By Naomi Uzor
The Governor of Ogun State, Otunba Gbenga Daniel, during the weekend, commissioned the largest ultra-modern wire and cable manufacturing plant in West Africa â€“ Coleman Cable Plant â€“ at Arepo, along the Lagos/Ibadan expressway, Ogun State.
Daniel, who is the host governor to the project, said he was very happy that this history was happening during his tenure. He added that cable plant is not a cheap venture as he knows much about cables as an engineer, who has being in the industry.
â€œSince independence in 1960, I can count the number of successful manufacturing cables industries that still exists. There was one called Cutix Plc and this is the first time we are going to have a company of this nature here in Ogun State.
â€œIt is reassuring that our investment and industrialisation strategies and policies are yielding very good harvest,â€ he stated
The Managing Director/CEO of Coleman, Solomon Onafowokan, urged the federal and state governments to create the right environment for businesses to thrive rather than getting involved in the running businesses.
He also said government should give priority attention to the provision of infrastructure such as power supply, roads, health care, quality education and conducive political environment that will not heat-up the system.
â€œThe present paradox of poverty in the midst of plenty must be addressed with minimum delay. This nationâ€™s heavy reliance on crude oil which is a non renewable resource has turned out to be main cause of our varied problems.
â€œThe value of excellence, service, entrepreneurship, professionalism, integrity and hard work had over the years being relegated to the background.Â It has become more rewarding to be a contractor than to be an industrialistâ€ he said.