Launch of Nigeria National Quality Award 2017
Launch of Nigeria National Quality Award 2017 in Picture
ABUJA, 20 April 2017 – Nigeria launched today its first National Quality Award as part of a United Nations Industrial Development Organization’s (UNIDO) National Quality Infrastructure project, funded by the European Union (EU).
Winners – local businesses and entrepreneurs – will be determined based on a set of criteria derived from the standards issued by the International Organization for Standardization for quality management system requirements (ISO 9001:2015) and for performance improvement (ISO 9004).
The award will emphasize the importance of assuring that goods and services conform to customer requirements and promote an environment for quality. Furthermore, it will stimulate continuous performance improvement for sustained customer satisfaction.
At the launch event, the representative of the EU Delegation to Nigeria, Nadia Cannata, emphasized the benefits of launching the National Quality Award for promoting a quality culture in Nigeria. She pledged EU support for the work of the Quality Award National Committee (QANC) to ensure that the award process is efficient and lasting.
UNIDO Regional Director, Jean Bakole, in his message delivered by his representative, Chuma Ezedinma, noted that the National Quality Award of Nigeria corresponds to the rules and standards of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) on quality awards.
“The National Quality Award is an important catalyst in promoting competitiveness in Nigeria and supporting its drive towards trust for trade, with assured support from UNIDO,” said Bakole.
Any business operating in Nigeria is eligible to apply for an award in one of the three categories, depending on its size. There are also various ‘nominations’, or levels of excellence, with the highest level allowing the winner to compete for a regional award.
Shaukat H. Malik, technical adviser of the National Quality Infrastructure Project, explained that the award committee, QANC, was inaugurated in 2016 and comprises business and public representatives.
The National Productivity Centre (NPC) of Nigeria, the key implementer of the country’s growth and development objectives, will promote the national award. Its director, Kashim Yunusa Akor, called national quality awards “highly prestigious all over the world” and said that they enhance “productivity in the private and public sectors”.
For more information on the Award, visit www.ninqa.org