Governor – Akwa Ibom State 400M Annual Capacity Syringe Factory Largest In Africa. The ongoing Jubilee Syringe Manufacturing factory in Akwa Ibom state is targeted at manufacturing 400 million syringes yearly. In line with the policy of Governor Udom Emmanuel’s administration to enhance capacity and manpower development, ten graduates in different engineering programmes from the state have been sent on a technology transfer scheme in Europe.
Emmanuel who announced these during this month’s Government House Prayer meeting at the Latter House Chapel of Government House, said the upcoming engineers departed Friday night for training in Vienna, to specialize in the production of several hospital consumables, one of which is the syringe.
Photo: Governor Emmanuel Udom
He said so far, the biggest syringe factory in Africa which manufactures 95 million syringes a year is in South Africa and revealed that eight production lines for the Akwa Ibom – located factory had already been shipped and were expected to arrive the state by the second week of next month.
“We have seen something very special in Vienna, where you pick up some engineering youths of between 18 and 53 and make them come up with some engineering designs,”
he said, adding that he was going to bond them to discourage anyone from absconding after the programme.
He lamented the slight setbacks recorded in his industrialization programme last year which were a result of the foreign exchange crises, saying,
“we planned at N198 and N200 to a dollar, but the dollar went for above N500 and that shortened our plans. Even investors were reluctant to bring money into the economy, but by the special Grace of God, the economy is picking up and most of those things will stabilize.”
The governor expressed the belief that with a lot of activities he had scheduled for between now and the third quarter of the year, more employment opportunities will be opened for the people of the state.
The governor urged stakeholders in the state to sensitize their people to support government investments and desist from acts capable of scaring away investors from their respective communities.
“Tell your youths in that there is no way one can make an omelet without breaking the egg, the land they have will remain valueless except we create value from it.”
He called on youths to desist from actions that would compel government to use force in executing projects in their areas, warning that he would not hesitate to relocate any project being antagonized, to another area.
He announced that consultants for the Coconut plantation and refinery project were currently in the state to inspect the coconut plantation and advise the government appropriately.
On the hitherto flooded portion of Nsikak Eduok Avenue close to Oron road, the governor said the commercial tricycle operators who usually washed their tricycles in the stagnant water, were disappointed recently after a heavy downpour when they realize that the water was nowhere to be found.
He said while it was expensive to channel the pool of water underground, his government had to make sacrifices that would make the state a choice destination.
Emmanuel stated that the only flood being experienced in the State capital was at the Babangida Avenue axis, and assured that his government was partnering with the World Bank to put an end to the challenge.
The governor, who also reiterated his resolve to remodel Eket and Oron, said the challenges of drainage in the two coastal towns were currently being tackled.
Nigeria is taking a jab at the global and African syringe export market, as the N15billion ($35million) Jubilee Syringe Manufacturing (JSM) Company roles out its set of products next month (September). Jubilee Syringe Manufacturing Company which sits on a 40,000 square meter (sqm) land area in Onna Local Government of Akwa Ibom State, will be commissioned in September will be commissioning an Electric Metering Assembly Plant –Metering Solutions Manufacturing Services Limited, in the state the same day.
The estimated 350 –400 million syringes production per annum which Jubilee intends to start up with in Nigeria, far overshoots that of a company in South African Company which has a production capacity of 93 million, thereby making Jubilee Syringe the largest syringe manufacturing company on the entire African continent.
The global disposable syringe market is expected to reach $7.5billion (N2.6trillion) in 2022 according to Transparency Market Research. Disposable syringes are the most consumed medical devices in the world. An estimated 39 billion units were sold in 2013, with market value of approximately $4.93billion. The disposable syringes market has been segmented into two major types: safety syringes and conventional syringes.
With projected annual earnings of about $15million (N5.5billion), Jubilee Syringe Manufacturing Company hopes to initially take 500 Nigerian youths off the congested labour market, with further commitment to grow the numbers. The company’s position is to increase the ratio of its Nigerian labour force to 80percent, while 20percent goes to expatriates. The company had sent 12 Nigerians to Istanbul, Turkey, for advance training on key areas of injection machines. These 12 Nigerians were trained in the operation of Injection Moulding Machines, Maintenance of Moulds and Quality Control.
Zubeyir Gulabi, managing director, Jubilee Syringe Manufacturing Company, while conducting investment journalists round the factory, ahead of its commissioning, said the multimillion dollar investment was attracted into Nigeria, following the efforts of Akwa Ibom State government at various levels, to encourage foreign investors.
Gulabi said the company’s take-off success was further boosted by Akwa Ibom State Government’s commitment to improved security for people and businesses, simplified land allocation processes, and the Turkish investors’ readiness to leverage Nigeria’s growing market.
Jubilee Syringe Manufacturing factory is a 100 percent private investment, with the support from Akwa Ibom State Government in the area of good governance and economic policies, land used for the factory and the security of investment.
Gulabi said the investors’ stake and speedy execution of the project, define their readiness to encourage other foreigners who are still weighing entry into the Nigeria market.
In the investment and industry subsector, the Governor Emmanuel Udom led state economy has witnessed among others, the establishment of a toothpick and pencil industry; establishment of a syringe manufacturing company; establishment of an electric metering assembly plant, revitalisation of Peacock Paint Limited, investment in Coconut Plantation/Refinery, training of 45 youth on roofing and ceiling sheet manufacturing, in collaboration with Onna Youth Association, both of whom have partnered Eternit Nigeria Limited in the training.
Before now, Nigeria has been losing huge Foreign Exchange (FX) through the importation of some of these products which will now be substituted on take-off.
Charles Udoh, commissioner for information and strategy, told reporters that within two years, the Akwa Ibom State Government has changed the narrative of empty campaign promises, with a paradigm shift to promises made and promises delivered. He said the governor has set himself apart by delivering sustainable democratic dividends beyond expectations, to the people, despite dwindling resources, due to prevailing economic recession in the country. Some of the delivered projects cut across roads and infrastructure, education, industrialisation, salaries and entitlements, agriculture, rural development, health, and youth empowerment and capacity building.