Nigerians will overrun Africa if country fails – Isa
Ogun Gov Pledges To Provide Enabling Environment
Chief Executive Officer of Katchey Company Limited, Kate Isa, has warned that Africa will be chaotic, if Nigeria fails, as the citizens will overrun the continent.
She said this, yesterday, during the official launch of Katchey Analytical Laboratory Complex in Magboro, Ogun State. Dignitaries at the event include Governor Dapo Abiodun of Ogun; Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Adeniyi Adebayo; andMinister of State for Mines and Steel Development, Uche Ogah.
In her words: “We present the opportunity for Nigeria to begin to manufacture laboratory products. We can’t produce everything because our environment is not enabling; you can’t generate your own power or produce your own water. We are not getting the support yet, like it is done in China.
“However, we are expanding. We are integrating backward, forward and sideways. Despite the challenges, there are opportunities in this country.”
According to her, Nigerians can’t afford to go and vegetate abroad where they would be hired to do menial jobs.
“Somebody has to build this nation. If Nigeria fails, the whole of Africa fails. Because there are too many Nigerians and they will overrun Africa, if their country fails. We need to love this nation, refuse to allow it to die, take ownership and begin to work on it. I believe in Nigeria,” she said. She urged women to step up, not waiting for anybody to come push them to the front.
“My husband and I ran for the governorship of Kogi State two times, and I went around mobilising women and youths. So, I have been on that terrain. Right now, we want you to empower people. We will never disengage. We want to identify good leaders and push them forward.
“But let me tell you; the most effective solution to political shenanigans is the eradication of poverty, as we create an enabling environment and empower the people, which we do at Katchey. We don’t give fish; we teach people to fish in different places,” she added.
Governor Abiodun said: “Our focus remains to provide enabling environment to foster Public-Private-Partnership (PPP). This ultra-modern laboratory is an affirmation that our vision is a reality. There is no better place to have the factory than in Ogun.
“COVID-19 exposed how unprepared we are as a country for any medical emergency, but this is a welcome development and keeps our hope alive. A laboratory like this means that exports will be satisfied. It is not easy to be a successful entrepreneur in this environment, and I am happy to see Katchey grow to where it is for over 30 years. It takes a combination of vision and passion.”
Chairman of the occasion, Abdurazaq Isa, said: “Over the past three decades, Katchey has supported the development of science in Nigeria by equipping science laboratories with quality analytical instruments, chemicals, reagents and consumables.
“Our partnerships with the world’s leading manufacturers of science laboratory equipment, chemicals, reagents and general consumables have enabled us to become one of the leading providers in Nigeria.”