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Nestlé Dairy Program Achieves Milk Collection Milestone On World Milk Day 2022

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Nestlé Dairy Program Achieves Milk Collection Milestone On World Milk Day 2022

June first every year is World Milk Day

Olushola Okunlade Writes

Nestlé’s Nigeria Livestock Development Project (NLDP), has made this year’s celebration notable with the milestone of 2,500 liters of fresh milk per day from only 200 liters collected on the first day of milk collection on June 1, 2021.

A collaboration between Nestlé Nigeria, ‘CBiIL’ and 2SCALE, NLDP delivers 1,500 L/day at Paikon Kore Grazing Reserve and 1,000L/day at Kachia Grazing Reserve.

Victoria Uwadoka, Corporate Communications and Public Affairs Manager for Nestlé Nigeria, affirms that the collection of 2,500L/day was made possible by 25 cooperatives comprising over 625 households milking between 4,000 and 6,000 cows every day. These cooperatives have been trained and nurtured for over 18 months to achieve the good quality fresh milk now produced through the project.

The celebration of World Milk Day 2022 at Paikon Kore provided a platform for recognising and rewarding the farmers who excelled in various aspects of milk production. Categories of awards included Highest Producing Male (Abdulrahman Rabia), Highest Producing Female (Rabia Raga), Best Aggregator (Shehu Muhammed), Best Cooperative Kosan Denko, Best Milking Community, and Aggregator with Least Spoilage (Adamu Abdullah). The recipients were delighted and expressed their thanks to Nestlé and the NLDP.

The ceremony was attended by stakeholders and dignitaries, including The Mandate Secretary, ARDS, Mallam Abubakar Ibrahim, and Permanent Secretary, FCT, Mr. Olusade Adesola, ably represented by Mr. Samuel Atang, Director, Operations, Planning, and Strategy. Representatives of the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development were also at the event.

Mr. Olusade Adesola, The Permanent Secretary, FCT, said, “It is glad to note that milk production has steadily increased from 150 to 1,500 litres daily within the past two years of this partnership. I have been made to understand the products from this centre are being sold in markets within and outside the Federal Capital Territory.”

Also speaking, The Mandate Secretary, ARDS, Mallam Abubakar Ibrahim, said, “It may interest you all to know that since the reactivation of the MCCC in 2021 in partnership with Nestlé Nigeria PLC, daily milk production has risen from between about 300 to 1,500 litres. This is a result of continuous training and improvement initiatives by both partners and support from the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development. If plans by the NLDP partnership to introduce new cattle breeds and a demonstration farm are anything to go by, milk production in the FCT will receive a boost.”

Nestlé continues to leverage its expertise in dairy to help build a sustainable dairy ecosystem through the NLDP to achieve its objective of Creating Shared Value with Nigerian dairy value chain stakeholders. The program contributes to the local economy by providing the training and empowerment of the locals and then purchasing services from them.

NLDP is built on three pillars: Better Fodder, Better Quality, and Better Products. This will be achieved by improving cooperative dynamics, promoting better herd health, and engendering hygienic milk collection and handling practices.

The NLDP has trained over 1,400 producers in modern Milk Handling and Milking Hygiene techniques to help them produce to industry standards, thereby opening more routes to market. Nestlé pays a premium above the market rates in addition to helping the families increase production and improve the quality of their products.

Nestlé has helped improve cattle health within the NLDP by deworming and vaccinating over 6,000 cattle against Foot and Mouth Disease. They were also treated against Contagious Bovine Pleuropneumonia (CBPP) in collaboration with the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) and Agriculture and Rural Development Secretariat (ARDS). The 6,000 cattle also received vitamin and mineral blocks (salt licks).

Another significant investment by the NLDP is the provision of Better Fodder which includes sufficient clean water, balanced pasture, silage, and hay. Over 250 hectares of Napier Grass and Bracheria have been cultivated and 5 Industrial boreholes built and commissioned. Three of the boreholes are fitted with drinking troughs for the cattle and taps to provide potable water to the communities. To further boost milk production, Nestlé is providing Cotton Seed Cakes which have the potential to increase milk productivity by up to 2L per cow.

To maintain milk quality from milking to the processing centre, milk must be handled carefully and kept at a temperature of about 2 degrees Celsius. Each of the 23 aggregators employed under the NLDP project is trained to maintain these quality standards. They test for spoilage and adulteration at the collection point. A motorbike, milk churns, and lactometers are also provided to facilitate their work.

The aggregators get the milk to the Milk Collection and Cooling Centers (MCCC) in the shortest possible time for cooling and bulking at the requisite temperature after a 4 step quality check.

Nestlé equips the MCCCs with modern laboratory equipment to ensure food safety is maintained at industry standards. The staff are trained and issued the right gear to conform to the set safety standards.

In line with Nestlé’s commitment to protecting the planet for future generations, the NLDP has adopted climate-friendly practices: A 30KVA solar power system has been installed to reduce the fossil fuels used at the MCCC in Paikon Kore. The industrial boreholes are also solar-powered.  

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Guinness Nigeria Appoints Mark Mugisha Kivuna As Marketing & Innovations Director

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Mark Mugisha Kivuna as Marketing & Innovations Director.

…As Adenike Adebola moves ahead as Africa Innovations Director, Diageo

Olushola Okunlade Writes

Guinness Nigeria Plc has announced the appointment of Mark Mugisha Kivuna as Marketing & Innovations Director.

Until his appointment, Mark Mugisha was Marketing and Innovations Director at Serengeti Breweries Ltd in Tanzania. Also, Adenike Adebola moves ahead as Africa Innovations Director, Diageo.

Mark Mugisha Kivuna as Marketing & Innovations Director.
Mr. Mark Mugisha Kivuna, Guinness Nigeria Marketing & Innovations Director.

Mark Mugisha has joined Guinness Nigeria with immense experience in Marketing and Sales in the FMCG industry, having worked with East African Breweries Ltd (EABL) where he started his Diageo journey in August 2013. Before then, he was with Unilever where he had worked in various capacities. Mark has degrees in International Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services from Makerere University.

Commenting on the appointment, Baker Magunda, Managing Director of Guinness Nigeria, said “I’m delighted to have Mark join the Guinness Nigeria leadership team. His experience and leadership will support Guinness Nigeria’s ambition for long-term growth and competitiveness”.

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Lagos Schools Dominate Western Conference Of MILO Basketball Championship

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…At MILO, we believe that sports provide a platform to teach children grit and help them imbibe values on their journey to success in life

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David Hall College, Obalende, Ikoyi, and Topfield College, Ajugunle, Apapa, both in Lagos have dominated the Western Conference of the 22nd MILO Secondary Schools Basketball Championship.

Their wins have qualified them to play in the National Finale of the Championship this year.

Hard fighting David Hall College, Obalende, Ikoyi, Lagos, defeated the girls from Oshogbo Grammar School, Oshogbo, Osun State, 31 to 15 to emerge Champions in the girl’s category.

In the boy’s category, Topfield College, Ajugunle, Apapa, Lagos won by a single point defeating Victorroti Private Secondary School, Idi-Aba, Abeokuta, Ogun State, 47 to 46.

Speaking at the closing ceremony of the Championship, Category Manager for Beverages, Nestlé Nigeria, Mr. Olutayo Olatunji said, “It is a delight to be here and to witness this exceptional display of skills at this Western Conference finals. At MILO, we believe that sports provide a platform to teach children grit and help them imbibe values on their journey to success in life. This is why we have been committed to the MILO Secondary Schools Basketball Championship in Nigeria for the last 22 editions. This Championship will continue to provide opportunities for developing qualities including leadership skills, ability to work in a team, perseverance, courage, self-belief, and respect in these young ones who participate.”

The Oyo State Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Barrister Rahman Abiodun Abdul-Rasheed said, “I wish to sincerely appreciate and thank Nestlé Nigeria PLC for this giant step the company has taken in organizing a competition of this magnitude nationwide, consistently for over two decades. Nestlé MILO Secondary Schools Basketball Championship has contributed to national development through healthy competitions among our youths where talents are discovered, trained, and showcased to the world.”

The Western Conference of the 22nd Milo Secondary Schools Basketball Championship was hosted at the Lekan Salami Stadium, Adamasingba, Ibadan, from May 28th to June 3rd, 2022. The Conference comprises: Lagos, Ondo, Ogun, Ekiti and the host state, Oyo. Others are Edo, Delta, Osun and Kogi.

The winners in both the male and female categories of this Western Conference will compete with winners from the previously concluded Savanna Conference, Central Conference and Equatorial Conference, in the National Finals at the Indoor Sports Hall of the National Stadium in Surulere, Lagos from June 25 to July 01, 2022.

Over the last two decades, the Milo Secondary Schools Basketball Championship has emphasized the importance of grit to teach school children vital life values such as determination, tenacity, endurance, perseverance, teamwork, and self-confidence.

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GOtv Launch In Lokoja; Everything You Need To Know

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GOtv Launch In Lokoja; Everything You Need To Know

GOtv LAUNCH IN LOKOJA; EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW

Olushola Okunlade Writes

GOtv Nigeria is renowned for making quality local and international content accessible and affordable to Nigerians.

In furtherance of its objectives to take world-class digital television entertainment to more households in the country, GOtv extended its coverage to Lokoja, the capital of Kogi State on June 1.

Here is everything you need to know about the pay-TV service:

  1. HIGH QUALITY LOCAL AND INTERNATIONAL SHOWS: GOtv provides an unrivaled blend of local and international entertainment, carefully selected to cater to a variety of different tastes and family viewing needs. GOtv launched in Lokoja with over 80 exciting channels covering news, music, sports, documentaries, series, local and international movies, children’s programs, and much more.
  1. EXCITING LAUNCH OFFER: Excitement and GOtv are inseparable. GOtv treats customers to exciting shows and delights them with irresistible offers. GOtv is extending this to residents of Lokoja, with an exciting launch offer on GOtv decoder, GOtenna, and a one-month GOtv Max subscription, for N6,900 only instead of N9,500!
  1. AFFORDABILITY: GOtv Nigeria services are hinged on making high-value entertainment available and affordable to the majority of Nigerians.  Hence, GOtv offers different packages exclusively designed for the needs of an average Nigerian family. Customers in Lokoja can access their choice programs by subscribing to any of GOtv monthly packages such as GOtv Supa for N5, 500, GOtv Max for N4, 150, and GOtv Jolli for N2, 800, or GOtv Jinja for N1, 900.
  1. WORLD-CLASS FAMILY ENTERTAINMENT: GOtv is the home of entertainment that leaves the family spoiled for choice. A list of exciting channels on GOtv packages includes Africa Magic Urban, Honey, SuperSport, WWE, SuperSport channels, KIX, StarLife, Cartoon Network, ESPN, Zee World, Telemundo, CNN International, Al Jazeera, Discovery Family, B4U Movies, TNT Africa, MTV Base, HIP TV, Africa Magic Hausa, Africa Magic Yoruba, Africa Magic Igbo, M-Net Movies 4, ROK, Discovery ID, Nat Geo Wild, Da Vinci Kids, Disney Junior, Nickelodeon, Jim Jam and many more.
  1. SEAMLESS SELF-SERVICE OPTIONS: GOtv is equipped with technology that enables subscribers to seamlessly manage their accounts. Customers can personalize their GOtv experience through self-management of notifications settings, switching of subscription packages, and fixing decoder errors. Subscription renewal and payment history are remotely available on mobile devices. GOtv self-service options available to customers include MyGOtv App, USSD Code *288#, Paga, Quickteller, ATM, Bank Apps, MultiChoice Authorized Dealers/Sabi Men, and Toll-free numbers that cut across the four dominant telco networks in Nigeria. 
  1. PREMIUM-GRADE AUDIO-VISUAL QUALITY: GOtv combines affordability with high standard visual and audio output. GOtv premiered the advanced DVB-T2 digital broadcasting standard to customers across its different packages. Customers are guaranteed quality audio-visual signals across all cities where GOtv operates. 
  1. PAN-NIGERIA COVERAGE: The objective of GOtv Nigeria is to make world-class digital television entertainment accessible to more households in the country. GOtv is the digital terrestrial television (DTT) service with the widest coverage in the country. With the addition of Lokoja, the GOtv service is now available in 46 cities across 25 states in Nigeria.

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