By Franklin Alli
“ONE of our focus areas is water – from facilities close to Agbara, Flowergate and Abaji factories, over 7,117,500 liters reach more than 6,600 people annually.”
Managing Director and CEO of Nestlé Nigeria, Mr. Mauricio Alarcon, disclosed this on the occasion of this year’s World Water Day with the theme, ‘Leaving no one Behind.
“We recognize and respect the fact that water is a fundamental human right. Everyone has the right to water, no matter where they are.
“The Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey (MICS) conducted by the government of Nigeria in 2016/2017, estimated that in the rural areas, 19 million people walk long distances to collect unsafe water from lakes, streams, and rivers.”
“Based on this, Nestlé Nigeria has been at the forefront of actions to provide clean safe water in the communities close to its factories. This is in line with the company’s purpose to enhance the quality of life and contribute to a healthier future.
He acknowledged that Individuals and families need water for drinking, personal and household hygiene, laundry and cooking amongst other needs.
“In line with Nestlé’s purpose of enhancing quality of life and contributing to a healthier future, we work alongside other stakeholders to provide access to clean safe drinking water to those who live closest to our operations,” he said.
He stated that with the commissioning of four additional community water facilities in Areke, Bara, Owode Egba and the Alamala Military Barracks all in Ogun State today, 7,500 more people will have access to clean, safe drinking water.
Mr. Ibukun Ipinmoye, Nestlé Flowergate Factory Manager, added, “Today is very significant for us as it is another step towards ensuring that everyone in our community has access to clean, safe water for their basic daily needs.
We are confident that these four new water facilities will go a long way towards reducing the burden of families who had to travel long distances to find water .”
In his address at the handover ceremony of NUD Primary school project in Owode local government area, the Executive Chairman of Ogun State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) represented by the Deputy Director Quality Assurance, Mrs. Agbatiogun Jokotade, commended Nestlé Nigeria for its continued commitment to the development of the community.
He also encouraged the beneficiaries to take care of the new facilities to ensure that they serve them for a long time.
The school project comprises a renovated block of classrooms and head teacher’s office, a new block of toilets, a fully equipped playground and a borehole with hand – washing station.
Photo caption: Nestlé commissioned four new water projects and one school project in Ogun state – all in commemoration of World Water Day.