Gabriel Idibia, Kaduna
Ahmed Abdullahi from Zaria Golf Club has emerged winner of the 2016 edition of the Nigerian Breweries (NB) Plc Open Golf Tournament, which ended at the Ola Sa’ad Golf Club, Jaji, last weekend.
He ruled the pole position of Best Gross with 145, while the Bawa Umar from Kaduna Golf Club settled for the Runner-up Gross with 51 gross.
Racheal Danjuma of the Jaji Golf Club emerged winner of the ladies category after 173 gross, while Amina Winifred of IBB Golf Club was runner-up gross.
Zaria dominated the veterans’ category as Adamu Yusuf and Yaro Shehu won the Best Gross and Runner-up Gross respectively.
Speaking at the presentation ceremony, Managing Director of NB Plc, Mr. Nicholas Vervelde said that as a company NB is driven by a philosophy of winning with Nigeria.
“…for the past 70 years through strategic partnerships like this event we are celebrating today, it shows the special importance we give to such relationship,” he said.
Vervelde who was represented by the Kaduna Brewery Manager, Adebolu Obawole, explained that his company has developed strong friendship and partnership with the Armed Forces Command and Staff College (AFCSC) and the Jaji Golf Club for the greater part of their 52 years of Brewing operational excellence in Kaduna.
He noted that in spite of all the economic challenges, they have continued to put in their very best to steer the company to great operational excellence.
“Through our corporate social responsibility (CSR) platform, and also, not relenting in our continuous sponsorship of the Jaji Golf championship which we hold very dear to our heart owing to the relationship that we have nurtured for over 33 years.
“Nigerian Breweries Plc as you all know, is the foremost brewery in Nigeria with 11 brewery locations in Lagos, Aba, Kaduna (Kakuri & Kudenda), Ibadan, Enugu, Ota, Ijebu-Ode, Makurdi, and Onitsha. We are the second most capitalized Company quoted on the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE).
“What we are witnessing today, is the result of that partnership that we have enjoyed with the Armed Forces of this great country over the years, we have once again shown our commitment through our sports sponsorship. The Golf tournament itself has continued to witness positive transformation as it keeps getting better every year. This tournament offers us a unique opportunity to exercise, bond and enjoy good times together.
“As we compete for the prizes, I urge you to strive hard to win, and for some of us that may not win, remember that the joy is even more in the participation and the friendship that comes with it,” he said.
Speaking further, the Brewery Manager said that his company, in no small way, appreciates the huge efforts of the Nigerian military in “defending our sovereignty and the protection of lives and properties in the country, especially at these challenging times”.
“We salute you the Armed Forces Command Staff College (AFCSC) for training the very best in our country and Africa”, he added.
Also speaking the Public Affairs Manager, Mr. Danjuma John-Ekkelle revealed that Nigerian Breweries have organized the golf tournament for record 33 times with at least 100 athletics participating meaning that the company has engaged over 3,300 athletics.
“The company has a work force of about 4000 with a value added per job of N27 million, which is 65 times the GDP per Nigerian worker. In 2013, the NB supported N110 Billion tax payment (4.6% of non-oil tax revenues)’’ he added.