Managing Director, Nigerian Breweries, Mr. Nicolas Vervelde has reiterated its company desire to take active part in funding of educational and research institutions in Nigeria.
Speaking at the official commissioning of re-constructed Dedeke Memorial Girls Primary School, Surulere building, Vervelde said: “The Nigerian Breweries-Felix Ohiwerei Education Trust Fund established in 1994 will take a more active part in funding of educational and research institutions in Nigeria.”
He explained that the fund which has footprints across the six geographical zones in Nigeria’s primary, secondary and tertiary levels of education has significantly invested in many areas.
According to him, over 250 classrooms have been constructed and furnished, adding that 250 sanitary facilities and 26 libraries in 30 communities across the country have also been bought and constructed.
Last year, he noted, the Fund made a sponsorship donation of one million dollars to the Pan-Atlantic University, PAU for the construction of the university’s Faculty of Engineering and Technology Complex at its Ibeju Lekki Campus.
“Over 2000 students had received career counseling, sponsorship of the national reading competition between 2004 and 2010,” he said.
Vervelde who stated that NB was instrumental to the Creative Writer’s Workshop in partnership with FARAFINA since 2009, disclosed that the Centre for Vocational Entrepreneurship and Maltina Teachers of the year award were their sponsors.
He, however pointed out that Surulere Local Government in Lagos State is important to the company because it is host to the pioneer brewery and corporate headquarters.
Other schools renovated and re-constructed in Surulere include; Obele Primary School, Adisa Bashua Primary School, Akinsemoyin Primary School, Itolo Girls Senior Secondary School and Lagos Progressive College.
While commissioning the building he said: “We are proud to deliver to you today an infrastructure that does not only provide a conducive environment for learning, but can compete among the best infrastructure in public schools in Lagos State.”