Nestlé commissions water, sanitation project for host community in Ogun
Nestlé Nigeria in its drive to provide safe and accessible drinking water for communities in Nigeria, has commissioned a water and sanitation project at Salvation Army School 2, in Ogun state to provide access to clean water for over 1,000 people including educators, learners and families within the community.
Speaking on Nestlé’s commitment to improving living and learning conditions of residents within Nigerian communities, Wassim Elhusseini Managing Director (MD) Nestlé Nigeria said a huge number of Nigerians lack access to drinking water and Nestle is moving to close the gap.
“An estimated 100 million Nigerians still lack basic sanitation facilities and 63 million do not have access to improved sources of drinking water, underscoring the need for consistent multi-stakeholder action to increase access,
At Nestlé, we recognize that water is essential for livelihood and wellbeing, particularly in these times where hygiene is critical to curbing the spread of COVID-19. We are therefore delighted to provide access to clean water and hygiene facilities within our immediate environment,” he said.
Femi Majekodunmi, Board Chairperson of Ogun State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) said, “Today’s event is another milestone in our collective drive to further, improve the state of personal hygiene in our schools and society at large. I am therefore glad to note that the project is timely and built to world-class standards,” he said.
Nestlé Nigeria has led actions to provide clean and safe water in communities closest to its operations in Ogun State and Abaji within the FCT. The company’s interventions support the Sustainable Development Goal 6 – ensuring availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all.
The school is one of the beneficiaries of Nestlé for Healthier Kids initiative (N4HK), a primary school-based nutrition education program which teaches healthy nutrition, healthy hydration, good hygiene, and active lifestyles to over 17,000 children annually.
In February 2021, Nestlé had provided water and sanitation facilities at two schools; Oke-Ona United School, Abeokuta, and St Paul’s Anglican School, Orile Imo in Obafemi Owode, both in Ogun State.
With the addition of this new facility at Salvation Army School 2, Edu Agbara, over 17,000 people living in the communities around Nestlé’s factories in Ogun State and Abaji in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), now have access to clean and safe water.