Standards Organisation of Nigeria Commemorates World Meteorology Day

Jennifer Inah

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The Director-General of the Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON), Dr. Ifeanyi Okeke says accurate measurement is vital for developing countries including Nigeria.

Dr Okeke who said this while commemorating the World Metrology Day which is annually celebrated on May 20th, explained that metrology affects all aspects of society, enhancing the quality of life and protecting the environment.

He stated that the theme for 2024, “We measure today for a Sustainable Tomorrow,” underscores the critical role of measurement in promoting a sustainable global economy and environment.

Dr Okeke also said metrology influences energy efficiency in industries, resource management in agriculture and forestry, and compliance with environmental regulations.

The Director-General highlighted several benefits of accurate measurements to include; Promoting fair and transparent trade, which can improve economic conditions and reduce poverty, ensuring reliable test and calibration results to enhance health and well-being, developing systems to guarantee access to affordable and clean energy and driving industrial innovation and growth.

He called on stakeholders to uphold their responsibility to safeguard the environment and maintain the effective calibration of measuring equipment, which is essential for economic development.

World Metrology Day marks the anniversary of the signing of the Metre Convention in Paris in 1875, which established a global standard for measurements.

This day celebrates the science of measurement—metrology—which is fundamental to technological and scientific progress.

National Metrology Institutes (NMIs) around the world, including Nigeria, develop and coordinate measurement standards and procedures.

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