A multi- million dollar indigenous mobile phone and computer assembly plant belonging to rlg communication was launched Saturday in Ilesa, Osun state. Rlg Communication, an indigenous information communication telecommunication outfit, which came to the country two years ago after successful stint in Ghana and Gambia, invested over $10 million on the project, thereby making it the first ICT soft and hardware manufacturer to build an assembly plant in the country.
Giving insight into how the plant will operate, its Chief Operating Officer(COO), Latilo Taiwo, said about 7, 500 devices including 5,000 mobile phones and 2, 500 computer sets and tablets will be assembled daily.
Beside providing direct jobs for over 600 people, Taiwo said when fully operational, the plant
will create over 10,000 jobs, explaining that the motive behind establishing the plant was to empower people rather than selling the products only.
His words: “We have already trained 500 youths that will work in the phone and computer assembling plant in Ghana and another batch of youths are due for training in Ghana also.
“Presently, the components that will be assembled will come from our partner in China, but as part of our extension plan, in five years time, we intend to manufacture the components here and create more jobs for the people.
“Also, the plant in Ilesa is not meant to serve Osun state or Nigeria alone but we intend to export the products to other African countries in near future,” he stated.
Speaking further, its COO said the company also have a training center called rlg Institute of Technology that would train and empower people in fulfillment of its corporate social responsibility, adding that, apart from the support of Osun State government, which has 49 per cent equity in the Ilesa plant, the management sited the plant in Osun because of relatively stable power supply that the state enjoys.