Port-Harcourt - Mr Abeng Ovat, an official of the Federal Ministry of Trade and Investment, has announced the sealing of a construction firm, PRODECO, in Port Harcourt for violating a federal law.
Ovat, the Coordinator of Weights and Measures Department of the Ministry in Port Harcourt, said that PRODECO was sealed for “non compliance with Section 17 of the Weight and Measures Act, 2004``.
He told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Port Harcourt on Friday that PRODECO was sealed to serve as deterrent to others.
``PRODECO is sealed for contravening Section 17 (a) and (b) of the Weight and Measures Act, 2004’’, he said.
Ovat said that the sealing of PRODECO was in line with his department’s mandate.
He decried the level of decadence and malpractices in the trade and investment sector, which he said, had become the bane of the country’s economic, trading and commercial growth.
Ovat alleged that many companies like PRODECO were operating without Certificate of Verification.
``The enforcement of the laws of the country must be carried out without fear or favour,`` he said.
The coordinator warned that similar punitive measures would be meted out to companies that failed to comply with the law.
Mr Paul Itulua, Consultant for the Implementation of Legal Metrology in Nigeria (ILMN), said that the sealing of PRODECO was in conformity with the government’s Transformation Agenda.
He said that Ovat had the responsibility of ensuring transparency, accountability and ethical trade practices in line with international standards.
Itulua advised all companies in the state to cooperate with him.