UNIDO Trains Media on National Quality Infrastructure Project

The Unite Nations Industrial Development Organization, UNIDO for four years now has been working hard to improve Nigeria goods and services at local and international market through the National Quality Infrastructure Project for Nigeria, NQIP.

UNIDO through the European Union funding has also embarked on food safety campaign in many states of Nigeria.

The reason for this is to ensure food safety in the federation. There has been positive result from these efforts as stakeholders in food chain are not left out in the campaign. Few months ago, the launching of National Quality Award was aimed at promoting the culture of business excellence in Nigeria and West African region

To actualise this project in Nigeria come July, 2018 UNIDO embarked on a three day media capacity building for  the sustainability of the National Quality Infrastructure Project training in Lagos. The training brought together journalists from both print and electronic.

In an address the UNIDO NQIP Technical Advisor, Dr.Shaukat Malik said the project which started in 2014 was aimed at enhancing the quality of Nigeria products. Dr. Malik said the certification of these products is essential to enable Nigeria penetrate the international market.

He said if any food is not safe for consumption in Europe or any part of the world, it is not safe in Nigeria also hence the training for media workers.

Speaking, the President of Nigeria Guild of Editors, Funke Egbemode aid that the organization will support UNIDO to achieve its objective.

She said they need all support to enable them investigate stories, but where it is lacking the task might be difficult.

The Lagos state NUJ chairman, Dr. Qasim Akinreti stressed the importance of capacity building, adding that journalists play important role in educating the public. He commended the organisers of the programme for the wonderful outing.

The UNIDO publicist, Moji Makinjuola while speaking on the objective of the training said the potential on other trades than oil has been huge in Nigeria.

She said Nigeria is losing out in the intercontinental trade but urge journalists as vanguards of quality to strive for translation of Nigeria to better life. She further said Europe wants Nigeria beans, melon, yam etc.

Another UNIDO NQIP expert, Stephen Cross said Nigeria does not have recognized accreditation system which is the reason why her products are rejected at international market, but disclosed that Kenya, Ethiopia, Egypt, South Africa and Tunisia goods and services are recognized.