NACCIMA Urges Quality Awards To Boost Nigerian Products, Services

By Chioma Obinna The first Deputy National President, Nigerian
Association of Chambers of Commerce, Industry,
Mines and Agriculture, NACCIMA, Iyalode Alaba
Lawson, has said that enhancing the
competitiveness of Nigeria’s products and services
in the world market could help the country come out of the present economic recession. Making this assertion at the opening ceremony of
a training programme of Assessors for the Nigeria
National Quality Awards, Lawson said the ongoing
training was in line with the National Quality
Infrastructure Project for Nigeria (NQIP), she
affirmed affirming that Nigeria is toeing the same line with the incoming national quality awards. She said if Nigeria must create the desired
awareness on quality and standards to build
confidence on Nigeria’s goods, every detail must
be considered and taken with utmost importance. The Lead Technical Adviser, UNIDO National
Quality Infrastructure Project, Dr. Shaukat
Hussain, said the objective behind the training was
to train them on assessment techniques so that
they can pass on the techniques to the various
organisations under them. Participants were drawn from personnel of
accredited testing and certification bodies that
have excelled in the first stage of the assessment. These assessors are therefore expected to pass
down the knowledge acquired to the various
manufacturers and service providers which they
accredited and certified with the aim of
entrenching quality culture throughout the
country. Last year 150 people participated, out of which 50
were shortlisted to undergo the assessors training
comprising 25 in Abuja and 25 in Lagos. “This quality awards are very helpful in boosting
the economy of a country, in 1951, Japan was in
recession and boosted their economy, in 1988,
America and EU started this quality awards and
they also boosted their economy, China also used
the same method. So we thought it is the best time for Nigeria to start this quality award through EU
funded project.

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