The Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, paid a commemorative visit to Nigerian Breweries Plc on Tuesday, where he commended the brewer for its commitment to the economic prosperity of the state and the nation.
The Governor enjoined the company’s management to remain focused on excellent business practices and outstanding corporate governance. He congratulated the company on its 70th anniversary, noting that Nigerian Breweries has been part of the development of Lagos State since its creation fifty years ago.
“In the last fifty years, you have contributed to the growth and development of Lagos State. We are happy you have been part of the success story of this state,” he said.
Ambode underscored the company’s contribution towards job creation and its corporate citizenship stating that it has done more than any other company in the area of Corporate Social Responsibility in the state.
L-R Mr. Henk Wymenga , Technical Director, Nigerian Breweries Plc ; Chief Kola Jamodu, Chairman of the Board, Nigerian Breweries Plc and Governor Akinwunmi Ambode at the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the Lagos State Government and Nigerian Breweries Plc on the ‘One Lagos’ Fiesta in Lagos on Tuesday
The governor affirmed continuous co-operation and partnership with the company, assuring of his government’s support in creating an enabling environment for the company.
“We are part of this partnership and we shall do all to support it,” he said.
In his opening remarks, the Chairman of Nigerian Breweries Plc, Chief Kola Jamodu, said that Lagos State holds a special place in the heart of the company’s commitment to “Winning with Nigeria”. This commitment, he maintained has been shown in the company’s Corporate Social Responsibility footprints over the years to make several outstanding contributions towards human and infrastructural development in the state, especially in the areas of education, health and security.
Jamodu assured of the company’s continuous commitment to the state and will join hands with the governor in the march to making Lagos the envy of all eyes.
Speaking at the event, the Technical Director, Nigerian Breweries Plc, Mr. Henk Wymenga drew attention to the company’s many contributions to the socio-economic development of the state, including job creation, prompt and full compliance in payment of taxes which run into the billions of Naira, local sourcing of raw materials such as the sorghum and cassava value chain, as well as its long term sustainability goal, “Brewing a Better World”.
The event was capped by the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the Lagos State Government and Nigerian Breweries Plc on the ‘One Lagos’ fiesta. The brewer also donated two patrol vehicles to the Lagos State Security Trust Fund during the visit, while Governor Ambode planted a commemorative tree in the premises of the company’s Lagos brewery.