Nigerian Breweries Plc has empowered about 441 women and youth on skill acquisition across five key locations in Nigeria via its partnership scheme. According to the company, the successful beneficiaries were trained in 20 skill areas that include confectionery (baking), cosmetology, hairdressing, solar panel installation, cell phone repairs, barbing, fashion design, marketing and block molding among others.
In addition, the number of beneficiaries for each of the locations is 65 for Lagos, 100 for Abuja, 126 for Kaduna, 75 for Ibadan and 75 for Imo State. The initiative, which is in its third year, began a pilot scheme in 2019 in Awo-Mamma, Imo State, where about 100 participants – 50 males and 50 females – were trained in different vocational skills ranging from cosmetology to barbing and shoemaking. Speaking at the graduation ceremonies held in Lagos and other designated locations, the Managing Director, Nigerian Breweries Plc, Mr. Hans Essaadi, noted that part of the objectives of the empowerment initiative by the company was geared towards enterprise development, skill acquisition and employment creation in the communities where the empowerment initiatives are hosted. Essaadi disclosed that the beneficiaries of the initiative had been provided with startup tools to support their journey towards entrepreneurship, employment generation and financial independence. He further stated that the company remained absolutely committed to creating more opportunities that will enhance the socio-economic advancement of women and the youth in Nigeria. “As a responsible corporate citizen, we are committed to supporting women and youth to be economically independent and self-reliant.