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PHOTO: Nigerian Graduates Establish Toothpick Factory in Ondo State

A toothpick factory has been established in Ondo state under the sponsorship of the National Directorate of Employment, Punch reports.

The factory also produces pencils.

The factory, where over 250 graduates are currently working, is said to be the first of its kind in Africa.

The idea of local toothpicks production in Nigeria was conceived by a young graduate who convinced the management of the NDE that the product could be produced with bamboo stems.

At the inauguration of the factory in Akure, the Acting Director-General of the NDE, Mr. Kunle Obayan, said the NDE’s sponsorship of the project was part of the agency’s effort towards complementing the micro-economic policies of the Federal Government, aimed at stimulating local production of goods.

He explained that some young graduates approached the agency early this year with the proposal to set up the factory to produce toothpicks, adding that the agency accepted the proposal because it was perceived to be a viable project.

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