ATABOR JULIUS LOKOJA.
The West Africa Ceramic Company Limited , located at the industrial hub of Ajaokuta Local Government Area of kogi state, has promised to establish technical colleges to improve the skills manpower needs of the state.
The General Manager of West Africa Ceramics Limited, the producer of Royal Ceramics , Mr. Baskar Rao disclosed this when the Chairman of Nigeria Union of Journalists ,Kogi State Council, Comrade Adeiza Momoh Jimoh paid him a courtesy call over the weekend in Ajaokuta as part of the activities marking this year’s Press Week.
Rao stated that the intention of the company to establish the technical school is to train youths that will be employable to the organization and the state. He added that the school will engage the youths in practical training which will ultimately remove them from involving in predatory and criminal activities that will make them useful to the state and the country as whole.
Rao hinted that no fewer than 1500 Kogi youths have been employed by the company since it began operation in 2009 in kogi state .
According to him the company which specializes in the production of various tiles, Roof tiles, granites and marbles products has saved the country over a billion naira from foreign importation .
While welcoming the NUJ Chairman and members of his delegations, the General Manager explained that the West African Ceramics Limited was established in 1996 as small scale business in Suleja in Niger State , adding that the company finally moved to Ajaokuta in 2009.
He lamented that before the West Africa Ceramic Company began operation , the hitherto six Ceramic companies operating in the country folded up due to harsh economic climate saying that his company has weathered the storm to survive and expanding till today.
‘We started in Suleja in Niger state doing small scale business and when the Chairman, Alhaji Idris Lawal saw the need for expansion we moved to Ajaokuta in Kogi State in 2009.
“Since we started operation we have recruited about 85 percent of our workers from Kogi State while the remaining 15 part recent are from other parts of Nigeria .
“Prior to our coming to this location, the area was a flash point for hoodlums as motorists could not freely use the road ,but since 2009 and as we begin to employ more youths from the area, the place is now safe and secured “he stressed.
The General Manager disclosed that the company uses 95 per cent of local raw materials , assuring that the products have cutting edge over the imported products.
Earlier , the Chairman of Nigeria Union of Journalists ,Kogi State Council , Comrade Adeiza Momoh Jimoh told the general manager that since the establishment of this company ,the Journalists in the State were not abreast with her activities said with the visit it will open a new opportunity for partnership
He commended the organisation for various awards for excellence it has received within the shortest period of operation in the State , urging them to do more in area of relating with media to promoting their products.