Accra Brewery Supports Millennium Schools Project
31 January 2014
Accra, Ghana. 27/01/14: The Millennium Schools Project initiated by the Mayor of Accra has received a major boast from Ghana’s premier beer producer, Accra Brewery Limited, (ABL). The company today presented a cheque for GHC 20,000 as its contribution to support moves by the mayor, Dr. Alfred Oko Vanderpuije, to provide modern classroom blocks for public schools within the metropolis.
The Millennium Schools Project was kick-started to eliminate the school shift system which persisted as a result of inadequate school blocks within the public education system. The idea is to construct 100 schools made up of three storey 18-classroom blocks, a science laboratory, a computer laboratory and a library.
Director of Legal and Corporate Affairs at ABL, Ms. Adjoba Kyiamah, who presented the cheque to the mayor, noted “the focus of Accra Brewery’s corporate social investment initiatives is on the positive transformation and uplifting of communities by supporting education, health and social development. ABL strives to ensure that our work benefits as many people as possible whilst providing stability and security for future generations.”
She added, “To us, social investment is not an add-on to business activities, but at the heart of how we engage with the communities where our customers, employees, investors and suppliers live. As a responsible corporate citizen, ABL has over the years extended a helping hand to communities, supported initiatives that have far reaching positive impact on society and has cooperated with other institutions to provide valuable support in the area of education.”
Ms. Kyiamah commended the AMA for succeeding in eliminating the school shift system within the metropolis and gave the assurance that ABL will continue to extend support towards projects that aim at making teaching and learning conducive and effective.
On his part, the Accra Mayor, Dr. Alfred Oko Vanderpuije said, “On behalf of the people of Accra, most especially the pupils and students of the metropolis, we would like to take the opportunity of this occasion to express our profound appreciation to the leadership and management of Accra Brewery Limited.”
Dr. Vanderpuije noted that three years ago they executed a strategy to end the shift system in Accra which resulted in the construction of over 600 temporary structures within three months. He said the children were housed in modern structures which consequentially led to the coining of the name Millennium City Schools. He also indicated that the 90th Millennium School will start in February and will be located at Gbegbeyise, one of the poorest communities within AMA’s jurisdiction.
“Today you have done the right thing by following the footsteps of other corporate bodies. Our commitment to complete this project is because we have big giants like you, Accra Brewery Limited, that we can depend on. We are thankful to you once again,” Dr. Vanderpuije said.
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About Accra Brewery Limited (A subsidiary of SABMiller plc)
Accra Brewery Limited (ABL), originally known as Overseas Breweries Limited, was established in 1931, becoming the first brewery in the then Gold Coast. In 1975, the locally registered Accra Brewery Limited acquired Overseas Breweries assets.
Today, Accra Brewery Limited is a public company engaged in the manufacture, marketing and distribution of beer, sparkling soft drinks and non-alcoholic malt beverages. Its flagship brand is the iconic Club Premium Lager, which has been a part of every single milestone in Ghana’s history since 1931. ABL’s other brands are Castle Milk Stout, Stone Strong Lager, Eagle Lager, Chairman Malt Liquor, Club Shandy, Peroni Nastro Azzurro, Chibuku Shake Shake, Castle Milk Malt, Club Cola, Club Muscatella, Club Orange, Club Soda and Club Quinine Tonic.
As a subsidiary of SABMiller Plc, ABL understands that its profitability depends on healthy communities, growing economies and the responsible use of scarce natural resources. These issues are therefore integrated into the business through SABMiller’s 10 sustainable development priorities.
ABL’s mission is to own and nurture local and international brands that are the first choice of consumers and customers in Ghana.
About SABMiller plc
SABMiller plc is one of the world’s leading brewers with more than 200 beer brands and some 70,000 employees in over 75 countries. The group’s portfolio includes global brands such as Pilsner Urquell, Peroni Nastro Azzurro, Miller Genuine Draft (draught) and Grolsch; as well as leading local brands such as Club (Ghana), Aguila (Colombia), Castle (South Africa), Miller Lite (USA), Snow (China), Victoria Bitter (Australia) and Tyskie (Poland). SABMiller also has growing soft drinks businesses and is one of the world’s largest bottlers of Coca-Cola products.
In the year ended 31 March 2013 the group reported group lager volumes of 242m hectolitres, group revenue of US$34,487 million and group EBITA of US$6,421 million. SABMiller plc is listed on the London and Johannesburg stock exchanges.
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