UNIDO partners NEPC to enhance export product quality

October 22, 2018

The Nigerian Export Promotion Council’s plan to establish Quality Management Training Center (QMT) Centre for exports has received endorsement, with the donation of ICT training equipment and accessories by the United Nations Development Organization (UNIDO).

The event which took place at the Headquarters of NEPC yesterday will make the NEPC Training Centre one of the first of its kind. This will guarantee requisite training of manpower and later certification of Centre by International Register of Certified Auditors (IRCA).

Presenting the training equipment, Dr. Shaukat Malik UNIDO’s Chief Technical Adviser on National Quality Infrastructure Project (NQIP) maintained that with this gesture UNIDO has taken the concrete steps in order to finalize capacity building training for quality and standards of food exports.

According to Malik, “UNIDO has forwarded NEPC’s application for certification of the NEPC Training Center to the Certification Quality Instructor/International Register of Certified Auditors (CQI/IRCA), London. This is the world’s largest international auditor certification organization. The documents which are already accepted would serve as building block for issuance of the training license.

He expressed optimism that IRCA would grant approval to NEPC Training Centre to commence training on various aspects of Quality Management Systems (QMS).

Responding, the Executive Director/CEO, Mr. Olusegun Awolowo, thanked the Chief Technical Adviser, UNIDO/NQIP Mr. Malik, for the equipment and efforts to get the Center certified.

“The Training Center would impact significantly on the entire value-chain of export business processes in Nigeria, and thus stem the tide of export product rejects. More so, the Center would enhance export quality and standards thereby re-positioning Council’s services for global competitiveness”.

The International Register of Certificated Auditors is the world’s original and largest international auditor certification body designed to make industries and businesses more competitive through the implementation of quality principles and practices.