Jubilee Syringe Manufacturing Company in Akwa Ibom State produces 1.7 million syringes daily, the Managing Director of the firm, Mr Akin Oyediran has said.
Speaking in his office at Awa, Onna Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State, Oyediran explained that the demand for the syringe has exceeded production capacity.
He said: “We turn out a minimum of 1.7 million syringes on a daily basis, and we sell 2.5 million daily since we have been producing for the past two years. The reason for the overwhelming demand is the quality of our product and the vibrant sales and marketing team which is made up of mostly Akwa Ibom people.”
The MD, who conducted members of the Correspondents’ Chapel round the facility at the weekend, hinted that he is taking full advantage of the law recently passed by the National Assembly that all Government hospitals must use locally made syringes even as he is aiming at a total ban on importation of such products into the country.
He added that the company was able to keep Nigeria hospitals afloat with constant supply of quality syringes even during the Covid-19 pandemic, when China closed their doors for exports of medical consumables.
Asked how he did it? He said they had to quarantine and lock the staff inside the facility and continued with production to feed hospitals in Nigeria.
“The main reason for the law is because, the syringes we produce in Nigeria are world class and the country would not want to spend her foreign exchange on what is already being produced locally.
“We are working to ensure a total ban on importation of syringes into the country. We are working closely with the ministry of health and NAFDAC; they are cooperating with us very well. They are getting ready to send the document to the Federal Executive Council.
“It is a good thing for us in Nigeria to have good quality product produced locally. In Jubilee Syringe, we pay maximum attention to quality. We make sure we go through all the processes to ensure that what comes out is the best,” he said.
Oyediran noted that the ban would give the company which is in a Public-Private Partnership (PPP) with the Akwa Ibom State Government an opportunity to increase production capacity as well as hire more Nigerians to work in various areas of need and would enhance economic as well as human capital development.
Calling on other companies in the country to follow the trend in ensuring that locally made products dominate the Nigerian market, the Managing Director rolled out the company’s plan to manufacture other medical consumables which includes: Jubilee face mask, Jubilee hand glove, and Jubilee middle, among others before the end of 2022.
He, however, expressed appreciation to the state government led by Mr. Udom Emmanuel, for the partnership and provision of enabling environment for the business to thrive for the benefit of all in the country.