Emmanuel Addeh in Abuja
A Turkish company, Zeberced Group, has said that with its ongoing investments in industrial parks in Abuja and other states of the federation, at least 40,000 jobs can be created directly.
Managing Director, Zeberced Group, Adil Kurt, who took journalists on a tour of some of the company’s facilities in Abuja, underscored Nigeria’s huge potential in industrialisation.
He explained that while for instance, the company will have to dig at least 100 metres under the ground to find suitable rocks for quarrying, in Nigeria, the rocks sit directly atop the earth’s crust, making it easier to access.
Kurt explained that from the company’s facilities, indirect employment could exceed 120,000 from a single industrial park, with different skills being leant and exhibited.
He added that the ongoing parks would have 120 shops and will be available to service the construction industry, explaining that Nigeria must take advantage of its huge resources to grow its industrial base.
“There is a huge potential in Nigeria’s construction sector which we have seen. This is a developing country and we need a lot of infrastructure to be put in place for the growth of the raw materials to accelerate development of quarry business which requires the production of aggregates for various structural designs in Nigeria,” he added.
In his remarks, the National President of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Mr Chris Isiguzo, noted that Nigeria has depended solely on oil and for too long, stressing the need to diversify the economy.
He noted that what the company is doing in Nigeria was a testimony to what it can achieve if there is massive investment in the solid minerals sector.