*75 beneficiaries get start-up tools in Alalubosa, Ibadan
By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
The Managing Director, of Nigerian Breweries (NB) Plc, Mr Hans Essaadi has disclosed that no fewer than 443 women and youth have been supported by the company.
Mr Essaadi who made this know at the graduation ceremony of the 2021 empowerment programme of beneficiaries in Alalubosa communities in Ibadan said the women and the youths were supported in at least 20 skill areas with training and provision of start-up tools.
Represented by the Brewery Manager, Ibadan and Ijebu-Ode, Mr Tayo Ogundana, the Managing Director, NB Plc, stressed that the empowerment programme under the Nigerian Breweries’ Brew A Better World Agenda has provided the company with an opportunity to support the country, especially the host communities by empowering the youths and women with entrepreneurial, vocational and life skills
“We are honoured at the opportunity to give back to our own people, who have supported us since we commenced operations 75 years ago.This year, the NB empowerment programme was held in 5 locations- Lagos, Abuja, Ibadan, Kakuru and Awo-Omama to support a total of 443 women and youths in 20 skill areas with training and provision of start-up tools”, he said.
Mr Ogundana added, ” this initiative drives home our corporate philosophy to Win with Nigeria by supporting our youths and women on their journey to entrepreneurship, employment generation and financial independence.”
Speaking further, he stressed that the empowerment programme was as a result of of the Coronavirus pandemic on the Nigeria economy leading to the sharp drop in Nigeria’s GDP growth and in turn had led to increased unemployment and fewer economic opportunities, especially for the youth and women.
“In response to this challenge, we set up the NB Empowerment Programme under the Nigerian Breweries’Brew A Better World Agenda, and this has provided us with an opportunity to support our dear country (and especially our host communities) by empowering our youth and women with entrepreneurial, vocational and life skills.
“At the end of the day, they not only acquire new knowledge and ideas, but they also acquire vocational and life skills that create employment and wealth, which ultimately improves the overall standard of living”, Ogundana added.
He pointed out that the graduating 75 beneficiaries completed the 12 weeks of training and acquired skills in one vocations areas including: tailoring and fashion design, hair dressing and styling, computer appreciation and programming, electrical electronics engineering, installation and maintenance, make-up artistry, catering and event decoration and cobbling and shoe making.
The Corporate Affairs Manager, West/Mid West, NB, Danjuma John Ekele in his closing remarks lauded the host communities for the support to the company over the years.
He stressed that the company will not relent to do all within its power to explore opportunities to always impact positively on the residents and communities.