President Muhammadu Buhari will lead other eminent Nigerians to inaugurate a $250m largest brewery in west Africa owned by International Breweries Plc next week Tuesday.
The Plant Manager, Mr Tony Agah, disclosed this to journalists on Tuesday during a media tour of the brewery located at the Flowergate Industrial Scheme, Sagamu-Abeokuta Expressway, Ogun State.
He said the IB Plc was part of the AB InBev Group, the world’s largest brewer.
Agah said other eminent Nigerians expected at the event were the state governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun; Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Okechukwu Enelamah; and the Global Chief Executive Officer, AB InBev, Mr Carlos Brito, among others.
The new brewery, which, he said, was the fourth plant to be established in the country by IB Plc, as the other three were located in Ilesa, Onitsha and Port Harcourt.
While he explained that the new plant was one of the Foreign Direct Investment that came into the country in the last two years, Agah stated that the first phase of the development of the plant had been completed with over 300 Nigerians already employed.
He added that many more indirect employment would also be created in due course.
Agah 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 effect on the value chain within Ogun State and its environs as it will provide direct and indirect employment, make available global brands locally and support Nigeria’s Foreign Direct Investment aspiration.”
The Managing Director, IB Plc, Annabelle Degroot, described the new plant as a major step towards the company’s strategic goal of producing high-quality alcoholic beverages locally.
“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,” Degroot added.