KADUNA – (FIRC Kaduna Report) – The Nigerian Breweries Plc has empowered about 120 youths in Kaduna communities as part of its efforts to arrest youth restiveness and idleness among the youths.
The report from the Federal Information Resource Centre in Kaduna on Tuesday 8th June 2021 hinted that during his speech at the flagging off ceremony, the Head of Corporate Affairs (North), Kabir Kassim said that District Heads, community leaders, youth leaders, women leaders and the religious leaders in the host communities were involved in the screening of the beneficiaries.
He also noted that the beneficiaries would receive 10 weeks training in ICT, barbing, Tailoring and fashion, phone repairs, catering, make up, Vulcanising, photography, while NECO fees would be paid to those who want to continue with their educational pursuits.
While declaring open the empowerment programme, the Brewery Manager, of Kaduna Plant, Osasu Oviawe informed that the importance of the programme for them was to see the host communities prospe, as the Nigerian Brewery carries out her daily businesses.
“It is in our best interest to see our immediate community evolve into a developed and successful neighbourhood. Nigerian Breweries Plc is your best friend and your number one neighbour of choice. As your best friend, we have contributed so much in the past through our corporate social responsibility programme and will continue to do so for the benefit of this community and the nation at large,” he emphasized.
“In the recent past, we donated to the Accident and Emergency Trauma Unit at Gwamna Awan Hospital in Kakuri. We donated N20 million cash support to the Kaduna State Government to help fight COVID-19. We donated sanitizers, hand washing dispensers and vehicles for contact tracing during COVID-19. We introduced the first edition of youth empowerment in 2020 for 80 beneficiaries.”
Osasu Oviawe recalled that from 2011-2020 the company renovated and built more than 40 schools across the Northern States. Adding, through premium brand (Maltina) they introduced the National Maltina Schools Sports, the National Maltina Teacher of the Year that has seen to the growth and development of the nation through sports and education.
According to him , the day marked another edition of the Youth Empowerment Programme in 2021 which further solidifies their commitment to the host communities. He implied that these trainings and skills acquisition programmes will create opportunities for the future of the teaming youths of the communities.
“We have partnered with top institutions such as the Kaduna ICT Hub with affiliation from the Techno – Engineering Centre to bring to this community ICT and phone engineering skills that are on high demand, marketable, employable and for self-sufficiency of each candidate. We want to create future entrepreneurs, business gurus and technology innovators through this skills acquisition program. After 10 weeks of intensive training, we want to see our vision manifest right within this community,” Oviawe iterated.
“We want to see this community and the youths grow. We want you to excel. Nigerian Breweries wants to be the part of your success story. I would like to advise the candidates to take this program very seriously, so as to reap all the benefits accrued to it. Opportunities like this, do not come cheap. Don’t play with it. Opportunities like this can propel you to the highest point in life. Take advantage of it, do not take this for granted. ”
Also, the District Head of Kakuri /Makera, Shehu Tijjani as the leader of one of the host communities expressed gratitude to the Nigeria Brewery for the programme. He further encouraged the management to continue with the good works.