7-Stars Hangar, a private company making efforts to meet the yearnings of the country’s aviation sector in the area of maintenance is using the opportunity created by the coronavirus pandemic to diversify into mass production of protective face masks.
With a target of 500 sewing machines, 500 tailors, leading aircraft maintenance facility in West and Central Africa, 7-Stars Global Hangar said it has already built up production capacity for 700,000 face masks per week.
Although, 7-Stars Hangar has been into upholstery for aircraft seats and aircraft seat covers, the company diversified into the production of face masks and hand sanitisers following the outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic.
Speaking on the development, the Chief Executive Officer of 7-Stars Global Hangar, Isaac Balami, who disclosed the business model recently, said that, already over 700 tailors have applied for their job and that, the management was taking them through the interview process for selection.
After the interview process, Balami said 7-Stars Hangar will be looking at how they can take in 1,000 tailors for a 24-hour shift and give them jobs, aside personnel that are doing branding, packaging and logistics.
As a company involved in aircraft maintenance, Balami hinted that, with their upholstery department for aircraft seat and aircraft seat covers, most of these machines were already on ground before now.
This is just as he disclosed that the firm was at the verge of sealing a business deal in terms of aircraft seats with Arik Air when the pandemic broke out.
On the issue of local content in its personnel and manufacturing processes, Balami said “normally, even when the Americans came in, this hangar with our partners, Santos Aviation, we were the first in the entire West and Central Africa to start doing aircraft seats and seats covers which is huge for an entire region of this size.
“Before now, I have always been someone who believe in local content.When I was President of National Association of Aircraft Pilots and Engineers (NAAPE), at least in that 8 years, I am sure it is on paper that over 380 expatriates were sent out of this country and Nigerians took over their jobs and there was no incident or accident due to incompetence of Nigerians which was actually very good.We just needed that enabling environment and that opportunity”.
On the training of its staff, the CEO pointed out that 7-Stars Hangar was going to cover the entire West and Central African regions and that the firm was going to convert about 50-100 of those local tailors since they need to be trained as aircraft seat is actually different.
On the quality of the face masks to be produced, Balamisaid: “For us, what is more important above anything is that we are telling Nigerians that any nose mask that is coming out of this factory is 100 per cent safe because you can imagine buying in the traffic or somewhere else you are not even sure of the quality control process that produced it, you can mess a whole family up. In this case, that is not the case”.
YOU SHOULD NOT MISS THESE HEADLINES FROM NIGERIAN TRIBUNE
Apologise To Nigerians For Denying Links With Chinese Doctors, PDP Tells FG
Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has condemned the Federal Government over denials and cover-up on the whereabouts and activities of the Chinese medical team who came into the country in April. The party which said such was a betrayal of the public trust by its citizens on the government, the Federal… Read full story
COVID-19: IGP Orders Strict Enforcement Of Inter-State Movement Restriction Orders
The Inspector-General of Police, IGP Mohammed Abubakar Adamu, on Tuesday, ordered strict enforcement of the national curfew and inter-state movement restriction orders emplaced by the Federal Government as part of measures to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic in the country… Read full story
Buhari Removes TCN MD One Month After He Reportedly Sacked Labour Leader
President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday removed Usman Gur Mohammed as the Managing Director of the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) and replaced him with an engineer, Mr Sule Abdulaziz. He was removed about one month after he reportedly sacked a labour leader who was also the General… Read full story
Osinbajo, NCP Mull Healthcare Reforms
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, on Tuesday, presided over a meeting of the National Council on Privatisation (NCP) to approve a draft legislative instrument for national healthcare reforms. His spokesman, Laolu Akande, informed that the meeting also discussed power sector issues… Read full story
I’m Not Aware Of Plan To Deport 15,000 Nigerian Students From Malaysia, Says Minister
Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Geoffrey Onyeama, has said he was not aware of move by the Malaysian government to deport over 15,000 Nigerian students in the country. Responding to question from newsmen on Tuesday at the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 briefing, the minister, who assured that… Read full story
Reps Summon Minister Of Health Over Whereabouts Of Chinese Medical Team
The House of Representatives on Tuesday resolved to summon the Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Eramie over the detailed status report on the activities and whereabouts of the 15 Chinese medical team in Nigeria. The resolution was passed sequel to the adoption of a motion of urgent public importance sponsored… Read full story
We Can’t Listen To Trump On Hydroxychloroquine For COVID-19, Says PTF
The Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 on Tuesday dismissed the claim and the advice of United States President, Donald Trump, on the use of hydroxychloroquine, an anti-malaria drug, for COVID-19. Speaking at the daily briefing of the PTF in Abuja, both Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire and the Director General… Read full story
We Have Failed If We Don’t Learn From COVID-19 To Build Institutions ― PTF
Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 pandemic says Nigeria would have failed its next generation if it does it learn from the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic to build enduring and sustainable institutions. Speaking at the daily briefing of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 pandemic, its chairman… Read full story
For Taking Hydroxychloroquine Against Coronavirus, Trump Is Governing By Witchcraft, Says China
China lashed out at President Donald Trump on Tuesday, claiming the US president is using ‘witchcraft’ to lead during the coronavirus pandemic after he admitted to taking hydroxychloroquine to prevent contracting the disease. Hu Xijin, editor-in-chief of China Communist Party’s official publication, Global Times, blamed… Read full story
Reps To Conduct Forensic Audit Of NNPC’s Recent Recruitment
The House of Representatives on Tuesday unveiled plans to conduct a forensic investigation into the recent recruitment of graduate trainees by the Nigerian National Petroleum Company (NNPC) with a view to determining how many persons were recruited from the various host communities… Read full story
Senate To Probe N1.532trn Intervention Fund To Power Sector •Demands revocation of privatization
The Senate on Tuesday mandated its Committee on Power sector to probe the over N1.532trillion intervention fund injected to the ailing sector in the last seven years. It equally asked President Muhammadu Buhari administration to revoke the privatisation of the sector… Read full story
Coronavirus Won’t Stop Our Programme For Ondo, Edo Governorship Elections, INEC Says
Okoye revealed that a policy framework for engagement with stakeholders, the conduct of the two end of tenure governorship elections, outstanding by-elections and future electoral activities… Read full story
EDITORIAL: Coronavirus: The Reversal Of The Gains Of Lockdown
NIGERIA began a “phased and gradual” lifting of the lockdown to contain the spread of Covid-19 on May 4. This followed the announcement by President Muhammadu Buhari on April 28 that it had become imperative to ease the lockdown in Lagos, Abuja and Ogun states because many citizens had lost… Read full story
COVID-19: Introduce National Policy On Online Education, Reps Tell FG
The House of Representatives on Tuesday underscored the need for relevant authorities in charge of education in Nigeria to urgently develop a National Policy and Framework for online education for schools at various levels. The lawmakers said the policy should be developed with the view to salvaging the… Read full story