Daily Trust (Abuja)

1 December 2012

Nigeria: Manufacturers Tasked On Quality As Nigeria Hosts Maiden Quality Summit

Lagos — Manufacturing companies have been advised to take advantage of the maiden quality summit in Nigeria to update their knowledge and skills on current best practices for increased efficiency.

The Nigerian Quality Summit is a one-day event scheduled to hold on December 6, in Lagos and organised by the Standards Organization of Nigeria (SON) for top executives and business leaders from both the private and public sectors to brainstorm on a better Nigeria through standardization.

SON said the array of resource persons and international experts being assembled for the maiden summit presents huge opportunities for Nigerian manufacturers.

Speaking in Lagos, Dr. Ikem Odumodu, Director General, SON, said the agency in realizing the need to make Nigerian companies more competitive and prepared to play in the global market, has concluded plans to host the first Nigeria Quality Summit with an array of resource persons from developed world and emerging super economies like Malaysia.

"The chief executives of Swedish Standards Institute, Standards Malaysia, South Africa Bureau for Standards, Egyptian Standards Board and Chairman of International Organization for Standardization Committee for Developing Countries ISO DEVCO who is also Director General of Kenya Bureau of Standards had all accepted to speak on various topics with the theme: Less Waste, Better Results - Standards Increase Efficiency," he disclosed.

The Nigeria Quality Summit initiative has the capacity to greatly enhance the systems, processes and management of Nigeria companies, he said, adding that as a facilitative government agency improved quality of life and safety of Nigerians is of paramount importance so the need to encourage Made In Nigeria products and create an enabling environment for Nigerian brands to grow.

"Participants at the Summit will have the opportunity of being exposed to the trade and business secrets of developed Countries like Sweden, Malaysia, South Africa, Egypt as they will hear first-hand success stories and case studies from businesses and leading economies on best business practices that will drive efficiency."

"The ongoing Zero-Tolerance to Substandard Products campaign and the fight against dumping of sub-standard/unsafe products into the Nigerian Market by the Standards Organization of Nigeria will eventually leave a vacuum for companies to fill. However, it is only the Nigerian companies whose systems, processes and Management conform to international standards that will enjoy the immense benefits from this opportunity," he revealed.

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