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NBL To Upgrade Ama-Brewery With N56bn

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The new Managing Director of Nigerian Breweries Plc (NBL), Mr Hans Essaadi, has  revealed that NBL has concluded plans to upgrade the Ama-Brewery at the 9th Mile, Enugu, to an ambitious capacity of 6 million hectolitres in the second phase mega business expansion with a total capital investment of N56 billion. 
Mr Essaadi, who made this known when he led some management staff of the company on a courtesy visit at the  Government House, Enugu, told Gov. Ugwuanyi that the company took a decision in 2019 to embark on a major capacity expansion and structural upgrade of its facilities to 4.8 million hectolitres in the first phase because of the milestone achievements they have recorded at the Ama Brewery as well as “the peaceful operating environment in the state under your leadership”.
His words :”Your Excellency, I look forward to inviting you as our Special Guest of honour as we mark the completion of the expansion in 2022″. 
He expressed delight at the commitment of the administration of Governor Ugwuanyi to the protection of lives and promotion of investments in the state, describing it as exceptional.
The NBL boss thanked the governor for his unwavering support in providing an enabling environment for their business to thrive, pointing out that “this is reflected by the immense support we enjoy from your esteemed self as an invaluable bridge builder in establishing a sustainable relationship between us and our host community and more recently your remarkable intervention in the reopening of the Tiger Bar”.
Assuring Gov. Ugwuanyi that “we are committed to long term investors in the state”, the NBL MD disclosed that the company has been part of the story of industrial growth in Enugu State since 2003, adding that “over the years, we have grown the brewing capacity at our facility to 3 million hectolitres, making Ama Brewery the largest of our nine (9) breweries in the country”.
“Our corporate social investments in the areas of women and youth empowerment, access to potable water, healthcare, sports development, and most recently our support to the state in the fight against Covid-19 speak for themselves”.
Responding, Gov. Ugwuanyi, who welcomed the new MD of NBL and his entourage to the Government House, Enugu, acknowledged with appreciation the organisation’s corporate social investments in the state as well as its planned expansion of operational capacity to consolidate its leadership of the Nigerian beverage market through enhanced market share.
Highlighting the inherent benefits of the brewing company’s business expansion to the government and people of Enugu State, the governor assured the new management of NBL of his administration’s willingness, preparedness and readiness to support the project all the way.

By: Canice Amadi, Enugu

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Cleric Tasks Pliticians On People-Oriented Programme

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Politicians in Nigeria have been advised to always embark on programmes and policies that would be beneficial to the common people, especially those at the grassroots.
The Arch Bishop of Enugu Ecclesiastes Province, and Anglican Bishop of Enugu, His Grace, Emmanuel Olisa Chukwuma, made the call in Enugu while delivering a sermon on the occasion of a thanksgiving church service to mark the 60th birthday anniversary of former Deputy Senate President, and Senator representing Enugu west at the National Assembly, Ike Ekweremadu.
Bishop Chukwuma regretted that most politicians in Nigeria are well known for their selfishness as they only think of themselves and members of their immediate families, describing their attitudes as very unfortunate.
The clergy man wondered why politicians should treat those who voted them into office in such a wicked manner, urging them to turn a new leaf for peace to reign in the country.
He however, commended senator Ekweremadu who celebrated mainly with the elderly and less privileged, describing him as the best senator in the South East zone.
Bishop Chukwuma however noted with deep regret that for Senator Ekweremadu to rise to his present position, he suffered assassination attempt and various forms of impediments, expressing happiness that he (Ekweremadu) is alive today in spite of all odds.

By: Canice Amadi Enugu

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Kidnappers Demand N10m Ransom From Family Of Abducted Widow

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Suspected kidnappers, who took a middle age widow and mother of four children in Kogi, on Saturday demandef for N10 million ransom from her family.
The widow, Mrs Sefi Jimoh, was allegedly kidnapped on the road while waiting for a commercial motorcycle, popularly called “Okada” to go home after a morning prayer session at Mountain of Fire and Miracles Church at Phase II in Lokoja metropolis.
Jimoh, who is an Environmental Officer with the Kogi State Governnent, is the bread winner of the family, having lost her husband some years back.
A family source, who spoke to newsmen yesterday in Lokoja, said “only this morning our sisters’ abductors got to us on phone demanding for N10 million ransom for her freedom.”
“The kidnappers first called her (widow) children and informed them that their mother is with them and that she will only be released after a payment of a N10m ransom.
“We were so shocked but relieved after knowing that she is still alive after her disappearance yesterday that sent jitters into the entire family members, friends and neighbours around.
“The question now is, where and how do we, in our financial position now, raise such money to secure our sister and mother?”
The source pleaded with the kidnappers to show the widow and the poor family mercy and release her “because getting even one million is like trying to squeeze water from a rock”.
Contacted, the Kogi Police Command’s Public Relations Officer (PPRO), SP William Ovye-Aya, said he could not confirm nor deny it because he was yet to be briefed by the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) of “B” Division, where the incident happened.

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3,400 Civil Servants Sit For Promotion Examination In Yobe

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No fewer than 3,400 civil servants  in Yobe State sat for promotion examination in the state, last Saturday.
The Head of Service, Alhaji Garba Bilal, disclosed this while inspecting one of the examination centres in Damaturu, the state capital.
Bilal said the examination took place  simultaneously in three designated  centres across the state.
“There are 1,962 candidates in Damaturu, the state capital, 1007 in Potiskum and 431 in Gashua Local Government Areas”, he said.
Bilal said the results of the promotion would be effected immediately it was out while other processes would follow.
He also said that the civil service in the state would be revived under his watch.
“As I said when I assumed office, we are trying everything humanly possible to revive the civil service in the state.
“First is to ensure that there are trainings and retraining of civil servants. Once you train them, they will be able to give their best”, he said, adding that the training would cut across all cadres of the civil service.
“The training would be carried out in phases. The senior officers would be trained and same will scale down to junior officers.
“So before you know it, all the civil servants will be abreast of the latest development in the civil service.
“We are going to create a good succession plan in the system.
“If someone exited from the service, there would be another person to replace him effectively.
“We do not want to create a vacuum where someone will leave and there will be no other person to take his responsibilities”, he said.

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