Govt committed to full implementation of Nigerian national quality policy, says Aboloma
The Federal government has restated its commitment to fully implement the Nigerian National Quality Policy (NNQP) recently set up to create awareness in ensuring seamless improvement in the nation’s export products.
The Director-General of NNQP, Osita Anthony Aboloma, disclosed this yesterday in Abuja while fielding questions from journalists on the importance of the policy to national economy and development.
According to the Director-General, NNQP is set-up to guild the development, implementation, coordination and rationalisation of the national quality infrastructure through the National Quality Council, which drew members from stakeholders, adding that the organisation is now domiciled in the Presidency with powers to coordinate other policies in public and private sectors including, the Standard Organisation of Nigeria (SON), Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN), Small and medium Scale Enterprises (SMES), the Nigerian Export Promotion Council (NEPC), among others.
The NNQP boss said the move would further enhance trust and acceptability of the nation’s products and services at international markets, having gone through necessary calibration, certification and conformity assessment.
He said: “The NNQP, I believe when fully implemented, shall see Nigeria benefitting from our free trade arrangements both at the ECOWAS community and the African Continental Free Trade Area.
“Nigeria is, therefore, committed to strengthen and upgrade the national standardisation system, regulatory framework, accreditation and certification in order to facilitate production, trade, increase export, accelerate economic development and protect health and safety of the customers, protect the environment and improve quality of imported products through well-defined legislation of the quality infrastructure.”
He assured that the nation would soon begin to do what is called gap-analysis, which involves gathering data from every laboratory that exists in the country be it government or privately-owned.
“Very soon we shall embark on a national discuss advocacy across the country to brainstorm on how the NNQP affects the manufacturers, exporters, importers, ordinary persons on the streets and even the retailers,” he added.
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