Leading building materials manufacturing company in Nigeria, Nigerite, has dissociated itself from the substance suspected to be cocaine that was reportedly found in one of the containers in which its imported raw materials were recently shipped from New Zealand to Lagos, as was reported by some local mediums.
The company restated its dedication to the development of only legitimate business in the country, insisting that it never engaged in the importation of any contraband items, according to a statement obtained by dozilla.com.ng in Lagos.
In the statement signed by its Marketing Communications and Research Manager, Victor Jolaoso, which the company issued following the discovery and disclosure of the contraband by the Nigeria Custom Service (NCS), the company categorically stated that it was not involved in the packing and containerisation of the goods, and had absolutely nothing to do with the trafficking of cocaine, which is neither a raw material requirement for its operations nor part of its production processes.
Nigerite however expressed its readiness to cooperate fully with the police and the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (“NDLEA”) in investigating the case, asking the media to let the Police and NDLEA conduct their investigations, while expressing confidence that the outcome of the investigation will completely vindicate Nigerite.
It noted that it has kept the leadership in the Nigerian market as the largest organisation in West Africa that engaged in manufacturing, marketing and installation of Kalsi Building boards and other fibre-cement ceiling and roofing products, adding that the philosophy of the company has always been focused on excellent products, service and innovation to meet customer´s needs.
The release stressed that Nigerite, a highly compliant and respected company that counts Odu’a Investment Company Limited and reputable international companies among its shareholders, has been operating in Nigeria for over 57 years and that during this period it had complied strictly with Nigerian laws and regulations.
Nigerite’s foreign partner, Etex, is an international group based in Belgium, manufacturing and marketing high quality materials with extreme integrity for more than 105 years, with over 18,000 dedicated people and presence in more than 40 countries across all continents.
According to the company, “we maintain the highest standards in the industry not only for our products and solutions but also for other stakeholders. Our employees, distributors and other stakeholders are committed to following the best Safety, Health and Environment practices while handling, transporting, storing and installing Nigerite products in order to avoid any accident and ensure that our activities do not negatively affect the environment”
It reiterated its track record of good corporate citizenship which has earned it a fast track status from the custom service, adding that all its products and operations were certified by all relevant regulatory authorities, both at state and federal levels, including Standard Organisation of Nigeria(SON), FEPA, LASEPA amongst others; and that over the years both its products and production processes, especially their environment friendliness had received deserved commendations and attestations by those authorities, aside winning numerous local and regional awards of excellence.