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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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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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…“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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