Nigerian Breweries Plc has commissioned its upgraded brewery in Ota, Ogun State as part of its strategic plan to consolidate its leadership position in the industry.
The event which took place on Wednesday 8th, March 24, 2017 at the Ota brewery saw the commissioning of a new PET line, a Water Treatment Plant and a Waste Water Treatment Plant, among twenty one others.
Dignitaries present at the commissioning included the governor of Ogun State, His Excellency, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, and former president, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, and Chief Kola Jamodu, Chairman, Nigerian Breweries Plc, amongst others.
The Chairman in his address explained that the multi-billion Naira PET line which currently boasts the best technology in the HEINEKEN world was installed to deepen availability of the non-alcoholic product portfolio of the company. He added that the modern Water Treatment Plant was constructed to ensure the continued excellent quality of the company’s brands while the Waste Water Treatment Plant further contributes to the success of its sustainability agenda of “Brewing a Better World”.
According to him, “These investments, totaling over N11b stand out as a testimony to our corporate philosophy of winning with Nigeria and they reflect our company’s bold confidence in Ogun State and Nigeria as an investment destination.” He said.
Chief Kola Jamodu also emphasized that the projects signpost the contribution of the company to the economic development of Ogun State which also play to another of its brewery in Ijebu Ode and many of the ancillary industries that the company supports. He said that the company currently sources over 50% of its raw materials and 95% of its packaging materials locally.
On his part, the Ogun State governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun felicilated with the company on the successful upgrade of the brewery which he described as a bold step which is crucial to the attainment of a self-dependent economy. The governor commended the company for its backward integration drive and urged other companies to emulate the move which he said is an important ingredient in the drive to achieve a self-sustaining economy. He promised that the state will continue to provide necessary conditions for business to operate smoothly in the state.
Former President Olusegun Obasanjo, represented by Chief Abraham Idowu Akanle congratulated Nigerian Breweries on the upgrade of the brewery. He described the private sector as the engine room of economic growth and called on other corporate organisations to follow the fruitful example of the company.
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