Nigeria: PIB – “Nigeria May Lose Membership in the Metrology Community”
The Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB), once signed, will remove Nigeria from the International Organization of Legal Metrology (OIML), an international platform for regulation, weighing and measurement in every sector of the national economy.
This was announced by the Chairman / CEO of Nigerco Industries Nigeria Limited, Eng. Yabagi Yusuf Sani, during a forum of Legal Metrology Experts over the weekend in Abuja.
Closely. Sani said the PIB had undermined the weighting and measurement functions of the Department of Industry, Trade and Investment and entrusted this to the proposed Nigeria Petroleum Commission in the same bill in violation of the Constitution, other laws and international best practices.
He said the bill intends to take over the following functions from his weights and measures department: verification, fiscalization, calibration and certification of all gauges used in the petroleum industry.
In addition, the draft law is intended to take on the function of determining the quantities of mineral oil and gas products for trading purposes and issuing type approvals for measuring instruments in the mineral oil industry.
“The existing Department of Weights and Measures is Nigeria’s representative in the OIML. The PIB aims to rightly remove Nigeria from membership in this international platform,” he said.
He said the creation of the NPRC in Part 2, Paragraph 4 gives the commission excessive, exclusive power that is contrary to global best practices and the spirit of fairness, transparency and accountability that the PIB is intended to enthrone.
He said that some provisions of the PIB violated the provisions of Item 65 Exclusive List, Second Appendix of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria; the Weights and Measures Act 2004 and the Pre-Shipment Inspection for Export Act CAP S.25 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2004.