Nigerian Breweries Plc, the foremost brewing company in Nigeria, has empowered 472 youth and women with skills acquisition across 6 locations in Nigeria. The beneficiaries were recently hosted to graduation ceremonies held simultaneously across the country in Lagos, Abuja, Ota, (Ogun), Kaduna, Ama(Enugu) and Awo-Omamma.
For this year’s edition of the skill acquisition programme, beneficiaries were trained across a wide range of skill areas, including; Fishery, Beads Making, Wig Making, Cosmetology, Hairdressing, Solar Panel Installation, Mobile Phone repairs, Barbing, Fashion Design, Marketing, Block Molding, among others
In his message to the graduands at the various ceremonies, the Managing Director, Nigerian Breweries Plc, Hans Essaadi noted that the initiative is in furtherance of the company’s commitment to its corporate philosophy of winning with Nigeria as it seeks to support youth and women on their journey to entrepreneurship, employment generation and financial independence.
Congratulating all the graduands across locations, Essaadi urged beneficiaries to maximize what they have learnt by making judicious use of them. According to him, all the beneficiaries will also receive start-up tools as a way of supporting them on their entrepreneurial journey.
The roll call of dignitaries that graced the various graduation ceremonies across the locations include First Lady, Enugu State, Monica Ugwuanyi,representative of the First Lady, Ogun State,Mrs. Abimbola Adesanya,representative of the Deputy Governor, Lagos, Mrs. Bolaji Dada, Commissioner for Youth development, Abia State, Barrister Charles Esonu and several traditional rulers across the locations.
In his remarks, the Deputy Governor, Lagos State, Obafemi Hamzat who was represented by Commissioner for Women Affairs and Poverty Alleviation, Lagos State, Mrs. Bolaji Dada said the programme has further cemented the company’s commitment to corporate social responsibility particularly with the host community.
“Your performance as a corporate citizen of Lagos State speaks volumes about you, particularly in the areas of Corporate Social Responsibility and other intervention initiatives that have been carried out by your organization in host communities”, he said.
Felicitating with the graduands and beneficiaries of the start-up tools, he urged them to make the best use of the opportunity provided through the training by leveraging it to become gainfully employed and contributing to the socio-economic development and growth of a “Greater Lagos” for the benefit of all.
Since its inception in 2019, 1,365 women and youth from host communities and other locations across the country have benefited from the empowerment initiative.