The Managing Director, Engineering Automation Technology Limited (EATECH), Mr Emmanuel Okon, says the company has bagged the International Organisation for Standardisation and the International Electrotechnical Commission (ISO/IEC )17025:2017 accreditation.
The Nigeria News Agency reports that the accreditation allows the company to calibrate sensitive aviation and oil services equipment in Nigeria, thereby reducing millions of dollars being used in shipping them abroad for the same purposes.
Okon told newsmen on Tuesday in Lagos that the accreditation came after one year of painstaking and rigorous audit by the international standards agencies.
He said that the company’s laboratory, personnel and allied facilities were audited to ensure that they function and align with standards set by the Australian-based International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (ILAC).
“Attaining the accreditation will help the country save millions of dollars lost annually as capital flight in shipping critical and sensitive equipment in the aviation, oil and gas, and power sectors abroad for electrical, pressure, and temperature measurements.
“Before now, there is no laboratory that calibrates aviation and oil services equipment in Nigeria, but with this accreditation, we have provided the solution.
“It will cut down capital flight on equipment calibration abroad, and we have also created an opportunity for jobs and human capital development for Nigerians,” he said.
According to him, the accreditation was spurred by the company’s desire to invest in growing local content in the aviation, oil and gas, power, marine, and manufacturing sectors.
“We are so confident of improving international trade between Nigeria and other countries because test reports and certificates issued by our company can now be accepted anywhere without the need for further testing,” he said.
Okon also commended staff of the company and officials of the Nigerian National Accreditation Service for working assiduously to assist in closing all gaps and eventually getting the accreditation.
Edited by Oluwole Sogunle