February 23, 2018

Engineer combines entrepreneurial skills in weigh-bridge fabrication

Engineer combines entrepreneurial skills in weigh-bridge fabrication.. NAIJA INVEST

Young entrepreneurs are taking the bull by the horns by manufacturing things that hitherto were produced outside the country or by foreign firms. Industrial welding and fabrication of weigh-bridges for measuring of heavy weights such as trucks and industrial goods is no small fit. But Tola Oyelesi, an engineer, incorporated Weigh-bridge & Scale Services Limited in 2009, and has been combining his engineering and entrepreneurial skills in leading the firm that employs 25 personnel – professionals and artisans to construct weigh-bridges.

The challenges have been numerous because of the difficulties inherent in doing business in Nigeria, but this young engineer is unrelenting in his determination to make his firm the preferred choice for industries that need weigh-bridges, not only in Nigeria but in the whole of Africa.

Starting out

He reflects, “I started with two assistants, without a single tool or equipment. We got our first job through divine intervention. The Quarry Company that gave us the job paid 70 percent upfront. We used part of the money to purchase the most needed tools. We have since grown, acquiring virtually every equipment.”


He says, “Our brand of digital meter weigh-bridge is called the Nigerian Magic and is built to give precision weighing of heavy items. The company also deals in baby weighing scale, medical, platform and laboratory scale and indeed all kinds of scales.”


He adds, “We use steel, beams, checker plates, iron, computer system and sensors. The steel materials can be sourced in Owode Onirin and Orile Iron Market, both in Lagos. Our brand, Nigerian Magic is designed and fabricated for extra heavy duty applications in measuring the capacity of roads, in industries such as mining, construction, agro-allied, quarries, bitumen and asphalt plants, and so on. The weigh-bridge is movable and transferable to any point within a short time. It is specifically designed to meet up with the harsh nature of Nigeria and Africa, and comes with one year warranty.”

Engineer combines entrepreneurial skills in weigh-bridge fabrication.. NAIJA INVEST

Engineer combines entrepreneurial skills in weigh-bridge fabrication.. NAIJA INVEST


The staff consists of 10 engineers – mechanical engineers, computer engineers, industrial welders, and 15 artisans. Oyelesi says, “The engineers fabricate one weigh-bridge at a time in seven days in our workshop. We also have an architect/civil engineer who monitors 15 labourers and bricklayers in the construction of the concrete and pillars that the weigh-bridge will rest upon at the client’s site, and this takes about three days. As our job order increases, the staff strength will also increase.”


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