Stories by Victor Ahiuma-Young
THE issue of decent work has become part of global industrial relations practice.
Few days ago, when the Nigeria Employers’ Consultative Association, NECA, announced the successful accreditation of NECA, Global Certification Limited, NGCL, an indigenous global certification body to enhance global competitiveness, NECA also assured of decent work in its operations.
Announcing the birth of NGCL at a briefing in Lagos, NECA Director-General designate, Mr. Timothy Olawale, said NGCL had been internationally accredited as the first indigenous certification body in Nigeria to provide certification and training services for companies locally and internationally.
He informed that NGCL certification was achieved in collaboration with the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation, UNIDO.
According to him, NGCL had successfully gone through the process of international accreditation and set to add value to the Federal Government-approved National Quality Infrastructure Project, NQIP, launched in 2014.
He informed that before now, Nigerian companies seeking international certification would do so outside Africa or Egypt through the Egyptian Accreditation Council, EGAC, a recognised member of International Accreditation Federation, IAF.
Olawale said: “But with NGCL, Nigerian companies can secure their accreditation locally. NGCL has been internationally accredited as the first indigenous certification body to provide certification training services for companies locally and internationally.” The Director-General designate listed some of the benefits of the accreditation of NGCL to include “Continual improvement of business management systems processes, Business growth through improved productivity and profitability, Assurance and confidence in the quality of goods and services further to certification by an accredited third party organisation, Marketability of goods and services, Compliance with statutory and regulatory authorities.”
While stressing that “NGCL is poised to promote quality, remove technical barriers to trade and advance economic growth through Certification and Training,” Mr Olawale added: “We assure all stakeholders and organised businesses that we will champion quality through Certification and Training on ISO 9001: 2015 QMS and other Standards. We thank the EU and UNIDO as this is a step towards enhancing NECA’s role in enterprise growth and furthering our age-long practice of encouraging excellence, promotion of decent work and global best practice.”
Contributing, UNIDO’s Technical Adviser, Mr Shaukat Hussain, said the international body was interested in better standards of Nigerian companies and products.
Represented by Mr Rotimi Olaoluwa, Lead Consultant, ISO 9001: 2015, Hussain noted that the project would be a robust business strategy to boost investment.
Similarly, Chief Executive Officer of NGCL, Mrs Celine Oni, said businesses needed to align with emerging trends in global marketplace. She pointed out that the implementation of the ISO standards in business had brought about improved efficiency and effectiveness of processes as well as adherence to regulatory and statutory requirements.