UNIDO calls for genuine investors in Nigeria

David Adekunle & Tunde Akanbi,Lagos

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UNIDO International Expert, Ibrahim Elsayad (first left, standing) with some dignitaries during the media event.

Nigerian Government has been urged to encourage genuine investors and small scale manufacturers with start-up grants as well as window of growth and improve job creation especially among youths.

United Nation Industrial Development Organization, UNIDO International Expert, Ibrahim Elsayad said in Lagos at day 2 of the Media Capacity building for sustainable National Quality Infrastructure project in Nigeria.

Elsayad, while enumerating importance of quality management, highlighted seven principles that can make business survive and thrive in any nation.

The principles includes: customer focus, leadership, engagement of people, process approach, improvement, evidence-based decision making and relationship management.

Creating awareness
National President, Nigeria Union of Journalists, Mr.Waheed Odusile said as important as national quality for infrastructure was so also as its enshrined in the ethics of journalism in Nigeria.

Mr Odusile stressed that the practice of journalism in the nation building cannot be overemphasised

He said that the training has broadened journalists’ brain with a view to replicate it wherever they go and to also create awareness to the general public on the importance of quality products.

Creating wealth
A Lagos based Entrepreneur and Industrialist, Mrs Abimbola Alawode called on the Nigerian Government to emulate the developed countries in terms of assisting small scale entrepreneurs for the nation’s economy to grow and help the society to create more wealth.

Mrs Alawode implored the government to address the issue of epileptic power supply which she observed has frustrated most industrialists.

The industrialist also enjoined the government to enforce the law that established both the National Agency for Food and Drugs Administration and Control (NAFDAC) and Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) for the agencies to adequately monitor fake products been imported or produced locally in the country.

She stressed the need for Nigerians to consume quality food and produce what they consume rather relying on foreign products at the detriment of the nation’s economy.

The workshop was fully funded by European Union in conjunction with the Nigerian government.

Sammie Idika