Nigerian Breweries Plc announced on Thursday it was putting finishing plans to expand its operational capacity at its Ama brewery in Enugu State.
The company’s Managing Director, Jordi Borrut Bel disclosed this when he led a delegation that paid a courtesy visit to the Enugu State Governor, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi.
Bel said that the project which would run into billions of naira was already before its board for approval.
He thanked the Governor for providing an enabling environment in the state for businesses to thrive, adding that the network of roads constructed by the administration within and around their host communities at 9th Mile Corner, and other sustained efforts had enhanced the security of lives and property.
The MD explained that the state’s enabling business environment and also around its host communities and the governor’s commitment to peace and security had made it possible for the company’s planned expansion, which he expressed optimism would be approved by the board soon.
“I will like to express our gratitude for the work you have done in the network of roads around the brewery, specifically the roads leading to the Ama Brewery. I would also like to commend you for the enabling environment you have created in this state, especially the way you have been able to address the civil unrest by the communities around the brewery.
“In all, I will like to commend you for the peace and security which this state has enjoyed under your administration. I will like to say that this enabling environment you have created has, in turn, enabled our business to grow to the extent that we have been able to start the procedure for expansion of our brewery,” he said.
Commenting on the planned expansion of the brewery, Governor Ugwuanyi described the business relations between Nigerian Breweries and Enugu State as “mutually rewarding experience”.
He expressed delight at the proposed expansion, stating that it would generate more employment, create wealth and improve tax revenue of the state.
The Governor assured the MD of his administration’s unflinching support, noting that the state government had done a lot to make Enugu State a destination of choice for credible investors.
He said that his administration through continuous “heavy investments” in our security architecture and peace initiatives, had demonstrated its untiring commitment in providing the enabling environment for businesses to thrive in the state.
“Enugu State, under my watch, has transited from its 2014 World Bank Ease of Doing Business ranking as 27th out of 37 states (including FCT, Abuja), to an enviable ranking as the second state in the Ease of Starting Business and third state in Ease of Doing Business in Nigeria in the 2018 World Bank Ease of Doing Business rankings,” the Governor said.
“I assure you that Enugu State is ready and conducive for phase two capacity expansion project of Ama Brewery as envisaged. Your decision to further your investment in our state is a decision well made. We are, indeed, happy and ready to win with Nigerian Breweries.”