National Quality Policy Document Published!
As the globalization of the markets continues with its relentless pace and as it is shaped by technological developments, more and more governments are carefully reconsidering the overall arrangement of their national quality infrastructure. This is happening because enterprises in the developing economies in particular face daunting challenges in accessing markets in the more developed economies. Apart from challenges faced in logistics, financial and management issues, one of the main impediments is the attainment of demonstrable product and/or service quality demanded by major players in the markets as well as the regulatory authorities. Thus in order to attain the acceptance by foreign markets, Nigeria’s industry needs to have access to an internationally recognized, but supportive national quality infrastructure that can provide the required independent evidence of product compliance.
The low quality of made-in- Nigeria goods has been a recurrent challenge in Nigeria’s drive towards industrialization. Also, the widespread use and application of sub-standard products and services in the local market is a serious threat to the health and safety of its consumers. There is no comprehensive Quality Policy to ensure supply of safe and quality products in the market. An urgent need to protect the rights of the consumers and establish a strong and effective regulatory mechanism using accredited laboratories, certification bodies and inspection agencies to control the use of sub-standard products and services in the market is therefore, considered essential.
Recognizing these realities the Federal Government of Nigeria, through this policy framework, seeks to re-engineer the quality infrastructure to achieve the national economic plans and to determine the proper division of the responsibilities through a National Quality Policy to facilitate trade, enhance export, accelerate sustainable economic development beneficial to all, and protect environment, health and safety of the consumers.
The National Quality Policy which will propel the development of global best practice, quality infrastructure in Nigeria is in sync with the underlying philosophy of the Nigeria vision 2020 and the current administration transformation agenda central on creating an enabling environment for private sector led inclusive growth.