By Oyeniran Apata – Lagos
Nigerian Bottling Company Plc, bottlers of Cocacola, has stated that the organisation will not shut its plant in the troubled North East of the country as a result of insurgent activities.
This came to light during a media parley and tour of the organisation’s Ikeja plant on Agidingbi road, Lagos.
Addressing newsmen at the end of the tour, Head, Public Affairs and Communications, Mr.Uzo Odenigbo, explained that NBC with a total of 12 plants in the Lagos/West, East/Central and North regions of the country would continue to operate at installed capacity.
He assured that the Maiduguri plant especially and others in Kaduna, Jos, Abuja and Jigawa states would be operational despite the insecurity situation in that part of the country.
Promising that the safety of their staff would also not in any way be compromised, he added that NBC was committed to retain its market share in the soft drink market in the country, contending that high quality of its brands are not negotiable as market leaders.
“We have had cause to suspend operations at the Maiduguri plant once, but we would not leave Maiduguri. We are not happy with insecurity situation. We support the clampdown of the military on the insurgents and ensure the safety of our workers,” he added.
He promised that NBC would continue to gather intelligence and build capability of its security, contending that such would give room for the organisation to understand and have a clear understanding of the triggers.
The Ikeja Plant Manager, Remi Bodunrin, who supervised the tour of the plant, explained that the that the organisation would continue to ensure that its products continue to meet the standard set by its parent body satisfy consumers, customers, stakeholders and enrich the lives of local communities.
Source : Independent