ABUJA, 28 March 2014 – A new office that was opened in Abuja today with the support of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) will focus on securing the quality of products manufactured for trade in Nigeria and help strengthen the country’s standards and quality control bodies.
The opening of the National Quality Infrastructure (NQI) Office was attended by the Director General of UNIDO, LI Yong, as well as Federal Government officials and representatives of the European Union Delegation to Nigeria.
The Federal Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Olusegun Aganga, commended UNIDO for supporting Nigeria’s standards and quality policy, and said that Nigeria’s industrial development plan requires that the country stays competitive in terms of standards and has the right policies in place.
The Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Ambassador Abdulkadir Musa, added: “Our intention is not just to satisfy the market we already have, but to expand, and the only way to do this is in cooperation with the UNIDO programme on quality. The better we are the more trade we get because it is a competitive market.”
Director General Li said that “UNIDO is ready to share its expertise and work with the Government of Nigeria in implementing inclusive and sustainable industrial development”. He also thanked the European Union for the dedicated partnership with UNIDO.
Ambassador Michel Arrion, the Head of the EU Delegation to Nigeria and to the Economic Community Of West African States (ECOWAS), said that industrialization was good for Nigeria, the same way it proved to be a positive factor for Europe. “The wealth of Europe was built on industrialization,” he said.
Standards are the formal documents providing compliance requirements for products, processes and services. The science of metrology uses measurements to determine if an object conforms to technical requirements, and also develops systems for absolute and relative measurement. The practice of accreditation endorses the impartiality and competence of conformity assessment services that comply with recognized standards. The testing process determines the properties of a product against the conditions required by a standard. Certifications provide formal evidence after mandatory examinations, that the criteria required by a standard have been met by a product, individual, organization, or service.
For more information, please contact:
Matilda C. Muweme
UNIDO Programme Officer
UNIDO Regional Office in Nigeria