The Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Otunba Niyi Adebayo and the Executive Secretary of the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board, Simbi Wabote, were among high-profile names who pledged support as the Ogun State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun, inaugurated West Africa’s first fibre optic factory.
The factory, built by Coleman Technical Industries Limited, in collaboration with an American firm; Fibre Business, EMEA, is the fifth of its kind on the African continent.
Speaking at the inauguration of the facility held in Ogun State, the Chief Executive Officer of CTIL, George Onafowokan, described the project as a response to the call by the Federal Government for rapid development of digitalisation penetration in Nigeria and the drive for local content development.
He also appreciated the government of Ogun State for its support in the course of erecting the facility.
On his part, the Ogun State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun, lauded the Coleman CEO for the courage to embark on the project despite the daunting challenges being faced by manufacturers at the moment.
Abiodun said, “We are, as a state government, elated to be part of this history. We are the first state to manufacture fibre optic cable in Nigeria. Let me say that what we are witnessing today is another example of numerous developments; happening in different parts of our state, and these are no coincidences. They are all results of our deliberate, strategic and methodical approach to governance.