Inside Jubilee Syringe Manufacturing Company
Barring any last minute change in plans, before the end of this month of September 2017, a multi-billion naira syringe factory will commence production in Awa, Onna Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State. The factory named Jubilee Syringe Manufacturing Company Limited is owned by a Turkish investor Mr. Anur Kumral who is an international investor with investments in over 17 countries.
The factory is situated in 8,000 square metres of land (about 4 hectares) and has an installed capacity of between 350-400 million syringes a year. The production is projected to increase by over 100% to about 800 million syringes within two years of operation. The total demand of syringes in Nigeria in a year is estimated at 4 billion syringes. The Jubilee Syringe Company is touted to be the first syringe manufacturing company in Nigeria and second only to one operating in South Africa.
Jubilee Syringe Factory in Akwa Ibom State
When it starts production, it is set to employ over 500 workers while 12 Nigerians had already been sent to Turkey for training in the operation of the factory. It is revealed that plans are at an advanced stage to send more Nigerians for training in Turkey especially in the area of safety, packaging, and printing. The trainees already in turkey are undergoing training in areas of injection machines.
More than $30 million dollars is said to have been invested by the proprietor of the factory to set it up. The factory is 100% privately owned with the Akwa Ibom state government providing the right environment for its operation which is ensuring peace and security.
Responding to questions on what convinced him to set up such a huge factory in Akwa Ibom state rather than big Nigerian cities such as Lagos and Port Harcourt. The Jubilee Managing Director Mr. Gulabi said it was the conducive environment in the state coupled with the improved electricity supply that did it for Akwa Ibom state.
Gov. Udom with Jubilee Syringe Investor
Mr. Gulabi stressed that the syringe factory is founded on the strength of the local content policy of the Nigerian government. He, therefore, solicited strong government patronage for its policy and a deliberate government policy that would encourage the demand of locally made syringes.