A N250million packaging factory is to be built at the Murtala Mohammad Airport Lagos by Free On Board (FOB) Goods and logistics in partnership with the Nigerian Aviation Handling Company (NAHCO) and other international partners.
The factory is aimed at building what is called Brand Nigeria, which means any item, any shipment that is leaving the shores of Nigeria must be properly labeled, properly packed so that the produce, the producer, and the nation would be showcased on the international shores.
Chief executive, FOB, Mr. Oluwajimi Adebakin, who disclosed this to reporters in an interview yesterday said, discussions were at its final stage with NAHCO towards the commencement of the packaging project as the site has already been secured.
He explained that, the brand Nigeria project which he described as a national assignment was being embarked on to ensure that products exported from Nigeria met international standards through proper labeling and packaging.
“Yes, our packaging is a major issue but we are looking at it seriously and we have seeing a situation by latest December, first quarter of 2021 God permitting, it will be a thing of the past, it will not be a question that you don’t have an option for packaging, it will be an option that you have elected not to use the packaging facility that has been made available Free On Board by NEPC and other stakeholders.”
Adebakin also disclosed that government was planning to build what is called domestic warehouses across the six geo-political zones of the country to cater to exports and help to decongest the Lagos area.
He said the domestic warehousing facilities when completed would have internal storage facilities, packaging facilities and temperature control facilities for perishables and non-perishables.
The gesture Adebakin stressed, would create gainful employment for the youth and government would create the enabling environment through its zero oil policy to encourage the youths in works that would meet standards for export.
“The government has finally woken up and we thank the President for taking this bold initiative to let us start looking inwards, we want to regain what we lost in the 50s, let’s us go back to where our comparative advantage lies.”
He added that, “The main thrust of the zero oil policy is to ensure first and foremost, we create gainful employment for our youths. Nigeria is highly talented, from entertainment to music, culture, you name it, what government is now proposing to do is to create the Enabling environment, it is going to be a thing of the past for somebody to say I am not employed, it is now going to be a question that you have refused to be gainfully employed.”