President Jonathan Commends Nigerian Breweries Plc On N18b Aba Brewery Expansion | Company creates over 279,000 jobs

(L-R)Aba Brewery Manager, Mr. Ukeje Udah, 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.

 The President and
Commander-In-Chief of the Nigerian Armed Forces, Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan
has commended Nigerian Breweries Plc, foremost brewer of quality and premium
brands, for its unalloyed commitment to the economy and people of Nigeria.

The
President made the commendation at the commissioning of the new ultra-modern
Aba Brewery Expansion in Aba, Abia State built at the cost of N18 billion.

Represented by the
Minister of Trade and Investment Dr. Olusegun Aganga, the Presidentdisclosed
that Nigerian Breweries Plc 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 are safe for business having created over 279, 000 direct and indirect
employment for Nigerians which include thousands of farmers.  Eighty Five (85%) per cent of this is
attributed to direct production.
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.
The event, which was a
reflection of the company’s relationship with the people of the State was also attended
by the Governor of Abia State, Chief Theodore Orji; member of the House of
Representative representing Aba North and South, Hon. Uzor Azubuike; Secretary
to the State Government, Commissioners, Service Chiefs, Traditional Rulers and
key distributors.
In his remarks, the
Governor of Abia State, Chief Theordore 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.
(L-R) Managing Director Nigerian Breweries Plc,Mr. Nicolaas Vervelde, 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  Chairman Nigerian Breweries Plc, Chief Kola Jamodu at the Commissioning of Aba Brewery Expansion in Abia State today, Tuesday.
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 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 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. More than 85% of the
jobs can be directly attributed to our company’s production and local procurement
activities.” Chief Jamodu added.
(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.
The Managing Director,
Mr. Nicolaas Vervelde, 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 across 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.
(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.
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, a
cleaner and more environmental friendly source of energy. The station also has
diesel engines as a fall back option. 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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