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Malnutrition: Food Processing Companies Promise More Action On Micronutrient Fortification

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Malnutrition: Food processing companies promise more action on micronutrient fortification

as Dangote Sugar wins food fortification award

With mounting nutritional challenges facing millions of Nigerians, especially in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, private sector operators in the food processing industries, as well as government regulating agencies have pledged commitment towards achieving optimal levels in food fortification compliance. 

This is even as the leading sugar producer in the country, Dangote Sugar Refinery Plc has won an award, having been ranked as the leading company with significant strides in institutionalizing large-scale food fortification best practices.

The pledge was made at the 4th Annual CEO Forum of Food Processing & Nutrition Leadership themed ‘Ensuring Improved Health and Nutrition Through Cross-Sectoral Leadership’ organized collaboratively by TechnoServe; Aliko Dangote Foundation (ADF) and Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in Lagos.

Malnutrition: Food processing companies promise more action on micronutrient fortification
Dangote Sugar received an award at the 4th Annual CEO Forum of Food Processing & Nutrition Leadership themed ‘Ensuring Improved Health and Nutrition Through Cross-Sectoral Leadership’ organized collaboratively by TechnoServe; Aliko Dangote Foundation (ADF) and Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in Lagos for ranking among the four firms with substantial compliance with the food Fortification Micronutrient Index (MFI). Minister of Trade and Investment, Otunba Niyi Adebayo (left) presenting the award to the Group Executive Director, Commercial Operations, Dangote Industries Limited, Halima Aliko-Dangote (left) and the Group Managing Director, Dangote Sugar Refinery Plc, Ravindra Singhvi (middle)
TECHNOSERVE Award Event: DSR was awarded the “Best Company for Fortifying Micronutrients in Sugar”

The CEO Forum is the gathering of Nigerian Food Processors and Nutrition Leadership where critical and concerned players in the food processing, health, and financing sectors appraise the food fortification situation in the country, which is meant to correct the present food system that has been linked to poverty, hunger, malnutrition, disease, unemployment, etc.

President of Dangote Group and Chairman of the ADF, Aliko Dangote, who chaired the meeting, said food fortification is a health issue that members of the Forum are committed to complying with each of the foods their organisations manufacture in the interest of nutritional health of Nigerians.

He recalled how the Forum has proposed to be converging periodically to assess how far the compliance has been and expressed happiness that the report for 2022 was an improvement on the previous report. He also urged members of the Forum to double their efforts to shore up compliance in the area where it is still below expectation.

He assured that there was no going back in achieving full micronutrient fortification compliance, especially in the pandemic era, to mitigate the effect of the virus.

In his remarks, Mr. Bill Gates commended the efforts of the Nigerian private sector involved in the food fortification process and the affected government agencies for rising up to the occasion to ensure that fortification compliance is achieved so that Nigerians could be immune against malnutrition.

He said his Foundation was happy to be involved in the task and urged all not to rest on their oars until full fortification compliance is achieved.

Giving the report of milestones and compliance trends covered by the Forum in 2021, Mr. Dominic Schofield of TechnoServe listed 14 companies covering 31 brands as having joined the Micronutrient Fortification Index (MFI) ranking for Wheat Flour, Edible Oil, Sugar, and Salt.

Dangote Sugar was named among the four companies with substantial compliance in the four food categories, with others being Flour Mills, awarded in two categories, and Raffles Oil LFTZ Enterprise.

The essence of the MFI ranking, Schofield explained, is that members of the public would have access to information about the fortification of the four staple foods and help encourage companies to meet their fortification targets. 

He stated, “The recent implementation of pandemic-related border controls has enabled industrially-processed edible oil producers, adequately fortifying, to capture an increased market share and ensure wider consumer reach.

“The wheat flour sector demonstrably attempted to sustain compliance levels over the last year. Disrupted access to good quality Vitamin A, however, continues to pose a risk to good performance.

“With the promise of renewed focus; with opportunities to innovate in business processes and digitalization that better integrate food fortification and foster trust, and with the commitment and collective action on the part of all food fortification stakeholders, Nigerian processors can get back to the levels of optimal compliance achieved prior to the pandemic.”

In his remark, Vice-President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo who joined the meeting virtually from Abuja, expressed the appreciation of the Federal Government to the Forum, especially the sponsors, for sustaining the food fortification efforts in the overall interest of Nigerians.

As the Forum celebrates overall 90 per cent compliance on fortification, he said the private sector operators deserved commendation having gone that far despite the challenges. He assured that the Federal government and its regulatory agencies would continue to collaborate for better results ahead, noting, “if we all work together, we can achieve the shared together and in good time.”

Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire; his Industry, Trade and Investment counterpart, Niyi Adebayo, as well as the Directors-General of NAFDAC and the Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON), Prof. Mojisola Adeyeye and Mr. Farouk Salim respectively, all pledged to use governmental instruments to provide a conducive environment for the food processing companies to achieve their food fortification compliance target. 

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Pepsi Naija Spices Up AMVCA Runway Show with Confam Fashion

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Pepsi Naija Spices Up AMVCA Runway Show with Confam Fashion

Olushola Okunlade Writes

As part of its contribution to driving pop culture in Nigeria, Pepsi Naija in partnership with Africa Magic Viewer’s Choice Awards (AMVCA) showcased a Pepsi-inspired collection at the first-ever AMVCA Runway show.

Ten super talented young fashion designers who participated in the show designed a Pepsi-inspired collection. Their designs incorporated the brand colors, logo, and other elements that represent the brand – authenticity, passion, and youth.

The keenly contested show saw Sophie Nwabunike and Obinna Omeruo emerge, as winners, each taking home, a N1 million cash prize to the delight of fashion designers, influencers, content creators in attendance, and Nigeria’s ace designer, Mai Atafo, who was the host of the event.

In addition to the spectacular display of fashion, Pepsi Naija in its usual style brought Confam Gbedu to the event with a thrilling performance by R&B group, Styl Plus. They got the crowd singing along to their classic hits.

Some of the attendees at the event were BBNaija host, Ebuka Obi-Uchendu; Nigerian Fashion guru, Denola Grey; popular model and TV presenter, Idia Aisien and on-air personality, Stephanie, Noble Igwe, Enioluwa Adeoluwa, Lanre Da-Silva Ajayi, and Adebayo Oke-Lawal.

Pepsi Naija sponsored AMVCA Runway Show to celebrate and promote ingenuity among African fashion creatives. Pepsi Naija is renowned for its age-long affiliation with Nigerian music and growing pop culture. Going by the colorful delivery of the Runway Show, the initiative is undoubtedly one that will further endear the brand to entertain audiences across the country. 

The AMVCA Runway Show is part of activities leading up to the 8th AMVCA Night scheduled for Saturday, May 14. You can tune in live on Africa Magic channels on DStv and GOtv, from 400 pm WAT.

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Glo Creates Excitement With NIN TV Adverts, Bonus Offer

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Glo Creates Excitement With NIN TV Adverts, Bonus Offer

…“At Glo, it is all about empowerment and value addition,”

Olushola Okunlade Writes

Globacom, the telecommunications powerhouse, has brought renewed excitement to television screens and online platforms with its recently unveiled suite of adverts.

The adverts provide information on how subscribers can link their National Identity Number (NIN) to their Subscriber Identity Module (SIM) on the Glo network.

Commenting on the launch of the adverts, the company noted that the Glo NIN Offer is a one-time bonus offer applies only to customers who were barred from making outgoing calls on the Glo network as directed by regulatory authorities due to NIN non-compliance.

Once subscribers link their NIN to their SIMS, they will get a N20,000 bonus which can be used to call, browse and text on the network.

At Glo, it is all about empowerment and value addition,” the statement continued. ”This is our welcome package to subscribers we have missed on the network.”

The adverts see a return to form for the telecommunications company with celebrity and influencer-led commercials that are heavy on humor.

Glo Creates Excitement With NIN TV Adverts, Bonus Offer

Riding on a mix of the old and modern, the adverts mine the town crier trope to great effect while the use of celebrities helps to heighten viewer engagement.

The adverts that are enjoying airplay on television and online platforms feature actors and actresses like Tina Mba, Patience “Mama Gee” Ozokwor, Victor Osuagwu, Mercy Johnson, Osas Ighodaro, Damilola Adegbite, Odunlade Adekola, Timini Egbuson, Yvonne Jegede and Jide Awogbona amongst others. Comedians Gordon, Funky Mallam, Dan D Humorous, and MC Forever are featured alongside skit maker, Broda Shaggi. At the same time, musical artists Simi, Teni, and Dija are also part of the cast of the funny, riveting, and highly informative adverts.

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Adamawa, Jigawa Shine In The Savanna Conference Of The 22nd Milo

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Adamawa and Jigawa Shine in the Savanna Conference of the 22nd Milo Basketball Championship

Adamawa and Jigawa Shine in the Savanna Conference of the 22nd Milo Basketball Championship

Olushola Okunlade Writes

Two outstanding teams – Government Secondary School, Numan, Adamawa State, and Dutse Model International Secondary School, Jigawa State have emerged champions in the boys and girls categories respectively at the Savanna Conference of the 22nd Milo Secondary Schools Basketball Championship.

The girls from Government Secondary School, Numan, Adamawa State, outclassed their Government Girls Secondary School, Bukavu, Kano State counterparts 20 to 8 to emerge champions in the girl’s category while the boys from Dutse Model International Secondary School, Jigawa State won by 51 to 23 against the boys from Nigeria Tulip International College, Yobe, Yobe State in the boy’s category.

Adamawa and Jigawa Shine in the Savanna Conference of the 22nd Milo Basketball Championship
Funmilola Oyewole, Category Development Manager, Nestlé Nigeria PLC addressing participants of the Savanna Conference of the 22nd Milo Basketball Championship at the Sanni Abacha Stadium, Kano.

Arinze Nancy Nicholas, coach of Dutse Model International Secondary School, Jigawa State sharing her excitement on behalf of her team for emerging winners of the competition, said “I have had the dream of winning this trophy since 2016, and today, I am happy that this dream has come to pass. I am also happy that we have qualified for the finale in Lagos. We are optimistic that we can also come to Lagos to win in the national finals.”

Category Manager for Beverages, Nestlè Nigeria, Mr. Olutayo Olatunji, reiterated Nestle’s commitment to developing talents, enforcing a healthier lifestyle, and instilling values and lessons for success through sports. He said, “MILO, firmly believes that through participation in sports, children learn life values that help them on their journey to success.

“We are therefore happy to continue to provide this opportunity of the MILO Secondary School Basketball Championship where these young ones can continue to find the opportunities for developing qualities including leadership skills, ability to work in a team, perseverance, courage, self-belief, and respect through their participation. In a nutshell, ‘the GRIT you learn in sport, you keep for life’. We are grateful to all who supported us to make another successful championship.

The Savanna Conference was hosted at the Sanni Abacha Stadium, Kano from the 8th to 12th of May 2022. The States that make up this Conference are Yobe, Borno, Taraba, Zamfara, and host Kano. Others are Gombe, Katsina, Bauchi and Jigawa.

The Champions in both the male and female categories of this Conference will compete with winners from the other three Conferences (Central- Ilorin: 14th – 20th May, Equatorial – Enugu: 21st – 27th May, Western Ibadan: 28th May – 3rd June) in the national final at the indoor sports hall of the national stadium in Surulere, Lagos from May 26 to June 30, 2022.

Adamawa and Jigawa Shine in the Savanna Conference of the 22nd Milo Basketball Championship
Wassim El-Husseini, MD/CEO Nestlé Nigeria PLC.

For over 2 decades, MILO has emphasized the importance of grit to teach schoolchildren vital life values such as determination, tenacity, endurance, perseverance, teamwork, and self-confidence. These values help them on their journey to succeed in life.

Nestlè will continue to spearhead grassroots sports development in Nigeria through its purpose of unlocking the power of food to enhance the quality of life for everyone today and for generations to come. The next conference of the Milo Secondary Schools Basketball Championship – Central Conference – will take place in Ilorin, the Kwara State capital from 14th – 20th May 2022.

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