STANDARD BUREAU ENGAGES TEXTILE AND MEAT SELLERS ON MEASUREMENT
By Solomon Rogers PRO-SLSB
In an innovative drive to introduce metrics weight and measurement system in the transaction of textile and meat, the Sierra Leone Standard Bureau has today Tuesday 15th June,2021 convened a consultative meeting with textile and meat sellers at it Headquarters Wahman Abu Compound Kelcy Street Ferry junction Freetown.
The rationale behind this engagement is in preparedness of the implementation of global metrics system aimed at shifting away from the obsolete system of yards and pounds to enhance value for money across the board.
The meeting was not only interactive but highly inclusive and participatory in which opportunities were accorded to the various stakeholders to give their genuine opinions on the unfolding process.
Representatives from the textile traders Osman Bah and a Butcher man Pa Bangura acknowledged the relevance of transforming measurement system but expressed the need for wider consultation with their entire membership , without which some of their members will object to any change.
Osman Bah raised concern of mismatch in the measurement of roll of textile bought from the manufacturing industry.
The Secretary General of Butcher union Saidu Jalloh maintained that their customers are accustomed to pound and not kilograms.
The Executive Director of Sierra Leone Standard Bureau Professor Tom Yormah in a swift response said Sierra Leone will not be left out in the global development, adding that such issue requires quality checking to determine the accepted standard measurement.
He acknowledged the fact that the initial implementation would be characterized with huge challenges but expressed optimism that his Office will collaborate with the Central Government to scale up public awareness and education for the benefit of everyone.
The Manager of Metrology at Standard Bureau Mr. Frank Martin buttressed his Boss stating that traders should be ready to adjust to changes.