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Nestlé Nigeria, Ogun State Ministry Of Environment Collaborate To Mark World Water Day 2022

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Nestlé Nigeria, Ogun State Ministry Of Environment Collaborate To Mark World Water Day 2022

Olushola Okunlade Writes

As the world celebrates World Water Day, Ogun State Ministry of Environment and Nestlé Nigeria have jointly hosted a stakeholders’ forum to address the Water Sustainability challenges in Ogun state.

World Water Day, held on 22 March every year since 1993, focuses on the importance of
freshwater. World Water Day celebrates water and raises awareness for the 2.2 billion
people living without access to safe water. It is about taking action to tackle the global
water crisis. The theme for this years’ event is “Groundwater: making the invisible visible.

Groundwater constitutes an important source of water for domestic supply and agriculture
in Nigeria. Domestic consumption and industrial needs place a huge burden on this
valuable yet limited resource. Access to clean water and improved sanitation facilities is
a daily challenge for many Nigerians, as 60 million Nigerians, or 33 percent of the
population, do not have access to clean water. This contributes to the high prevalence of
waterborne diseases and impacts education, health, and the national economy.

Nestlé Nigeria, Ogun State Ministry Of Environment Collaborate To Mark World Water Day 2022
Left-Right: Permanent Secretary, Bureau of Cabinet and Special Services, Alhaji Olanrewaju Saka; Permanent Secretary Ministry of Rural Development and Water Resource Ogun State; Mr. Adetunji Kanimodo; Guest Speaker, Prof. Abiodun Badmus; Head of Service Ogun State Dr. Nafiu Olatunde Aigoro; Representative of the Deputy Governor, Ogun State SSA Hon. Kola Salako; Category and Marketing Manager, Nestle Waters, Mrs. Gloria Nwabuike; Director Planning, Ogun Osun Rivers Basin Authority, Engr Adewale Adeoye and Permanent Secretary Ministry of Environment Ogun State Engr Rasaki Olabode
Nestlé Nigeria, Ogun State Ministry Of Environment Collaborate To Mark World Water Day 2022
Left-Right: Tunji Oladipo, HSE Manager, Reckitt Benckiser; Edidiong Peters, Public Affairs Specialist, Nestlé Nigeria PLC; Raphael Fisher, Safety, Health and Environment (SHE) Manager, Nestlé Nigeria PLC; Gloria Nwabuike, Category, and Marketing Manager, Nestlé Waters; Olagbende Sunday, Quality Assurance Supervisor, Beta Glass; Evelyn Dike, Agbara Factory SHE & Water Resources Manager, Nestlé Nigeria PLC.

In her comments at the event, the Deputy Governor of Ogun State, Engr. Noimot Salako Oyedele, ably represented by Honorable Kola Salako, Senior Special Assistant to the
Governor said, “World Water Day is a day in which the future of one of the most essential natural resources is explicitly reviewed for the good of the generations to come. Water is vital for survival. It is the lifeblood of human existence and our economy, hence, proper management of this resource is crucial. I encourage all stakeholders in the water sector to cooperate with the Ministry for appropriate and sustainable management of water resources in the state”.

On his part, the Permanent Secretary, Ogun State Ministry of Environment, Engr. Razak
Ojetola
, commended Nestlé Nigeria for collaborating with the Ministry on the maiden
World Water Day celebration in the State and for the strides of the company around water
sustainability. He emphasized the commitment of Prince Dapo Abiodun led
administration to the actualization of access to clean water and sanitation for all inline
with Sustainable Development Goal 6 and the sustainability of groundwater resources
which is reflected in the establishment of the Ogun State Water Supply (Ground Water
Quality Control) Regulations 2017.

In a statement at the forum, Wassim El-Husseini, MD/CEO Nestlé Nigeria PLC represented
by Category and Marketing Manager Nestlé Waters, Gloria Nwabuike, said, “Water is a
shared and precious resource that we need to manage sustainably and conserve for
everyone, today and for generations to come. The sustainability of shared water resources depends on all water users working together locally to address the shared water challenges, be it scarcity, quality, or access. At Nestlé, we are committed to responsible water resource management as we rely on water throughout our supply chains and operations. We, therefore, recognize our role in helping to ensure access to safe water and sanitation in communities near our operations and will continue to invest in responsible water stewardship in our factories. Our approach to sustainable water management is in line with the globally recognized Water Stewardship framework – ‘the AWS standard’ ensuring water-related best practices in our operations. We have committed to certifying all our water sites to the AWS standard. Our Agbara site attained this status in 2021 and our Abaji factory will be certified in 2022”
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“Our partnership with the Ogun State Ministry of Environment for this years’ celebration is in line with our commitment to work together with local and global stakeholders to address shared watershed challenges”, he added.

This year’s theme, “Groundwater: making the invisible visible, draws attention to the
hidden water resource that has always been critically important. Groundwater is invisible,
but its impact is visible everywhere. The event also included a panel session particularly focused on Water Sustainability and Conservation in Agbara, with panelists from the private sector companies in Agbara including Nestlé Nigeria PLC, Reckitt Benckiser, and Beta Glass as well as the public sector in Ogun State Ministry of Environment. This year’s campaign explains groundwater’s vital role in water and sanitation systems, agriculture, industry, ecosystems, and climate change adaptation. Also, the rapid population growth especially of urban areas comes not only with planning and infrastructure challenges such as water supply and waste disposal, but also heavy reliance on groundwater.

It is therefore imperative that groundwater governance becomes a focus for all stakeholders
(government, private sector, NGOs) with all working together to sustainably manage this
precious resource.

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Airtel Nigeria Appoints Kemi Ariyo And Dhillon Hermanpreet As Directors

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Airtel Nigeria Appoints Kemi Ariyo And Dhillon Hermanpreet As Directors

Rashidat Okunlade Writes

Leading telecommunications service provider, Airtel Nigeria, has announced the appointment of two directors to join its executive leadership team.

The company named Kemi Ariyo as the new Director of Information and Technology and Harmanpreet Singh Dhillon as Director of Network Transformation and Planning.

According to Airtel, both appointments are set to bring about a new era of innovation and growth within the business.

Speaking on the recent appointments, Chief Executive Officer, Airtel Nigeria, Carl Cruz, said the notably experienced Kemi Ariyo will play a pivotal role in driving Airtel Nigeria’s digital transformation efforts and the company is pleased to elevate an excellent female leader within its ranks to the position.

On his part, Cruz stated that Mr. Harmanpreet will spearhead the telecom giant’s network transformation initiatives, geared towards strengthening its infrastructure and ensuring steady services for subscribers.

“We are thrilled to welcome Kemi and Harmanpreet on board. Their in-depth expertise and experience will be invaluable in driving our technological transformation and delivering exceptional experiences to our over 60 million users. We are confident that, with their experience and expertise, Airtel will continue to innovate and stay ahead while developing cutting-edge solutions to meet the evolving needs of our customers,” Cruz said.

Airtel Nigeria Appoints Kemi Ariyo And Dhillon Hermanpreet As Directors

Kemi Ariyo

Harmanpreet Singh Dhillon, the company revealed, brings an impressive background experience of over 23 years in the telecommunications industry and a passion for driving technological advancements.

Previously, he had served in various capacities across different organizations, including Vodafone, Nokia, Huawei, and was Chief Technology Officer at One Airtel in Karnataka, India, where he was responsible for leading the technology strategy, forecasting, expansion, operations, cost optimization, and capex planning for the networks team.

Kemi Ariyo also brings years of cross-industry and cross-continental career experience across the IT value chain with a track record of providing technical solutions geared towards service efficiency, customer experience, and business profitability.

Her contribution to Airtel started from her days as a Business Operations Analyst, under the management service at IBM, where she moved into several leadership roles until she fully joined Airtel in 2017.

Recall that Airtel recently completed the first batch of staff promotions for its financial year 2023/24. This promotion cycle saw the elevation of no fewer than 20 employees into senior leadership roles, out of whom three were women, and one out of these women was elevated to a vice president position.

 

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Airtel Nigeria Partners Top Device Manufacturers To Drive 5G Adoption

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Airtel Nigeria Partners Top Device Manufacturers To Drive 5G Adoption

Rashidat Okunlade Writes

Airtel Nigeria has announced its partnership with renowned manufacturers of 5G-enabled devices. The partnership is in line with Airtel’s commitment to enhance innovation, improve customer experience, and drive the adoption of 5G technology to transform various aspects of customers’ daily activities.

According to the Chief Commercial Officer of Airtel Nigeria, Femi Oshinlaja, the strategic partnership is not only to increase access to the latest technological advancements but also to encourage consumers to take advantage of the vast potential of 5G connectivity.

“Our partnership with leading 5G device manufacturers like Samsung, Tecno, and Infinix is a testament to Airtel’s commitment to providing our customers with access to the latest technological advancements. We believe that through this partnership, consumers will not only gain awareness about the potential of 5G but also access devices that enable them to fully embrace the benefits of this transformative technology,” he said.

A notable highlight of this partnership is the exclusive data package provided for users of the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5. For just 2000 naira, customers can enjoy a generous 10GB of data, allowing them to explore the vast potential of 5G connectivity.

Airtel’s partnership with smartphone manufacturers has also enabled the introduction of the lowest-priced 5G device in Nigeria such as the Samsung A14 5G, Samsung’s flagship fold and flip 5, Infinix Hot 30 5G, Tecno Camon 201 and Tecno Spark 101.

 

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Jumia Kicks Off Brands Festival 2023

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Jumia Kicks Off Brands Festival 2023

…Consumers enjoy exclusive offers from several top brands

Rashidat Okunlade Writes

Jumia, the leading e-commerce platform in Nigeria, has announced the launch of its annual brands festival campaign, targeted at promoting authentic products across a wide range of categories at the best prices directly from top brands on the platform.

 

The campaign tagged “Beta products, Beta savings,” starts on Monday, September 4th and will run through September 17th, 2023, offering millions of consumers nationwide the opportunity to buy original products from the official stores of several top brands such as Adidas, Oraimo, Nivea, Xiaomi, DeFacto, Tecno, Pernod Ricard, Infinix, Diageo, Itel, L’Oréal, Bacardi, Binatone, and Haier Thermocool.

 

In these challenging times, the essence of the Jumia Brands Festival takes on even greater significance. We are not only championing authentic products, but also making them accessible at the most competitive prices. We understand the constraints faced by today’s consumers – the need for quality products that don’t break the bank. Our collaboration with renowned international brands bridges the gap, ensuring that consumers can work within their budgets while obtaining genuine items,” said Massimiliano Spalazzi, CEO Jumia Nigeria.

 

As a young Global Company, TECNO is in the process of rapid growth. Our target consumers are motivated and non-stop pursuing innovation. Bonding between brand and our target consumers, non-stop for Excellence,” said Thompson Ani, Brand Marketing Manager TECNO.

 

Consumers can take advantage of the amazing offers during the campaign by simply downloading the Jumia App. The campaign will feature Treasure Hunt, Brand Days, Deals of the Day, and Flash Sales, where consumers can get further discounts on a number of products. The campaign is also providing free shipping on a wide range of products to consumers within Lagos, Abuja, Ibadan, Warri, Benin, Abeokuta, Akure, and Port Harcourt.

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