Almost all the products we for pest control and disinfection are sourced from abroad as they are not produced locally which makes their costs subjected to fluctuations in foreign exchange and the multiple collections of taxes from the federal, state, and local government from them.
In a nation endowed with natural resources and fertile soil, agriculture practice would be a perfect match for people therein to venture into and explore the opportunities posed by those natural blessings but lacking professionalism in some aspects agriculture could halt or jeopardize its fortune.
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However, instilling professionalism into the pest control industry in Nigeria since most technicians applying pesticides lacked formal training as being the core professional service rendered from the founder of Bug Zappers Limited, Bukky Soleye, a certified pest management professional with an impressive track record particularly in hospitality, oil and gas, food processing, manufacturing industries to mention a few.
Her journey to build one of the leading pest management companies and transforming pest management at the time when the industry was inundated with operators that had no formal training in pest management was an intentional move considering her total different background, being a graduate of Computer Science but later enrolled for a formal pest management program in Ontario, Canada to get industry knowledge and passed the certification exams to qualify as a Pest Management Professional.
Bug Zappers as a pest control service company benchmark have always been the global industry standard, using the right chemicals considered environmentally safe and equipment that you can find in other climes, investing in their technicians by educating and exposing them to global standards in pest management. This enabled us to work with many multinationals in the hospitality, manufacturing, and oil & gas sectors.
When asked if any way COVID-19 has changed the mode of operation in her organization, Soleye said pest control has always been a safety-conscious industry, so they are conversant with safety measures. For example, in Pre-COVID-19, our technicians work respirators, gloves, and sometimes coveralls when handling pesticides and nothing much has changed regarding that while the Post-COVID, they added disinfection and decontamination services in response to the pandemic.
Speaking on some of the challenges faced so far in building her company, Soleye pointed the major challenge she faces in the industry to be the fact that almost all the products she uses for pest control and disinfection are sourced from abroad as they are not produced locally which make their costs subjected to fluctuations in foreign exchange and the multiple collections of taxes from the federal, state and local government from them.
Commenting on how businesses can thrive in Nigeria, “we need the government to eliminate multiple taxes and fees. It is unbelievable how many permits we must obtain for each of our vehicles every year. We also need the right infrastructure in place. We spend heavily on diesel.” she said.
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She, however, advised the young female entrepreneur who would love to achieve entrepreneurship success to forge ahead, adding that there is no easy path to success but if she is focused and ready to put in the work, anything is achievable. Without hard work and discipline, no one can get to the top.
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