METROLOGY, KEY TO INDUSTRIAL GROWTH IN NIGERIA – MSN

L-R Engr. Obiora Manafa,
delivering his acceptance speech. Others are Dr. Shaukat Hussain, Chief Technical Adviser, UNIDO; Prof. John Akanya, fmr. Director General, SON and Engr. Isa Abubakar, Weight and Measure Dept. FMITI.

Metrology, the science of measurement, accuracy and traceability has been described as a key component of Nigeria’s industrial growth and economic prosperity.

The pioneer President of the Metrology Society of Nigeria (MSN), Engr. Obiora Manafa made this assertion in his acceptance speech at the inauguration of the Society’s executives in Abuja recently.
According to him, the inauguration of the society and its executives was to further strengthen the National Quality Infrastructure Project in Nigeria stressing that Metrology is an important component of the project.
Engr. Manafa, who is also the Director, National Metrology Institute at the Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) stated that the MSN aims to help develop and improve metrology and calibration activities in Nigeria.
He expressed optimism that the MSN would grow into a reputable professional society that will help to propagate accuracy and traceability of measurements and ensure the rapid growth of metrology services in Nigeria.
The SON Director expressed appreciation to the Society’s members for the confidence reposed in him and promised on behalf of the executives to work assiduously to take the MSN to great heights and relevance in Nigeria and beyond.
The election of officers according to him was to fast track the development and growth of the Society and set the modalities for its smooth take-off.
The inauguration which was facilitated by the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) was attended by representatives from the Standards Organisation of Nigeria, Weights and Measures Department of the Federal Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment, Calibration and Testing Laboratories and Nigerian Universities and Research Institutions among other stakeholders.
The newly elected MSN executives were;
(1) President – Engr. Obiora Manafa – (SON-NMI)
(2) Vice President, Legal Metrology – Engr. Mohammed Sidi (WMD)
(3) Vice President- Industrial Metrology- Mr. Sunday I. Lijofi (Selfa, Lagos)
(4) Vice President- Scientific Metrology- position to be filled later.
(5) Technical Secretary- Engr. Okpeh Williams (SON- NMI)
(6) Financial Secretary- Uvaivi Okwaraeke- (EATECH, Port Harcourt)
(7) PRO- Chimezirim Nkwocha – (Flow Precision Ltd, Lagos).
The Secretariat of the Metrology Society of Nigeria is the National Metrology Institute (NMI), Enugu.
Engr. Obiora Ferdinand Manafa, a COREN registered Mechanical Engineer and Metrologist holds a Bachelor of Engineering (B.Eng.) degree from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka and a Master of Science (M.Sc.) degree in Environmental Management from the Imo State University.
An alumnus of the prestigious Christ the King College (CKC), Onitsha, the new President of MSN holds a Level II American Society for Non-Destructive Testing (ASNT), Professional Certificate in Magnetic Particle Testing; Visual and Optical Testing; Liquid Penetrant Testing and Radiographic Interpretation.
Engr. Manafa is a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), International Interest Review Group; Chairman of the Scientific Metrology of the North, East, West Metrology (NEWMET), a sub-Regional Metrology Organisation in Africa and an Executive member of the Intra-Africa Metrology System (AFRIMETS).
A Lead Assessor for ISO Quality, Environmental and Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems, he is also a Technical Assessor for Laboratory Accreditation to ISO 17025.


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