The federal government has commended Shongai Packaging Limited for its export drive which is a fallout of the companyâ€™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 companyâ€™s new product and a factory tour which held at the companyâ€™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 Governmentâ€™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, â€œThis 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 companyâ€™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 countryâ€™s eco-system being protected, preventing deforestation which has negative impact on the environment and on the climate.