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Iyalode Alaba Lawson

To enhance competiveness of Nigerian products in the global market and improve foreign exchange earnings, the Federal Government has commenced the training of national quality assessors across the country.

The training organised by West Africa Quality System Programme (WAQSP) in support of the implementation of the Economic Community of West African States Quality Policy (ECOQUAL) and funded by the European Union was aimed at engendering healthy competitions among manufacturers and service providers.

Speaking at the opening ceremony of a three-day training of the second batch in Lagos, the first Deputy National President of Nigerian Association of Chambers of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (NACCIMA), Iyalode Alaba Lawson said the training of assessors for the national quality policy was necessary if Nigeria would be able to manage its challenges in recession.

Describing it as a landmark achievement towards the overall development of Nigeria, she said, the training is a right decision on the part of the Federal Government because of its immense benefit to the development of the country.

According to her, the integrity of the national quality policy depends to a larger extent on the thorough and expertise delivery of the assessors.“If we must create the desired awareness on quality and standards to build confidence, reliance on Nigeria’s goods and promote healthy competitions among manufacturers and service providers, then every detail must be considered and taken with utmost importance”, she noted.

The NACCIMA boss commended the European Union for funding theproject and the professionalism and commitment of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO in implementing the project.

She also congratulated the participants for their dedication and hard work, which gave them the edge to be selected for the training.In his remarks, the lead Technical Adviser for UNIDO, Dr. Shuakat Malik, said the quality award was launched in 1951, when the Japanese economy was in serious recession as a way of ending recession in that country.

Stressing the importance of quality control, he said it was deployed in 1988 to tackle recession when America and European countries experienced recession.

According to him, quality control helped in boosting both American and European economies,which help them exit recession.“The launch of national quality was aimed at boosting the nation’s economy. The first part of training was done in Abuja and the second batch was being done in Lagos to help organisations create competiveness in the quality of goods produced, which can attract foreign exchange through exports”, he added.


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