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Nigeria: EU releases 12m Euro to support the National Quality infrastructure
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By Theo Adegoke
August 19, 2014 00:24:13am GMT      |      Views: 1014
Olusegun Aganga

WorldStage Newsonline-- The European Union on Monday released 12 million euro to support the enhancement of the National quality infrastructure, with a purpose to improve quality,  safety, integrity and marketability of Nigerian goods and services, and to remove technical barriers.

The Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment Olusegun Aganga who is the Chairman National Quality Infrastructure Project disclosed this during the project steering committee inaugural meeting in Abuja, stating that the committee is composed of 14 members.

The members are: Federal Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment,  European Union,  UNIDO, SON, NAFDAC, Weight and Measures department, Consumer Protection Council,  Manufacturing Association of Nigeria,  SMEDAN,  NACCCIMA, MASME, NEPC, National Planning Commission, Nigerian Customs.  Two Vice Chairman,  for private and public sector.

Aganga said, "12 million euro has been made available to support national quality infrastructure in the country,   this is the first time in Nigeria we are having a holistic industrial revolution plan. The project has a life span of four years. this is the only way we can diversify our economy.

"There is no way we can industrialize if we do not look at areas of competitiveness, and one of the ways to achieve this is access to affordable finance. We are seriously tranforming the Industrial Training Fund ITF,  this is tilted towards skills acquisition. We want to ensure a regular survey, identify the gap today and prepare for the future.

"For 50years Nigeria got away without proper standardization,  that is why Nigeria is what it is today. We still have not been able to export our goods into other countries,  our biggest obstacles is meeting with international standards. 

" I believe that sectoral policies should be backed by law, and driven by institutions. There has been lack of coordination and standard policies have not been in place.  It is equally important that we start seeing results as quickly as possible.

The UNIDO Representative,  Nigeria AND ECOWAS,  Patrick Kormawa said “Nigeria has been experiencing trade imbalance during the past years as a result of increase in import of goods some of which were of very poor quality. Nigeria has a nascent industry that requires support to improve the quality of its products.

“Nigeria lacks an international recognised quality infrastructure in order to ensure safety,  integrity and marketability of goods and services. “

The Head of the European Union delegation to Nigeria and ECOWAS,  Amb. Michel Arrion said quality was important in the overall competitiveness in Nigeria.

“Quality is not about price, it is about value for money, competition is about quality, while having value for money is protecting consumers.  We want to help Nigeria develop quality products by industries,” he said. 

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