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HAYAT KIMYA INVESTS $100 MILLION FOR NIGERIAN DIAPER AND TISSUE FACTORY IN AGBARA, OGUN STATE

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Hayat Kimya, a leading FMCG company in the world, inaugurated its ultra-modern diaper and tissue factory at Agbara Industrial Layout site today, with the attendance of the Governor of Ogun state, Senator Ibikunle Amosun and some of Ogun state Commissioners (Commerce and Industry, Urban Planning e.t.c).

Hayat Kimya manufactures high quality consumer goods in detergents, hygiene and tissue categories. Having come to Nigeria in 2015 with the flagship diaper brand Molfix, Hayat Kimya invested $100million to manufacture Molfix diapers,Papia and Familia tissues at the world-class factory in Agbara.

The factory is set on a 200,000sqm plot of land, with 1.3 billion units diaper production capacity and 13,000 tons of tissue production capacity per annum. Thanks toits sophisticated infrastructure, the factory generates its own energy, a total of 14.2 megawatt.

The Hayat global CEO,AvniKigili emphasized ‘’All of this cutting edge technological manufacturing investment can only run better with the devoted work of 500 Hayat employees here.’’

Hayat Kimya has 14 production sites around the world, and the company’s first major investment in sub Saharan Africa is in Nigeria. The Nigerian diaper and tissue factory here in Agbara is currently ranked as the most modern Hayat plant in the world.

Following the success of its flagship diaper brand Molfix, Hayat Kimya just introduced its 2 leading tissue brands, Familia and Papia at an official launch event held yesterday in Lagos. The inaugurated factory in Agbara will produce the flagship products – Molfix baby diapers, Familia family tissues, and Papia luxury tissues.

Products from the factory will serve the West and Central African market, and augment the company’s North African factories where necessary, given that the Nigerian plantis built with the same global standards as all other Hayat factories around the world.

While officially declaring the event open, Governor Ibikunle Amosun applauded the board and management of Hayat Kimya for placing their trust in the Federal Republic of Nigeria and Ogun State.

According to the Governor, Hayat’s investment in Nigeria is a testament to the long standing and cordial relationship between Turkey and Nigeria, and he hoped that this singular act by Hayat would further deepen the growing relationship.

Governor Ibikunle Amosun also hoped that Hayat’s multi-million dollar investment in the country would act as a catalyst for other Turkish companies either looking to access new markets in Africa, or increase existing businesses on the continent.

In his address, the global CEO of Hayat Kimya, Mr. Avni Kigili thanked the Nigerian government officials, the host governor, Senator Amosun, and Ms. Yewande Sadiku, for their support in making today’s event a reality.

Speaking further, Mr. Kigili noted “As a foreign investor, Hayat Kimya believes in Nigeria. We are ready to contribute to Nigeria’s growth, by positioning her as a business hub. We will continue to invest at full speed, to offer superior and accessible products here, because we believe Nigeria deserves the best.

In his speech, Governor Amosun thanked the board and management of Hayat Kimya for their choice of Ogun State as their operational base, and promised his continued support of their ambitions in Nigeria.

The Nigerian dignitaries at the event included the executive governor of Ogun State, Senator Ibikunle Amosun,  the Commissioner for Commerce and Industry, Otunba Bimbo Ashiru, Head of Mission at Nigerian Embassy in Turkey Mr. Ibrahim Isah, the Executive Secretary/CEO of the Nigerian Investment Promotion Commission, Ms. YewandeSadiku. The Turkish Ambassador to Nigeria, His Excellency HakanÇakıl, as well as the founder and Chairman of Hayat Holding, Mr. Yahya Kigili, and the CEO of Hayat Kimya, Mr. AvniKigiliwerepresent at the event.

 About Hayat Kimya – Global

Hayat Kimya operates in the FMCG industry since 1987, manufactures goods in hygiene, tissue and home care categories under well-established brands Bingo (home care – detergents and home cleaning), Molfix &Molped (hygiene – baby diapers, sanitary pads) Papia, Familia, Focus &Teno (tissue – handkerchiefs, napkins, toilet papers, paper towels), finally Joly and Evony (hygiene – adult diapers).

The company accomplished 30 years of experience in consumer goods, in geographies beyond horizon. Innovative, high-quality products under 12 brands reach millions of homes in more than 100 countries, from Madagascar, Tanzania, Yemen to Chile and Australia. Headquarters in Turkey, Hayat Kimya has subsidiaries in Iran, Egypt, Bulgaria, Algeria, Morocco, Russia and Nigeria, with nearly 8.000 employees around the world.

The company continuously invests in its people, brands, manufacturing and research facilities in its globalization journey. Innovation is at the heart of business, products and production systems. Hayat Kimya leverages advanced technologies in the 14 plants that manufacture tissue, hygiene and home care products and continues its international investments at full speed. Hayat Kimya has grown rapidly to become a trendsetter as the “World’s 5th largest branded baby diaper manufacturer” with 8.6 billion units capacity per year, as well as the “Largest tissue manufacturer of Africa, Middle East, Eastern Europe” with 420.000 tons capacity per year.

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Kwara Governor, Abdulrazaq Declares 24-hour Curfew

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Kwara Governor, Abdulrazaq Declares 24-hour Curfew

Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq

Following the outbreak of violence in some quarters of the State, Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq of Kwara State has declared a 24-hour Curfew on the state starting on Saturday.

Governor Abdulrazaq made this known in a statewide broadcast on Friday night.

Recall that on Friday some residents of Ilorin, the Kwara State capital stormed the warehouses where the government stored COVID-19 palliatives expected to be distributed to citizens.

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The warehouses, located at the cargo warehouse of the International airport in Ilorin as well as the agro-mall located in the Sango area of the state were totally ransacked as residents struggled to pack as much food items as they could.

Abdulrazaq said, “Lives are being threatened. Businesses are being looted. Public properties have been targeted. This is unacceptable. It is not who we are.

“To curb these acts of criminalities, I hereby declare a 24-hour curfew in Ilorin metropolis from midnight today October 23rd, 2020. This is in line with Sections 1, 2, and 4 of the Public Order Act Chapter 382 Laws of Federation of Nigeria 2004.

“People are urged to stay indoors in compliance with this curfew. This will be reviewed as we watch developments.

“Our observation is that what has happened today is not a protest, it cannot be defended under any guide, it was a pure act of criminality as some people are hiding under the guise of nationwide protest.”

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Lagos Policemen Brutalise PUNCH Journalists For Covering #EndSARS Protest

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Two PUNCH journalists, Femi Dawodu and Segun Odunayo, were on Wednesday brutalised by policemen guarding the Lagos State House of Assembly in Ikeja.

The duo had gone to cover events around the Alausa area, a major demonstration ground of the #EndSARS protesters calling for a total overhaul of the Nigeria Police Force.

According to the PUNCH, both Odunayo and Dawodu were recording a live video of activities in the area when the policemen accosted them and ordered them to stop the recording.

After showing the policemen their identity cards, indicating that they are journalists covering #EndSARS protests and monitoring compliance with the government-imposed curfew, the policemen became annoyed and pounced on them.

Odunayo said the policemen tortured them for four hours, adding that they stripped them of their clothes, laid them on the floor, beat them with a stick and guns, and took a video recording of them while torturing them at the Lagos State House of Assembly.

Odunayo said, “Femi and I were at the Secretariat in Alausa around 7 am and were doing a live video of the activities going on in the area. We were heading back to the expressway when a group of armed policemen accosted us at the Lagos State House of Assembly roundabout and immediately collected our phones. We showed them our ID cards, but they refused to let us go.

“What got the policemen annoyed was that we saw them using a stick and a rubber to beat a young man, and during the live video, they heard me saying that they were beating someone. So, after they arrested us, they tortured us and demanded that we should do another live video denying the statement, but we refused.

“Each Time we refused, they slapped us, used a stick to beat us, used the butt of their guns to hit our heads and bodies after stripping us of our clothes. All they wanted was for us to do another live broadcast to claim that we lied and we didn’t because we told the truth.”

Dawodu said it took the intervention of the state Police Public Relations Officer, Muyiwa Adejobi before they were released at the Alausa Police Station, adding that before their release, the policemen took their details, including their addresses, took a video record of them and threatened to go after them if any negative report was published about what happened.

He said, “The policemen were transferring the aggression of what is happening regarding the #EndSARS protest on us. They later took us to the Divisional Police Station in Alausa, and if not for the DPO, the policemen guarding the LSHA that arrested us would have done more grievous things to us.

“The PPRO and the DPO later spoke with them, and we were released.

“But despite his intervention, we were told to write statements. They collected our details, address, took video recordings of us making false statements during the torture, and threatened to use it to blackmail and go after us if we end up doing any bad report against them.”

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CCTV At Lekki Toll Gate Was Not Removed -Lekki Concession Company Says

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Lekki Concession Company in their press release has debunked the rumour that the Lekki Toll Gate CCTV camera was not removed.

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According to the press release by the company which condemns the unlawful killings of the peaceful protesters said no one gave the order for the removal of the Closed Circuit Television System as the CCTV is still intact as of the time of this report.

Speaking further, the concession company revealed that if the CCTV was to be removed, it would require the use of machinery to reach the heights that they have been installed.

Read the release report below;

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