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UNIDO, SON To Implement National Quality Infrastructure

Posted: May 22, 2015 at 12:35 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

The representative of United Nation Development Organisation (UNIDO), Shaukat Malik, has disclosed that Standard Organisation of Nigeria (SON) and UNIDO have started the implementation of the National Quality Infrastructure (NQI) for Nigeria project. The project would cost 12million euro.

The project, which would be funded by the European Union (EU) is aimed to support the improvement of standards and quality control agencies in order to advance the quality of products and services in Nigeria.

He stated this at the 2015 World Metrology Day with the theme “Measurement in National Development” organised by SON in Lagos.

Malik said the project would boost the competitiveness of the country’s private sector and ensure the protection of its consumers.

“We recognised that the increasing importance of metrology within globalised markets puts more emphasis on the link between costs and quality, quantity and trade,” he said.

The UNIDO Representative noted that without the use of metrology, the simplest of transactions might be open to abuse as it then becomes difficult to regulate trade.

Malik explained that the UNIDO through its NQI project would finalise strategic activities to support the metrology towards international recognition.

In his opening, Director-General, SON, Dr Joseph Odumodu, said the establishment of the National Metrology Institute would help the country to boost her export base by providing the required confidence and reliability in the export of goods.

According to Odumodu, the establishment of the institute would eliminate the incidence of inaccurate and short measures in trade, manufacturing, export and import activities in the country

He stated that apart from ensuring improved health standard of the citizenry, it would also ensure safe environment by providing accuracy in measurements.

His words: “Metrology, which is the science of measurements, is key to achieving 30 Gross Domestic Product for the manufacturing sector.

? “If Nigeria is interested in giving manufacturing 30 per cent; if we want to diversify and fight corruption; if we want to identify the number of barrels of oil we sell in a day, we must identify SON’s metrology,”.