By Dayo Adesulu
Adisa Bashua Primary School, Surulere, Lagos has benefited from the Nigerian Breweries – Felix Ohiwerei Education Trust Fund (ETF) as it renovated the school, making it a conducive place for learning.
Speaking at the commissioning and handover of the school to its authorities, the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Nigerian Breweries Plc, Mr. Nicolaas Vervelde said that the gesture was borne out of a request from the school’s head teacher.
He said: “In June 2013, we received a letter of request from the head teacher and Chairman of Adisa Bashua Street Association seeking our support and assistance for the repair of damaged facilities in the school. Our company granted this request and the result is what you are witnessing here today.”
Vervelde who was represented by Mrs Ethel Uche Emmanuel disclosed that the project was undertaken through the Nigerian Breweries – Felix Ohiwerei Education Trust Fund.
He explained that the ETF which was established in 1994 started with a grant of N100m to take an active role in funding of education and research facilities as well as encourage academic excellence in Nigeria.
According to him, through the ETF, NB had been able to support the development of educational infrastructure in Nigeria.
“We have constructed new classroom blocks and libraries, renovated existing classrooms, equipped the schools with furniture, books and computers to provide a suitable learning environment for students,” he said.
In 2014, he pointed out that similar projects were carried out in Oyo, Rivers, Abia, Akwa Ibom, Kaduna, Benue, Kano, Sokoto and Edo States.
Besides, Vervelde noted that NB also supports other youth empowerment and talent development programmes like National Competition, National Arts Competition, Creative Writing Workshop, and the Golden Pen Award initiative to encourage professionalism in practice of journalism.
He explained CSR is about understanding the positive impact an enterprise can have on its local environment. “We strive to champion causes that add value to the society because our belief is that businesses should be an integral part of the community where it operates,” he said.