“About 20 companies (three in diapers, and 17 in sanitary pads, napkins and wipes) are into the manufacturing of these products in Niigeria, and many more investors both local and international will soon join.’
Edeth Akpan Sunday, the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment, said at a validation meeting on the Draft National Industry Policy, in efforts to encourage local production and stem capital flights.
“The Ministry’s in collaboration with other stakeholders to up scale the dedicated loan facility to the sector to enable the acquisition of modern machinery for higher productivity to fill in the gaps within three years.” he said.
Represented by the Director, Human Development in the Ministry, Mr. Alabi Samuel Akintunwa, he noted that the demand for nappies or diapers and pants in Nigeria as very low in per capital terms.
“This means, it is a developing category with strong growth prospects considering the high fertility and birth rate by Nigerian women estimated by the United Nations International Children Emergency Funds (UNICEF) to be 5.9 million babies annually.”
He noted that despite the numerous challenges facing the sector, the diaper, sanitary pads, wipes, and napkin industry has recorded steady growth over the years, while workforce has increased, as more jobs are being created both skilled and unskilled in every aspect of the industry.
The Acting Director, Industrial Development Department in the Ministry, Dr. Francis Alanemeh, added that the validation is the final meeting to make amends before forwarding the draft to the Federal Executive Council (FEC) for approvals.