Nigeria Breweries Restates Commitment To Nigerian Economy | Commissions N18billion New Ultra-Modern Aba Brewery Expansion

(L-R) Chairman Nigerian Breweries Plc, Chief Kola Jamodu, Managing Director,Mr. Nicolaas Vervelde and the Corporate Affairs Adviser, Mr. Kufre Ekanem at the Commissioning of Aba Brewery Expansion in Abia State today, Tuesday.

In order to reinforce its
firm commitment toward the economic development of Nigeria and its people
through direct investment, Nigerian Breweries Plc, foremost brewer of quality
brands has commissioned the new ultra-modern Aba Brewery Expansion in Aba, Abia
State.

The expansion gulped N18 billion.

The event, which was
also a reflection of the company’ relationship with the government and people
of the State, was attended by the President, Federal Republic of Nigeria, Dr.
Goodluck Jonathan, represented by Minister of Trade and Investment, Dr.
Olusegun Aganga, the Governor of Abia State Chief Theodore Orji, member of the House
of Representative representing Aba North and South, Hon. UzorAzubuike,
Secretary to the State Government, Commissioners, Service Chiefs, Traditional
Rulers and key distributors.
Speaking at the event,
the President, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, disclosed that, Nigerian Brewery has
restated its unshakable resolve to power and support the economic developmental
goal of Nigeria with the investment of N18 billion through the expansion of the
Aba Brewery. He stated that it is also a clear indication that Nigeria and Abia
State is safe for business having created over 279, 000 direct and indirect
employment for Nigerians which include 250 farmers.  Eighty Five (85%) per cent of this, he added,
is attributed to production. He was represented by the Minister of Trade and
Investment Dr. Olusegun Aganga who commissioned the plant on his behalf.
(L-R) Chairman Nigerian Breweries Plc, Chief Kola Jamodu, Minister of Trade and Investment, Dr. Olusegun Aganga, who represented the President, Federal Republic of Nigeria, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan,  Executive Governor of Abia State, His Excellency, Chief Theodore Orji and the Managing Director Nigerian Breweries Plc,Mr. Nicolaas Vervelde at the Commissioning of Aba Brewery Expansion in Abia State today, Tuesday.
President Jonathan
commended the Management of the company for the laudable project, saying this
cannot be taken away from what contributed to the listing of the company as one
of the top one hundred companies in Nigeria in 2014. “The project is also a
reflection of our future as a Nation.” He added.
In his remarks, the
Governor of Abia State, Chief Theodore Orji, stated that the project shows a
perfect partnership between the government and private investors owing to the tangible
achievement of his administration in fighting insecurity in the State.
He enjoined the people
of the State to continue to support the company as this expansion of their
investment in the state will enhance direct and indirect employment, increase
revenue generation to local, state and federal governments, while further
assisting in the improvement of the standard of living of the people.
In his comments, Chairman
of the company, Chief Kola Jamodu, stated that the expansion project reflects the
company’s bold confidence, not only in Abia State and the entire Eastern
Nigeria but in Nigeria as an investment destination. “Our company started
business in 1946 in Lagos as Nigeria’s first brewing company. In 1949, the
first bottle of Star beer was produced. Aba Brewery was commissioned in 1957
and today starts another milestone in our company’s socio-economic
developmental journey with Eastern Nigeria.”
He added that over the
years the company has been very active in supporting Nigeria’s national
development aspirations. This is exemplified by its continuous identification
and response to major challenges confronting the Nigerian nation through
corporate social investments, especially in the areas of education,
environment, water, youth empowerment, talent development and sports, amongst
others.
“Our socio economic
impact report shows that in 2013 alone, the value added by Nigerian Breweries
to the Nigerian Economy stood at N292 billion value added or 0.4 per cent of
GDP. N98billion or 0.1per cent of GDP out of this stood as direct support. Our
company supported 279,000 jobs directly and indirectly. The above indicated
value added and employment supported by Nigerian Breweries, more than 85% jobs
can be directly attributed to our company’s production and local procurement
activities.”
The Managing Director,
Mr. NicolaasVervelde, pointed out that as Nigeria’s pioneer and leading brewing
company, the commissioning is, in a sense, an opportunity to showcase another
example of Nigerian Breweries Plc’s long-standing and continuing commitment to ‘Winning
with Nigeria’ through“our investments, our footprint, our people and our
socio-economic impact. This journey which commenced with the registration of
our company in 1946 continues today with a footprint of 11 Breweries and 2
malting plants strategically spread out cross Nigeria.”
He added that“Aba
Brewery commenced operations in 1957 with an initial installed capacity of 500,000 hectoliters per annum which later increased
to 1.2million hectoliters per annum. The Brewery reconstruction and expansion
project which began in 2012 was completed in 2014 at a cost of N18bn. It makes
Aba Brewery the most modern brewery in Nigeria and simultaneously doubles the
technical capacity at the brewery to 2.4m hectoliters per annum.”
The 58-year brewery has
now been transformed into a t modern highly efficient brewery ranking among the
best in the H
eineken group
worldwide. This ultra-modern facility comprises of a most modern brew house
capable of making twelve brews of 500hl casting volume per hour. Its energy
recovery system is capable of processing 230 cubic meters of water per hour.
The new membrane beer filter installed is the latest technology in beer
filtration.
Additionally, the new
Aba Brewery has the most modern waste water treatment plant to treat effluents
from the brewery with a capacity to handle 3300 cubic meter effluent per day,
with new utility plants and a most modern canning line with a production
capacity of 57,000 cans per hour.

The brewery is powered
by an 8 MVA internally generated power station which runs mainly on gas,
cleaner and more environmental friendly, and diesel engines as a fall back. The
brewery is no doubt a showpiece in brewing technology and it is worth emphasising
that this entire ultra-modern facility is managed and operated 100 per cent by
Nigerians.

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