Gov. Lalong, Commends Nigeria Breweries for Complementing Govt’s Effort on Education

Plateau State Governor Rt. Hon. Simon Bako Lalong has lauded the Nigerian Breweries Plc. for complementing Government in Education via its Corporate Social Responsibility activitiess.

The Nigerian Breweries Plc, on Tuesday donated Classrooms, Laboratory,
Toilets and Borehole worth millions of naira in Government Science and
Technical College Bukuru, South Local Government Council of Plateau
State.

Speaking at the event, the Plateau State Governor, Rt. Hon. Simon Bako
Lalong who was represented by the Commissioner of Education, Hon. Joseph A. Mairiga, applauded the effort of NB Plc., saying “this occasion is indeed very significant and timely despite the current
economic meltdown of the nation’s economy”

He said, “the Nigeria Breweries Plc. have complemented Government efforts by bravely showcasing yet another enormous corporate social
responsibility to the government and people of Plateau State.

“It is our collective desire to reposition education in Plateau State
and indeed Nigeria. This befitting structure will surely promote the
teaching of science and technology in the school in particular and
Plateau State in general.
Mairiga added that “while Government through the ministry of education
will continue to revamp and revitalize education in the State, I therefore call on all spirited and corporate individuals companies,
organization and agencies, to emulate the Nigerian Breweries Plc for
not only intervening in education on the Plateau, but a gesture spread
to some selected states of the federation”.

The Commissioner, further applauded the initiative and commitment of
NB Plc towards promoting and upgrading the teaching and learning of
science and technology subjects in our schools in other to boost
scientific innovations in line with world best practice.

“We will continue to partner with you as stakeholders in education by providing the enabling and conducive environment to strive and contribute your quoter in the transformation of education development
of the state.” He added.

In his earlier speech, the Managing Director Nigeria Breweries Plc,
Mr. Nicolaas Vervelde who was represented by the Regional Business
Manager Mr. Anthony Ohiro, stated that, we have gathered here today at
GSTC Bukuru to commission and handover the school structure
constructed by Nigeria Breweries Plc.

“This project adds to several other school projects that our company
had embarked upon over the last five years across the North for the
benefit of our immediate host communities and other locations where we
do business”.

Furthermore, Mr Vervelde added that, “it is worthy to note that we turned 70 years last month.
Within this period we have grown our business to the first highest capitalized stock on the Nigeria Stock Exchange; invested over N175 billion in developing world class brewing facilities in the last 5
years.

Supported in the country’s food security through our over N1 billion sorghum value chain project where we sponsored research into the development of higher yield sorghum seeding, raising farmer yielding
from 1 to 4.5tons per hectare over 5 years period.
Invested into cassava value chain to increase cultivation and
industrial utilization of the tuber; we support a work force of about 4000 ensuring families have and enjoy the basic means of livelihood; last year on the Plateau, we renovated a clinic block and donated mini theatre equipment and a solar powered energy source to St. Virgilius
memorial health center Namu, in Shendam Local Government Area and in
recent years we have built over 182 classrooms, he said.

He also reveals that, “our projects are done in diligent pursuit of our corporate social responsibility goal-winning with Nigeria: by
being a responsive and distinguished corporate citizens of the States
where we do business. You would agree with us that we have made one of
the most visible social impact in our contribution to health, education, sport, water and community development projects in recent
years”.

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