Royal Fathers Extol Turkish Investors: Royal Fathers in Akwa Ibom State have poured encomium on Turkish investors, owners of Jubilee Syringe Manufacturing Company (JSM), for bringing the industry and other investments to the State.
The Royal Fathers: His Royal Majesty (HRM), Obong E.C.D. Abia, Paramount Ruler of Eket and his counterpart, HRM, Edidem Raymond Timothy Inyang, Paramount Ruler of Onna Local Government Area, made the acknowledgement during a courtesy visit to JSM factory in Awa, Onna LGA at the weekend. Speaking during the visit, HRM, Obong Abia said he was delighted that the syringe, being a major health consumable, is produced in Akwa Ibom State.
He stated further that the company has not only assumed the status of the biggest and leading producer of syringes in Africa, but has also placed Akwa Ibom State and its people on the world map. He asserted that the state, under Governor Udom Emmanuel, was fast becoming the hub of industries in Africa. He said: Let me first and foremost thank Governor Udom Emmanuel for providing the enabling environment for businesses to thrive in Akwa Ibom State.
The Governor provided the investors with land and other resources to encourage their investment. This is indeed what should be described as Uncommon achievements. He has redefined governance not only in the state but also in Nigeria.
JSM is one investment that we are all very proud of. It is not just an investment, but one that will add value to the entire African continent. Today our youth are trained professionals in syringe production. The Turkish investors are not only training our youth, they are transferring technology to us.
Nigerians, especially those from Akwa Ibom State are the ones manning the equipment. This is thrilling to know, and this is what effective leadership entails. We want to encourage the management not to compromise their standard no matter the situation and pressure. We should be able to compete with the very best in the world in terms of quality, and this is what JSM has provided; the best quality.
On our part as a traditional institution, we will support the state government in providing a conducive and friendly environment for companies to operate successfully. Abia advised the employees especially, indigenes of the state to be hardworking, committed, of good conduct, and to uphold the standards set by the management.
While advising the people of the community against unnecessary demands from the industry, he called on the people to shun any form of riot and protests against the management, adding that the future of JSM belongs to the people of the state.
On his part, HRM, Edidem Raymond Timothy Inyang, observed that JSM is neither a technical partner with the government nor owned by the state government but purely a private one. He explained that the contribution of the state government was the provisions of land, good economic policies and security which encouraged the investors to come in with their investment.
JSM will not go with government at the end of Governor Udom Emmanuel’s administration because the syringe manufacturers are the investors and owners of the factory. They will not pack-up when there are no raw materials because they will source for their raw materials. Therefore, this community should not rise against them in riot nor protest as it is not a community-owned factory but a private business.
The traditional father noted that if previous administrations had attracted investors into the state as Governor Udom is doing, Akwa Ibom State would have measured up with other developed cities of the world. He thanked the investors for also bringing Kings Flour mill to the community, an investment which he said has already impacted in the lives of the people positively. Receiving the Paramount Rulers to the factory were the Chairman and Chief Executive of JSM, Mr. Emir Kayalioglu and the Managing Director of JSM, Mr Zubeyir Gulabi.
The MD expressed happiness over the Royal Fathers visit to the factory and promised their continued cordial relationship with the factory staff and host community. Mr Gulabi recalled that JSM was completed in September 2017, while full operations began in October same year.
He observed that the Syringe company in Akwa Ibom State is the largest in Africa, and the first to be successfully planted in Nigeria after eight failed attempts in different parts of the country caused by lack of policies and incentives for manufacturers.
On achievements recorded, Gulabi, who is the Chairman, Syringe and Needle Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (SNMAN), noted that JSM is able to lead in the industry because of the good economic policies of Governor Udom Emmanuel’s administration. The good economic policies of Governor Udom’s administration and the peace enjoyed in the state, are some of the reasons we as a company are doing well and recording the huge success you see here today.
We hope it continues like this for a long time. We started production immediately after the factory was commissioned in 2017 by the Vice President. As of today, we are producing 2ml, 5ml and 10ml syringes. We started with about 130 staff, but that has since increased to approximately 200 currently.
The factory operates 24hours daily through three shifts. We have provided staff quarters for our staff, while the marketing team are one month behind supply due to the high demands. We can comfortably say that we dictate what happens in the syringe sub sector now, and this is good for our business. Our strong presence in the sub sector and our impact in the industry as a whole in the country, has given hope to this once dying sub sector of the Nigeria’s economy. The government of Nigeria has now put forward good policies which is encouraging local manufacturers.
On challenges faced, Gulabi, who doubles as the newly elected member of the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN), decried the lack of power as a major setback, stating that the Governor had promise a dedicated power line from Ikot Abasi to the factory when the plant is fully commissioned later this year. While conducting the Royal Fathers on a tour of the facility, the Managing Director promised that JSM will not only be known for production of syringes, but will diversify into the production of other medical consumables, which are in high demands across hospitals in the country.
Jubilee Syringe Manufacturing Company is a leading voice in Syringe production in Africa, with production capacity of 400 million syringes yearly, and a wide market reach in virtually all hospitals and Pharmacies in Nigeria.