NIGERIA – Nigerian Breweries Plc recorded another milestone as it commissioned an ultra-modern upgraded plant in Ota, Ogun State.
The new addition to NB Plc factories scattered across Nigeria was part of the company’s strategic plan to consolidate its leadership position in the industry.
Part of the brewery infrastructure commissioned at the well-attended ceremony included a new PET line, a Water Treatment Plant and a Waste Water Treatment Plant, among twenty one others.
While welcoming guests who included the governor of Ogun State, Ibikunle Amosun, and former president, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo represented by Chief Abraham Idowu, Chairman, Nigerian Breweries Plc, Chief Kola Jamodu, explained that the multi-billion Naira PET line which currently boasts the best technology in the Heineken world was installed to deepen availability of the non-alcoholic product portfolio of the company.
He added that the modern Water Treatment Plant was constructed to ensure the continued excellent quality of the company’s brands while the Waste Water Treatment Plant further contributes to the success of its sustainability agenda of ‘Brewing a Better World’.
“These investments, totaling over N11 billion, stands out as a testimony to our corporate philosophy of Winning with Nigeria and they reflect our company’s bold confidence in Ogun State and Nigeria as an investment destination.”
Amosun congratulated the company on the successful upgrade of the brewery which he described as an enviable step capable of facilitating a self-dependent economy.
He commended Nigerian Breweries for its backward integration and local sourcing of over 50% of its raw materials and 95% of its packaging material.
According to the governor, “It will be in our collective interest for companies in Ogun state and even the entire country to source their materials locally. Backward integration and import substitution is the master key to a self-sustaining economy”.
Nigerian Breweries Plc acquired Ota brewery in 2011 and since that time, the company has invested significantly to upgrade the facilities at the brewery to the world-class standards befitting a brewery in the Heineken group.