Ama brewery is a vote of confidence, says Nnamani
February 27, 2006

The Governor of Enugu State, Chimaroke Nnamani, has said that the establishment of the multi-billion naira AMA Brewery plant by the Nigerian Breweries (NBL) was an attestation to the fact that the state is investors friendly.

Governor Nnamani stated this when he received the retiring President and Chairman, Executive Board of Heineken worldwide, Mr. Thong Ruys, who paid him a farewell visit at the Government House, Enugu.

The Governor pointed out that the brewery plant, the largest of such an investment by the multi-national company outside Europe, was a demonstration of the confidence and trust in the leadership of Enugu State by the international community.

He described the AMA Brewery as one single investment attracted by his government that had helped to boost the economy of the State in particular and Nigeria in general.

The State Chief Executive observed that his administration was in pursuit of excellence just like the Board and Management of Heineken and NBL and therefore thanked Mr. Ruys for the successes recorded during his tenure as President of the multi-national company.

The governor noted with satisfaction the excellent relationship between the government and people of Enugu State, the host community and the NBL, which he said helped the establishment to produce at full capacity.

He used the occasion to associate his government with the successes of the Heineken and NBL and pledged that his administration would continue to provide a very conducive environment for the company to grow from strength to strength.

He therefore wished Mr. Ruys a successful retirement and God's protection in his future endeavours.

Earlier in his speech, Mr. Ruys described his visit to Enugu as a second home coming, as he was a recognized chief in Enugu State, and an opportunity to see the performance of the brewery plant in the state.

Mr. Ruys told the governor that he was on a farewell visit to the government and people of Enugu State and to thank them for their support and cooperation during the establishment of the AMA brewery plant.

Ruys, accompanied by his wife, described the cooperation from the people of Enugu State to NBL as exemplary, adding that the establishment of the plant was a worthwhile venture.

The president of Heineken worldwide had visited six other African countries, inc1uding Uganda, Burundi, South Africa, Namibia, Rwanda and Nigeria.

In a brief remark, the Managing Director and CEO of the Nigerian Breweries, Eze Dr. Festus Odumegwu, described Governor Nnamani as a performing governor who by his vision and handwork was able to attract a lot of private investments to the State.

He therefore thanked him for his good works and cooperation with the NBL.


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