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Fidelity Bank Financed Africa’s Largest Aluminium Can Factory

By on March 3, 2013
Reginald Ihejiahi

Reginald Ihejiahi

The multi-million naira aluminium can project in Aba, South East Nigeria financed by Fidelity Bank Plc is set to commence operation in a couple of month’s time with an initial production capacity of 1.2 billion cans per annum.

This surpasses the Agbara Can Manufacturing Factory that took off with an initial production capacity of 600 million cans per year, thus making the new plant the largest aluminium can factory in Africa.

Managing Director and Chief Executive, Fidelity Bank Plc, Reginald Ihejiahi who made the disclosure at the weekend explained that the financing options adopted by the bank were largely driven by its commitment and faith in the development of the Nigerian economy. “We are a bank operating in an emerging market and we believe that the industrial sector remains the heart of banking in such markets.”

Ihejiahi, whose bank also financed the Agbara Can Manufacturing factory that was constructed by GZ Industries further explained that as an institution in business purely for commercial reasons, the bank is mandated to report to its shareholders.

This implies that the bank should have steady streams of income at the end of the year, and therefore, should carefully select the projects it would sponsor at any given time as part of its commitment to the development of the economy. He added that Fidelity Bank was achieving this by putting together capital, business advisory and personnel to drive the process.

“When we opened Agbara Can manufacturing factory constructed by GZ Industries and which was commissioned by President Goodluck Jonathan in 2010, it started with 600million cans per annum, but the second phase of its development took its production to 900million cans and later to 1.2billion.

However, the Aba Can manufacturing company which is nearing completion will take off from the first day with 1.2billion production capacity and we believe that with this pace Nigeria will soon be self-sufficient in aluminum can production.

Ihejiahi said that the facility offers enormous opportunity for job creation and other economic benefits to the citizens of the country.