…fetes school children on World Water Day
By Chris Onuoha
Nestle Nigeria Plc, the largest Nutrition, health and wellness company in the industry has advocated for proper water management in the society as a standard for meeting water challenges to save the environment and ecological system.
To commemorate the United Nations World Water Day anniversary, the food nutrition giants celebrated the event with pupils and teachers from schools around the environs who are beneficiaries of Nestle Waters’ project ‘WET’, Water Education for Teachers. And the event that took place on March 22 at the Nestlé’s Agbara factory, in line with the United Nation’s theme of the 2017 International Water Day ‘Wastewater’, had pupils of the participating schools demonstrated the wastewater game anchored by Starbright Water Consulting Limited.
Project WET, an initiation of Starbright Consulting in conjunction with Nestle Waters is a program which trains teachers to help raise awareness about water conservation and proper hydration among school children. Selected schools within Ogun State and Lagos State that participated in the wastewater game include Provident Height School, Ogba, Lagos, Chrisland School, Ikeja, Quest Kid Primary School, Omolade Nursery and Primary School, Model Academy, Sagab Private School among others.
It was all fun as pupils, teachers, staff and members of public celebrated the water day amidst fanfare, games and dance and safety instructions and guide within the factory premises from the Nestle Waters Safety Manager.
Delivering the keynote address at the occasion, the Nestle Waters’ Country Manager, Jason Lambe stressed Nestlé’s commitment to pursuing rigorous management standards and water saving programs throughout its operations and a continuous monitoring of their performance, to ensure that the present day water challenge is met.
He said; “Waste water according to the UN-Water, is in focus this year because of its huge impact on the environment. Globally, over 80% of the wastewater generated by society flows back into the ecosystem without being treated or reused. Nestle recognizes that it can make a significant contribution to addressing this problem, not just in its factories and facilities, but in its supply chains as well.
Therefore, as part of the company’s 42 Creating Shared Value Commitments, Nestle in the Central and West Africa region (CWAR) to which Nigeria belongs, acts to treat waste water to a level that it safe to return to the environment.”
Speaking on the importance of Nestlé’s attaches to wastewater management, Managing Director for Nigeria, Nestle Nigeria Plc, Mr. Mauricio Alacon, said that the company recognizes the growing water challenge and that responsible management of the world’s resources by all water users is an absolute necessity. He reiterated that Nestle is committed to tackling the global water crisis through increasing water recycling and promoting the safe reuse of waste water.
At the end of the programme, certificate of participation was given to the schools that were present.