I sincerely thank the Mambila Beverages Nigeria Limited, makers of Highland Tea and Highland Green Tea, for honouring me with the auspicious Highland Tea Rescue Award 2020 as The Best Developer and Promoter of Tea in Nigeria. I feel highly delighted to have been so Honoured.
Believe me, Distinguished Guests, Ladies and Gentlemen, I have been a recipient of several awards but this particular one makes me stand tall, excited and fulfilled because it is a testimony of “promise made, promise kept and promise fulfilled” by the Rescue Mission Administration. Indeed, when the rescue journey started, a passionate and purposeful look at the State economy was taken from both the view point of competitive advantage and events in the global tea industry and we decided to make tea the flagship export product for Taraba State under the “one state one product” programme. We did this because tea is a commodity of high value with extensive value addition capacity, large economies of scale and having multiplier effects. Today’s event has further confirmed to me that our Rescue Mission in the industrial and agro-allied sectors of the State economy has yielded and is still yielding dividends of democracy which are deservedly being recognized and acknowledged by the public near and far.
At this juncture, I especially wish to thank my Rescue Team, the Board of Directors, Management and staff of Mambila Beverages Nigeria Limited whose unflinching support, resilience and hard work have been instrumental to the smooth operation, sustainable growth and profitability of the company which resulted to the recent payment of a dividend of N50million to Taraba State Government. On my part, I promise to continue to play active role and support in the development of the tea value chain in Nigeria and advocacy for the establishment of National Tea Development Council. I also promise to facilitate the implementation of the second phase of the mini hydropower project at Tunga and the supply of additional tea bagging and overwrapping machines to Mambila Beverages Nigeria Limited to strengthen the supply side of the company’s operations in the face of the ever-increasing demand for its high quality products, both within and outside the shores of this country.
Finally, this award is dedicated to all Tarabans for keeping faith with this administration, the company’s stakeholders for their contributions to the growth of the company, Taraba Investment & Properties Limited and its subsidiaries for working tirelessly to ensure that the companies revived by the Rescue Mission Administration are productive and increasing the gross domestic product of Taraba State. This revered award will always have a place of honour in the Rescue Mission profile of Fame.
Thank you and God bless you all
KEYNOTE ADDRESS BY THE CHAIRMAN, BOARD OF DIRECTORS, MAMBILA BEVERAGES NIGERIA LIMITED, HON. ANTHONY A. JELLASON, ON THE OCCASION OF THE HIGHLAND TEA RESCUE AWARD CONFERRED ON HIS EXCELLENCY, ARC. DARIUS DICKSON ISHAKU BY MAMBILA BEVERAGES NIGERIA LIMITED ON MONDAY 24TH AUGUST, 2020 AT THE GOVERNMENT HOUSE, JALINGO.
I wish to thank Your Excellency on behalf of the Board of Directors, Management and Staff of Mambila Beverages Nigeria Limited (developers, manufacturers and marketers of Highland Tea and Highland Green Tea) for the untiring and humongous support our company has received and is still receiving from your Rescue Mission Administration. I really cannot thank you enough for your efforts at ensuring that dividends of democracy are made available and justly, fairly and equitably delivered to the people of Taraba State. These gestures are clear demonstration of Your Excellency’s exceptional magnanimity, political leverage and uncommon dexterity. The essence of our gathering here today is to celebrate you, good governance and excellence in service delivery to humanity.
Your Excellency, Distinguished Guests, Ladies and Gentlemen, “the taste of the budding”, they say, “is in the eating”. Indeed, we at Mambila Beverages Nigeria Limited have tasted with a sense of pride the on-going lofty achievements recorded in the past five years of this people-oriented Rescue Mission Administration and are privileged to identify with Your Excellency as partakers of your success story in the transformation of the State. I wish to highly commend you for these and other numerous achievements recorded by your administration so far, as we celebrate you on your well-deserved Highland Tea Rescue Award as The Best Developer and Promoter of Tea in Nigeria. I am only too convinced that this Award will motivate you to do more for the people of Taraba State.
Finally, Your Excellency, having no fear of being branded as the proverbial “Oliver Twist”, I wish to state that you have done a lot and we see you doing much more for the common good of our people and development of the State. I believe Your Excellency’s support to this company will not diminish but will be much more in areas where we can no longer fly due to lack of feathers. To this end, I humbly wish to solicit for Your Excellency’s untiring support in playing active role and supporting the development of the tea value chain in Nigeria, and advocacy for the establishment of National Tea Development Council. Also, to enable Mambila Beverages Nigeria Limited to continue to fly on two wings, I wish to request that the State Government should kindly facilitate the implementation of the second phase of the mini hydropower project at Tunga and the supply of additional Tea Bagging and Overwrapping Machines to the company in order to strengthen the supply side of the company’s operations and also meet the teaming demands of our customers in the State and the country at large..
Thank you and God bless.
AWARD PRESENTATION SPEECH BY THE GROUP MANAGING DIRECTOR/CEO, TARABA INVESTMENT & PROPERTIES LIMITED, MR. ILIYA EZEKIEL, ON THE OCCASION OF THE HIGHLAND TEA RESCUE AWARD CONFERRED ON HIS EXCELLENCY, ARC. DARIUS DICKSON ISHAKU BY MAMBILA BEVERAGES NIGERIA LIMITED ON MONDAY 24TH AUGUST, 2020 AT THE GOVERNMENT HOUSE, JALINGO
It gives me great pleasure and privilege to welcome you all to this important occasion of the Highland Tea Rescue Award 2020 on behalf of all the subsidiary companies of Taraba Investment & Properties Limited, This day marks a milestone particularly in the history of Mambila Beverages Nigeria Limited, a day set aside to give honour to whom honour is due. The merit award could not have come at a better time than now that we are celebrating Taraba State at 19.
Your Excellency Sir, Distinguished Guest Ladies and Gentlemen, permit me to state briefly that Mambila Beverages Nigeria Limited (developers, manufacturers and marketers of Highland Tea and Highland Green Tea) was incorporated as a private limited liability company on the 10th September, 2012 to carry on the business of developing, manufacturing and marketing of tea, coffee and other forms of beverages. The company is 100% owned by the Taraba State Government. Its performance under the rescue mission administration has proved that it is a viable source of pride to the nation, Taraba State Government, investors, business community, host tea community, financiers, and employees. It is therefore a tribute to the most viable and vibrant government company which has been repositioned for profitability and sustainable growth by our visionary leader of all times.
Your Excellency, this company remains eternally grateful for your rescue mission that brought about the completion and commissioning of the 400kw Hydropower plant at Tunga, and the purchase of modern tea processing (CTC) machines, modern tea bagging and overwrapping machines. These efforts have put the company on the path of sustainable growth and profitability as well as improved the internally generated revenue profile of the State as occasioned by the recent payment of N50million dividend to the State Government.
Your Excellency, the rewarding interest you have shown in the tea value chain and your tireless efforts in promoting the company’s products at national and international levels have brought huge benefits to the government and people of Taraba State in particular, and Nigeria in general. These include wealth creation for over 2,000 tea Farmers and Distributors nationwide, gainful employment of over 3,000 people from the company’s operations, expansion into national and international tea markets, etc.
Also, due to the good management and operations of the companies under the Investment House, we were able to deliver N75,600,000.00 to the State Government as group’s dividend from our profit of last year. We pledged to do much better this year in order to give more dividends by next year.
It is in recognition and appreciation of your positive and uncommon transformation of moribund companies in Taraba State, notable of them is Mambila Beverages Nigeria Limited that you are being conferred with this well-deserved Highland Tea Rescued Award as the BEST DEVELOPER AND PROMOTER OF TEA IN NIGERIA.
Finally, Your Excellency, the good works you have done speak volumes and we at the Mambila Beverages Nigeria Limited are grateful to you for seizing the opportunity to rewrite your name in the golden sand of time through the revival of moribund companies in the State and the development of the State economy.
Thank you and God bless.