Officials from the Weights and Measures Department in Nigeria’s Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment have commenced inspection of fuel stations across the oil-rich Bayelsa state in the Niger Delta region.
Mr Okechukwu Ejiofor, Assistant Director, Weights and Measures Department in the Ministry, said that the exercise was aimed at correcting irregularities in the quantity of products sold to the public.
According to Ejiofor, who is also the team leader, the surveillance exercise was to create awareness amongst Nigerians on the accurate quantity of product dispensed at the exact price.
He explained that the mandate of the department was different from that of the Petroleum Resources also known as DPR, which inspects for adulteration products in the Oil and Gas sector.
“At Astom filling station in Opolo, Isaac-Boro express-way, we sealed three pumps, while at Total station along Palm Express Road, two pumps were also sealed until they comply with the Weights and Measures act.
“One, they do not have Certificate of Verification; their metres are under dispensing. We have also inspected the NNPC mega station at Berger junction, the eight pumps at the station are dispensing accurately,” stated the team leader.
He further explained that the Weights and Measures inspects other products besides oil and gas:
“We inspect rice, soft drinks, all foods and beverages as well as cement to ensure that the quantity packaged does not exploit customers.”
Uchendu Ukachi, a Supervisor at the NNPC mega station commended the Nigerian Government for steps to ensure that the people were not exploited by greedy merchants.
He advised, “I urge my colleagues in the oil and gas business to desist from pump adjustment and support the efforts of Nigerian Government to serve the people satisfactorily.”
Amaka E. Nliam