BY NAOMI UZOR
Epina Technologies Limited, has disclosed that, globally, ceramics market has been projected to reach US$408 billion by 2018 and that Nigeria currently occupies 9th position among world’s ceramics consumers and remains the only country among the emerging economies without export.
In a parley with pressmen, the C.E.O of Epina technologies Ltd., Prof. Patrick Oaikhinan, said Nigeria currently imports over US$600 million worth of ceramics products annually, yet there is no appropriate strategy in place for the development of ceramics industry that can create over 1.2 million direct and indirect jobs in Nigeria.
“Thus there is urgent need to bring together a network of partners from across the world to set a new paradigm for pacing its development in Nigeria. We will be organizing the 2014 International Ceramics Trade Fair in Sheraton Hotel on the 27th-28th August and so far we have received confirmation for exhibition and attendance from several exhibitors from America, Britain, China, Germany, India, Spain and South Africa.
We are expecting ceramics professionals, industry players, stakeholders and other interested parties to attend the fair to put their innovations and products on display, to discuss and set a new paradigm to pace ceramics and their constituents development in Nigeria” he said.
According to him, Nigerians need to project what they have and should be prepared to sustain themselves always.