12th October, 2010
The Managing Director, Academy Press Plc, Ilupeju Lagos, Nigeria, Mr. Gbenga Oladipupo,Â has said that the tariff being charged by the Federal Government is impacting negativelyÂ on the printing industry.
He stated this while fielding questions from journalists at the companyâ€™s 46th AnnualÂ General Meeting (AGM), held recently at the companyâ€™s office in Lagos.
According to him, â€œwe are in an industry that is largely import-dependent andÂ governmentâ€™s tariff is having negative impact on the industry.
â€œFor people that import finished goods, they pay next to nothing in tariff, but we thatÂ are producing and employing Nigerians, are paying enormously.
â€œThe other aspect is government patronage. Government does not patronise the localÂ printers, who are the real printers. The situation at the moment is that ofÂ â€˜man-know-manâ€™ which is working against us.
â€œThere are certain government policies which have limited the growth of the industry andÂ we need government to take a critical look at these issues.â€
Speaking on how the company was able to stay afloat in the light of the harsh economicÂ condition in the country, Oladipo said â€œwe take our job very seriously and make sure thatÂ we keep our quality and standard.
â€œIt is not easy, but we have been able to retain our customers. We have been able toÂ retain their confidence and that is what
â€” Paul Sanusi