FG Lauds Shon­gai Pack­ag­ing’s Ex­port Drive

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The fed­eral gov­ern­ment has com­mended Shon­gai Pack­ag­ing Lim­ited for its ex­port drive which is a fall­out of the com­pany’s waste-to-wealth project ini­tia­tive.

The com­pany has also con­cluded plans to ex­port plas­tic pal­lets to West African coun­tries, a prod­uct it pro­duced through the re­cy­cling of plas­tic wastes. Speak­ing at the launch of the com­pany’s new prod­uct and a fac­tory tour which held at the com­pany’s fac­tory in Ota, Ogun State, the Min­is­ter of State for In­dus­try, Trade and In­vest­ment, Ha­jia Aisha Abubakar stated that the in­no­va­tive prod­ucts, ser­vices and pro­duc­tion pro­cesses of the com­pany fits into the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment’s eco­nomic re­cov­ery plan, which, in turn, would trans­late into eco­nomic pros­per­ity for Nige­ri­ans. Ac­cord­ing to the min­is­ter who was rep­re­sented by Bat­tah Ndir­paya, the Di­rec­tor (In­spec­torate) of the min­istry, “This is par­tic­u­lar an ex­cit­ing project. It cre­ates jobs and gen­er­ates wealth, es­pe­cially for the youth and women in this sur­round­ing and be­yond. I un­der­stand the end prod­uct, that is, the pal­let is man­u­fac­tured from plas­tic waste. I am also in­formed that pal­let comes with high de­mand from the ex­port mar­ket, thereby mak­ing it a for­eign exchange earner. The min­is­ter fur­ther lauded Shon­gai Pack­ag­ing Lim­ited be­cause en­vi­ron­men­tally, the raw ma­te­ri­als for the prod­uct: plas­tics, are be­ing picked up from our streets and gut­ters and this in turn helps clean up our sur­round­ings and help in re­duc­ing the spread of dis­eases. Also giv­ing ku­dos to the com­pany’s ex­port ini­tia­tive, Ogun State Com­mis­sioner for Com­merce and In­dus­try, Otunba Bimbo Ashiru ex­plained that ex­port­ing the plas­tic pal­lets will help the economy grow sig­nif­i­cantly and lead the coun­try out of its present chal­lenges. Ashiru, how­ever, cau­tioned man­u­fac­tur­ers not to con­cen­trate a larger per­cent­age of their pro­duc­tion on ex­por­ta­tion at the ex­pense of the needs of peo­ple lo­cally be­cause if that hap­pens, the coun­try might fall into eco­nomic cri­sis that would be dif­fi­cult to come out of. Ear­lier, Mr. Ar­jan Mir­chan­dani, the Chair­man of Sona Group of Com­pa­nies, par­ent com­pany of Shon­gai Pack­ag­ing Lim­ited, pointed out that the ma­te­ri­als used to pro­duce the plas­tic pal­lets were sourced from waste, adding that lot of jobs have been cre­ated, with the coun­try’s eco-sys­tem be­ing pro­tected, pre­vent­ing de­for­esta­tion which has neg­a­tive im­pact on the en­vi­ron­ment and on the cli­mate.

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