Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) has enjoined the organised private sector bodies the like of Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN), the Nigerian Association of Chambers of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (NACCIMA) and others to encourage their members to patronize the National Metrology Institute (NMI), Enugu, for efficient calibration services and quicker turnaround time.
The Director, NMI, Engr. Bede Obayi, who made the call in an interview with Newsmen in Abuja, said: “Such patronage will promote the local content policy of government and save scarce foreign exchange hitherto expended on patronage of metrology services outside the country.
“The primary measurement standards held in the NMI are a major achievement in saving scarce foreign exchange for the Nation, because private calibration laboratories in Nigeria can derive the traceability of their secondary standards from there, without going outside the country.
“Equipment and measuring instruments calibration in Nigeria can also be obtained faster than when all secondary standards of measurement were only traceable to foreign metrology bodies”, he said.
He disclosed that in order to bring its services nearer to stakeholders across the country and ensure great reduction in turnaround time, NMI is expanding its calibration capacities to Lagos, Abuja and Port Harcourt.