NIGERIAN COMPANIES WIN IN THE FIRST EDITION OF ECOWAS QUALITY AWARD

 

NIGERIAN COMPANIES WIN IN THE FIRST EDITION OF ECOWAS QUALITY AWARD

30 June 2017 - Abidjan 

Over 20 awards have been given to companies and personalities who have contributed to the promotion of quality in the region, including three Nigerian companies. The awards were presented at the first edition of the ECOWAS Regional Quality Award, which took place on 30 June 2017, in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire.

The ECOWAS Regional Quality Award is a major component of the ECOWAS Quality Policy – ECOQUAL – established in 2013 by Community Regulation (REG. 17/12/13). This first edition is organised as part of the implementation of the West Africa Quality System Programme (WAQS) funded by the EU and implemented by the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation.

The participating Nigerian companies were the Level 4 National winners of the Nigerian National Quality Award (NiNQA) and were selected for the Regional Quality Award based on their performance during the assessment of the required forty (40) criteria of the Quality Award, by the Regional Lead Assessor of the ECOWAS Regional Quality Award scheme. NiNQA is a component of the National Quality Infrastructure project for Nigeria (NQIP). The NQIP is funded by the EU and implemented by UNIDO.

Companies were assessed by category: A (large), B (medium) and C (small) companies. Within each category, awards were presented for Excellence, as well as four Special Awards for Leadership, Product Development, Resource Management and Stakeholder Orientation.

In the ‘C’ category, Clina Lancet Laboratory Ltd, won the paramount award – the Excellence Award; and earned the award for the best Female-Run Organisation in the region in its category.  The “B” category company that emerged as winner in the second category is Zaika Foods Ltd, receiving a trophy for best Product Innovation in the Region. PZ Cussons earned the Leadership Award in the “A” category being the most conformed organisation with respect to the award criteria which is based on ISO9001:2015 and ISO 9004 quality management systems.

In addition, honorary awards were presented to personalities and institutions for their actions in promoting quality in West Africa. Diplomas of Honour were presented to the trade ministers of all fifteen participating countries, including the Hon. Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment of the FGN, Okechukwu Enelamah.

For the full list of winners, and, to follow up on the event, see:
The NQIP website on www.nqi-nigeria.org; the NiNQA website on www.ninqa.org; Facebook: www.facebook.com/NationalQualityInfrastructure4Nigeria/; and Twitter: @UNIDO_NQI_Naija

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