Guinness Nigeria extends expansion drive in Edo to boost job creation

... As Guinness unveils its new product, Captain Morgan to acting Gov

Benin ---------------- Guinness Nigeria Plc has said that it has ongoing plans to expand its site in Benin City with a view to deepening investment and boosting job creation.

Managing Director, Guinness Nigeria, said Mr Baker Magunda,  spoke during a courtesy visit to the acting Governor of Edo State, Comrade Philip Shaibu, in Benin on Tuesday.

Magunda further said it would also invest in clean water projects for both the use of the company and communities in the state.

His words, “We are interested in the opportunities we see in Edo State, Guinness success is beyond dividends for shareholders but impact on job creation as well as 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 access potable water....

“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 sustainable level.”

Magunda furthermore, told the acting governor of what the company was doing to promote equal job opportunities, reduce climate change as well as protect the environment,.adding that the visit was to appreciate the state government for it’s long standing support to the company's investments in the state.

Also in his comments, speaking, the Corporate Relations Director, Guinness Nigeria, Mr Rotimi Odusola, said the company’s water recovery plant in the state would be inaugurated in a month’s time, pointing out that, the plant had a capacity to treat 800,000 cubic meters of water per day.

He also, noted that the brewery was involved in empowerment of women in the state as well as enrollment of students in host communities in scholarship schemes.

Earlier,  while commending the social coporate responsibility components of the company, Shaibu, had asked for the company’s sponsorship of sporting activities in the state.

“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 it’s different brands,” Shaibu added.

The acting Governor then assured of the government’s support in the brewery’s site expansion project in the state stressing that the state government usually promotes a private sector driven economy.

“When we have companies like you, issues of energy, clean water can be addressed by both government and private sector for the betterment of the people,” he added.

The high points of the event was the unveiling of Captain Morgan, a Guinness new product, brewed in the state to the acting Governor.