Procter & Gamble Nigeria has opened her new multi-million dollar plant in Agbara Industrial Estate, Ogun State. The manufacturing plant which sits on property over 40 hectares large is P&G’s second major manufacturing site, after the Ibadan plant, Oyo State.
The auspicious event was well attended by several prominent government officials and representatives from different parastatals including the Nigerian Minister of Finance and Coordinating minister for the Economy, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo Iweala; the Minister for Trade and Investment, Dr. Olusegun Aganga, the Governor of Ogun State, Dr. Ibikunle Amosun among others.
Speaking at the event, the Nigerian President represented by Architect Namadi Sambo- Vice President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, congratulated P&G on the opening of the state of the art plant and commended P&G on the company’s dedication towards the country as exemplified with the new plant investment.
Also speaking, Mr. Laurent Philippe, P&G Group President for Central & Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa (CEEMEA) explained that P&G is proud to have been part of Nigeria’s growth for over 20 years and is committed to continue investing in Nigeria in a bid to Touch and improve lives of people in Nigeria. He noted that the company’s dedication to investing in Nigerian closely supports the Government’s Transformation agenda. “We share the same purpose and a partnership between the two is both natural and essential”.
He went on to say, “Maintaining strong momentum in markets such as Nigeria is a priority for P&G. We are investing in marketing spending and also accelerating relevant innovation. With our dedication to grow the business in Nigeria, we are pleased to be market leaders in several categories in which our brands belong. However, there is still a significant opportunity to enlarge our portfolio, to introduce more of our high quality brands and enter into more categories.
To this end, we are now strengthening our manufacturing operations in the country with the plant we are commissioning here today. This plant positions Nigeria to be the manufacturing hub for other P&G markets of West Africa and supports the Government’s diversification efforts- being the current largest US investment outside of the oil sector.
With the plant, P&G will be creating thousands of jobs, directly and indirectly, for Nigerians and would be supporting the establishment and expansion of hundreds of SME’s with added development of human capital. Through suppliers, partners and agencies, we will have a broader positive impact on the economy and on further job creation.” Mr. Philippe further reiterated P&G’s commitment to continued investments in Nigeria.
P&G’s Plant Manager for the Agbara plant – Mr. Yasser led the President as well as other delegates on a tour of the new manufacturing plant. The plant features the latest diaper manufacturing technology enabling pampers to better serve more babies and mothers in Nigeria. He also highlighted the plant’s technological advancement in waste management and environmentally friendly manufacturing practices.
Operations have already begun on the new site with the manufacturing of pampers diapers. The facility also has the capacity to accommodate further expansion of manufacturing operations on the same site.
L-R: Mr. Laurent Philippe, P&G Group President, CEEMEA; Senator Ibikunle Amosun, Governor Ogun State; Architect Namadi Sambo, Vice- President Federal Republic of Nigeria and Otunba Bimbo Ashiru, Commissioner of Commerce and Industries, Ogun at the official inauguration of P&G’s Multi-billion dollar Manufacturing Plant in Agbara, Ogun State recently.