Ministry of Trade and Investment
By Yemi Akinsuyi
The Ministry of Trade and Investment has unveiled plans to employ 200 inspection officers this year to ensure proper monitoring of weight and measures.
The Weights and Measures Department, an agency under the Ministry, is saddled with the responsibility of ensuring that Nigerians get value for products, both for local consumption and export.
The Permanent-Secretary, Mr. Daudu Kigbu, who said this in Abuja during the quarterly assembly of inspectors of weights and measures, also expressed worry over the laxity of the staff members.
He noted that the inspector of weights and measures is an integral component in the development and enforcement of the Legal Metrology in Nigeria.
“As you are aware, Inspectors of weights and measures constitute the most vital and spirited component in the development of the principle of Legal Metrology in Nigeria and enforcement of its law regulations”.
He disclosed that “30 Assistant Inspectors have been employed while the employment of a further 200 inspectors has reached advanced stage at the Federal Civil Service Commission”.
Daudu stressed that the ministry was determined to ensure the problem confronting the officers was addressed through a strategic action plan.
“The Management is working assiduously to address your problems order to ensure that you perform your statutory responsibilities creditably and with least adversity. The occasion no doubt underscores your determination to ensure the creation synergy in the promotion of a nation weigh and measure strategic action plan,” he said.
He however expressed worry over the alleged lack of dedication and resourcefulness among the inspectors, noting that the dwindling revenue in some state is occasioned by this laxity. “I am however saddened to know that revenues which are posted have been progressively dwindling in some states.
“This, I believe, is due to mainly to the fact that you have largely remained in the same posting for years and have tended to develop a casual attitude to the discharge of your duties.”
Kigbu said more of the inspectors would be moved around to instill in them greater zeal and work ethic and enable them experience new working environment. “Let me therefore enjoin you to rededicate yourself anew to the task of enforcing the law and regulation governing weight and measure at the grassroots”.
He reminded them that the nation is watching with keen interest and urged them to work hard to ensure economic equality, transparency and uniformity in commercial transaction in all the sectors of the economy.