By KATO P. LADAN, Kaduna
The Kano State Governor Dr. Abdullahi Ganduje has challenged corporate bodies in Kano State to emulate the giant interventions of Nigerian Breweries plc in Education.
The Governor who was represented by his Deputy cum Commissioner for Education Professor Hafizu Abubakar made this remark at the ground breaking ceremony for a block of six class rooms, library and technical laboratory at the Government Technical College Gwale, donated by Nigeria’s foremost brewing giant.
According to him ” Education is the best intervention one can give any community, we thank Nigerian Breweries Plc for this partnership because our population is growing unfortunately land does not grow so if we don’t educate our children we will have a big problem. This is why this intervention is crucial I challenge other corporate bodies to think positively like Nigerian Breweries for Educational interventions”
He maintained that “by 2050 Nigeria will be the 3rd most populous nation in the world and that means we must do something now, we have hundreds of corporate bodies who must think like Nigerian Breweries plc for development. Our wages bill is growing everyday whereas our Internal Generated Revenue can not pay salaries which is around seven billion naira monthly ”
Abubakar also pin-pointed that Kano State under the leadership of Dr. Abdullahi Ganduje has taken Kano State to a greater level but more still need to be done.
Also speaking the Managing Director and Chief Executive officer Nigerian Breweries Plc Mr. Jordi Borrut Bel who was represented by Kaduna Brewery Manager Abbey Ajayi said “This project adds to several other school projects that our company had embarked upon over the last seven years across northern Nigeria. Our project are done in diligent pursuit of our Corporate Social Responsibility goal-winning with Nigeria by being a responsive corporate citizen where we do business”
Ajayi who thanked Governor Abdullahi Ganduje and the ministry of Education for approving and donating a land worth 50million naira for the project said “we thank God for his Excellency’s continued support towards businesses and our partners remain profitable and thus ensuring government’s quest for improved internal generation revenue is assured and sustained”
Earlier the Principal of the school Alhaji Bashir Diso said the Ganduje led Government is committed to transforming Kano State. He further hailed the Deputy Governor for his role in partnering with Nigerian Breweries plc for the project which is aimed at fasttracking the accreditation process for the school.
The Public Affairs Manager for the North, Mr. Danjuma John-Ekele, in a chat, stated that the top Brewer is intervening in its fourth educational project in five years, comprising of blocks of classrooms and furniture, boreholes, toilets, libraries & books and laboratories.