Akwa Ibom Pencils Factory (AKEES)
The Akwa Ibom Enterprise Scheme AKEES sponsored pencils and toothpick factory has over the past one year produced and sold over 1 million high-quality pencils and toothpicks.
The Special Adviser to the Akwa Ibom State Governor on Technical Matters and Due Process, Mr. Ufot Ebong disclosed this in Uyo while sensitizing the public on the activities of the industrial projects embarked upon by the State Governor.
Cartons of AKEES Pencils
Mr. Ebong further revealed that the high-quality pencils and toothpicks now becoming a toast of the public are produced by the factory but since they are yet to be branded it is often mistaken to be imported from abroad.
According to the special adviser, the quality pencils are found all over markets in Nigeria as well as in surrounding countries of West and East Africa.
Workers in AKEES Factory
According to the elated Ebong “, I have testimonials to prove that people love the product. Your wards and indeed Nigerians are using AKEES pencils without knowing because of the sleeves. Only one sleeve out of 150 sleeves we order have AKEES written on it he said.
Ebong also disclosed announced the setting up of a plastic industry in the state by the state government as part of the AKEES industrial expansion scheme. He revealed that the Machinery for the proposed plastic factory have arrived and are awaiting installations as the factory is billed to start test run production by February 2018.
AKEES High-Quality Pencils on Display
He said “as part of that same thing we are talking about we needed something that can stand and so that people can get off the streets and get something doing. The next in line was to do something that was commonly used and there was a ready market for it.
“We thought of plastics and other allied products such as basin, spoons, forks, plates, including paints buckets, and all sorts of small things. This time around we have learned our lessons; all our products will be inscribed AKEES plastics because Akwa Ibom is so passionate about what they produce.
“Our fear was that people will not want to buy our products because of the mentality of Nigerians to prefer foreign products as the best.