Free On Board (FOB) Goods and Logistics firm, in collaboration with Nigerian Aviation Handling Company (NAHCO) Plc, have concluded plans to build a N250 million packaging factory at the Murtala Muhammad Airport (MMA), Lagos.
The factory aims to “Brand Nigeria”, to improve the packaging of all local items leaving the country for acceptance globally.
Meanwhile, Air Peace has increased the number of flights from Lagos to Enugu. In addition to the daily morning flights, the afternoon belt now has daily flights on the Lagos-Enugu route.
Chief Executive of FOB, Oluwajimi Adebakin, told reporters that talks were in the final stage with NAHCO towards the commencement of the packaging project as the site had already been secured.
Adebakin explained that the “Brand Nigeria project”, which he described as a national assignment, was to ensure that products exported from Nigeria meet international standards through proper labeling and packaging.
“Our packaging of products is a major issue but we are looking at it seriously. By December or first quarter of 2021, packaging problems will be a thing of the past. Then, the issue will not be lack of options in packaging, but not using the facility that stakeholders have made available,” he said.
He disclosed that the Federal Government was also planning to build domestic warehouses across the six geo-political zones, to cater for exports and help to decongest the Lagos area.
The domestic warehousing facilities, when completed, will have internal storage facilities, packaging facilities and temperature control facilities for perishables and non-perishables.