The Edo state government has urged Guinness Nigeria Plc. to create 200,000 jobs in the next four years from the newly commissioned 1.2 million spirit production line of the company.

Governor, Godwin Obaseki made this appeal in Benin at the commissioning of the manufacturing line for the local production of the company’s spirit brands in Nigeria.

He said that the state government would like to partner with Guinness Nigeria to create a minimum of two hundred thousand jobs over the next four years in line with his administration’s agenda.

Obaseki commended the board and management of Guinness Nigeria Plc. for the feat, and urged other companies to see the current economic recession as an opportunity for backward integration and expansion of their business horizons.

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According to him, “This is a company I am very close to and very fond of, and so, I am quite excited that one of my first official corporate functions as Governor is to commission the new spirits line for the company”.

He also expressed his pleasure over fact that Guinness is part of the landscape of Benin and Edo State, and has been so since 1974. Thus, for the people of Edo State, “Guinness is a partner” and that the State Government will take our partnership very seriously.