On Saturday, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo commissioned a 400 million capacity a year syringe manufacturing company in Onna local government area of Akwa Ibom state. The commissioning was part of activities to mark the 30th anniversary of the state’s creation.
- Jubilee Syringe Manufacturing (JSM) company is located on an 8000 square meter of land.
- It is owned by a Turkish investor, Onur Kumral.
- Prior to its commissioning, the largest syringe manufacturing company in Africa was based in South Africa, and had a production capacity of 95 million syringes per year. The Akwa Ibom factory is more than four times that of South Africa.
Plaudits for Emmanuel: VP Osinbajo was so impressed with the investment that he described Gov. Emmanuel as “one of the cleverest people I have come across”, ostensibly for the governor’s role in attracting the investment to the state. Osinbajo said the factory is a “game changer for the nation” as it will lead to the local production of all syringes in the country.
For the records: The project is a fully private investment. Kumral has however credited the Akwa Ibom government for creating an enabling business environment for the company to set up. In May, he said, “this factory is 100% private investment. The only support we got from Akwa Ibom State government is in the area of good government and economic policies, land used for the factory and of course, the security of our investment. Our confidence is in Governor Udom Emmanuel and we are very attracted to his vision. People keep telling me the factory would make more sense in Lagos, but I say no, Akwa Ibom needs the factory more.”
An elated Gov. Emmanuel said the factory production capacity would be upgraded to one billion by 2018. He said he was worried about the 100 percent dependence on importation of all medical consumables into the country, hence his decision to encourage the investment by the private investors.
At the commissioning, Kumral said: “JSM syringes are made from the highest quality, medical grade raw materials with state of the art machinery. JSM seeks to provide Nigerians with the highest quality disposable syringes, thereby helping people of Africa live healthy lives.”