President Muhammadu Buhari is expected in Ogun State next week Tuesday to perform the inauguration of the $250 million state-of-the-art brewery by foremost brewer, International Breweries Plc, situated at km3 Flowergate Industrial Scheme, Sagamu-Abeokuta Expressway, Ogun State.
The $250m facility, which when commissioned, will be the largest brewery in West Africa, is owned by International Breweries Plc, an arm of AB InBev Group.
Speaking on the commissioning, the Managing Director, Annabelle Degroot, described the plant as a major step towards the company’s strategic goal of producing high quality drinks locally.
Degroot added that, the plant would provide a great opportunity to engage qualified locals who are excited about the prospects of forging a career with the brand, while thousands of both direct and indirect jobs would be created.
“International Breweries Plc is a brand that places a premium on quality. Bearing this in mind, we will spare no expense or effort in ensuring that Nigerians are treated to the best traditions in brewing, with outstanding recipes, superior ingredients, innovation and world class techniques. The outcome is to ensure satisfaction and enjoyment for our consumers.
“One of the objectives of the company is to create job opportunities for the people of Ogun State as well as Nigerians in general. The plant will also be instrumental in empowering farmers as most of the raw materials required will be sourced locally. This will in turn, contribute to the economic development of the country.”
The Plant Manager, Mr. Tony Agah, disclosed this on Monday to journalists during a media tour of the brewery located at Km 3 Flowergate Industrial Scheme, Sagamu-Abeokuta Expressway, Ogun State.
He said, “Given the importance of this event, the President and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, Federal Republic of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari, is expected to perform the inauguration of the facility.
“The governor of the state, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, will be hosting all of us, as our landlord. Other eminent Nigerians and officials of AB InBev, especially the global CEO, Mr. Carlos Brito, will lead the celebration.
“The new brewery will be the company’s largest plant within the group in Africa outside the one in South Africa. This will have a significant multiplier effects on the value chain within Ogun State and its environs.
“It will provide direct and indirect employment, make available global brands locally and support Nigeria’s foreign direct investment aspiration.”