Quality Award National Committee Holds Fourth Meeting in Kaduna

 

Quality Award National Committee Holds Fourth Meeting in Kaduna

29 - 30 May 2017  -  Kaduna, Nigeria

The fourth session of the Quality Award National Committee held on 29 and 30 May, 2017, in Kaduna. The committee deliberated on the next stages of the Nigeria National Quality Award (NiNQA) which was launched in April, 2017 in Abuja. 

The meeting was facilitated by UNIDO’s National Expert on the Quality Awards, Simeon Umukoro. The committee was updated on the implementation process; and was presented with the 7-person jury member for the Committee’s validation. Motion for validation of the jury members, was moved and carried by all committee members present at the meeting.
At the meeting the Chief Technical Advisor, UNIDO NQIP, Shaukat Malik, gave an overview of the history and importance of national quality awards, globally, highlighting how national awards impacted on countries’ economies like Japan and the USA, especially after periods of recession, through competitiveness. Participants were implored to be “proud of being the first members of the Quality Award National Committee,”  as this will further enhance the quality culture by encouraging excellence, and “improved systems and processes which in turn drives reduced cost of production, rejection rate, and improve trust for trade.”

The UNIDO QA Expert gave a breakdown of the NiNQA rules and criteria and briefed the committee on the categories and levels of applications that have been received from manufacturing and service sector organisations. The analysis of the trend of applications revealed that most applicants from the service sector applied for Level 1, which is associated with “Commitment to Quality” (or the Bronze Award). Major applications from the manufacturing sector were for Level 4, which is associated with Excellence (or Diamond Award). This analysis corroborates the global trend of the absorption of ISO standards being more prevalent in the manufacturing sectors than the service sector globally. The UNIDO QA Expert provided an overview of the West African Quality Awards, which Level 4 (Diamond Award) winners will be eligible to contest in within the region.
The Nigerian National Quality Award is in line with the ECOWAS region approved criteria for national quality awards. The committee reviewed the profile of the jury members; and validated the shortlisted candidates into the 7-person Jury.

On day two of the meeting, the concept and design of the NiNQA trophy was agreed to contain the Niger/Benue River Shield in the Nigeria coat of arms, the replica green bed with the yellow petals of the Costus Spectabilis flower (Nigeria’s national flower), a flowing Nigeria flag, and an eagle with wings spread in embrace of the Nigerian flag positioned on top of the shield, with engraved symbols of wheels of industry and service embossed on top of the three dimensional shield. The whole trophy was agreed to be made of metal and marble.
The committee also discussed institutionalisation of the Award within Federal Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs).

 

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