The UNIDO Chief Technical Adviser, Dr Shaukat Malik has stressed the need to develop quality infrastructure and food quality in Nigeria for local consumption and exports.
Malik disclosed this at a three-day media capacity building for the sustainability of the National Quality Infrastructure Project(NQIP) organized by the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) in Lagos.
He said the media has a great role to play in sustaining quality and creating awareness among the people.
The NQIP for Nigeria supports the development of missing standards and quality control bodies in Nigeria, with the overall objective of improving the competitiveness of Nigerian goods and services.
Veteran journalist and UNIDO publicist, Mrs Moji Makanjuola said that Nigeria should not be seen as accepting mediocrity which seemed to have become a norm in the face of economic challenges in the country.
She also said that there is life beyond oil, and that Nigeria is ripe for trade in other commodities if steps are taken to ensure that quality is not compromised.
“In a recessive mono product economy, it is easy to go with the flow and focus on the available – the only resource for earnings – oil.
“The potential for trade in other commodities has always been huge for Nigeria where everything else is raw material.”
Unfortunately, she adds, Nigeria has the dubious honour of having the highest rate of rejects in exports as confirmed by the Federal Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investments to foreign markets and was losing out in intercontinental trade.
In her goodwill message, the President of the Nigeria Guild of Editors, Mrs Funke Egbemode, stressed the need for Nigerians to support the media with adequate funding, information and capacity building in carrying out authoritative investigative journalism.
She pointed out that the traditional Nigerian media is undergoing many challenges with the advent of the new media hence the need for the media to be supported,disclosing that the guild will support and partner with UNIDO in any project that will improve the capacity of media practitioners.
The President of the guild therefore appealed to media practitioners to pay greater attention at capacity building and described the media as a profit making organisation but stressed the need for them to pay greater attention to their social responsibility of protecting the interest of the nation.
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