UNIDO advocates sustainable national quality infrastructure in Nigeria

David Adekunle & Tunde Akanbi, Lagos

R-L: President, Guild of Editors,Mrs Funke Egbemode,Chairman Lagos NUJ, Dr.Qasim Akinreti, UNIDO Chief Technical Adviser, Dr.Shaukat Malik, Mr.Stephen Cross,UNIDO Consultant,Mrs Moji Makanjuola and Rep.of Nawoj president, Veronica Ogbole at the event.

United Nations Industrial Development Organization, UNIDO has advocated for the sustainability of the national quality infrastructure project in Nigeria.

The Organization’s Chief Technical Adviser, Dr. Shaukat Malik made the call at the Opening of a 3-day Media Capacity Building in Lagos.

Speaking on the theme “Evolving Quality Culture for Media professionals within the context of quality in Nigeria trade and industry sector” Dr.Malik stressed the need to develop quality infrastructure and food quality for local consumption and exports.

While tasking media for more awareness on national quality infrastructure, he identified five components to be considered for the sustainability of the quality infrastructure in Nigeria trade and industry sector.

The components include; National Quality policy, National Accreditation body, National Metrology Institute, Organized Private Sector and Consumer Protection and Association.

Capacity Building

The President of the Nigeria Guild of Editors, Mrs Funke Egbemode called on Nigerians to support the media with adequate funding, information and capacity building in carrying out authoritative investigative journalism.

According to her, funds are rarely available for the media to perform their constitutional responsibilities as they presently operate under a difficult terrain.

Mrs Egbemode observed that the traditional Nigerian media is undergoing a lot of challenges with the advent of the new media hence the need for the media to be supported.

She gave the assurance 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 though stressed the need for them to pay greater attention to their social responsibility of protecting the interest of the nation.

The National President of National Association of Women Journalists ( NAWOJ) Mrs Ifeyinwa Omowole who was represented by a National officer of the Union , Mrs Veronica Ogbole commended UNIDO for organizing  a capacity building training for media practitioners in the country and said NAWOJ has also keyed into such programmes where workshops and seminars were organised on gender equality and safety for her members and gender sensitive reporting .

The Lagos State Chairman of the Nigeria Union of Journalists ( NUJ). Dr. Qasim Akinreti , who enumerated four cardinal programmes of his administration, stressed the need for the media to embark on various training programmes for them to build themselves and be abreast about happenings in their environment and other professions as mirrors of the society.

Dr. Akinreti called on journalists to continue to make themselves relevant in capacity building as there is life after the newsroom.

He also gave the assurance that Lagos council will work with various Organisations to grow the journalism profession and challenged media practitioners to look into the possibility of acquiring the moribund Nigerian Newspaper Manufacturing Company, Oku Igboku to boost the newspaper industry in Nigeria.

Commenting on the workshop, a veteran broadcaster and consultant with UNIDO, Mrs Moji Makanjuola noted that journalists need to train and retrain themselves to be able to report news from the point of knowledge.

The programme was co-sponsored by European Union and Federal government of Nigeria.