British American Tobacco Nigeria (BATN) has emerged winner of the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN) ‘Best Kept Industrial Premises’ award for 2016.
BATN, which was only making its first attempt in the competition, garnered 92 per cent score to place first.
The announcement was made following the environmental assessment of the factory premises conducted by the association’s environmental committee.
MAN’s ‘Best Kept Industrial Premises’ award is open to manufacturing companies, including food and beverages manufacturers in the large scale, medium scale and small scale categories.
Other companies that finished top were Nampak Cartons and Nigerian Breweries, who were first and second runners-up respectively.
For the small/medium scale category, Boulus Food and Beverages, Frigoglass Manufacturing Industries Ltd and Vina International Ltd, came first, second and third respectively. Special recognition was given to Oriental Foods Industry Ltd, Fan Milk Plc, Filade Marble Works and Altak Industry Limited.
The top three spots among the first 10 positions were clinched by companies in the large scale manufacturing cadre, while the remaining seven were mostly drawn from the small scale manufacturing cadre.
In an appreciation speech, the Manager, Operations, Environment Health and Safety, BATN, West Africa Area, Mr Jide King, after receiving the award on behalf of the company, attributed the milestone to the company’s “deliberate adherence to global environment benchmark and serious housekeeping programme.”
He stated further that, “as a policy, BATN values its employees and is committed to providing world-class work environment for them. Housekeeping for us is led by leadership; it is one of the elements of our incentive schemes for workers, which attracts a quarterly bonus.
The award was the highlight of the 33rd annual general meeting of MAN, Southwest.