Firm empowers communities with CSR projects

By From Gordi Udeajah, Aba   |   11 May 2010   |   12:37 pm  
TWO Abia State Communities have benefited from the corporate social responsibility gesture of the Nigerian Breweries Plc (NBL) which erected, equipped and commissioned a six-classroom block for each of them.

The benefiting communities schools were Umunneoma Primary in Obingwa Council area where the NBL’s Aba Malting Plant is located and National High School Aba in Umuamara Obuada, Aba in Aba South Council area in which Aba brewery is located.

Speaking at the formal handover of the projects to the beneficiaries, the Managing Director of NBL , Mr. Paul Hamers, represented by the Aba Brewery/Aba Malt Plant Manager, Mr. Uche Igbokwe, said that the projects were effected in line with NBL policy of supporting education in Nigeria and demonstration of its social responsibility to communities in which it operates.

He stated that “all over the country, the educational system is faced with serious challenges in terms of provision of basic facilities such as school buildings, chairs and tables, library facilities, science equipments etc”.

Also the company’s Corporate Social Responsibility Manager, Mr. Vivien Ikem, expressed NBL’s worry over the recent reported mass failure of students in the 2009 December WAEC and NECO examinations, adding that NBL took education very important hence its commitment to the development of the sector.

State Commerce/Industry Commissioner, Prince Ezekwesili Ananaba, represented by Chief Ndubuisi Jaja Nwachukwu described the two projects as unique and commendable, asserting that they touch on the main fabric of the societal desires for the upbringing of children.

His education counterpart, who received the buildings on behalf of the state government, Dr. (Mrs.) Rose Ekeleme, noted that the two blocks were completed within three months and equipped with individualised desks and chairs.

She assured NBL that best uses would be made of them remarking that though many corporate organisations operate in the state, NBL excelled in fulfilling social responsibility to communities in which it operates.

She consequently urged others to emulate NBL even as she canvassed mass patronage of the NBL products to encourage it do more for the people.

Both headmistress of the school, Mrs. Harriet Ndubueze and Principal of National High School, Mr. Raymond Onuoha thanked NBL for the facility donated, pledging that they will make the best use of them.



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