In an effort to institute the culture of quality in both products and organizations in the country, the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) has launched the first Nigeria National Quality Award.
The award cuts across all organizations- both private and public in the country.
Speaking at the formal launch in Abuja, yesterday, the UNIDO Lead Technical Adviser, National Quality Infrastructure (NQS) Project in Nigeria, Dr. Shaukat Malik, disclosed that the award will help the country produce quality leadership, hence improve the economy.
The award he noted will also enable the country produce quality culture and quality management.
Explaining further, he said: “The award is creating the quality culture in the country and through the award the quality of the products and organizations are being improved, productivity are being improved, costs are being reduced and the enterprises are getting the competitive advantage.”
He argued that the award will transform the fortune and dramatically boost the economy of the country, because according to him: “there are proven facts that quality awards always boost the economy. It is a proven fact that Japan has started this quality award in 1951 and still they are continuing because they know that it is supporting their economy. The US award started in 1988 but still they are continuing based of the fact that it is supporting their economy.”