By Olatunde Ajayi
Lagos, March 30, 2021
Foods and Beverages giant, Nestle Nigeria Plc, has reaffirmed its commitment to train Lagos Journalists, especially those on the Nutrition, Climate and Environment beats.
The company made the pledge when executive members of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Lagos State Council, paid a courtesy visit to its corporate headquarters in Lagos, on Tuesday.
Mr Bola Audu, Corporate Communications Specialist, commended the NUJ Council for projecting the company regularly.
“On behalf of Nestle, we thank you for all the support received in the past. I am happy meeting the umbrella body of all beat journalists in the state, which is the hierarchy of NUJ Lagos State Council,” Audu said.
He noted that Nestle was primarily concerned with nutrition and climate, which resulted in the reason for training nutrition and climate writers.
Also speaking, Mfon Etuk, Corporate Communications Officer, described Nestle as one of the largest foods and beverages companies in Nigeria, Africa and, by extension, the world.
“Creating shared value is key to Nestle and as such, we try to create value not only for our shareholders, but for the communities and those around us,” Etuk said.
According to her, the company also provided nutrition education for children, while promoting access to clean and potable water to communities around it.
She further gave an account of how Nestle’s Youth Empowerment Programme and Community Scholarship Scheme had impacted lives.
In his remarks, the NUJ Chairman, Ajayi, commended the giant strides recorded by Nestle in the foods and beverages industry, describing the organisation as a reputable outfit in its 60 years of operation in the country.
He urged Nestle Nigeria Plc to continue in the area of training journalists for the professional discharge of their duties.
The NUJ chairman also requested support for the ongoing remodelling of the union’s secretariat and the sponsorship of its Media Games, scheduled in a few months.
He pledged the commitment of the union to tackle fake news in Lagos State, vowing to support Nestle whenever the need arose.
“I can assure Nestle Nigeria Plc. of wide publicity and I look forward to more mutually beneficial relationship between the Union and the company” Ajayi said.
He also commended Nestle Nigeria Plc for its sponsorship of the Diamond Awards for Media Excellence (DAME), as well as promoting Nutrition Reporting and training partnership with the Lagos Business School.