DEPARTMENT OF WEIGHTS AND MEASURES (LEGAL METROLOGY DEPARTMENT)
THE DEPARTMENT AT A GLANCE | Contact Numbers: +234 906 248 5441 or +234 906 248 5442
…Accurate Measurements for Equity and Quality Living
THE DEPARTMENT’S OBJECTIVE
…Building a firm weights & measures administration of international repute.
The Department of Weights and Measures, Nigeria is striving to become one of the world’s leading legal metrology agencies through:-
- Ensuring that all commercial transactions involving the use of weights and measures are accurate, fair and legal.
- Training and re- training of our staff to carry out verification and calibration of weighing and measuring instruments at the highest level of accuracy.
- Encouragement of creative ideas of researchers and support in their research activities.
- Encourage competition among businesses.
- Strengthen national and international collaborations.
- Exploring measurement technologies for our emerging industries such as ultra precision measurement etc.
- Collaborative research with Universities and industries.
- Communication and partnerships with metrological organizations locally and internationally
To ensure that all commercial transactions involving measurement are fair, accurate and legal with a view to protecting the consumers and encouraging competition among businesses.
To become one of the leading national legal metrology agencies IN THE WORLD and contributing to the realisation of the objectives of the programme of the Federal Government of Nigeria.
BRIEF HISTORY OF THE DEPARTMENT OF WEIGHTS & MEASURES
The traditional system of Weights and Measures was applied in trade transactions before the introduction of colonial rule in Nigeria. However, in 1917, the traditional system of weights and measures was replaced by the Imperial System of Measurement by an ordinance promulgated by the then Governor General, Lord Lugard. The Ordinance gave the power of enforcing weights and measures laws to the Nigeria Police Force. The Police THOUGH were overwhelmed by the responsibilities of enforcing weights and measures laws due to the increasing security challenges in the country.
In 1960, the Federal Government established the Weights & Measures Division in the then Federal Ministry of Commerce & Industry in accordance with one of the recommendations of the Commission set up to probe the export of short weight graded cocoa bean.
The then Division of Weights and Measures WAS UPGRADED TO the Department of Weights and Measures in 2010 following the approval of the Federal Executive Council, and the subsequent appointment of a director.
LAWS AND REGULATIONS
Weights and Measures administration in Nigeria derives its power(s) from certain laws (Acts) and regulations. Suffice it to say that Weights and Measures is item 65 on the Exclusive Legislative List of the Second Schedule to the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. These laws and regulations include:
- Weights and Measures Act Cap W3 Law of the Federation of Nigeria 2004 (formerly Cap 467 LFN 1990);
- Weights and Measures (Standardisation of Indigenous Measures) Regulation 1992 (as amended in 2000);
- Pre-shipment Inspection of Export Act Cap P25, LFN 2004; and
- Weights and Measures Service Fees Regulation 2010 as amended.
- Weights and Measures (Replacement of Fifth schedule) order, 2012 (FRN Official gazette No.25 16th April, 2012).
- Automated Teller machine/cash dispenser and note counting Machine Regulations, 2014. (FRN official gazette No. 133) 5th November, 2014.
- elecommunication system clock, Time, Date Synchronization Total Metering and Billing and data usage Regulations, 2014.
- Oil and Gas Transfer Guidelines (FRN official Gazette No. 136, 10th November, 2014.
Legal metrology is concerned with measurements where these influence the transparency of economic transactions, particularly where there is a requirement for legal verification of the measuring instrument. The Department of Weights and Measures enforces all legal metrology laws in Nigeria by virtue of the fact that the law confers on it the custody of Primary Standards of Measurement.
Metrology in Everyday life:
- The wealth of nations depends upon the ability to manufacture and trade precisely made and tested products and components.
- Trade between countries often involve huge amounts of money, therefore a small error in measurement of, for example, flow rates and quantities of oil and gas can represent a significant amount of money.
- Economic globalisation often requires that individual parts of complex engineered structures are manufactured in different countries. Metrology ensures that these parts fit together when the final system is assembled.
- Human health depends on our ability to make accurate diagnoses requiring measurements, for example determining the level of cholesterol in blood.
- Breath analysers are used to measure alcohol levels in the body.
- Consumers need to trust the volume delivered by a petrol pump.
The main activity of Weights and Measures Administration centres on the verification of the accuracy of weighing and measuring instruments used in trade and business transactions to promote consumer confidence and protection from unwholesome acts.
- Custody and care of Nigeria’s Primary Standards of Measurement of mass and length, which is traceable to the International Bureau of Weights and Measures (BIPM).
- Verification of pre-packed goods such as cement, rice, soap etc for net content
- Issuance of certificate and evaluation of type/pattern approval for manufactured and imported weighing and measuring equipment.
- Represents the country at the international legal metrology forum such as the International Organisation of Legal Metrology (OIML).
- Calibration of volume measuring equipment used at the oil export terminals to ensure that the quantity of oil exported is accurately known.
- Development and implementation of indigenous measures for trade in grains and liquid food items.
- Training and Issuance of certificate of competence for users of weighing and measuring equipment used for trade.
- In the teaching of science subjects in secondary and tertiary institutions
1. FCT Abuja, Room 129 Block G, Old Fed. Sec, Area 1, Garki, Abuja. 08033454917
2. Abia State, No, 9/10 Ojike Lane, Aba. 08069315156
3. Adamawa State, Rm 374, 3rd Floor, Fed. Secretariat Complex, Yola.08034167623
4. Anambra State, No 3, Okoye Uku Close, Former INEC Office, Awka.08038610892
5. Akwa Ibom State, Federal Secretariat Complex, Uyo. 08036196416
6. Bauchi State, Rm 059, Third Floor, Fed. Gov’t Secretariat, Bauchi. 08033001335
7. Benue State, Federal Secretariat Complex, Makurdi. 08057303236
8. Borno State, Room 2055, Federal Government Secretariat, Maidugiri.
9. Cross River State, Federal Secretariat, Calabar. 08037839839
10. Delta State, Federal Secretariat Complex Asaba. 08035414159
11. Edo State, Federal Secretariat Complex, Aduwawa , Benin City. 08036742669
12. Enugu State, Fed. Sec. Complex, Independence Layout, Enugu. 07035394293
13. Imo State, Alvan Shell Camp Premises, Owerri. 08034535788
14. Jigawa State, Federal Secretariat Complex, Dutse. 08033772838
15. Kaduna State, Federal Secretariat Complex, Kaduna. 08037021301
16. Kano State, GP-360 Civic Centre Rd, Near State Min of Agric, Kano.09073736589
17. Katsina State, Federal Secretariat Complex, Katsina. 08034858033
18. Kebbi State, Emir Haruna Rd, Opp. Gamji Comm Bank,Birnin Kebbi.08035904286
19. Kogi State, Old People’s Bank, Kabawa, Lokoja. 08037044400
20. Kwara State, Federal Secretariat Complex, Ilorin. 08033286214
21. Lagos State, Fed Produce Inspection Service, Ijora Olopa, Lagos. 08033490091
22. Niger State, Federal Secretariat Complex, Minna. 08035888480
23. Ogun State, Federal Secretariat Complex, Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta.08035077360
24. Ondo State, Federal Secretariat Complex, Igbatoro Road, akure. 08034268827
25. Osun State, Federal Ministry of Trade & Investment, Aiyetoro Testing Ground, Osogbo. 08033026160
26. Oyo State, Fed Min of Trade & Inves’t, Iddo Gate, Dugbe, Ibadan. 08098703615
27. Plateau State, Federal Secretariat Complex, Secretariat Road, Jos. 08037003155
28. Rivers State, Federal Secretariat Complex, Port Harcourt. 08035846255
29. Sokoto State, Federal Secretariat Complex, Sokoto. 08030639656
30. Yobe State, Federal Secretariat Complex, R/Wing, G/Floor, Gashina Road, Damaturu.
31. Taraba State,No1 Sanni Abacha Sec.Rd, Opp.Trade Complex,Jalingo.08062155559
32. Lagos State (Island Office) 11, kofo abayomi street, Lagos Island 07038886198
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Telephone number: 0704 513 9473