Goals & Strategy of the National Quality Infrastructure Project for Nigeria (NQIP)
The National Quality Infrastructure Project for Nigeria (NQIP) is in charge of achieving the second objective of the Programme to support Nigeria Competitiveness in Trade and Investment. This project is funded by the EU and implemented by UNIDO in coordination with the Federal Government of Nigeria. The overall objective of the NQIP project, which is one of the three components of the EU private sector Support Programme, is to support the enhancement of the national quality infrastructure. Its purpose is to improve quality, safety, integrity and marketability of Nigerian goods and services and remove technical barriers to trade by having an adequate, effective and sustainable National Quality Infrastructure (NQI) in place, consistent with international and regional principles and practices.
The main beneficiary institutions are the Standard Organisation of Nigeria (SON), Weights and Measures Department of the Federal Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment (FMITI), National Agency for Food & Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), Conformity Assessment Bodies (including private CABs), organized private sector (NACCIMA, MAN, NASME, etc.), Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria (SMEDAN), Nigerian Export Promotion Council (NEPC), Consumers Protection Council (CPC) and Consumer Associations. The project has a total budget allocation of funds which are managed by UNIDO in the amount of EUR 12,080,000 (with a UNIDO contribution of EUR 80,000).
The project was launched on 19 July 2013, with an inception phase, and is expected to conclude in July 2018, with a total project time frame of 60 months. The EU Nigerian Competitiveness Support Programme was launched in Abuja, Nigeria on 27 January 2014. The event was chaired by the Hon. Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment (FMITI), Mr. Olusegun Aganga supported by the European Union Ambassador to Nigeria and ECOWAS Mr. Michel Arrion. The event was jointly hosted by the European Union (EU), the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), represented by Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), it was attended by high-profile representatives from the Government Ministries, Departments and Agencies, multilateral and bilateral development partners, the private sector, and other stakeholder groups.
Expected outcomes The project aims to achieve the following:
- A National Quality Policy (NQP) is promulgated and ensuing legislation for the National Quality Infrastructure (NQI) is improved.
- A National Accreditation Body (NAB) is established in coherence with the West African accreditation system and is internationally recognized.
- A National Metrology Institute (NMI) is developed to ensure calibration of instruments and traceability of measurement to international standards.
- A improved capacity of the Organized Private Sector (OPS) to create and/or support Conformity Assessment Bodies (CABs).
- Improved capacity of Consumer Protection Council (CPC) and the Organized Private Sector (OPS) to raise awareness and promote quality for better consumer protection