By Udeme Akpan

Worried by the low level of market access within the African Continent and beyond, the Federal Government has committed to driving competitiveness of products from Nigeria and the West African Region, using metrological infrastructure.

The Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment, Mr. Edet Akpan, stated this at the opening of the 12th General Assembly of the Intra-African Metrology Systems (AFRIMETS) hosted by the Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) in collaboration with the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) in Enugu.

Represented by a member of the SON Governing Council Dr. Ifeanyi Okoye, he stated that the Nigerian Government, through the Federal Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment, SON, with the active support and collaboration of UNIDO and the European Union is committed to the establishment of a virile national measurement system, as can be seen from the on-going development of the National Metrology Institute (NMI) in Enugu, South East Nigeria.

Akpan, who is also the Chairman, Governing Council of SON, alluded to huge investment in human capacity development in the field of metrology and instrumentation over the years by the Standards Organisation of Nigeria.


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