From Mfon Ekefre, Uyo
The industrial vision of the present administration in Akwa Ibom State is on the way of being translated into practical reality as investors in various manufacturing fields have arrived the state to put their signatures on the dotted lines of various agreements with the state.
Governor Udom Emmanuel, on assumption of office, performed the ground-breaking ceremonies for several industries to take off.
Commissioner for Investment, Commerce and Industry, Emmanuel Enoidem, while addressing Government House correspondents affirmed that technical partners from China, Pakistan and India have signed the necessary papers for the take-off of meter manufacturing company which ground-breaking was performed last December and is to be sited in Onna Local Government area of the state.
He said the meeting between the governor and the technical partners has lent credence to the viability of the project.
The commissioner announced that the company intended to send the first batch of its employees to China and Pakistan for training on the operation of the industry, assuring that the company’s first production would hit the market in the first quarter of this year.
Spokesman for the team, Mr. Zhang Lookhang said the company Metering Solutions and Manufacturing Company Limited (MSMCL), which has just arrived in Africa, is sited in Akwa Ibom because of its strategic location in the Gulf of Guinea and attributed its establishment to the passion for making electricity available and affordable in the state.
He said electricity holds the key to industrialization which the state governor seeks to put in place for the people.
Mr. Loohang explained that the company is a conglomerate of several companies which would partner to proffer solutions to problems arising from electricity generation and distribution.
He added that the company when operational would produce single phase and three phase electricity meters in various configurations and mountings, light weight, slim skeletal compact meters for pole top installation, pre-payment type meters and standard one unit electricity meters.
Others are bulk electricity meters, maximum demand meters and smart electricity meters.
The company which is designed as a high technology hub for production, testing and servicing of electricity meters and allied products has room for expansion in a modular fashion for additional production to develop and assemble various models of electricity meters and accessories.
He assured that the firm would assist electricity distribution companies to check theft, non-payment, unreliable billing, consumer resistance, loss of revenue, and also ensure availability of Nigeria-based products which are of high quality and accessible to its customers.