Nestlé commissions community projects
Nestlé Nigeria recently commissioned two community water projects in Sagamu.
The water facilities located at Tollgate and Oke Bere, Pofolu-Oloro communities, were carried out in collaboration with Royal Initiative for the Development of Sagamu Community (RIDSCo).
Speaking on behalf of the Local Government Chairman at the commissioning of the new borehole at Tollgate, Mr. Korede Safiriyu, Head of Administration, Sagamu Local Government Area expressed gratitude to Nestlé Nigeria for working in conjunction with Royal Initiative for the Development of Sagamu Community (RIDSCo) to provide the very welcome source of water. “This site has been designated as the new location for Oba Ewusi International Modern Market. Water supply is a critical resource in view of the size of population when the project is completed. We are very grateful that Nestlé and RIDSCo have met this need already,” he said.
Also speaking at the event, the Iyaloja of Oba Ewusi market thanked Nestle saying that they are very excited about the new borehole. “Before now, we used to pay a lot of money to get water. As we all know, without water, we can do nothing,” she affirmed.
Nestlé Nigeria reiterated the company’s focus on improving livelihoods in the communities where it operates. The company has developed three commitments encapsulated in its core purpose of enhancing quality of life and contributing to a healthier future.
“The first is helping Nigerian families lead healthier lives, the second is working alongside stakeholders and partners to improve livelihoods, and the third, providing access to clean drinking water in its host communities. It is in line with this third commitment that Nestlé collaborated with RIDSCo to provide access to one of the basic necessities of life – clean and safe drinking water to the Sagamu community. According to Victoria Uwadoka, Nestlé Nigeria’s Corporate Communications and Public Affairs Manager, Nestlé believes that the company will create long-term sustainable value for its shareholders if it also creates value for the communities where it operates. “Our success has been, and always will be, tied to our respect for the environment and the people we work with. In line with this focus, we work alongside partners like RIDSCo, to contribute to the society while ensuring the long-term success of our company. This principle is called Creating Shared Value (CSV) and it is embedded in every aspect of the Nestlé’s business,” she said.
Over the years, Nestlé has built various drinking water facilities around its factories located in Agbara, Ogun State and Abaji in the FCT. These water fountains channel 7,117,500 litres of clean potable water annually to over 5,800 people in the communities closest to Nestlé’s factories. The same source of water which goes into the production of Nestlé Pure Life goes into these communities.
In the words of Mr. Ibukun Ipinmoye, Nestlé Flowergate Factory Manager, “We are here today, to demonstrate again our strong commitment to improving livelihoods in the communities where we operate. We are confident that these two water projects at the Tollgate and Oke Bere, Pofolu-Oloro will go a long way towards improving the lives of the people within the Sagamu community.” Present at the commissioning of the water projects were dignitaries, stakeholders and representatives of the beneficiaries.