Nigeria Breweries Commissions Expanded Ultra-Modern Aba Plant
DETERMINED to reinforce its firm commitment towards the economic development of Nigeria and its people through direct investment, Nigerian Breweries Plc has commissioned the new ultra-modern expanded Aba Brewery in Aba, Abia State. The expansion cost the company N18 billion.
The event, which was also a reflection of the company’s relationship with the government and people of the state, was attended by President Goodluck Jonathan, who was represented by Minister of Trade and Investment, Dr. Olusegun Aganga; the Governor of Abia State, Theodore Orji; member of the House of Representative representing Aba North and South, Hon. Uzor Azubuike, Secretary to Abia State Government, Commissioners, Service Chiefs, Traditional Rulers and key distributors.
Speaking at the event, Managing Director, NB Plc, Mr. Nicolas Vervelde, pointed out that as Nigeria’s pioneer and leading brewing company, the commissioning was in a sense an opportunity to showcase another example of the company’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 two malting plants strategically spread out cross 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 N18 billion. It makes Aba Brewery the most modern brewery in Nigeria and simultaneously doubles the technical capacity at the brewery to 2.4 million hectoliters per annum.”
In his comments, Chairman of the company, Chief Kola Jamodu, stated that the expansion project reflected the company’s bold confidence, not only in Abia State and the entire Eastern Nigeria but also in Nigeria as an investment destination.