Egyptian council accredits NECA training body to boost firms’ competitiveness
The Nigeria Employers’ Consultative Association’s Global Certification Limited (NGCL) has been accredited as the first indigenous certification body in Nigeria to provide certification and training services for companies locally and internationally by the Egyptian Accreditation Council (EGAC).
This is in line with the National Quality Infrastructure Project (NQIP) objectives with technical support from United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO), aimed to support the development of missing Standards, quality control bodies and to encourage improvement of quality of products and services exchanged in the Nigerian markets.
The Director General Designate of NECA, Timothy Olawale, said that with the establishment of NGCL and its accreditation as a certification body, NECA assured Nigeria of better access to certification of management systems, standardization, enhanced business competitiveness and removal of technical barriers to global trade.
According to him, the accreditation came at a time when the focus of the government is on diversification from the oil sector and the promotion of exports from other sectors.
He said: “This major milestone will enhance business competitiveness, impact the quality infrastructure landscape in Nigeria and break barriers to global trade, as standardization of management systems and processes builds global customer confidence that products and services are safe and reliable.
“NGCL is poised to promote quality, remove technical barriers to trade and advance economic growth through Certification in accordance with ISO 9001: 2015 and Training various courses.”Olawale said that the implementation of ISO Standards in business, improves efficiency and effectiveness of processes as well as adherence to regulatory and statutory requirements.
Representative of Implementers of the project, UNIDO, Rotimi Olaoluwa said having a certification body in Nigeria is a huge achievement, adding that with a robust ISO system, the scheme would work for low scale businesses and multinational.
The Chief Executive Officer of NGCL, Celine Oni, who said the certification process has kicked off, said with the support from accreditation bodies, lead auditors technical experts on quality and certification, Nigeria can certify businesses within and outside the country.
She added: “We are in full scheme and expect we keep working with more companies in Nigeria and cover more grounds until we make our businesses very competitive and acceptable international.”