By Evelyn Usman

The Institute of Oil and Gas Research and Hydrocarbon Studies, IOGRHS, yesterday in Lagos, honoured  Sea Horse Industries Limited, with its 2018 Best Manual Transmission oil award , with a charge to the company to maintain its quality.

Kenyan High Commission to Nigeria, Dr Gisuka Machage, (l) presenting the award to Mr Ebuka Onunkwo and his wife.

The award, was conferred on the Chairman, Chief Executive Officer of  Sea Horse Industries Limited, Mr Ebuka Onunkwo, at the occasion of IOGRHS annual  Oil and Gas Product Forum, held at the Sheraton Hotel and Towers, Ikeja, with the theme ‘ Oil and Gas Product Manufacturing: Prospects , Challenges and Progress.

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The  honour according to the organisers, was in recognition of  the industry’s ability to produce local lubricants with good quality, a feat they said was in tandem with the institute’s attempt to develop competent oil and gas professionals that are supporting the rapid technological occurrences in the industry.

Receiving the award , an elated Onunkwo, noted  that the honour on his company was a call for further dedication, for the good of Nigeria and benefit to mankind.

Dedicating the award to members of his staff , he  disclosed that efforts were still on to achieve the target of being the best lubricant industry in Africa before  2028.

Noting that the company was presently producing  24 million litres per annual, he however, expressed hope that it would expand with time.

In an interview with journalists, Onunkwo explained that : “ The industry has contributed to the nation’s economy by way of job creation which  has helped to reduce  the number of  the teeming jobless youths on the streets.

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“ The oil is blended locally  in Nigeria, we  have a mega plant in Ozubulu, Anambra state  and we have expatriates who are working for us. All our machines are made in Turkey and they are all installed by the citizens of Turkey in Nigeria who have trained  our people that  are doing well in that area.

“It is worthy to note that we are not competing or aiming at  competing with  companies in Nigeria, or to copy them. To remain relevant in this industry, quality is the watch word and that is what we stand for .  What   I am producing  in Nigeria today, is better in terms of quality  than what I was importing”

Asked how Sea Horse  managed to pull through in the face of foreign lubricants in the country,  Onunkwo replied, “  with the presence of  the Standard Organisation of Nigeria, SON If you don’t meet the specified  standard in this industry,  you are going nowhere because it  will track an d crack you down.

So far, we have surpassed the standard .If everybody in the lubricant industry  in Nigeria abides by the  standard of SON,  Nigeria will be free from recycled old oil”.

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