Nigeria: Government to impose sale of agricultural products via verified scale
The Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Mr. Adeniyi Adebayo, said that the memorandum on the sale of tubers and other agricultural products through verified scales will soon be implemented nationwide. national.
This, the minister said, was to ensure that buyers of agricultural products get the most for their money and that sellers get the correct amount for their produce.
He said the National Council for Industry, Trade and Investment, which held its last meeting in Ado-Ekiti in November 2021, had approved the measures, which would be implemented after the conclusion of the required processes. .
The minister revealed it during the commemoration of World Metrology Day 2022, on the theme: “Metrology in the digital age”, this weekend.
He said that metrology or the science of measurement has contributed enormously to the economic and social development of society.
He said, “In the economic space, accurate measurement ensures accountability in determining the amount of mineral resources produced in the country; ensures that the quantity of goods and products purchased by consumers is accurate and fair; guarantees the protection and safety of consumers in the aviation sector and ensures that the quantity of active ingredients in medicines is precisely determined for the safety of lives and the well-being of users.”
Adebayo therefore stressed that the need for precise measurements in aviation, trade, health, oil and gas production, electricity, transport, water, banking, telecommunications, food processing , among others, had become inevitable if the country were to move forward.
He noted that adopting the theme for this year’s World Metrology Day could not have been more appropriate given the digital revolution experienced over the past two decades.
According to him, digital technology has positively affected the way business is conducted.
Speaking to THISDAY, however, the Director of Weights and Measures Department, Mr Hassan Ejibunu said, “We want the whole world to know about legal metrology because legal metrology is not known in Nigeria and we exist since 1962.
He said the decision to take the markets was to ensure that now people are not cheated in the buying and selling process.
He said, “If you go to the market, you will see that people are wronged. If you go to a meat vendor and put it on the scale, by the time you get home and put it on your own scale, you’ll see the difference.”