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  • Updated: February 12, 2024

Table, sachet water producers shut down production in Enugu over unbearable cost

Table, sachet water producers shut down production in Enugu

The Association of Table Water Producers (ATWAP) says that it will shut down and suspend production in all water-producing factories in Enugu State due to the high cost of production.

This is contained in a statement issued by the Chairman ATWAP, Enugu state chapter, Tony Edike and its state Secretary, Clems Nwamadi, on Sunday in Enugu state.

According to the state, this was part of resolutions taken during the Association's emergency meeting held on 8th February 2024 in Enugu, Enugu state capital, on challenges confronting all members of the association.

The statement said that from Monday, February 12, 2024, to Thursday, February 15, 2024, all table water producers including sachet water and pet bottles will down tools and suspend all production.

The decision, according to the statement, was to enable them to seek a workable solution to many challenges confronting members of the association.

The statement reads, "The current harsh economic situation in the country especially as it affects materials and other logistics for the production of table and sachet water in the state were critically reviewed.

"After hours of deliberations on the overwhelming challenges being encountered by ATWAP members, especially the over 500 per cent increase in the prices of raw materials and other factors of production, we have to come to this decision.

"The 500 per cent increase in prices of raw materials, which included: nylon, parking bags, purifying materials, procurement of water from boreholes located outside the city, diesel, high electricity tariff, haulage/transportation and other maintenance staff cost.

"Also the upward review of various fees charged by both agencies of the state and local government areas within our areas of operations was another strong reason," it said.

It said that ATWAP after receiving field reports from various zones of the association indicated that many producers had shut down their factories due to the high cost of materials and other production challenges that had increased the mortality rate among members.

The statement further states that the ATWAP Enugu chapter resolves as follows; "with effect from February 16, 2024, a bag of sachet water (20 sachets) will be sold at #300 to enable the producers to sustain their operations and rescue their businesses from total collapse.

"Any defaulter or violator of this resolution unanimously endorsed by all members of ATWAP, Enugu state chapter will pay a fine of #200,000 per any truck caught by the ATWAP taskforce that had already been charged to enforce the exercise.

"Members are however advised to mobilize their staff within the period of factory shutdown to clean up their production equipment and keep their environment clean as the task force would soon embark on factory inspection to ensure members comply to the resolution and standard operating procedures "

The statement however appealed for the cooperation of dealers and consumers for understanding within this period to enable members of the association to remain in business ahead of time.

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