President Muhammadu Buhari will next Tuesday inaugurate

a brewery owned by International Breweries Plc in Ogun

State.

The Plant Manager, Mr. Tony Agah, disclosed this

yesterday during a media tour of the $250 million brewery

located at Km 3 Flowergate Industrial Scheme, Sagamu-

Abeokuta Expressway.

According to him, the IB Plc is part of the AB InBev Group,

the world’s largest brewer.

Agah identified other eminent Nigerians expected at the

event to include Governor Ibikunle Amosun; Minister of

Industry, Trade and Investment Okechukwu Enelamah; and

the global Chief Executive Officer of AB InBev, Mr. Carlos

Brito

He added that the new brewery is the fourth plant to be

established in the country by the company, as the IB Plc has

three others in Ilesa, Onitsha and Port Harcourt.

According to him, the first phase of the development of the

plant had been completed with over 300 Nigerians already

employed.

“Given the importance of this event, the President and

Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, Federal Republic

of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari, is expected to perform the

inauguration of the facility.

  “The governor of the state, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, will be

hosting all of us, as our landlord. Other eminent Nigerians

and officials of AB InBev, especially the global CEO, Mr.

Carlos Brito, will lead the celebration.

“The new brewery will be the company’s largest plant within

the group in Africa outside the one in South Africa. This will

have a significant multiplier effects on the value chain

within Ogun State and its environs.

“It will provide direct and indirect employment, make

available global brands locally and support Nigeria’s foreign

direct investment aspiration,” he explained.

Also speaking, the Managing Director, IB Plc, Annabelle

Degroot described the plant as a major step towards the

company’s strategic goal of producing high-quality drinks

locally.

“International Breweries Plc is a brand that places a

premium on quality. Bearing this in mind, we will spare no

expense or effort in ensuring that Nigerians are treated to

the best traditions in brewing, with outstanding recipes,

superior ingredients, innovation and world-class techniques,” he added.

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