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China to partner Nigeria on industrialization

Henry Omonu, Abuja

Chinese government has expressed its willingness to partner with Nigeria in her efforts to become one of the most industrialized countries in the world.

This was disclosed by the Deputy Managing Director of a Chinese firm, Sinoria FABCOM, Mr. Jackie Dai Hui while speaking with journalists in Abuja at the weekend shortly after unveiling the company’s new line of product known as fibre cement board.

He said apart from establishing industries in Nigeria as part of the industrialization process, Chinese engineers also train Nigerian artisans in fabrication of various types of machine spare parts as well as encouraging them to establish cottage industries.

According to Mr. Hui, Chinese experts are excited by the brilliant show of most of the artisans in their factories across the country noting that it would not be long before Nigerians head most of the factories technical departments.

In a brief history of Sinoria FABCOM, the Managing Director explained that the company has been in Nigeria for almost a decade and that it is a recognised brand in the manufacture of stone coated roofing sheets.

According to him, Sinoria FABCOM is the only manufacturers of stone coated roofing tiles in West Africa sourcing almost 70% of its raw materials locally and that their investment in Nigeria is an eye opener because according to him, they have seen firsthand the huge potentials of Nigeria in terms of human and raw material resources.

“Sinoria follows the core philosophy of ‘focusing on both process and success’ working in a practical and innovative way and emphasizing on integrity”, he stated.

While appealing to the federal government to put more efforts in establishment of cottage industries to fast track the industrialization process, Mr. Hui also advised that the power sector must be given priority attention if Nigeria’s quest for industrial revolution would be successful.

He observed that most investors are scared to establish industries in Nigeria because of unsteady power supply regretting that in their factories they run generator for almost 24 hours every day.