As the Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) for the first time joins other national standards bodies in the celebrating World Metrology Day, it will seek to “demystify metrology, a subject most Nigerians are unfamiliar with regardless of its use in daily life.”
The director general, SON, Dr Joseph Odumodu said this in an interview with journalists in his office in Abuja. Dr Odumodu said that May 20, 2015 is World Metrology Day and that SON and the Weight & Measures departments of the Federal Ministry of Industry, Trade & Investment are together, having a workshop to mark the day.
Starting at 10:00 am, the event takes place at Grandeur Event Centre, Ikeja. The theme of the celebration is Measurements in National Development. Also speaking on the World Metrology Day celebration, the head of the department of metrology, SON, Mr. Obiora Manafa said that the speakers at the workshop include Mr Shaukat Malik of the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO), Mr Joel Kioko the retired head of the metrology department of the Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS), Mr. Olayinka Sikuade of the Department of Weight & Measures, Engr TR Gbadamosi, from a private calibration lab, and Engr Manafa himself.
Dr Odumodu will deliver the keynote address, he said. On the need for the celebration, he said that “the promotion and deployment of accurate measurements delivers safety, value and fairness to consumers and other stakeholders and will always be a huge advantage for any company or nation in trade whether local or international”.
He lamented that Nigeria neglected metrology for too long, but that SON under Dr Joseph Odumodu the director general, has arrested the ugly trend by investing in metrological infrastructure. He said: “In the past we had just a metrology unit and the equipment were hardly there.
But today, a lot of new equipment has been installed. We even have mobile metrology units for onsite calibrations.” “Additionally, we have got the expertise.
Staff of the department has been trained in various parts of the world. We’re in the process of getting our Metrology Lab accredited, just as the Food Technology Lab has been accredited. We have just commenced the construction of Nigeria’s National Metrology Institute, Enugu.
Completion of that project would place Nigeria at par with some of the emerging technological giants.” Government officials, industrialists, scientists, technology and development enthusiasts, academics and the media are expected the lecture, the SON chief metrologist also said.
Globally the theme for World Metrology Day 2015 is “Measurements and Light” which aligns with the UNESCO International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies 2015, a global initiative designed to highlight the key role light and optical technologies play in our daily lives and their importance for our future.
World Metrology Day is an annual celebration of the signature by representatives of seventeen nations of the Metre Convention on 20 May 1875 which set the framework for global collaboration in the science of measurement and in its industrial, commercial and societal applications.