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Nigeria to start producing pencils in 2 years, says minister

Minister of Science and Technology, Ogbonaya Onu says Nigeria will start manufacturing her own pencil within the next 2 years. Ogbonnaya said this during a facility tour of Projects Development Institute (PRODA) in Enugu State yesterday January 5th. He said the local manufacturing of pencils will provide 400, 000 jobs for unemployed Nigerians
“It is unthinkable that 55 years after independence, Nigeria is still not producing pencils when we have the human and material resources in the country. PRODA has to produce pencils for Nigeria and they have given me the assurance that this can be done and that with pencil manufacture here, we will be creating 400,000 new jobs. The (Muhammadu) Buhari administration is committed to creating new jobs and growing our economy,” he said.

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izy 2 nv said...

BIG SHAME THIS MAN EVEN HAS THE MOUTH TO SAY THIS RUBBISH. WITH ALL THE TREES IN NAIJA, UNA NOR EVEN DEY PRODUCE PENCIL BEFORE. PDP GOVT REDUCED NAIJA TO SOLELY A CONSUMING NATION. SAD

ifunanya sunday said...

Pencil? Not even a car? pencil.... Nigeria is damn still crawling. We not going anywhere

Adejoke fasasi said...

We shall see.
May Allah keep us alive.







#Hajia Mufliat

augustine muta said...

Linda as in PENCIL wen KG take dey write?

Ik1881 Ik kayode pascal said...

Praise the Lord, una try common pencil smh

Anonymous said...

7 Signs She Will Be Great In Bed, No. 6 Will SHOCK You!

Dele Bolaji said...

So out of all our necessities,pencil is our priority? Na wa oooo

RAPHAEL AYUBA said...

#JUSTPASSING

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PROPHET BAAL.LINDA FUTURE HUSBAND said...

I hear. hop no be pencil with no eraser at the top.

Paul Ocheke said...

lol, am ashamed that the so called giant of Africa cant even produce pencil... Double your hustle

Dinma Peace said...

Okay na

golda awosika said...

Pencil ni oro wa tu kan bayii, issorai




#*karlishah*

ICEPLAIN said...

hope you guys delivers on your promise

kelvin said...

Y is nigeria back ward? Ordinary pencil? For who? Pls we r in d 21 century can we invent better things pleas?

@MEETDREALEVANS® said...

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Am positive Nigeria can make d best pencils...our resources re far better....



After all we make d strongest wires

temitope oni said...

Lol abeg na wen we go start to dy produce eraser den

Lyk 4 yrs frm now
#Tslicky. @iam_slicky

Anonymous said...

Nonsense talk. Two years is a long time. On the next two years we will be talking about elections and nothing will be meaningful again. Apc you don't have plan for this government. Shajii! Shame!

mark liam said...

wtf is this?? this is an insult ... pencil??chai u mean all this years and we havent manufactured our own pencil ... only God can help the black race

Anonymous said...

What don't we import?

Vivian Reginalds said...

For our mind now, lmao very funny.
-D great anonymous now as Vivian Reginalds

PROPHET BAAL.LINDA FUTURE HUSBAND said...

Nigeria to start producing pencil. let me add toothpick, matches, and others.

Olamiju Damilola O. said...

Owk.

Anonymous said...

Chai, Ogbonnaya Onu, my one time able Biochemistry lecturer. How far now? Sir, we are in 2015. People still use pencils but a lot of work is moving towards computers. I know children will still use pencils to write so I am not worried about it in terms of value added - as long as the pencils are cheaper than imports and of comparable value. What I worry about is your prioritization scheme. Why pencils and not pens? Why not notebooks? Why not investment in another sector? Just checking Sir. Onwere ko di.

cross val said...

I saw it coming but wait oh, why 2years? so 400,000 unemployed would wait for 2years... regime don finish na

ONYX linda ikeji first son GODWIN said...

Hahahahahahahaha..gbom..u said my mind

yettiebetty said...

waiting for the day

Miz Naomi said...

Oh.. Abasi!!! How d air we re breathing isn't imported too



#Bye

Odibe Blessing said...

Shame catch me d day I heard abt dis,a whole pencil we can't produce hmmmmmm naija which way smh

Sylvia Ohiri said...

so na common pencil we fit produce in this country.....lol......Nigeria has a long way to go .

john Bobo said...

Lol.. Naija dey fall my hand.

ONYX linda ikeji first son GODWIN said...

Pencil? Seriously? Leme sleep n wake up first, hopefully its a joke

Obilo Ulomaramma said...

this is embarrassing ..... ngwa bye

Anonymous said...

Hmmmmm, dis na big shame oooo... dee

Anonymous said...

Naija Muna too much.

Charles Okafor said...

Lol... 400k jobs dy say.. Lets watch and see..







Enugu's second shoe designer

Khenzman said...

Lmao

Anonymous said...

Naija Muna too much oooo.

maryann ifeoma said...

And crayon too! Smh

keke driver said...

Pencil of all things? lmao Nigeria is a joke.

JAYZSBOSS said...

Can u imagine My people?

clement asuquo said...

What a shame! Nigeria is now planning on producing pencil now. Shame on Nigeria.

Igwe Chioma said...

Enter your comment...u mean pencil is being import? We are shameless. Its guinness malt all d way

fabian eze said...

half bread is better than puff puff...pencil isn't much of a big deal,yes...but it will provide employment...good one from him.



#XENO-FABIAN

Anonymous said...

SHAME!!!

micheal effiom said...

Y pencil nt even car or airplane wat xo special abt pencil manufacturing

jay silver said...

Smh!It wil even stil take up to 2years again. This is pathetic.

Obaji Benice said...

Pencil kwa? Nawa o! God help this country biko! So all these pencil I see na imported?

Victor Emeka Isaac said...

I'm shocked to hear this.... This minister no get shame?







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Nnenne George said...

See his shameless mouth.. To produce pencil in 2 years.. Bia Mr ogbonnaya Onu, this is the second year, in two years we will be preparing for another election. Do u think we will give u and your useless government another more years after your first four year? You must be high on cheap drugs. Nigerian don't have such patients to wait for you to start producing pencil in 2 years. You and PMB and they rest of you are going in 2019.🕷... So garrarrahere mehnn!!!

favour ezeh said...

What a shame hmmmm #Abi#

merit edeki said...

Na wa o.... dis country sef

cynthia kama said...

Stupid people! Which one is pencil? You guys should be ashamed of yourselves.

Okbye.

alizor rita said...

Pencil @ dis tym of lyf wen people r thinking abt producing better tins? Isokay @ least it wud b 5 naira hopefully

lawrence james said...

Lol ... I thought I miss the spelling of the pencil or is it penicillin they want to spell?

Pesin Pikin said...

Well, it is just one step at a time anyways. God bless 9ja

Uzodave Startech said...

Good news. #IRepLIB

Anonymous said...


MUMU GO TO ABA IN ABIA STATE THEY HAVE BEEN PRODUCING PENCILS THERE
STUPID PROPAGANDIST.
THEY JUST DEY WAKE UP FROM SLUMBER.
TOLOTOLO MAN
CLUELESS GOVERNMENT.

Chizy Raky said...

What kind of stupid story is dis? All these old men age don dey enter their brains oh. Una wan begin produce pencil...make we clap for una abi? Chaii we don suffer. Not even to start today but in 2 years time.

-LIB PIKIN-

OSINANL said...

Rubbish...

fabian eze said...

why are people so like ''pencil??''....yes,pencil it is...it might not be something you want it to be but also look at the employments it will provide....
Abegi my government make una do anytin..even if una wan manufacture shit please do and reduce the rate of umeployment in our country..it's really getting alarming,


#XENO-FABIAN

Achi Izuegbunem said...

We need actions not speeches...

cynthia kama said...

Don't be surprised if they sell the stick and the black part differently.

Okbye.

AMIJEZ said...

Very shameful statement. Common pencil we dey import. Why not start the production now.

temitope faizat said...

I have to read this twice I was just shaking my head throughout my reading naija na wa ooo

Leonard Adedayo Oshiyemi said...

Mr minister, u and ur team are anachronous. Pencils are one of the products that will become obsolete like credit cards soon. People now use mechanical pencils not the traditional pencils. Pls we need more creative and innovative items like drones for agriculture, powered exoskeletons, brain-controlled computers, graphene supercapacitors, electrical storages etc.

livingstone chibuike said...

See your mouth like pencil mtcheeew

@sugarcassie said...

Lwkmd! U mean to tell me that we import pencil? And it will take the next 2 years for us to start making pencils is supposed to be an achievement?mehn! Gbege!!!! Naija in trouble!!!

Ogenah Boris said...

Pencil? Of all the stuffs to produce is pencil he is talking about

Anonymous said...

Pencil? Nigeria is going down the stairs

OGUNYEBI OLUWAKEMI said...

Its obvious our leaders lack wisdom and vision. its ridiculous at 55 someone is boasting that a whole 'giant of Africa' will start producing pencil in 2 years time, o ga o .

HUSBAND MATERIAL said...

PENCIL Kwa among every other tin?? Ok oo am waiting..#CHANGE 2016#

Hector Ekiti said...

Shoi.. Shoi..My big cousin Fayose will hear this.... Let's go Linda

Flourish said...

Chineke! Pencil as in PENCIL? Okay! We are patiently waiting

Flourish said...

Chineke! Pencil as in PENCIL? Okay! We are patiently waiting

peter said...

with pencil production in the next two years , Nigeria can create 400,000 jobs, how are people working dangota?
.............do dis guys think we re stupid? ....pencil? tree and black charcoal....God have mercy on us....cus from whats dis otodos are saying , they purely have no clue on how to create the job,,,,,,,,

Emmanuel Nnorom said...

Did i see pencil?

Anonymous said...

Lolz. Big shame !

Jamila Shaibu said...

This is an embarrassment gaskiya!

Ogbukwa Blessing said...

Until then we will keep watching

Anonymous said...

A typical result for a country that rely so much on foreign imported products. We shld change our conscience and start patronizing made in Nigeria products b4 thinking of manufacturing more products in Nigeria. Even if we start producing pencil, pple will still value imported ones more than ours.

I am Coonett

GHOSTFACE said...

lol

Sirpeterejeh said...

Hahahaha
Nigeria oh
Nigeria oh
change has arrived
atleast we re producing sometin

queen egbomuche said...

Bico which pencil? Im really confused oh is it pencil as in d one i know. Awwww which way nigeria

Anonymous said...

PENCILS?? MINISTER!!!!!!!!!!! you open your big mouth and say pencil. how on earth can a minister of science and tech say this. when we have countries developing robots in the police force to go to war, when we have IT experts that are nigeria flying out of the country to be professionals in another mans land. pls Mr go and resign it obvious you have a block head and nothing good and developed can come out of you or your tenure.

Linda NwaGod said...

U guys re surprised???
Like Seriously....
Donald hv said it b4 and people attacked him dat he is using abusive words on Africa as a whole
Buh de man said de truth dat we import common toothpick,lol...
Shame on dis stupid leaders of ours
Linda dont take note!




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Okowright Balaxy said...

The minister shouldn't have announced this shameful crap. How can he even be proud to say the manufacturing will start in two years time? If under his watch manufacturing of pencil will start in two years, I wonder how long it will take to start manufacturing cars.

henry dion said...

Nawaooooo
#needanalibitojoinmetastethenewgeishasardine

Somadina Obi said...

Shame don finish me here

Best of Chinny said...

Childish -Nigeria!!!

ojoma brown said...

We pray d manufacturing of d pencils com to pass n nt jst lip service

ABODE said...

cant help but wonder when will Nigeria ever be developed

akaeme rosemary nneka said...

chai! awuonamawuo. nu uwa nka!!! laugh no gree me hold. dis man is supposed to be castrated. lwkmd

God is love said...

Hmmmmmmmmmmm!SMH......pencil?

Anonymous said...

Pencil is lead, do we have lead?

Psalmuelle aka Samstone. said...

Ewo. So we neva dey produce pencil? Criously? Wat ve we been producing? God bless Nigeria.

#LIB ADDICT#

Nancy Dunamis said...

So many things wrong in Nigeria...we import almost everythn
.....from Romans

Mayberry said...

Oh God,so my great naija still dey pecil level
May God help us all

#voiceofedobabe#

Emamo said...

Ihere megbukwa Nigeria!!

Demmy said...

Lol! Dis is a big shame bt I pray God wl tak us to d promise land.

Peace Ahube said...

I'm ashamed







Publish

damba israel said...

As in the guy nor shame at all




My view not urs!!!!

Starboy Wizkeed said...

Pencil? we should be proud about that right?? We just wanna start, well that's a start for #Change I guess



#LibGotMeUpAllNight

Solomon Chukwuka said...

What a shame....ordinary pencil is imported...shame to the minister.....

gasbag said...

Dis is not what Nigerians voted for. Pencil? why not crayons and temple maker

Funso Samuel said...

I tire o. This man should wake up please. We are in year 2016 not 1966. So the 400,000 unemployed youths would even have to wait another 2yrs to get employed. We are not crawling, we are moving backward

sandra edah said...

IS THAT SUPPOSED TO BE A JOKE? PENCIL? LMAO

Iphie Abraham said...

At first I bn confuse,i kon dey wonder whether I nor knw wetin pencil be again? So no b us dey even produce 5naira pencil? Kai! Anya anago kwa









LIB ADDICT#just passing#

mudi X said...

Two yrs, dat is shameful, whn we have alot of graphite deposite... Dont tell me that, that is some1 project in Geominning tech @ uniport.. Come we go show u how, if u provide d environment, is done in 5 months, sharp sharp...

Omareen said...

JESUS..!!!! pencil???? I seriously don't believe this. So all those " made in China" I usually see in HB pencils, were actually made in China???

Anonymous said...

The irony is that a lot of you are ignorant or outrightly stupid.Mention one thing that your country produces? We even import toothpicks,which are ordinary Sharpened little sticks.You should be seeing the positives from hus statement than abusing him.Go check your ordinary HB pencil,it comes from China.This iniative will create jobs. STOP BEING CRITICAL OF EVERYTHING.it's sadistic.

Anonymous said...

is PENCIL a term for some scientific product?or does Ogbuefi mean PENCIL as in PENCIL HB pencil for primary school????this is disheartening!!!

Anonymous said...

Common pencil.. Oya Naija people clap for yourselves

esther davies said...

I can't shout

Angel Makiz said...

not only pencil but toothpick and razor...angelmakiz@yahoo.com

Olatee said...

I'm covering my face in shame. My dear country(giant of africa) jst start planning on producing pencil? Not even nw, till d nxt 2yrs. Oh Lord! Help us in dis country.

Temitope opeyemi said...

Hmmm pencil

ROYAL PRIESTHOOD said...

Wht?

So common pencil's we don't produce. Wht a big shame to a country lik Nigeria dat is refer to as d giant of Africa.

Emamo said...

@augustine muta yes!! Dat kinda pencil we used those days wey get pink eraser ontop...HB# 2B# 4B# lmao***

Nseabasi Ekpo said...

Yeah, fools paradise

Anonymous said...

Last time I checked tooth pick is been imported as wel

Lola Williams said...

I tell u, Nigeria is a big joke . Pencil!!!! I thought those made in China I use to see those days was just a joke o. God help us

Lola Williams said...

Hahahahahahaha, lol

casmir Nwankwor said...

People don't have shame at all, look at a minister came out to say this kind of rubbish without no shame, common pencil may God help that country, old fools that suppose to leave power for the youth and go back to their village..

ELVIS EMEKA said...

This is the joke of a decade. Pencil? As in pencil when kindergarten pupils dey use write?!

Mary Moses said...

Ordinary pencil na wa for naija

ehis said...

did you say shame! we import tooth pick pencil is big. God help my Country

Segun Arogundade said...

I weep for my nation.. With new inventions springing forth daily, the only thing our beloved minister could come up with is pencil.. seriously??

princess Stella said...

Pencil? Is that what befits a nation of dis magnitude?

princess Stella said...

Pencil? Is that what befits a nation of dis magnitude?

Unknown said...

As in do u mean e_pencil? Chai we are still in d 16th century

Badmus Alex said...

As in do u mean e_pencil? Chai we are still in d 16th century

mariam bisola said...

Lolssssss...... itzwell

uche ekwulugo said...

No mind the muntula, common pencil na him naija never fit produce agbaya


AJ MAIN BOY...

daniela desmond said...

Wait...Nigeria doesn't produce common pencils??? Smh

Tunji said...

What? in 2 years, not in 2 months. Na wa ooooo

mariam bisola said...

D job opportunity tho, bt y pencil? God bless nigeria

Hector Ekiti said...

My country my everything... Let's go Linda

QUI OO. said...

WHAT IS PENCIL? WETIN HAPPEN WITH PENCIL OF ALL THINGS.

kenton onuorah said...

Wonder shall never end,common 10 naira pencil na him Nigeria no fit produce. hmmmmmmmm.....

Anonymous Personified said...

Hian!
I no get talk.

Ogbewe Godfrey said...

Nigeria we start producing pencil in the next 2 years, what a shame to this country, I think they should sell this country to China for us to enjoy little before the world end, in two year pencil, what about aircraft, jet, ad many great tins,is going to take decade,

owakah (A.KA. Innosometin) said...

wondeful....

owakah (A.K.A. Innosometin) said...

wondwerful....

barrister said...

Are u 4 real? So Nig imports ordinary Pencil #isorai#

Olisa Francis said...

Shit , lemme just do like I didn't read this news ,.. Nigeria is totally shameless

Afolabi Eradajaye said...

Are we moving forward or backwards lol

Dhobiz said...

This is shameful

Nnaya said...

Why stay up to 2years just to produce pencils, meaning that we have to wait till 100 years to produce China phone or even China Phone charger.


De Practical Politicking Politician

PETER IFEANYICHUKWU said...

This is unbelievable who cursed this nation called Nigeria. With all the abundant human and natural resources still lacking far far behind, I tire o.

Godwin Oseezy said...

If you feel shy, you can set up a company and start producing it.











Wild flowers!

Brodly Benzion said...

AND WE CALL IT COUNTRY,,,WHAT A JOKE...ORDINARY PENCIL WHAT A SHAME...PLS LETS BE HONEST BLACKS CANT RULE A NATION..WE BLACKS GET QUESTION WHER WE GO ASK GOD ONE DAY WHY OUR OWN TOO BAD?NO BLACK COUNTRY IS DEVELOPED..CHECK ON INTERNET WE HAVE THE LOWEST IQ..GOD WHATS HAPPENING TO US???

ammy said...

Please of! I want to know if we have started producing toothpick that made us to graduate to pencil

Anonymous said...

Wow! This fool can't think of something better to start producing? Pencil? and people are here saying "common pencil we no fit produce" Guy KEEP YOUR PENCILS TO YOURSELF" We want more than a silly pencil you backwards fool. I swear old people in government is the #1 problem with Nigeria. A young person will not say this rubbish. What about making Cars , computers, nuclear energy sef?

bonny girl said...

Tamuno eeh! Nigeria to start producing pencils in 2 years? Chai, Chai! Chai,#weeps#

Agaba Ibrahim said...

Haba pencil, Chaii not even okada or smartphone, our development is slower than the speed of a snail, Pdp no try atall.

Sola Mathew said...

Do you know that for the past years now, I never knew we aren't the one producing pencils? Funny. But let's not critizise this man for comming out plainly at this.

At least, we'll start somewhere.

press play said...

That is to say we're rewriting our future. Progress is a process people. Nanotechnology, we'll get there

Anonymous said...

There is difference between can't produce and not producing. I think Nigeria can produce pencil just that it does not make economic sense.

DJ TOPAZ said...

Good start Dr. Onu. I know as a Uniport product you will surely make us proud.

Chtis

Anonymous said...

Pls if u have to contribute pls do sensibly or else no be by force to contribute... Abeg aw else is it going to be a priority.. .. To provide 400,000 job... So for u info job na neccesity to some.... Pshew

favour onyekwere said...

I don't even know wat to say all I can jst tink abt is "PENCILS"

Glimse Alma said...

Linda,plz tell him my research is almost complete.Will start production in d next 3months,by Gods grace.

Ngozi nma said...

Nig too dependent

gbemi eri said...

Lol, until den

gbemi eri said...

Lol, until den

Ifechukwu Chioke said...

Pencil? This guy is a joke

sarah ij said...

So d jobless youths wl wait for two years to get jobs nd start producing pencil.choi..poor man don suffer..before u know na their regime will finish,anoda election will start.i. Weep for my country

Anonymous said...

Biro nko? when we go start that one?

olagoke oladipupo said...

God help this country.Nigeria to start producing pencil!!!! Giant of Africa indeed

Anonymous said...

Key words: jobs/employment and economy

Eyinmosan Weyinmi said...

SMH! Well Philosophers would say that "Man know thy self". It was still in this country 2 years ago that oga Jona and his co travellers told us that they have started manufacturing cars in this obodo Nigeria. Now howfar? @ least the honourable minister in all fairness to him, did not tell us that in two yrs time we will start manufacturing robots. Enof of all dem big big talk. I blive now is d time to get it right.

Cheryl (aka From Glory to Glory) said...

Wait, what??? We don't even produce our own pencils?

Lara Akinola said...

Ha! Pencil is still made in China faaaaaa! Wake up Nigeria!!

Anonymous said...

Are you serious? We don't even make our own pencils ...shame

Ogbewe Godfrey said...

Nigeria is a slam,

Anonymous said...

This is a BIG DEAL for an HAUSA MAN,what this tell us about a minister of change is how President Buhari perceive Nigeria .Acient time thinking for the giant of AFRICA.

Pearlie said...

Am really surprised that we also import #10 pencil..which way Nigeria?

Anonymous said...

It's a shame though but Linda he visited proda last week not yesterday pls

Amafonye Dorothy said...

Just passing

Juliet Iwuno said...

Chai! I weep for my beloved. Linda take note!

Nonso tony said...

Why do have my doubts about this? How possible is it that the different shapes, sizes and kinds of pencils I find and have used are all imported... Pls Mr Onu make some research...

awesome said...

Why do have my doubts about this? How possible is it that the different shapes, sizes and kinds of pencils I find and have used are all imported... Pls Mr Onu make some research...

Ngozi Kalu said...

2yrs is fucking too much, wat hapnd to next week



Buhari pls increase nysc allawee

Anonymous said...

400,000 jobs. Manufacturers, retailers, sellers and exporters. I believe you .

Di Mateo Xavie said...

even pencil too. we de import..ok na

Ahmad Durojaiye said...

I cry for this nation

Ahmad Durojaiye said...

I cry for Nigeria

Ahmad Durojaiye said...

I cry for this nation

Bibian Obunse said...

Choi!!!what a shame!common pencil, and he"s was not even ashamed to say it...

VIVACIOUS TRACY said...

Pencil !! Not a car?

VIVACIOUS TRACY said...

Pencil !! Not a car? C how proud he looks. I'm ashamed

Anonymous said...

Hehehehehehehehehe ....so, we nor dey make pencil too.

VIVACIOUS TRACY said...

So, we re goin to wait till 2 years b4 we ll start producing pencil?

iamkyno743@gmail.com (what is Linda Ikeji's native name)? said...

And we have to wait for two years??? Why??

Amadi - Emina Chinedu said...

Shamful....

iya wizkid said...

Funny. Penicillin nikan ko

Anonymous said...

Mr Minister How can pencil production provide 400000 jobs at a minimum wage of #18000. What's wrong with most our politicians disguised as leaders. Lord Have Mercy

Anita Otabor said...

Seriously dis country is wack, we import everything! Na wa o

nwa mazi said...

Mazi Ogbonna, odi ka ina añuzi Omo...

Anonymous said...

Stupid fucking country

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