This Day (Lagos)

26 February 2013

Nigeria: Guinness Extends Potable Water Project to Delta State

Leading producer of beverage products, Guinness Nigeria Plc, has recorded another milestone in its quest to enrich the lives of citizens within its host communities, as it once again launched a Water of Life Project in Oza Nogogo Community in Agbor, Delta State. The unveiling of the project is one of similar projects previously launched in rural areas across the nation.

In his address during the launching of the project, the Managing Director of Guinness Nigeria Plc, Mr. Seni Adetu, said, "We have been operating in Nigeria for over 40 years and as much as we run the business to deliver profit to our shareholders. We strongly believe that it is also our responsibility to give back to the communities that have opened their arms to us in friendship and allowed us to do business".

Adetu spoke about the Water of Life Project as one of the ways through which Guinness Nigeria Plc seeks to give back to the society, noting that "water is an essential element in our daily lives and its importance cannot be overstated". He said that according to a United Nation's survey done across developing countries, about 1.6 million people worldwide are negatively affected due to a lack of hygienic water supply.

He thanked the traditional leaders of the community and the state government for their support in making the project a reality.

The Monarch of the community, the Dein of Agbor, Dr. Benjamin Ikechukwu, who was present at the unveiling of the project, appreciated Guinness Nigeria Plc for all their efforts in bringing development to the community through the Water of Life Project, and said that it was his hope that Guinness would do more to uplift the community.

The monarch noted that Oza Nogogo is one of the oldest communities in Agbor, adding that many of the Queens of Agbor of previous generations hailed from Oza Nogogo, which makes it a very significant part of the Agbor community. He implored the indigenes of Agbor community to maintain the facility that has been provided to them by Guinness stating that after the commissioning, it was up to them to see that it lasts.

In appreciation of the efforts of Guinness, the Dein said that it was his hope that Guinness would continue to grow from strength to strength. He also noted that Guinness had previously, through its book of records, recognised him as the youngest monarch in the world.

The village of Oza Nogogo is 700 metres above sea level, which poses a natural challenge in the drilling of water for a borehole. The borehole is fed through a filtration and treatment system which then feeds into access points over 4 kilometres across the village.

Speaking about the launching, of the project, the Deputy Governor of Delta state, Prof. Amos Utuama appreciated the efforts of Guinness Nigeria Plc and also congratulated the Managing Director of Guinness for being the first Nigerian in 20 years to be appointed as the Managing Director.

He said that it is appropriate for organisations doing business in Nigeria to carry out Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) like the Water of Life project and he called on other organisations to follow the example of Guinness Nigeria Plc.

He also lauded Guinness for being a contributor to the economy of the country through their provision of employment to Nigerians and also the creation of opportunities for self employment through distribution of their products.

The Deputy Governor expressed hope that ties between Guinness and Delta state would grow stronger, stating that he looks forward to a time when a Guinness factory would be built in the state.

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