West Africa’s biggest ICT and phone manufacturing company, RLG, has commissioned a $50 million Technology City in Ilesha, Osun State. The “RLG/Adulawo Technology City,” as the facility is being called will be involved in the training of youths who will assemble and repair various electronic devices as well as produce items from the factories. In addition, it is expected to create over 10,000 direct and indirect jobs.
Speaking at the official launch of the city, Mr. Roland Agambire, Group Chairman of RLG, noted that the objective of the project was to complement government’s effort at diversifying the economy, adding that, since ICT was the new money spinner, the RLG/Adulawo Technology City was an ambitious project that would play a major role in the technology revolution coming to Nigeria.
He noted that the dream for setting up such a facility was propelled by the leadership and vision of the state Governor, Rauf Aregbesola, whom he said supported the idea from the outset, especially as it has creation of jobs and the transfer of technology as key objectives. He stated that although Africa is the wealthiest continent, it has not been able to maximise its potentials. “RLG, as a pan-African company, has the ambitious dream of creating wealth for African youths and leading them out of poverty through technology,” he said.
Agambire disclosed that the company’s initial investment of $50 million was an expression of its commitment to the vision, adding that it would spend more because there would be need to expand into fabrication, which would enable the facility handle more complicated electronic devices.
So far, 5,000 indigenes have been trained from RLG’s facility in Ghana while the remaining 15,000 will be trained and equipped at the new technology city.
While calling on people to see the RLG brand as Nigerian project since its products will be made locally, he urged all to patronise the company’s products, which include phones and computers to help create more jobs and wealth for the nation.
According to him, “RLG has the best warranty policy in the country and we are also very innovative, affordable and user-friendly.”
Meanwhile, Governor Aregbesola has commended RLG for its decision to invest in the state to create jobs. He stressed that the factory located in the Technology City will be producing mobile phones, tablets, television sets and computer systems.