SABMiller Invests N20Billion More In Anambra State

By Mazi Odera

Intafact beverages Ltd., a subsidiary of SABmiller Brewery, the brewers of Hero Beer and other brands is investing another $110m in Anambra State two years after they invested $100m dollars.

Speaking yesterday during the breaking of the ground for the expansion of their facilities in Onitsha by Gov. Peter Obi, SABmiller, Nigeria Managing Director, Simon Harvey, said that the expansion became necessary because of their success in Onitsha which was facilitated by Gov. Peter Obi, who he said had shown exceptional interest in the promotion of local industries in Anambra State. "We have significantly invested in Nigeria during the past 5 years and this announcement demonstrates our ongoing commitment to Nigeria. We wish to thank his Excellency and the Anambra State Government for providing us with a great working relationship. We would also like to thank the Nigerian consumers who have accepted and made Hero an astounding success, " the MD said.

The MD revealed that the expansion, due for completion in the first quarter of 2015, would triple the current annual capacity from 700,000HL to 2.2 m HL. He said it would also lead to the employment of more 400 local people directly and thousands indirectly.

In his speech, Gov. Peter Obi said that he was delighted at the development and called on other companies to key into the success of SABmiller in Anambra State by setting up their facilities in the State. He assured them of State Government support and encouragement. "Part of my joy is the number of Anambra people employed in SABMiller and other companies we attracted to Anambra State. Tuesday will be another joyful day in Anambra as I will perform the ground breaking ceremony for the commencement, by one of the biggest companies in South Africa, of the building of their facility in Anambra State," the Governor said.

Earlier, the Permanent Secretary, Government House, Mrs. Oby Nwankwo said that the successes Anambra State recorded in SABmiller as well as other companies where she invested through the financial wizardry of Gov. Peter Obi, was encouraging as it were gratifying.

Intafact Beverages Ltd was officially opened by Dr. Goodluck Jonathan on the 30th of August, 2012. It produces such brands in Nigeria as Hero lager, Eagle, Castle Milk Stout, Grand Malt, Beta Malt, Super Shake yogurt, Voltic water, among others.

In his vote of thanks, the traditional ruler of Ochuche, Igwe Paul Agaba said that only a sadist will entertain doubts about the phenomenal transformation Anambra has witnessed under Gov. Obi. He said that if not for constitutional provisions that the people of Anambra would vote for his continuation as the Governor.

He appealed not just to the incoming Governor of Anambra State, but to all those that govern States to emulate the Governor in good deeds and exemplification of what government ought to be.