The Federal Government has affirmed its readiness to enforce the standardization of weights and measure across the country. This affirmation was made by the Honourable Minister of State for Industry, Trade and Investment, Hajia Aisha Abubakar while giving audience to the member states of the coalition for sustainable standardization and certification of weights and measures.

She commended the five member states of Jigawa, Kano, Kaduna, Katsina and Zamfara for supporting the Federal Government in its drive to provide an enabling business environment and fight against corruption saying “if we cannot do something as right as getting the right measure then we can never get anything right”

Hajia Abubakar, assured them that the Ministry had taken note of the challenges of weights and measure adding that enforcement of standardization will be strengthened. On the need to review the fees for certification and indigenous measure, the Minister promised to look into it and ensure that whatever was charged would be fair to the traders.

The Minister asked the Director for Weights and Measure to discuss with the group and draft a communiqué. She stressed the need for synergy between the Federal Government and members of the coalition states.

Earlier, the representative of Jigawa State Government, Alhaji Abubakar Yusuf who is the State Commissioner for the Ministry of Commerce, industry and Trade, disclosed that the government had piloted standardization of weights and measure in 3 markets in the state so that customers would have confidence in what they buy.

Representatives of other member states pledge the commitment of their state government to the course.

UMAR MARYAM YUSUF
HMS Press