More testimonies have continued to trail the security and investment-friendly environment which His Excellency, Rt. Hon. Dr. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi has enthroned in Enugu state. This was lucidly evidential when the Nigerian breweries Plc (NB), recently flagged off its facility expansion project in Enugu at the instance of the governor.
NB, which is Nigeria’s foremost brewing company, commissioned the civil works of its expansion project at Ama Brewery. The expansion project worth N56 billion (or 112 million euros) is expected to boost the brewing capacity from 2.7 million hectolitres to 4.8billion hectolitres in the first phase and up to 6 million hectolitres in the second phase.
This historic event was performed as part of the activities marking the visit of the CEO/Chairman of the Executive Board of HEINEKEN N.V, Dolf van den Brink to Nigeria, accompanied by the HEINEKEN Chief Financial Officer, Harold van den Broek, and HEINEKEN President for Africa Middle East and Eastern Europe, Roland Pirmez.
The commissioning ceremony was also attended by representatives of the Central Bank of Nigeria, the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment, the Nigerian Investment Promotion Council, the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria, traditional rulers from the host communities.
Speaking at the commissioning ceremony, the Governor of Enugu State, Rt. Hon. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, who was represented by Secretary to the State Government, Prof. Simon Ortuanya, commended NB Plc for taking the bold step to expand its current brewing capacity which demonstrates its commitment to the Nigerian economy and to Enugu State.
According to Ugwuanyi, when completed, this project would enhance the industrial growth of Enugu and Nigeria, while improving the company’s market share.
This is happening at a time companies are closing up in other states due to insecurity, and poor economy. It is noteworthy that investors (both foreign and local) have found haven in Gov. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi’s Enugu state and have kept erecting new businesses or expanding existing ones. For making security of lives and property his priority, Ugwuanyi has turned around, the fortunes of the state.
While others lament economic hardship, Enugu is welcoming owners of multinational corporations as they make their grand entry into the state for massive economic growth. Some of them are relocating the headquarters of their companies to Enugu.
Make no mistake about it, security of lives and property didn’t fall from heaven, into Enugu. It is a product of unflinching dedication and ceaseless efforts. Gov. Ugwuanyi paid heavily, almost with his life for it. He can well be called the master of quintessential leadership. And while we thank him for his love and sacrifice for his people, our people are urged to give him all necessary support to ensure continuity of his visionary leadership styles beyond 2023, by choosing whoever he tells us to follow.
Hon Bibian Anekwe
The Director General of ENUGU DI N’AKACHUKWU MOVEMENT
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