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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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Dangote-Led Flood Committee Commences Distribution Of N1.5bn Relief Items To Victims Nationwide 

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Dangote-Led Flood Committee Commences Distribution Of N1.5bn Relief Items To Victims Nationwide

Olushola Okunlade Writes

The Dangote-led Presidential Committee on Flood Relief and Rehabilitation (PCFRR), known as Dangote Flood Committee has commenced the distribution of relief materials, worth N1.5 billion to victims of flooding nationwide.  

The PCFRR, which was established by the Federal Government following the 2012 flooding, is co-chaired by Africa’s foremost industrialist Aliko Dangote, and Dr. Olisa Agbakoba.  

The flagging off ceremony for the relief materials distribution for this year started in Borno State and was conducted by the State Governor, Professor Babagana Umara Zulum Tuesday in Maiduguri, Borno State capital. The Governor thanked the Dangote Flood Committee and promised that he will ensure that the items get to the victims.

Dangote-Led Flood Committee Commences Distribution Of N1.5bn Relief Items To Victims Nationwide
Left-Right: Assistant Secretary (PCFRR) Umar Musa Gulani, Who Represent the Chairman Presidential Committee On Flood Relief Rehabilitation (PCFRR) Aliko Dangote, Borno State Governor, Prof. Babagana Umar Zulum, Director General (NEMA) Ahmed Mustapha Habib, Representative of King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center, Al-Yousuf Abdulkarim, during the visit to the Governor office before the Flag Off ceremony for Distribution of Presidential Committee on Flood Relief Rehabilitation donated relief materials to Flood Victims in Borno State on Tuesday 6th December 2022 at NEMA Zonal Office, Maiduguri, Borno State.
Dangote-Led Flood Committee Commences Distribution Of N1.5bn Relief Items To Victims Nationwide
Left-Right: Assistant Secretary (PCFRR) Umar Musa Gulani, Who Represent the Chairman Presidential Committee On Flood Relief Rehabilitation (PCFRR) Aliko Dangote, Borno State Governor, Prof. Babagana Umar Zulum, Director General (NEMA) during the visit to the Governor office before the Flag Off ceremony for Distribution of Presidential Committee on Flood Relief Rehabilitation donated relief materials to Flood Victims in Borno State on Tuesday 6th December 2022 at NEMA Zonal Office, Maiduguri, Borno State

UNICEF revealed that the 2022 flood killed 600 people, displaced 1.3 million, and destroyed more than 82,000 homes in Nigeria, therefore making it the worst in decades.   

The Representative of the Dangote-led Presidential Committee on Flood Relief and Rehabilitation (PCFRR), Alhaji Umar Musa Gulani assured at the flagging off for the Northeast zone that the exercise would also be conducted in the other five geopolitical zones of the country.

Gulani said the items from the Committee have been officially handed over to the Borno State Government and the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA). He said the exercise would be conducted across the six geo-political zones, beginning from the northeastern State of Borno.   

The breakdown of items donated includes 86 bags of rice, 34 bags of beans, 34 bags of maize, 34 bags of millet, 34 bags of Guinea Corn, 34 bags of Garri, 86 cartons of noodles, 86 cartons of spaghetti, 86 cartons of macaroni and 86 bags of sugar, and 857 bags of cement, among several food and non-food items.   

Gulani said over N10 billion has been expended by the committee to mitigate the effect of flooding since inception in 2012, adding that no fewer than 84 Hostels have been built for flood victims in 24 states of Nigeria. According to him: “This private sector-led project is highly commendable and it has been sustained in the past ten years. It is a selfless service from the private sector and Nigerians should appreciate their selfless service to humanity”

Director General of NEMA Alhaji Mustapha Habib Ahmed described the Committee’s intervention as a milestone for Nigeria in general, and flood victims in particular. “Responding to the humanitarian outcomes of this nature requires concerted effort,” the DG said and added that the donation by the Dangote Flood Committee would eventually be made available to flood victims across the affected states in Nigeria.   

Dangote-Led Flood Committee Commences Distribution Of N1.5bn Relief Items To Victims Nationwide
Left-Right: Borno State Governor, Prof. Babagana Umar Zulum, Director General (NEMA) Ahmed Mustapha Habib, Assistant Secretary (PCFRR) Umar Musa Gulani, Who Represent the of Chairman Presidential Committee On Flood Relief Rehabilitation (PCFRR) Aliko Dangote, at Flag Off ceremony for Distribution of Presidential Committee on Flood Relief Rehabilitation donated relief materials to Flood Victims in Borno State on Tuesday 6th December 2022 at NEMA Zonal Office, Maiduguri, Borno State
Dangote-Led Flood Committee Commences Distribution Of N1.5bn Relief Items To Victims Nationwide
Left-Right: Assistant Secretary (PCFRR) Umar Musa Gulani, Who Represent the Chairman Presidential Committee On Flood Relief Rehabilitation (PCFRR) Aliko Dangote, Director General (NEMA) Ahmed Mustapha Habib, Borno State Governor, Prof. Babagana Umar Zulum, at Flag Off ceremony for Distribution of Presidential Committee on Flood Relief Rehabilitation donated relief materials to Flood Victims in Borno State on Tuesday 6th December 2022 at NEMA Zonal Office, Maiduguri, Borno State.
Dangote-Led Flood Committee Commences Distribution Of N1.5bn Relief Items To Victims Nationwide
Left-Right: Assistant Secretary (PCFRR) Umar Musa Gulani, Who Represent the Chairman Presidential Committee On Flood Relief Rehabilitation (PCFRR) Aliko Dangote, Director General (NEMA) Ahmed Mustapha Habib, Borno State Governor, Prof. Babagana Umar Zulum, at Flag Off ceremony for Distribution of Presidential Committee on Flood Relief Rehabilitation donated relief materials to Flood Victims in Borno State on Tuesday 6th December 2022 at NEMA Zonal Office, Maiduguri, Borno State

Speaking on behalf of the victims, Khalifa El-Miskin said the victims were extremely appreciative of the gesture. 

It would be recalled that the Committee also recently, during the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, donated N1.5 billion to fight the virus. Announcing the donation, Dangote said it was imperative for well-meaning Nigerians to help the Federal Government in fighting the virus.

The Committee also recently provided N250 million as relief assistance to victims of the devastating floods in Benue State. Aside from the donation in Benue, the Dangote-led committee also revealed that it had also donated the sum of N150 million (in kind) to provide relief assistance to flood victims in Anambra State.

It also released the sum of N118 million to NEMA to augment the N1.6 billion released by the Federal Government for procurement of food and non-food relief materials in aid of the flood victims in the following 16 states: Abia, Akwa-Ibom, Bayelsa, Ebonyi, Edo, Ekiti, Enugu, Abuja FCT, Kebbi, Kwara, Lagos, Niger, Ondo, Oyo, Plateau, and Sokoto.

It would be recalled that the Committee at its inauguration by former President Goodluck Jonathan raised a whopping N11.35 billion for flood victims. Top on the list of donors at the event was Dangote and the Federal Government, who donated N2.5 billion each.

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Glo Holds Another Draw For Festival Of Joy Promo Winners In Warri

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Glo Holds Another Draw For Festival Of Joy Promo Winners In Warri

Olushola Okunlade Writes

In continuation of prize presentations in its ongoing Festival of Joy promo, Globacom has held another draw in Warri, Delta State, to select a new set of winners.

The exercise,  which was conducted at Gloworld on Sapele-Effunrun Road in Warri, was witnessed by a cross-section of the media and many Glo subscribers who were excited to see winners emerge right in their presence.  A few of them also joined the Glo team to pick the winners at different stages.

A Glo subscriber based in Warri, Mr. Lawrence Ikenga, who attended the event expressed satisfaction with the exercise, which according to him” is very transparent”.

Glo Holds Another Draw For Festival Of Joy Promo Winners In Warri
Glo Holds Another Draw For Festival Of Joy Promo Winners In Warri

Globacom confirmed that the lucky winners from the draw would receive their prizes, including a brand new Kia car, power-generating sets, sewing machines, and rechargeable fans, on Tuesday, December 6, 2022.

The company enjoined voice and data subscribers who desire to participate in the promo to dial *611# and keep recharging in order to be eligible to win the prizes on offer.

According to Globacom, “Subscribers who desire to become a Festival of Joy landlord, should make data subscription(s) of at least N20,000 during the promo period. Those who are interested in winning cars should make a monthly recharge of N10,000, while N5,000 monthly recharge is for power generators, N2,500 monthly recharge is for sewing machines and N500 weekly for rechargeable fans”.

20 units of three-bedroom houses, 24 brand new cars, 100 generators, 200 sewing machines, and 1,000 rechargeable fans are on offer in the customer loyalty-reward promo.

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“Wake Me Up From This Dream “- House Winner In Glo Festival Of Joy Promo

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"Wake Me Up From This Dream "- House Winner In Glo Festival Of Joy Promo

By Moninuola Sulaiman

For Chukwu Reuben Okorie, the good life has begun as he became a proud owner of a  three-bedroom house in one of the choice areas of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, courtesy of Globacom’s Festival of Joy promotion.

The 48-year-old businessman,  who hails from Bende Local Government area of Abia State, kept begging Glo staff at the presentation of the keys to the house to him on Friday “to please wake me up from this dream. This is too good to be true. This is too much for me to contain”.

Okorie, the third house winner to emerge in the Glo Festival of Joy promo, was beside himself with joy when the reality of his rare luck finally dawned on him.

“From one bedroom in the interior part of the city, Glo has made me a landlord of a whole three-bedroom apartment with a two-room bungalow in the Federal City Territory. It is only possible with Glo”, he gushed with joy.

"Wake Me Up From This Dream "- House Winner In Glo Festival Of Joy Promo

Regional  Manager, Globacom, North Central, Mr. Kazeem Kemi Kaka disclosed that the realization that shelter is one of the key needs in life fuelled the desire to help some of them own houses of their own through the promo.

20 such lucky landlords/landladies will eventually be made throughout the duration of the promo while 24 others will win Kia cars and other prizes including power generators, sewing machines, and rechargeable fans. 

"Wake Me Up From This Dream "- House Winner In Glo Festival Of Joy Promo

The Director General, National Council of Arts and Culture, Otunba Olusegun Runsewe who was Special Guest of Honour at the ceremony Runsewe noted that said the gesture from Globacom will stem the tide of crime in the nation.

“Globacom has consistently displayed concern for the plight of common Nigerians. We are proud of the company as well as its Chairman, Dr. Mike Adenuga Jnr.”, he added 

The Assistant Chief Administrative Officer of the National Lottery Regulatory Commission, Mrs. Mariam Imam who also witnessed the prize presentation ceremony said the commission was pleased with  Globacom’s transparency in the promo. 

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