Our International-Standard Materials Are Self-Produced – MD, H.K Ashimi General Cleaning Services

 

Mr Adewale Ashimi is the Managing Director of H.K Ashimi Nigeria Limited, a general cleaning services company. A graduate of chemistry, he decided to venture into general cleaning services after extensive knowledge gathering in the United Kingdom. In this interview with Safety Record Newspaper’s John Ogunsemore, he discloses why his company is different from its competitors. Excerpt.

May we meet you?

My name is Mr Ashimi Adewale. I am the MD of H.K Ashimi Nigeria Limited, a general cleaning services company. The company was incorporated in 1994 but we started general cleaning services in 2013. I went to England in 2005 and came back in 2013, when I started general cleaning services. While in England, I was engaged in general cleaning services. I was working with a German boss that produced so many cleaning chemicals. One of such was degreaser, which is used to clean engine rooms, generator floors and similar surfaces. Then there is carwash liquid soap. There is also liquid dishwasher, insecticide, rat killer, and reptile control. H.K Ashimi is into industrial and domestic cleaning services. We also fumigate against insects, reptiles, rats and others depending on the client’s need. We have a quote in our company that is like an operational motto: live in a clean, safe and secure environment without the fear of having homes and offices turned into dirty and uninhabitable environment.

Why did you decide to go into general cleaning services and not any other business?

I graduated from Lagos State University (LASU) in 1996. I read Chemistry. But while searching for a job, I could not get any one along my line of study. My first job was at an auditing firm in Anthony Village, Lagos. The auditing firm later bought a stockbroking house and I later became a stockbroking agent in the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) in 1999 after undergoing a course at the NSE. That was when I was working for a firm called Aquitus Securities Limited. Then later I got another job with Options Securities Limited in Lagos. I was marketing stock markets, buying and selling, trading for my clients. I was even going to England where I had many clients to bring their funds to Nigeria and trade it for them. Because of the nature of Nigeria, there was a problem with the market. When the market eventually fell, I relocated to England. There I joined a company called Top Ten, which was into cleaning services. The company was taking us (the employees) everywhere in its branded vehicle, just like mine that is outside is branded. The employees were about six. The company was producing its own chemicals that were being used in its cleaning services. We were doing fumigants, detergents and other chemicals. It was this same German man taking us everywhere and I was watching him. As a chemistry graduate, I got to know all the chemicals he used. That was how I told myself that on coming back to Nigeria, I already had a business. So when I came back in Nigeria around the end of 2012, I started the company in 2013. Ever since, we have been growing. Although we are nowhere near our desired point, we believe the sky is the limit.

What sets HK Ashimi Nigeria Limited apart from its competitors?

Most of the other general cleaner services companies don’t produce their own chemicals; they rely on other companies to produce and buy. But at H.K Ashimi, we produce all our chemicals ourselves. Most importantly, there is a chemical called degreaser used in washing greasy floors. Some companies engage cleaning services firms but still have to engage people like us to do degreaser for them. If we have a company engaging us as general cleaners, that company is saving itself stress and funds because there is no longer any need to engage another company to buy degreaser for them and start cleaning their generator floors. We do everything, and that is what makes our company unique.

Again, many of these cleaner services companies that use degreasers depend on foreign supply. What we tell such companies is that we have local producers like us that acquired the knowledge abroad, the same places where the supplies are originating. Although we say our degreasers are produced locally, I acquired the knowledge to make them while in the United Kingdom. They are therefore as good as those made abroad, if not better. Another reason why we say such people should patronise us is that the cost of our degreaser is considerably less than the foreign ones because of cost of shipment. If they buy from us, it saves them a lot of money and a lot of stress.

When it comes to fumigation, many cleaning companies fumigate without issuing fumigation certificate. That is not how H.K Ashimi operates. When we fumigate, we issue certificate for fumigation to our clients – poultries, producers of consumable items etc. The certificates could last six months but it shows that their premises have been fumigated. When NAFDAC and other relevant bodies go to inspect, these companies can present the certificates.

How health and safety compliant is H.K Ashimi Nigeria Limited?

The knowledge, equipment and materials we use at H.K Ashimi Nigeria Limited are from the United Kingdom. I can therefore say without any iota of doubt that they are world standard. When we were being trained in the UK, the training involved security consciousness at work and use of right Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). Before we start cleaning, the first thing is that we have many things that we use to protect ourselves: we have gloves, helmets, boots and other relevant apparatus. Most companies have engine rooms which contain generators that spill oil on the floor. Workers come to the engine room from the factory sometimes and when going back unknowingly step on the spilled oil and take it to the office. Any person in the office might step on it and fall. Because of this, anything can happen. Our degreaser is designed to ensure such an occurrence never happens.

How quickly can you mobilise for if given general cleaning job?

H.K Ashimi has not less than ten staff that are always available. If contacted by any company in need of our services, we can mobilise immediately because we already possess all the necessary equipment and materials. Every equipment used in our operations, most of which we got from overseas, is always in our care and ready. We are professional, dedicated, reliable, and our services are affordable.

Our International-Standard Materials Are Self-Produced – MD, H.K Ashimi General Cleaning Services

Mr Adewale Ashimi is the Managing Director of H.K Ashimi Nigeria Limited, a general cleaning services company. A graduate of chemistry, he decided to venture into general cleaning services after extensive knowledge gathering in the United Kingdom. In this interview with Safety Record Newspaper’s John Ogunsemore, he discloses why his company is different from its competitors. Excerpt.

May we meet you?

My name is Mr Ashimi Adewale. I am the MD of H.K Ashimi Nigeria Limited, a general cleaning services company. The company was incorporated in 1994 but we started general cleaning services in 2013. I went to England in 2005 and came back in 2013, when I started general cleaning services. While in England, I was engaged in general cleaning services. I was working with a German boss that produced so many cleaning chemicals. One of such was degreaser, which is used to clean engine rooms, generator floors and similar surfaces. Then there is carwash liquid soap. There is also liquid dishwasher, insecticide, rat killer, and reptile control. H.K Ashimi is into industrial and domestic cleaning services. We also fumigate against insects, reptiles, rats and others depending on the client’s need. We have a quote in our company that is like an operational motto: live in a clean, safe and secure environment without the fear of having homes and offices turned into dirty and uninhabitable environment.

Why did you decide to go into general cleaning services and not any other business?

I graduated from Lagos State University (LASU) in 1996. I read Chemistry. But while searching for a job, I could not get any one along my line of study. My first job was at an auditing firm in Anthony Village, Lagos. The auditing firm later bought a stockbroking house and I later became a stockbroking agent in the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) in 1999 after undergoing a course at the NSE. That was when I was working for a firm called Aquitus Securities Limited. Then later I got another job with Options Securities Limited in Lagos. I was marketing stock markets, buying and selling, trading for my clients. I was even going to England where I had many clients to bring their funds to Nigeria and trade it for them. Because of the nature of Nigeria, there was a problem with the market. When the market eventually fell, I relocated to England. There I joined a company called Top Ten, which was into cleaning services. The company was taking us (the employees) everywhere in its branded vehicle, just like mine that is outside is branded. The employees were about six. The company was producing its own chemicals that were being used in its cleaning services. We were doing fumigants, detergents and other chemicals. It was this same German man taking us everywhere and I was watching him. As a chemistry graduate, I got to know all the chemicals he used. That was how I told myself that on coming back to Nigeria, I already had a business. So when I came back in Nigeria around the end of 2012, I started the company in 2013. Ever since, we have been growing. Although we are nowhere near our desired point, we believe the sky is the limit.

What sets HK Ashimi Nigeria Limited apart from its competitors?

Most of the other general cleaner services companies don’t produce their own chemicals; they rely on other companies to produce and buy. But at H.K Ashimi, we produce all our chemicals ourselves. Most importantly, there is a chemical called degreaser used in washing greasy floors. Some companies engage cleaning services firms but still have to engage people like us to do degreaser for them. If we have a company engaging us as general cleaners, that company is saving itself stress and funds because there is no longer any need to engage another company to buy degreaser for them and start cleaning their generator floors. We do everything, and that is what makes our company unique.

Again, many of these cleaner services companies that use degreasers depend on foreign supply. What we tell such companies is that we have local producers like us that acquired the knowledge abroad, the same places where the supplies are originating. Although we say our degreasers are produced locally, I acquired the knowledge to make them while in the United Kingdom. They are therefore as good as those made abroad, if not better. Another reason why we say such people should patronise us is that the cost of our degreaser is considerably less than the foreign ones because of cost of shipment. If they buy from us, it saves them a lot of money and a lot of stress.

When it comes to fumigation, many cleaning companies fumigate without issuing fumigation certificate. That is not how H.K Ashimi operates. When we fumigate, we issue certificate for fumigation to our clients – poultries, producers of consumable items etc. The certificates could last six months but it shows that their premises have been fumigated. When NAFDAC and other relevant bodies go to inspect, these companies can present the certificates.

How health and safety compliant is H.K Ashimi Nigeria Limited?

The knowledge, equipment and materials we use at H.K Ashimi Nigeria Limited are from the United Kingdom. I can therefore say without any iota of doubt that they are world standard. When we were being trained in the UK, the training involved security consciousness at work and use of right Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). Before we start cleaning, the first thing is that we have many things that we use to protect ourselves: we have gloves, helmets, boots and other relevant apparatus. Most companies have engine rooms which contain generators that spill oil on the floor. Workers come to the engine room from the factory sometimes and when going back unknowingly step on the spilled oil and take it to the office. Any person in the office might step on it and fall. Because of this, anything can happen. Our degreaser is designed to ensure such an occurrence never happens.

How quickly can you mobilise for if given general cleaning job?

H.K Ashimi has not less than ten staff that are always available. If contacted by any company in need of our services, we can mobilise immediately because we already possess all the necessary equipment and materials. Every equipment used in our operations, most of which we got from overseas, is always in our care and ready. We are professional, dedicated, reliable, and our services are affordable.v

Our International-Standard Materials Are Self-Produced – MD, H.K Ashimi General Cleaning Services

Mr Adewale Ashimi is the Managing Director of H.K Ashimi Nigeria Limited, a general cleaning services company. A graduate of chemistry, he decided to venture into general cleaning services after extensive knowledge gathering in the United Kingdom. In this interview with Safety Record Newspaper’s John Ogunsemore, he discloses why his company is different from its competitors. Excerpt.

May we meet you?

My name is Mr Ashimi Adewale. I am the MD of H.K Ashimi Nigeria Limited, a general cleaning services company. The company was incorporated in 1994 but we started general cleaning services in 2013. I went to England in 2005 and came back in 2013, when I started general cleaning services. While in England, I was engaged in general cleaning services. I was working with a German boss that produced so many cleaning chemicals. One of such was degreaser, which is used to clean engine rooms, generator floors and similar surfaces. Then there is carwash liquid soap. There is also liquid dishwasher, insecticide, rat killer, and reptile control. H.K Ashimi is into industrial and domestic cleaning services. We also fumigate against insects, reptiles, rats and others depending on the client’s need. We have a quote in our company that is like an operational motto: live in a clean, safe and secure environment without the fear of having homes and offices turned into dirty and uninhabitable environment.

Why did you decide to go into general cleaning services and not any other business?

I graduated from Lagos State University (LASU) in 1996. I read Chemistry. But while searching for a job, I could not get any one along my line of study. My first job was at an auditing firm in Anthony Village, Lagos. The auditing firm later bought a stockbroking house and I later became a stockbroking agent in the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) in 1999 after undergoing a course at the NSE. That was when I was working for a firm called Aquitus Securities Limited. Then later I got another job with Options Securities Limited in Lagos. I was marketing stock markets, buying and selling, trading for my clients. I was even going to England where I had many clients to bring their funds to Nigeria and trade it for them. Because of the nature of Nigeria, there was a problem with the market. When the market eventually fell, I relocated to England. There I joined a company called Top Ten, which was into cleaning services. The company was taking us (the employees) everywhere in its branded vehicle, just like mine that is outside is branded. The employees were about six. The company was producing its own chemicals that were being used in its cleaning services. We were doing fumigants, detergents and other chemicals. It was this same German man taking us everywhere and I was watching him. As a chemistry graduate, I got to know all the chemicals he used. That was how I told myself that on coming back to Nigeria, I already had a business. So when I came back in Nigeria around the end of 2012, I started the company in 2013. Ever since, we have been growing. Although we are nowhere near our desired point, we believe the sky is the limit.

What sets HK Ashimi Nigeria Limited apart from its competitors?

Most of the other general cleaner services companies don’t produce their own chemicals; they rely on other companies to produce and buy. But at H.K Ashimi, we produce all our chemicals ourselves. Most importantly, there is a chemical called degreaser used in washing greasy floors. Some companies engage cleaning services firms but still have to engage people like us to do degreaser for them. If we have a company engaging us as general cleaners, that company is saving itself stress and funds because there is no longer any need to engage another company to buy degreaser for them and start cleaning their generator floors. We do everything, and that is what makes our company unique.

Again, many of these cleaner services companies that use degreasers depend on foreign supply. What we tell such companies is that we have local producers like us that acquired the knowledge abroad, the same places where the supplies are originating. Although we say our degreasers are produced locally, I acquired the knowledge to make them while in the United Kingdom. They are therefore as good as those made abroad, if not better. Another reason why we say such people should patronise us is that the cost of our degreaser is considerably less than the foreign ones because of cost of shipment. If they buy from us, it saves them a lot of money and a lot of stress.

When it comes to fumigation, many cleaning companies fumigate without issuing fumigation certificate. That is not how H.K Ashimi operates. When we fumigate, we issue certificate for fumigation to our clients – poultries, producers of consumable items etc. The certificates could last six months but it shows that their premises have been fumigated. When NAFDAC and other relevant bodies go to inspect, these companies can present the certificates.

How health and safety compliant is H.K Ashimi Nigeria Limited?

The knowledge, equipment and materials we use at H.K Ashimi Nigeria Limited are from the United Kingdom. I can therefore say without any iota of doubt that they are world standard. When we were being trained in the UK, the training involved security consciousness at work and use of right Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). Before we start cleaning, the first thing is that we have many things that we use to protect ourselves: we have gloves, helmets, boots and other relevant apparatus. Most companies have engine rooms which contain generators that spill oil on the floor. Workers come to the engine room from the factory sometimes and when going back unknowingly step on the spilled oil and take it to the office. Any person in the office might step on it and fall. Because of this, anything can happen. Our degreaser is designed to ensure such an occurrence never happens.

How quickly can you mobilise for if given general cleaning job?

H.K Ashimi has not less than ten staff that are always available. If contacted by any company in need of our services, we can mobilise immediately because we already possess all the necessary equipment and materials. Every equipment used in our operations, most of which we got from overseas, is always in our care and ready. We are professional, dedicated, reliable, and our services are affordable.

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