Guinness Nigeria Plc has announced plans to expand its factory in Benin City, Edo State as part of efforts to deepen investment and boost job creation in the Heart Beat of Nigeria.
At a presentation on Tuesday, Mr Baker Magunda, the Managing Director of Guinness Nigeria, said during a courtesy visit to the acting Governor of Edo, Mr Philip Shaibu, that the brewery giant would also invest in clean water projects for both the company’s utilisation and communities in the state.
“We are interested in the opportunities we see in Edo, Guinness success is beyond dividends for shareholders but the impact on job creation as well as the development of host communities.
“Water is important in what we do and we have invested in water recycling to save water and to enable host communities to access potable water,” he said.
Mr Magunda also informed the acting governor of what the company was doing to promote equal job opportunities, reduce climate change as well as protection of the environment.
“We have initiated an association called Food and Beverage Recycling Alliance, it is involved in collecting disposed materials like plastic, to limit harm to the environment.
“We are also involved in clean energy projects in West Africa and our goal is to take the project to a sustainable level.”
He added that the visit was to appreciate the state government for its long-standing support of the brewery’s investment in Edo State.
Also speaking, Mr Rotimi Odusola, the Corporate Relations Director, Guinness Nigeria, said the company’s water recovery plant in the state would be inaugurated in a month’s time.
Mr Odusola said the plant had a capacity to treat 800,000 cubic meters of water per day, noting that the brewer was also involved in the empowerment of women in the state as well as enrollment of students in host communities in scholarship scheme.
Mr Shaibu, while commending the social corporate responsibility components of the company, sought the company’s sponsorship for sporting activities in the state.
Mr Shaibu said: “We will like you to sponsor our programmes, especially sporting activities; the easiest way to reduce youth restiveness is engaging them in sports.
“We have identified 15 sporting events that we want to revamp in the state starting from January 2023.
“We want to take back our place in sports, we now have a standard lawn tennis court and we want Guinness to take advantage of branding the court with its different brands.”
He also assured of the government’s support in the brewery’s site expansion project in the state noting that the state promotes a private sector-driven economy.
“When we have companies like you, issues of energy, and clean water can be addressed by both government and private sector for the betterment of the people,” he said.