The Nigeria National Accreditation Service (NiNAS) on Thursday joined members of the global community in commemorating the World Accreditation Day by kicking off a nationwide sensitisation campaign on the need for stronger trust-building initiatives for businesses.
World Accreditation Day is a global initiative jointly established by the International Accreditation Forum (IAF) and the International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (ILAC) and has been celebrated on June 9th each year by countries around the world since 2008. The theme this year is “Accreditation: A global tool to support public policy.”
NiNAS, the national accreditation body in Nigeria, was established through the collaboration of the Nigerian Government and the EU-funded National Quality Infrastructure Project, which is implemented by UNIDO.
For the first time, Nigeria through NiNAS, partook in the annual commemoration as an impending member of the IAF and ILAC consortium under the sub-theme “Accreditation: supporting quality and new business opportunities in Nigeria.”
The Chairman of the Board of Trustees of NiNAS, Mr. Dahiru Adamu, in a statement made available to Daily Times, said he was optimistic that the newly-created Nigeria Accreditation Service will use the key elements of accreditation to support quality and new business opportunities in Nigeria.
“This is a remarkable achievement for Nigeria, as the global recognition of the country’s first national accreditation body would bring manifold benefits. An accreditation service operating locally, helps to guarantee that consumers in Nigeria receive better protection from unsafe or poor quality products. In addition, the activities of accreditation will assist Nigerian companies to garner a larger share of global trade through increased exports.
“NiNAS aims to bring all the benefits of accreditation to Nigeria. This year, we are participating in the World Accreditation Day programme for the first time. Alongside our counterparts in countries around the world, we have set up advocacy and sensitisation campaigns using our local business network and also the media to communicate the value of accreditation to the present administration, public institutions, regulators, consumers, leaders of the business community and to our clients: the laboratories. We are very hopeful that this would translate to build trust for trade and thereby the economy of Nigeria,” he said.