The Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Niyi Adebayo, says the Federal Government will, henceforth, sanction depot owners and oil marketers who contravene the provisions of the Weights and Measures Act 2004.
Adebayo issued the warning yesterday during a meeting with the Major Oil Marketers Association of Nigeria (MOMAN), and the Petroleum Product Depot Owners Association (PPDOA), in Lagos.
Adebayo, represented by a Director, Department of Weights and Measures, in the Ministry, Hassan Ejibunu, said it was the department’s responsibility to ensure that the instruments used for trade, oil and non-oil are fit for trade transactions.
According to him, this is with the ultimate aim of preventing the short changing of both the sellers and the buyers, by ensuring transparency, equity and fairness.
For this reason, the department carries out the verification and certification of the equipment used in dispensing oil at the terminals and the different sales’ outlets of petroleum products.
He advised the marketers and depot owners to cooperate with the inspectors from the ministry whenever they visit their business premises to carry out their statutory duties, which is for the common good of all.
It will be necessary for me to urge all to ensure that all your weighing and measuring equipment are in conformity with the provisions of the Weights and Measures Act at all times.
Adebayo said: “It will be necessary for me to urge all to ensure that all your weighing and measuring equipment are in conformity with the provisions of the Weights and Measures Act at all times.
“You are also to ensure prompt payment of the statutory fees after the verification of the equipment to ascertain they are good and fit for use for trade.
“I will like to, at this juncture, re-emphasise the ministry’s position of not condoning acts of indiscipline on the part of its officials and any official found wanting will be disciplined in line with the extant rules and regulations of government.
“Similarly, any organisation that contravenes the Provisions of the Weights and Measures Act will be sanctioned accordingly.”
He commended MOMAN and PPDOA for their giant strides in ensuring the growth of the oil and gas with their huge investments in the sector.
Adebayo added that their sustained collaboration with the ministry would help move the sector forward in the overall interest of the nation.
On his part, the Chairman of MOMAN, Olumide Adeosun, represented by Kingsley Ojimba, the Technical Officer of MOMAN, said the association is committed to a viable petroleum industry.
He said that MOMAN would work with the Weights and Measures Department to make the ease of doing business better in Nigeria.