By Usman Ibn A. Lapai
Nigerian Breweries Plc, has renovated and handed back 37 class room, a library, six conveniences, a bole hole and overhead tank to Kawo LEA Model Primary and Nursery School as part of its Corporate Social Responsibility to mark Kaduna centenary.
Speaking at the commissioning, the representative of the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education, Mr. Andrew Dodo, who is also Deputy Director, Health Services, said: “Kaduna state government is proud of Nigerian Breweries as a leading company in terms of CSR”, adding that “our doors are always open for partnership with every corporate organization in Kaduna.
“Kaduna is blessed with so many corporate companies and you can imagine if everybody is doing what Nigerian Breweries is doing in education. I, therefore, call on all corporate bodies to do same, the authority of this school must take, as a point of duty, to managed the facilities”, Dodo said.
Earlier, the Managing Director of Nigerian Breweries Mr. Johan Doyer, represented by Brewery Manager Kakuri, Mr. Abbey Ajayi, said: “We are commissioning 37newly renovated classrooms, six conveniences, a library and installed bore-hole with an overhead tank for LGEA Model Nursery and Primary school.
“This project is undertaken by the Nigerian Breweries-Felix Ohiwerei Education Trust Fund. It is one of the many interventions executed in line with our philosophy of winning with Nigeria and a demonstration of our unwavering commitment to the developmental aspiration of the good people of Kaduna state.
“The Nigerian Breweries-Felix Ohiwerei Education Trust Fund was established in 1994 with a commencement capital of N100million as vehicle to meet our aspiration to play a more active role in the development of education in Nigeria. Since then, we have impacted over 43,000 students across the country, built about 400 classrooms and about 35 equipped with furniture and books in both primary and secondary schools across various communities of the country.’’ Doyer added.
Speaking on the choice of the school, Public Affairs Manager of the company for the North, Mr. Danjuma John-Ekelle, said: “Nigerian Breweries is 50 years plus and looking at the school, the school was founded in 1953 and that means the school is 64years and if you put that with the years Nigerian Breweries have stayed in Kaduna that gives you over 100 years.
“Kaduna recently celebrated her centenary which equals to the years of LGEA Kawo and Nigerian Breweries in Kaduna put together. We needed an institution that has a long standing history and we found LGEA Kawo, and Nigerian Breweries in its wisdom decided to give the school a new look with this Corporate Social Responsibility”.
Commending Nigerian Breweries, the Head Master of LGEA Model Primary School, Kawo Mr. Idris Ibrahim, revealed that the population of the school had doubled after the renovation of the school.
“The population of this school has doubled as the school is now wearing a new look, the Nigerian Breweries has constructed desks, borehole with overhead tank, a library with books and 37 classrooms, this has, no doubt, put a new look on the school.
This school has produced so many great men including the present Governor of Kaduna state, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai and 21 head masters, who have served the school from that time to date.
“This kind gesture by Nigerian Breweries is the first of its kind. Pupils and teachers are ever grateful because before now, some pupils were sitting on the floor and we promise to take full charge of these facilities”.