SON goes tough on uncalibrated equipment, warns steel manufacturers


Steel manufacturers in the country have been warned to calibrate the equipment used in the production of rods and reinforcement bars or face persecution.

The Director-General, SON,  Farouk Salim  gave the warning in a statement on Tuesday in Lagos.

The SON boss added that it would no longer  be business as usual, stating that the agency was fully prepared to ensure that all equipment used in measuring various parameters were calibrated in the country.

He explained that the SON had acquired latest measuring instruments to ensure compliance to the standards of equipment used in the steel, maritime, oil and gas and other industries.

Salim said all weigh bridges, universal textile machines, among others, must be calibrated to achieve equity in business, while also ensuring that products did not fall short of the requirements of the standards.

He said, “This way, consumers will get value for their money; manufacturers will be happy because they are producing their products to meet the requirements of SON.

“This means Nigerians will be happy to use the products to build structures that will stand the test of time to stem the incidences of collapsed buildings and build the economy of this country.”

The Director, National Metrology Institute, Also, Mr Bede Obayi, said the institute was committed to ensuring the highest accuracy standard of measurement in Nigeria.

This, he explained, were in areas of mass and related quantities such as pressure, volume, temperature, metrology in chemistry, electrical measurements, dimensions, lengths and all the other parameters that could help Nigeria achieve economic development.

“SON is proud to equip the NMI to serve Nigerians in the areas of measurements and this is why the federal government has directed that all weighbridges that are on the highways of Nigeria, at the ports, sea ports and all the other entry points in Nigeria are properly calibrated.

“This is alongside those that are used in steel factories, cement factories and all the other products where measurements are carried out, be it in pressure, mass and all the other parameters.

“SON has the capacity to carry out proper measurements that are traceable to the highest level of accuracy standards that are presently in stock at the NMI,” he added.



Obayi revealed that the NMI had procured some calibration equipment on pressure and temperature, and embarked on awareness and sensitization on the activities and importance of calibration, particularly in the Africa Continental Free Trade Area.





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