♦ Staff grows to 11, 000 from 100
“In the past, it has been rice importation but we want to change the narration by encouraging local production and ensuring that the country becomes self-sufficient and food secure.”
Country Head, Olam, Mr. Mukul Mathur, said during the end of the year party to celebrate the workers as well as recount achievements made by the company in the past 30 years of existence in Nigeria.
He admitted the enormous challenges facing agriculture and food production in Nigeria and assured that the company is prepared to break the huge gap in the food chain and promote food self-sufficiency in Nigeria especially in the production of rice.
“There is a sense of responsibility in the organization and we have tried to keep the value of the country. We have the responsibility to make food sufficient in the country. Our customers and consumers are our success story and it is important that we recognize them,” he said.
General Manager, Employee Relations, Olam, Mr. Earnest Esada, added that since the existence of the company in 1989, it has been able to surmount challenges faced from all quarters adding that, the company has also relish on customers’ good relations for 30 years.
“During our 25 years anniversary, we celebrated our employees who have been with us since 10, 15 and 25 years. It has been a wonderful journey because of the growth the company has enjoyed which helped in the expansion of the company to other countries of the world.
From 100 to 11,000 staff
“It started in a small village in Adamawa state, Nigeria with staff strength of 100, grow in Nigeria and now spread to the international communities.
Today, the staff strength is more than 11,000 both direct and indirect employees.
“We have covered about 66 countries of the world and we are hoping that in the next 30 years the company will have reached more than 120 countries”, he said.