Licking Soup Series…

COVID-19 is here and a lot of businesses are being affected but most news being circulated is about the negative impact.

I choose otherwise, so I will be sharing how some businesses have explored this pandemic for positive gains.

Mikano international limited was established in 1993 with the objective of carrying out the business of sales, servicing, maintenance, overhauling, and rentals of diesel and gas power generating sets contributing to the development of the power sector in the Nigerian economy.

Within 27 years, this organization has diversified and birthed the following;

  • Mikano Products & Solutions Division (MPSD) – Partnership with Schneider Electric, ABB and Raychem.
  • Mikano Steel fabrication – has over 400 employees.
  • Hyundai construction equipment & forklifts.
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Prior to the first COVID-19 case witnessed in Nigeria on 27th February 2020, I was in discussion with someone (a Lebanese) who is a staff of Mikano international limited about some upcoming projects.

So, I was invited to visit their newly constructed industrial estate at Warewa along Lagos-Ibadan expressway. Obviously, this industrial estate project was handled by Mikano construction (funds stay within the group of companies).

I was amazed at the things I saw; there’s a car assembly plant for 4 X 4, a food factory (Mikano foods), and Mikano medicals (manufacturing of Syringes, Surgical masks, and Vaccines). To mention, the Managing Director of Mikano medicals is in his mid-twenties.

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Oh lala, even with the lockdown in place these are Essential products. They were busy working and producing.

These new businesses will enjoy tax holidays, government loans, local content support, patronage, import duty waivers, and lots more.

Wafers produced by Mikano foods, Production of candies have not started.
Surgical mask produced by Mikano medicals.

After my factory tour of their industrial estate, I couldn’t get over all I saw and my discussion with these hardworking Mikano team. I had to go for a session with one of the mentors to discuss more my findings. He sighed and said “Ha! Awon Lebanese tun ti wa fi bread ko wa lobe lo” (Yoruba) – Translated “These Lebanese have used bread to lick our soup again”.

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These Lebanese always seem to get it right all the time (licking Soup), why is that?

This pandemic also brought some soup (opportunities), we just need to open our eyes to see! Get your Bread ready…

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