The Federal Government has disclosed that it is targeting N5 billion from fines to be paid by companies flouting weight and measures standards in the country in 2018.
This was disclosed during the First Quarterly Meeting of Legal Metrology Officers and Inspectors of Weights and Measures held in Abuja.
The Director of the Department, Engineer Muhammed Sidi Sada, said the commitment of the department to work towards the achievement of the desired goals of this administration was solid.
Engr. Sada highlighted the benefits accruing to the Federal Government and Nigerians from the performance of the Department of Legal Meteorology.
Sada said, “Besides contributing to the building of trust for trade in Nigeria, the performance and functions of the department cannot be overemphasised.”
The department is charged to reduce disputes and transaction costs during sales of petroleum products, measurement of gas, electricity, water and the billing of telephone.
Other functions which the director listed include providing level-playing field for commerce by means of meteorological control, facilitating effective stock control for businesses; for example, the use of dip tapes for measuring equipment, and to facilitate the collection of revenue from the testing of weighing and measuring equipment.