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Nestlé Provides Water And Sanitation Facilities In Community Schools

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Nestlé Provides Water And Sanitation Facilities In Community Schools

 


Learners and educators at LG Primary School, Adie Owe, Ado-Odo-Ota Local
Government of Ogun State, were jubilant at the inauguration of Water and
Sanitation Facilities provided by Nestlé Nigeria PLC. The facilities will serve over
500 individuals including educators, learners in the school and several families
within the community.

LG Primary School Adie Owe is a beneficiary of Nestlé for Healthier Kids (N4HK),
a school-based nutrition and health education program built on four pillars:Healthy Nutrition, Healthy Hydration, Physical Activity and Hygiene.

Recognizing hygiene as a crucial component of the N4HK program and affirming
the difficulty of hygiene practice and education in the absence of basic water and
sanitation facilities, Nestlé’s investment in water and sanitation facilities for
beneficiary schools underscores its commitment to comprehensive health
education, enhancing quality of life and building thriving communities.
Speaking at the event, Nestlé Nigeria’s Corporate Communications and Public
Affairs Manager, Victoria Uwadoka, said,

“At Nestlé, we recognize that
maintaining appropriate hygiene standards and practices which is one of the
pillars of N4HK is very difficult in the absence of basic water and sanitation
facilities.

Therefore, we have invested in providing access to water and sanitation
facilities in the N4HK beneficiary schools. In Ogun State alone, we have completed
and commissioned facilities in ten schools, serving 4,000 learners and educators
as well as members of the immediate communities.”

“The commissioning today is very significant as it is one more achievement
towards our resolve to make access to water a reality in every school within theN4HK program, in alignment with Sustainable Development Goal 6 (SDG-6), –
ensuring availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all”,
she added.

On his part, the Honorable Commissioner of Education, Science and Technology,
Prof. Abayomi Arigbabu, represented by Mrs Adedotun Ogunleye, Zonal
Education Officer for Ado Odo Ota, commended Nestlé for partnering with the
Ogun State Government on the provision of facilities for public schools.

“The sustained partnership with Nestlé Nigeria in promoting a conducive and
sustainable environment for education is highly commendable. We appreciate the
company for conceptualizing this noble idea of provision of water and sanitation
facilities in schools, which is aimed at providing a healthier environment for the
safety of our children”, he said.

Expressing her gratitude, Darasinmi Agunbiade, a primary 5 learner in the school,
said, “I am very happy that we no longer have to endure long treks for water.

Previously, we only had one toilet, but now, with the separate facilities for girls
and boys, practicing what we learn during the hygiene sessions in N4HK classes
becomes much easier.

Thank you Nestlé”.
In his remarks at the commissioning, the Board Chairperson of Ogun State
Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB), Dr. Femi Majekodunmi, represented by
Honorable Isiaka Aderohunmu, Permanent Member 2, Ogun SUBEB said, “It is
gratifying to note that over the years, Nestlé, through her flagship program, Nestlé
for Healthier Kids, has successfully implemented various developmental school
programs and projects across the 20 beneficiary schools in 4 local government
areas of the state. This laudable gesture of donation of water and sanitation
facilities would go a long way to boost the morale of learners and teachers and
provide opportunity for the children to learn in a conducive environment”.

“I call on the School-based Management Committee (SBMC), Parents Teachers
Association (PTA), teachers and learners to make good use of the facilities and
make sure they are well secured and preserved”, he added.

Nestlé Nigeria had earlier in February 2024, handed over a Water and Sanitation
Facility at Wesley School 2, Sagamu, Ogun State to the Ogun State Universal Basic
Education Board and the community, bringing the total number of facilities the
company has built across the country to twenty.

The absence, inadequacy, or mismanagement of water and sanitation services
pose significant health risks, impeding human well-being and hindering social and
economic development. Recurrent instances of water, sanitation, and hygiene
(WASH) related illnesses among children contribute to school absenteeism and
malnutrition. As outlined in Goal 6 of the United Nations Sustainable Development
Goals (SDGs), ensuring universal access to safe and affordable drinking water,
sanitation, and hygiene remains a global imperative.

The World Bank estimates
that 70 million Nigerians lack access to safe drinking water, and 114 million lack
access to basic sanitation facilities.
The provision of WASH facilities is therefore in line with the fact that water,
sanitation, and hygiene are fundamental human rights crucial for favorable
outcomes in education, nutrition, health, livelihoods, and community socio-
economic development.

 

 

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