This Day (Lagos)

8 February 2013

Nigeria: CSR - Guinness Sponsors Ten Youths to Iit

As part of its community development initiatives, Guinness Nigeria Plc has sponsored ten youths to the Institute of Industrial Technology (IIT).

The programme, which is focused on technical training, was designed to bridge the gap that exists in the Nigerian educational system as well as to give individuals the knowledge and skills to help them to stand on their own feet and become responsible citizens of the nation.

Speaking on behalf of Guinness Nigeria, Corporate Relations Director, Sesan Sobowale, who was represented by Mrs. Nkiruka Ogboruche, said the company is always committed to supporting the dreams and aspirations of youths and assisting them in becoming useful members of society.

"At Guinness Nigeria, we are always happy to be involved with worthy projects such as these that can add such tremendous value to the lives on Nigerians. This sort of support forms a core part of our community investment agenda and we will continue to support Nigeria and Nigerians through initiatives and activities that uplift them," he said.

Speaking during the orientation programme for the new inductees, the Director of the Institute, Mr. Olumide Akinjo, said, "The purpose of this programme is to use technical and vocational training to close the gap in educational development and we are happy to have an able supporter such as Guinness Nigeria Plc that have supported some our students towards achieving their dreams".

Akinjo also stated that the programme, which started thirteen years ago, has been kept alive by socially responsible corporate citizens like Guinness Nigeria.

Earlier in a statement, the company had stated that the ten individuals were carefully selected from states where Guinness factories are located and were chosen after a series of evaluation and screening sessions from a large number of applicants who put in for the scholarship. Students from Benin, Aba and Lagos state participated in the programme.

One of the recipients of the scholarship, Master Darlington Aibangbee said he was excited to have made it through the selection process. He and his mother, Mrs. Aibangbee, thanked Guinness Nigeria for their support in reaching this level. Darlington said he hopes to become a skilled technical worker and provide for himself and his family through his knowledge.

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