Managing Director, Guinness Nigeria Plc, Mr. Peter Ndegwa, has expressed his company’s commitment to increase the local sourcing of the raw materials used in its operations and the intension to partner with farmers in Benue State towards realizing the initiative.
Ndegwa made the declaration during a courtesy call on the Executive Governor of Benue State, Dr. Samuel Ortom, at Government House, Makurdi.
He said as Nigeria’s only total alcohol beverage company, Guinness Nigeria is proud of the robust partnerships, which it has forged with governments over the years, and promised to continue to run its business in a responsible manner that creates wealth for all Nigerians.
Ndegwa was accompanied by the Corporate Relations Director, Sesan Sobowale, Internal Communications and Employee Engagement Manager, Toni Anne Uwaifo, OXFAM’s Head of Programme, Mr. Constant Tchona, along with other officials of the company and OXFAM, who were in the state to commission solar-powered water and sanitation facilities in Tyowanye community in Benue state. The facility was donated by Guinness Nigeria Plc in furtherance of the company’s commitment to providing safe and clean water to water-stressed communities in Nigeria.
Governor Ortom commended the company’s giant strides in the manufacturing sector and expressed his pleasure at the social investments of Guinness Nigeria Plc in the state while calling on other corporate bodies and individuals to emulate the brewing giant.
The high point of the visit was the induction of the Managing Director as honourary member of the Tiv nation by Dr. Ortom, who adorned him in Tiv regalia, an honour he said is usually reserved for friends of Benue State.
It would be recalled that in August 2016, Guinness Nigeria and WaterAid Nigeria partnered to construct two solar- powered water facilities in Gwam, Ningi Local Government Area of Bauchi State.