By Kelechukwu Iruoma
In a bid to assist in the infrastructural development of public schools in Nigeria, the Nigerian Breweries, NB Plc, in partnership with Rotary Club of Lagos built a fully equipped library and sanitary facility for Randle Avenue Primary School in Surulere, Lagos.
Speaking at the commissioning of the projects at the premises of the school, the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, NB, Mr. Nicolaas Vervelde, said that over the years, NB has identified with the development aspirations of Nigeria and her people and has continuously extended its Corporate Social Responsibility footprints in the areas of health, water, security and education as a development partner with government.
Vervelde who was represented by the Corporate Affairs Adviser, Mr. Kufre Ekanem said, “The commissioning of the library facility once again demonstrates our company’s continuous commitment to improving the standards of education not only in Lagos but across Nigeria.”
He said that NB intervention in education sector in Nigeria took more structured platform in 1994 when NB/Felix Ohiwerei Education Trust Fund was set up with a seed capital of N100m. “Since then, the fund has impacted over 20,000 students across Nigeria. We have constructed and furnished over 280 classrooms, 45 sanitary facilities and 40 libraries in 40 communities across the country. We have also granted scholarships to deserving students and tertiary institution,“ he said.
He also said that the growth NB had experienced over the last 70 years of its existence of doing business in Nigeria had been because Lagos State was good to the company. “We can only reciprocate the kind gesture by giving back to the state because we believe that businesses cannot succeed if it operates devoid of its environment.
He acknowledge the contributions of Rotary Club of Lagos, 9110 who collaborated with NB on the project, urging the teachers to optimally utilize the facilities for the development of the children and mankind in general.
The President of Rotary Club of Lagos, Mrs. Modupe Sasore described education and literacy as one of the six focus areas of Rotary Club in carrying out Charity work, adding that Rotary Club placed utmost importance to education seeking assistance. She thanked NB for the partnership while describing the company as an agent of the upliftment of standard of education.