Vice President, Depty Speaker Inuagurate Emeka Offor’s Metre Manufacturing Factory in Anambra
Vice President, Senator Kashim Shetimma accompanied by the Anambra State Governor, Chukwuma Soludo and Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Benjamin Kalu on Wednesday in Orafite, Anambra State inaugurated Advanced Energy Management Solutions Limited (AEMSL) an electricity metre manufacturing company established by the Chairman of the Enugu Electricity Distribution Company (EEDC), Sir Emeka Offor.
The company has installed capacity of production of more than 1.4 million electricity metres annually in addition to other electrical equipments.
Commissioning the factory, Sen. Shetimma praised Sir Offor for keying into and leading the Federal Government’s drive to stimulate the economy through industrialisation and job creation for teeming Nigerian youths.
He said: , “We commend this initiative as we commission the factory to the glory of God and the use of humanity. This will help reduce the shortage of prepaid metres in the country.
“We believe that the establishment of the factory will help resolve the power supply challenges facing the country by addressing the critical issue of a very high metering gap among consumers.
“It is also a direct response to the call by the Federal Government for local and foreign investors to invest in Nigeria, create jobs, and stimulate economic activities all around the country.”
Explaining the operations and capacity of the factory, the Chief Executive of Officer, Mr. Okechukwu Onyejiuwa told the vice President that the factory will provide 500 direct and over 4000 indirect jobs in addition to building critical technical skills for Nigerians.
According to Onyejiuwa, “In addition to the direct jobs, we estimate that there will also be over 4,000 indirect jobs created by the activities of this company.
“The operations of this factory will stimulate economic activities in the country, especially given the high-tech nature of the skills required for the manufacturing process.
“It will also conserve scarce foreign exchange through a reduction in the cost of imported raw materials, the development of local raw material sources and the potential for export to other countries within Africa and other parts of the world in the near future.
Aside from commissioning the metre manufacturing factory, the Vice President also commissioned a radio station, Ijele 93. 1 FM and some housing units built by Sir Emeka Offor Foundation (SEOF) for donation to indigent people in the Orafite area.
Speaking on the occasion, Sir Offor praised the Vice President for taking out time to personally inaugurate the projects. Offor also thanked the State governor, Prof. Chukwuma Soludo for taking the lead in creating a business friendly environment as well squarely tackling security concerns in the state.
“Today, we have witnessed the official launch of Ijele FM radio station, the commissioning of housing units and the groundbreaking for new houses SEOF touch-a-life initiative, as well as the social investment programme which will be represented by the distribution of much-needed palliatives to our vulnerable and challenged mothers, wives, sisters and friends,” Offor said.