Breaking: FG installs machines for pencil production in Enugu
ON AUGUST 31, 2019
The Federal Government has commenced the installation of equipment and
machines for the proposed pencil factory at the Projects Development
Institute (PRODA), Enugu.
A Pencil production plant as Nigeria’s
government set to commence local production The Chairman, Governing
Board of PRODA, Mr Daniel Onjeh, disclosed this on Friday in Enugu while
briefing newsmen on the activities of the institute. Onjeh said that
the PRODA school pencil project was a flagship and the first of such
production facility in West Africa. He said that the factory would be
producing a minimum of 15 million pencils per annum, when completed.
He said that the institute was working towards using local content,
adding it had also diversified into the use of waste paper for its
production. Onjeh said: “The project is aimed at 100 per cent local
content, including graphite, clay, wood and waste paper. “We are
expecting experts from China in October to install the machines that
will produce pencils with waste paper. “Pencils are in high demand,
which is why we are emphasising pencil production. “The pencil factory
will create employment and also support the economic polices of the
federal government.” Onjeh further said that pencil production was not
an easy venture, pointing out that getting a modern standard pencil
involved about 125 steps. He said that the test run of the machines
would be done before the end of the year.
He expressed joy that
PRODA had been fully revived, saying that the board was committed to
moving the agency forward. “One of the projects, which we are keenly
seeing to completion is the Round House Project, which is the main
edifice of the institute. Make professionalism your watch word, CIPM
registrar charges members(Opens in a new browser tab) “We intend to
further upgrade the monument from the institute’s allocation in the 2019
budget,” he said.
The board chairman commended the federal
government for the increase in the budgetary allocations to the
institute which, he said, had made their work easier. “We noticed a
remarkable increase in the funds allocated to the agency in the 2018 and
2019 budgets and we look forward to progressive increment in the coming
years,” he said. Onjeh said that the Minister of Science and
Technology, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu, and the National Assembly were
instrumental to the progress so far made by the institute.