Governor to partner with private sector to create 200,000 jobs
Obaseki said this at the commissioning of a new production line of the Benin brewery of Guinness Nigeria Plc.
According to Vanguard, the Governor also said the state government will provide farm lands for people to engage in cassava farming to meet the requirements of the plant.
He said “Benin is home to Guinness and for us, you are our partners and we will take our partnership seriously. I am very happy to be associated with Guinness and excited that one of my corporate functions as a governor is to commission the Spirit Production Line of the factory.”
Reacting to the Governor’s remarks, the Chairman, Board of Directors, Guinness Nigeria Plc, Mr. Babatunde Savage, said “Today, we add to that strong heritage with the commissioning of our spirits production line in Nigeria, a first for Guinness Nigeria. With this line, we are now able to produce previously imported spirits locally. What this means is that we are able to offer a wider variety of products to our consumers at a more affordable price point. You will recall that on January 1, 2016, we also took over the distribution right of Diageo’s International Premium Spirits (IPS) brands in Nigeria. Now, with this addition of locally manufactured spirits to our portfolio, we are the first and only truly Total Beverage Alcohol, TBA, company in Nigeria.
“These developments in our business testify to our long term commitment to Nigeria and our continuing evolution as a truly Nigerian company, listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange and co-owned by over 70,000 Nigerians. As a responsible corporate citizen, Guinness Nigeria is interested in more than running a profitable business, we are also enriching our communities with investments in the areas of provision of water, health facilities and education scholarships, to mention a few.”
Governor Obaseki also pledged to provide good leadership that would ensure improved infrastructure development, industrial growth and job creation in the state.
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