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FG Committed To Enforcing Legal Metrology Law – Abdulkadir

Posted: Jun 14, 2015 at 12:00 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Phillip Oladunjoye,  Lagos

The Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment, Ambassador Abdulkadir Musa, has reiterated the commitment of the federal government to enforce legal metrology laws in all sectors of the economy

FGAbdulkadir disclosed this when he led an inspection team of Weights and Measures department to enforce legal metrology law in filling stations for under dispensing petrol to customers in Abuja.

During the inspection at the Mobil filling station, Lugbe, Airport Road, it was discovered that the dispensing pumps at the station short-changed customers from their two operational dispensing pumps by 2 litres 69 mls, indicating that for every 20 litres of PMS, 17.31 litres is being dispensed as 20 litres) while other dispensing pump dispensed 18.66 litres for every 20 litres.

Other filing stations inspected by the team were NNPC Sabon Lugbe, NNPC, Durumi, Area 1, Total Filing station, Herbert Macaulay way, Forte Oil, Olusegun Obasanjo Way, and Total filing station, Wuse zone 6.

At NNPC filing station, Sabon Lugbe, one pump was sealed for re-caliberation and others were within tolerance level stipulated by law.

Abdulkadir said that government was committed to the enforcement of legal metrology laws in all sectors of the economy, adding that government would not tolerate anybody to cheat customers because they are desperate to get fuel.

He said it was not only in the oil sector that Nigerians would feel the impact of the department but also in the operation of the Automated Payment Machine (ATM) in the banking sector and telecommunication as well as correct measurement in the market.

“Whatever we are doing now is to send messages to those defaulters that we are now standing on our feet and we are now going to be effective in regulating weights and measurements act in the oil and gas sector. I assure you that what happened in the past will no longer be tolerated, because now, Nigerians know what we can do. We had synergized with the oil majors and stakeholders in the sector and they are well informed of our statutory responsibilities of ensuring that trade is fair, correct and transparent.

“As a Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, I do not belief in sitting down behind the board to read report written by my staff, I wanted to see my men in action to ensure compliance with weights and measurements act and I really commend them for their dedication and effort in view of limited funds and  staff,” he said.

Director Weights and Measures, Engr. Adeyinka Sikuade, while addressing journalists said that it was extremely disappointing that motorists were being short-changed at the filing stations and that the department would continue to embark on such exercise throughout the federation in order to establish that marketers conform with fairness and standards.

He said that maximum permissible error allow at dispensing pumps is 60 mls, adding that the department in collaboration with stakeholders were working on the portion of the act on penalty that will deter erring stations from cheating.

“On penalty for defaulters now, we still have stronger area that prevents such erring stations from operating by sealing them or removing their nozzles and ensuring that they cannot conduct any business from such pumps until they are corrected,” Sikuade said.