The factory would be producing a minimum of 15 million pencils per annum, when completed.
The Chairman, Governing Board of PRODA, Mr Daniel Onjeh, said that the Minister of Science and Technology, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu, and the National Assembly were instrumental to the progress so far made by the institute.
“The project is aimed at 100 per cent local content, including graphite, clay, wood and waste paper. We are expecting experts from China in October to install the machines that will produce pencils with waste paper.“Pencils are in high demand, which is why we are emphasising pencil production. The pencil factory will create employment and also support the economic polices of the federal government.”
Onjeh further said that pencil production was not an easy venture, pointing out that getting a modern standard pencil involved about 125 steps. He said that the test run of the machines would be done before the end of the year.
The Federal Government has begun the installation of machines for the proposed pencil production in Nigeria at the Projects Development Institute (PRODA), Enugu.