The Nigerian Breweries PLC has empowered about 120 youths in Kaduna communities as part of its efforts to arrest restiveness and idleness among the youth.
This was even as it disclosed that it had donated N20m to the Kaduna State government to fight the COVID-19 pandemic.
According to the Head of Corporate Affairs (North), Kabir Kassim, who spoke at the occasion on Monday, said the districts heads, community leaders, youth leaders, women leaders and the religious leaders in the host communities were involved in the screening of the beneficiaries.
He said the beneficiaries would receive 10 weeks of training in ICT, barbing, tailoring and fashion designing, phone repairs, catering, make-up, vulcanising, photography, while NECO fees would be paid to those who want to continue their educational pursuits.
Declaring the empowerment programme, the Brewery Manager, Kaduna plant, Mr Osasu Oviawe, noted that the importance of this programme for us is to see our host community prosper, as Nigerian Brewery carries out her daily business.
“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.
“In the recent past, we donated to the accident and emergency trauma unit at Gwamna Awan hospital in Kakuri here.
“We donated N20m cash support to Kaduna State government to help fight COVID-9. We donated sanitisers, hand washing dispensers and vehicle for contact tracing during COVID-19. We introduced the first edition of youth empowerment in 2020 for 80 beneficiaries.
“From 2011-2020, we have renovated and built more than 40 schools across the northern states. Through premium brand (Maltina), we introduced National Maltina Schools Sports, National Maltina Teacher of Year that have seen to the growth and development of the nation through sports and education.
“Today, we marked another edition of youth empowerment programme in 2021 to further solidify our commitment to the host communities.
“These trainings and skills acquisition programmes will create opportunities for the future of the teeming youths of this community.
“We have partnered with top institutions such as the Kaduna ICT Hub with an affiliate of Techno engineering centre to bring to this community ICT and phone engineering skills that are in high demand, marketable, employable and for self-sufficiency of each candidate here today.
“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.
“We want to see this community and the youth grow. We want you to excel. Nigerian Breweries wants to be a 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 it. Opportunities like this can propel you to the highest point in life. Take advantage of it. Do not take this for granted.”
District Head of Kakuri/Makera, Shehu Tijjani, leader of one of the host communities, expressed gratitude to Nigerian Breweries for the programme, just as he encouraged the management to continue with the good works.
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