CAJ News Agency (Johannesburg)

27 January 2014

Nigeria: Rivers Syringe Factory Almost Complete

Abuja — THE syringes production factory site in Port Harcourt is poised to provide employment to 2 000 people in the Rivers State, Commissioner for Health, Dr Tamunoiyoriari Parker, said.

Parker disclosed that the facility was now 70 percent complete.

The 2 000 people would be directly employed when the project is eventually completed.

Parker stressed that the factory which is WHO certified is expected to produce about one billion syringes, hypodermic needles and other pharmaceuticals such as IV giving sets, eye, ear and nose drops, IV fluids and injectibles that will be adjunct to the factory.

“The Government has the plans to produce vaccines in the integrated medical industries. We want to leave for the Rivers People an industry that is second to none in Africa and to compete with the rest of the world,” the commissioner said.

This past weekend, Parker toured the ongoing expansion project.

He said the present administration was poised to deliver on its promises to the Rivers People before the end of its tenure and stated that no amount of “political distraction” could make it lose its focus to deliver.

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