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Nestlé Nigeria Collaborates with Stakeholders to Touch Lives

Friday, 29 March 2019

Story by Toye Faleye

Nestlé Nigeria Plc, one of the largest food and beverage companies in Africa, has collaborated with stakeholders, partners and government to touch lives across its value chain.

This was disclosed to newsmen by Mrs Victoria Uwadoka, Nestlé Nigeria’s Public Corporate Communications and Public Affairs Manager at a media parley with journalists held today at its head office.

 Uwadoka, while listing those partners and stakeholders, said the collaborations were vital efforts towards ensuring the progress of its society.

According to her, among the stakeholders Nestlé Nigeria is collaborating with is Lagos Business School (LBS) to run a Sales Academy to upskill its value force and also work together to run a training for media personnel. The training aims to advance nutrition, health and wellness through effective research-based media reporting.

It is also collaborating with Federal Ministry of Health on programmes and initiatives aimed at improving Nigeria’s health indices which includes Nestlé for Healthier Kids and empowerment of healthcare professionals, disclosing that the ministry contributed to the development of Nestlé for Healthier Kids curriculum.

Uwadoka said in partnership with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and Cultivating New Frontiers in Agriculture (CNFA), to build the capacity of smallholder farmers, Nestlé launched the Feed the Future Nigeria and Nestlé Maize Quality Improvement Partnership (M-QIP).
According to her, the programme was helping to improve the quality of maize and soyabean for domestic and commercial use.

She spoke further that Nestlé was collaborating with the Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ) to ensure effective dissemination of information, saying it worked closely with the NUJ to implement media empowerment programmes.

The programmes, according to her, train, recognize and reward nutrition journalists through capacity building programmes and the Nestlé Prize for Nutrition Reporting.

Nestlé is collaborating with Diamond Awards for Media Excellence Trust Fund to confer a ‘Nestlé Prize for Nutrition Reporting’ to recognize and reward excellence in nutrition, health and wellness reporting.

Uwadoka added that Nestlé was collaborating with International Fertilizer Development Centre (IFDC) where Nestlé started the Sorghum and Millet in the Sahel (SMS) Project to strengthen the resilience of millet/sorghum farming systems, such as it also partnered with Private Advisory Group (PSAG) to consolidate the efforts of the private sector towards achieving the SDGs in a way that positively impacts all relevant stakeholders.

Away from this, Nestlé has recently refurbished facilities in schools close to its company in Abaji and Flowergate factories in a bid to improving livelihoods in its communities.

The two refurbished schools are LEA Primary School Manderegi where the company handed over a refurbished classroom block, provided two new blocks of water system toilets, a fully equipped playground, a borehole and two fetching points in January 2019.

It equally made available at NUD Primary School Owode Egba a refurbished classroom block, two new water system toilet facilities, a borehole with water fetching bays and a fully furnished playground.

The two schools, Nestlé disclosed, were part of Nestlé for Healthier Kids (N4HK), a school nutritional education initiative supported by the Federal Ministry of Health and the Federal Ministry of Education.

Speaking during the event, Mauricio Alarcon, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Nestlé Nigeria, said: “We believe that long term success of our business is dependent on nurturing thriving communities closest to our operations.”

Uwadoka added: “It would be difficult for children to imbibe healthy nutrition and hygiene practices if the environment is not conducive for putting what they learn into practice.”

Nestlé Nigeria is the biggest food company in West Africa, employing over 2,300 people directly. It manufactures and markets some of Nigeria’s most loved brands which include MAGGI, MILO, GOLDEN MORN, NESTLE PURE LIFE, NESCAFE and CERELAC.

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