National Quality Infrastructure - NQI Nigeria

National Quality Infrastructure - NQI Nigeria

Supporting entrepreneurship in Nigeria through improved standards

The ISO 9001:2015 implementation has lifted up our standards. The method of training that we conduct now is far ahead of what it used to be previously. We have put in place a management system... We have implemented ISO 9001 in our organisation, it is a continuous process.

Dr Angela Daniel, President, Women Entrepreneurs Association of Nigeria (WEAN).

CONTEXT

Quality Management Systems ISO 9001 is one of the most widely implemented standards globally. In 2013, the number of ISO 9001 certificates was 1 126 460 worldwide, with Nigeria recording only sixty-five, far behind South Africa, Egypt and Tunisia. The EU-funded National Quality Infrastructure Project in Nigeria, implemented by UNIDO, has made significant progress in advancing the training and capacity development of Nigerian Medium, Small and Micro Enterprises (MSMEs) in the area of quality infrastructure (standardisation, accreditation, metrology and certification).

OBJECTIVES

  • To support effective management of trade policy and trade facilitation.
  • To improve business and investment climate in Nigeria.
  • To provide support for the setting-up of a National Quality Infrastructure (NQI).

RESULTS

  • National Quality Policy drafted and presented to the Federal Executive Council for adoption.
  • National Accreditation board established, incorporated and operational.
  • National Metrological Institute undergoing construction in Enugu (75% completion).
  • National Technical Regulation bodies established.
  • Implementing 4 pilots on commodity value chains (dried beans, melon, shea butter and leather).
  • The conduit of excellence developed now adopted by the government inter-ministerial task force on zero rejects of Nigeria exports.
  • Quality Award organised for Nigeria.
  • 162 persons from the organised private sector and government ministries, departments and agencies, were trained in ISO 9001 with a success rate of about 76%.
  • 124 persons have been certified as Lead Auditors and Lead Implementers.
  • 47% report that they have implemented the QMS standard in their organisations.

FACTS AND FIGURES

  • 162 persons from private sector and government organisations, were trained in ISO 9001 with a success rate of about 76%.
  • 124 persons have been certified as Lead Auditors and Lead Implementers.
  • About 47% certified Lead Auditors and Lead Implementers report that they have implemented the QMS standard in their organisations.

PARTNERS

TESTIMONY

WEAN is winning at training women entrepreneurs in Nigeria.

The Women Entrepreneurs Association of Nigeria (WEAN) organisation is one of the beneficiaries of the ISO 9001 training and has begun the process of sharing knowledge through courses facilitated in the organisation's training centre.

WEAN empowers women and young people with skills by facilitating trainings on entrepreneurship and vocational/life skills. The implementation of ISO 9001: 2015 at WEAN has enabled the upgrade of delivery for its training and empowerment programmes.

It has also helped to integrate customer feedback, improve WEAN's organisational structure as well as its processes and job responsibilities.