Nigerian Breweries Plc, through its Felix Ohiwerei Eductation Trust Fund recently donated a block of six classrooms as part of its continuous drive to actively impact the quality of education in Nigeria. The event which took place at Community Secondary School, Ogwofia Owa was well attended by dignitaries from the state government, members of the community, and other education stakeholders in Enugu State. The six classroom block is the 5th of its kind in the state, with communities like Nsude, Ngwo-Uno, Awhum, and Eke, having all benefited from the company’s education trust fund scheme.
Speaking at the ceremony, the Honourable Commissioner for Education, Professor Uchenna Eze, thanked Nigerian Breweries Plc, for its relentless contribution to the educational sector in the state. He appluaded the zeal at which the company continously responded with efforts to fill the gaps in the delivery of quality education in the state and across Nigeria. The school, which he noted was equipeed with a fully stocked library and toilet facilities showed the dedication to detail and quality that Nigerian Breweries Plc has come to be respected for. He called on other well meaning Nigerians and corporate organisations to emulate the example set by Nigerian Breweries and noted that govrnent was indeed in need of such support from the private sector especially during these bad economic times.
On his part, the traditional ruler of the community, His Royal Highness Igwe Tom Inyiama, showered accolades on the company for staying true to quality. He said he was impressed that a project of such magnitude could be executed without any shabbiness or dip in quality. He enjoined the students and teachers to make good use of the facility as it had now become a beacon to other communities in Enugu State.
Responding, the Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, Nigerian Breweries Plc, Mr Nicolaas Vervelde, who was represented by the Corporate Affairs Adviser of the company, Mr Kufre Ekanem, thanked the Ogwofia community for the support given during the construction of the project. The school, he said, was constructed through the Felix Ohiwerei Education Trust Fund which was dedicated to education projects. He enjoined all to preserve the facility as an heritage for future generations.
Guests present at the ceremony included Barrister Nestor Ezinwa (Chairman Post Primary School Management Board, Enugu; Honourable Grace Eneje, representative of the Deputy Governor of Enugu State, Her Excellency, Barrister Cecilia Ezeilo, several community leaders, staff and pupils of the school.
The Nigerian Breweries Felix Ohiwerei Education Trust Fund was established in 1994 with a seed capital of N100 million to take more active part in the funding of educational and research institutions in Nigeria. It has footprints across the six geographical zones in Nigeria at primary, secondary and tertiary levels of education.