The Nigeria National Accreditation Service (NiNAS) held its annual Board of Trustees(BoT) meeting in Abuja. Dr. Adamu Dahiru the BoT Chairman while declaring the meeting open express satisfaction with work so far done in ensuring that NiNAS is recognized in Nigeria. He also assured of the board’s full commitment in ensuring that accreditation service in Nigeria would achieve its aims.
The Board members while commending the Management staff for their great effort in ensuring that the mandate of NiNAS is fully deployed in compliant with international best practices also reviewed and endorsed the 2017 10-point agenda with a Theme “BUILDING ON THE SOLID FOUNDATION.” The 10 Point agenda are drawn from the 2017 workplan. The Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Celestine Okanya enumerated the 10 Points to include:
- Full Compliance with all requirements of Corporate Affairs.
- Strengthening the Governance Structure
- Investing on a World Class Information & Computer Technology Infrastructure
- Review and adoption of all draft operational policies
- Capacity Building of all Staff members
- Enrolling Qualified Assessors and conducting needed further trainings.
- Conducting internal and external audit of NiNAS QMS, Policies and Procedure
- Implementing NiNAS media and communication plan
- Implementing an achievable sustainable plan
- Conduct of Pilot Accreditation of Laboratories in Nigeria.
The CEO hinted the readiness of the management of NiNAS in providing quality and affordable accreditation services that meet international standards to Nigeria and the rest of West Africa. He further explained that the huge investment in ICT infrastructure is motivated by the determination of the Management to provide services across economies in West African region.
The Daylong meeting also produced a newly constituted Board of Directors and Accreditation Advisory Committee. The Board ensured that all the stakeholders and partners are considered and accommodated in the constitution of the Board and the committee in line with international best practice. The wide representation also was necessitated by the commitment of NiNAS’s board and management to ensuring the impartiality, objectivity and excellence in her accreditation services.