be within the maximum permissible error margin which the law recognized.
“Henceforth calibrators and testing laboratories in Nigeria must first obtain certificates from the Weights and Measures Department before the calibration certificates issued by them would be recognized,” Sikuade said.
The operators of Oil Producing Trade Section (OPTS) urged the Department to provide checklists, templates and frequencies for their calibration instruments and as well as the list of the companies approved to provide calibration services to enable them comply with the guidelines.