Onitsha Brewery Plant Commences Production, Soon
The 120 million dollars Sabmiller brewery plant in Onitsha, Anambra State, will commence production in August, 2012.
Mr Peter Stuttard, the company’s Business Development Manager, made this known to newsmen during a facility tour of the plant in Onitsha last week.
Stuttard, who said that construction work on the plant had reached 95 per cent completion, added that the brewery was cited in Onitsha because of the ‘huge’ market opportunities in the area.
He said that no fewer than 200 workers had been recruited by the company.
He said that 90 per cent of the raw materials needed to produce beer in the plant would be sourced locally.
The manger said that the brewery would produce two brands of beer and malt as well as yoghurt.
He said that some of the raw materials like malt and sorghum would be sourced from the company’s farms in Tanzania, Uganda and Ghana.
Stuttard said that officials of the plant had put in place measures to avert its negative impact to the environment after Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) study of the project was conducted.
The State Commissioner for Special Duties, Mr Vincent Ezenwajiaku, who led newsmen on the facility tour, reiterated the commitment of the government to attract investment to the state.
“Citing of the company in Onitsha will not only attract other investors to the state but will also help to boost the revenue base of the state,’’ the commissioner said.
Ezenwajiaku added that the government has 10 per cent shares in the company.