…Distributes start-up tools.
by Achadu Gabriel, Kaduna
Nigerian Breweries (NB) Plc has empowered not less than119 women and youths on 20 skills areas in Kaduna State and distributed start-up tools to beneficiaries, in order to support their entrepreneurship.
The company disclosed this at the graduation ceremony of 119 beneficiaries in Kaduna, and said that the gesture was part of its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) to the people in Kaduna State.
Beneficiaries, drawn from the Nigerian Breweries’ immediate community in Kakuri area of Kaduna South LG, were trained on 20 vocational skills and given tools such as sewing machines, and cameras, among others.
Skills acquired during the 12 weeks’ intensive training include Fashion Design and Interior Decoration, Hospitality and Catering, Plumbing and Pipe Fitting, Hairdressing, Make-up and Gele, Perfume and Cosmetology.
Others are: GSM Repairs, Electrical Installation, AC and Refrigerator repairs, Shoe Making, Solar Power and Inverter installation, Web and Mobile Apps creation, and Auto Mechanic, respectively.
In a speech during the graduation ceremony on Thursday in Kaduna, the Managing Director NB Plc, Hans Essadi, said, 2022 empowerment programs were held in 6 locations in Lagos, Abuja, Ota, Kaduna and Awo-Omamma to support a total of 472 women and youths in 20 skill areas with training and provision of start-up tools.
The MD, who was represented by the Brewery Manager Kaduna, Osasu Oviawe, said “The initiative is to drive home our corporate philosophy – to ‘Win with Nigeria’ by supporting our youths and women on their journey to entrepreneurship, employment generation and financial independence.”
While giving some background about the initiative, the MD said “Nigerian Breweries Youth and Women Empowerment Programme commenced in 2019, with a pilot scheme in Awo-Omamma, our brewery host community in Imo State.
“That year, 105 youths (selected from the 7 villages that make up the community) were trained across 5 skill areas and equipped with start-up tools to commence their journey into entrepreneurship.
“In 2020, the programme was expanded to 5 brewery host communities, namely, Ama in Enugu State, Kakuri in Kaduna State, Awo-Omamma in Imo State as well as Ota and Ijebu-Ode in Ogun State. A total of 347 persons benefitted in training and received start-up tools in their relevant fields of training.
“In 2021, the programme impacted 441 youths and women across 20 skills areas in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja; Kakuri in Kaduna State; Lagos State; Ibadan in Oyo State and Awo-Omamma in Imo State.
“This year, we are graduating 472 youths and women from 6 locations nationwide. Specifically for Kakuri, Kaduna State, we shall be graduating 119 participants, who have completed the 12 weeks of training and acquired skills in one of the vocations listed,” he said, and urged the beneficiaries to put all they have learnt to maximum use, on behalf of Nigerian Breweries Plc.
“To mark the end of this training programme, we will also be providing you with some start-up tools to support you on this new journey,” he said, and thanked Governor Nasir el-Rufai and key stakeholders for sustained commitment.
Traditional Rulers, Kaduna State Government and the former PRO Manager, Sariki A., who were in attendance, described NB as best in CSR, and commended the Brewery for empowerment of women and youths in various vocational skills in the state.
“We are equally honoured at this opportunity to give back to our own people, who have supported us since we commenced operations 76 years ago,” he said.