Connect with us

Corporate Citizenship

World Water Day: Guinness Nigeria commissions seven new boreholes in Cross River State

Published

on

Guinness Borehole Donation

 

Cross River, Nigeria: March 21, 2017. In furtherance of its continued commitment to interventions that transform lives and improve the health and well-being of communities in Nigeria, Guinness Nigeria Plc has constructed seven hand pump water boreholes in Bebi Community, Obanliku Local Government Area (LGA) of Cross River State.

The donated boreholes (which will provide more than 7,000 persons with year-round access to safe drinking water) were unveiled at a commissioning ceremony which the company held to mark this year’s ‘World Water Day’.

Guinness Nigeria’s continued commitment to initiatives that improve access to safe water was underscored at the event by the company’s Corporate Relations Director, Mr. Sesan Sobowale who represented the Managing Director of Guinness Nigeria. Sobowale noted that the company will continue to play a leading role in enhancing access to safe drinking water in Nigeria. He said:

“The boreholes we are commissioning today are the latest addition to the range of water projects Guinness Nigeria has delivered in states across the country as part of Diageo’s flagship ‘Water of Life’ programme. Since 2007, our ‘Water of Life’ programme has provided clean drinking water to over 10 million people in 18 countries in Africa.  Under the aegis of the ‘Water of Life’ programme in Nigeria, water facilities have been constructed in 35 communities across the country. We are pleased to note that through these water projects, Guinness Nigeria has helped over 1.5 million Nigerians access clean water and ultimately improve their overall health and wellbeing.”

Also speaking at the ceremony, Mr. Dan Ebri, Director of Water at the Cross River State Ministry of Water Resources, commended Guinness Nigeria’s commitment to initiatives that promote access to safe drinking water in Nigeria. He said: “I commend Guinness Nigeria’s commitment to interventions that tackle the challenge of water scarcity in rural areas especially in Cross River State. I also thank the company for partnering United Purpose to deliver programmes that have helped Obanliku LGA to achieve ‘open defecation free’ status. The impact your partnership has made is laudable”.  The clan head of Bebi Eastward in Obanliku LGA, His Royal Highness Atung Francis, also expressed the community’s profound appreciation for the donated water facility. He observed that prior to the donation, community members trekked to the hilltop – a distance of about three kilometres-to fetch water.

 

Guinness Nigeria

L-R: Sustainable Development & Alcohol in Society Manager, Guinness Nigeria Plc, Osita Abana; Director of Water, Cross River State Ministry of Water Resources, Dan Ebri; Corporate Relations Director, Guinness Nigeria Plc, Sesan Sobowale; Country Director United Purpose, Nigeria, Tim Connell; Area Sales Manager (Cross River/Akwa Ibom) Guinness Nigeria Plc,Chidi Umeh; at the Commissioning of boreholes donated by Guinness Nigeria Plc at Obanliku Local Govt Area of Cross River State recently.

 

Guinness Nigeria’s latest intervention in Obanliku LGA comes on the heels of a previous pilot project which facilitated the construction of ten boreholes in rural communities in Cross River State’s Abi, Bekwarra, and Obanliku LGAs. The pilot project (which was also delivered in partnership with United Purpose) helped over 11,000 people in these LGAs to access safe drinking water, and trained 120 community members on basic borehole maintenance and water resource management.

In his remarks at the commissioning ceremony, the Country Director of United Purpose, Nigeria, Mr. Tim Connell acknowledged Guinness Nigeria’s contributions to the SWISH programme in Cross River state he said: “I am pleased to see the positive impact we have been able to make in Cross River State partnering Guinness Nigeria. Today Obanliku LGA has become the first LGA in Nigeria to achieve ‘open defecation free’ status, and more persons in the local government area now have access to clean drinking water.  I would like to thank Guinness Nigeria for its contributions towards these milestones”

Guinness Nigeria

L-R Sustainable Development & Alcohol in Society Manager, Guinness Nigeria Plc, Osita Abana; Country Director United Purpose, Nigeria, Tim Connell; Corporate Relations Director, Guinness Nigeria Plc, Sesan Sobowale; Director of Water, Cross River State Ministry of Water Resources, Dan Ebri, at the Commissioning of boreholes donated by Guinness Nigeria Plc at Obanliku Local Govt Area of Cross River State recently.

 

Guinness Nigeria’s Water Sanitation and Hygiene Interventions in Cross River State have been delivered under the aegis of the ‘Safe Water and Improved Sanitation and Hygiene’ (SWISH) programme the company has been implementing in collaboration with United Purpose. United Purpose is the executing agency of the ‘Rural Sanitation and Hygiene Promotion in Nigeria’ (RUSHPIN) programme, a five-year initiative of the UN’s Global Sanitation Fund and the Nigerian government, which uses the empowering ‘Community-led Total Sanitation’ approach to trigger community-wide demand for improved sanitation and hygiene without the use of external subsidies. Through the RUSHPIN programme, over 2 million rural people in Cross River and Benue states are taking control of their own health by ending open defecation and washing their hands with soap at critical times.

It would be recalled that last year, Guinness Nigeria commissioned water facilities which it constructed in Gwam, Bauchi state (in partnership with Water Aid) and Tyowanye, Benue State (in partnership with OXFAM). These water schemes are currently providing safe drinking water for over 20,000 people living in beneficiary communities.

 

Continue Reading
Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Corporate Citizenship

Christmas: Sahara Group Promotes Clean Shopping

Published

on

By

Lagos, December 2019- Gifts, concerts, traveling, time with family and friends, a break from work/school and mouth watering delicacies are usually what people look forward to at Christmas.

One activity people can’t seem to avoid this period is shopping. Whether it’s for new clothes or gifts for loved ones, Christmas shopping can be both thrilling and overwhelming at the same time, not only for us, but for the environment as well.

In line with its commitment to spearheading climate protection across the globe, Sahara Group is using this exciting period to encourage everyone to shop smarter and cleaner, not only during this season, but to make it a lifestyle.

Before making any buying decisions, ask these two important questions:

1. Is it necessary?
Temptations abound during the holiday season and they come in all forms, from alluring adverts to eye-popping shopping deals. If you don’t slow down to ask yourself if you really need an item before purchasing, you could end up hurting your wallet and the environment.

To avoid this, take stock of what you already have and more importantly what you haven’t used in the last year especially with things like clothes, shoes and toys for example. It is best to plan to give out items that can be re-used and make a mental note of the things you don’t need to avoid unnecessary consumption and expenditure.

Next, have a holiday spending action plan/budget consisting of the following steps:

Also Read: Meet The First Female Military Pilot In Botswana Advancing Girls In STEM And Entrepreneurship

i. Decide on how much you can safely spend in total.
ii. Make a list of the different items you intend to purchase and put them into categories like groceries, clothing, gifts for family and friends, etc. Make sure your list is prioritized.
iii. Decide on how much you intend to spend on each category based on your total budget.
iv. Divide the amount in (iii) by the total number of items for each category.
v. Accept this amount as the maximum you can spend on each item.

Now, take this plan with you wherever you go to help you stay on track of your holiday spending. There are lots of free spending apps that can be downloaded to help you stay on top of your expenditure on the go. Try as much as possible to stay within your budget and you’ll find yourself making smarter and easier shopping decisions.

2. Is it kind to the environment?
Christmas is a season of excesses – excess buying, eating, decorating, and even partying. Just as everything else is in excess during the holiday season, so is waste. From the excessive plastic shopping bags associated with increased shopping during this period, the duplicitous gifts, to the copious gift packaging and wraps, the environment surely feels the impact of the season. While these activities can’t completely be avoided, we can make them more sustainable by reducing plastic waste.

Jute bags are an excellent alternative to plastic bags. Unlike plastic, jute is biodegradable and does not pollute the environment. It is firm and durable, and can be washed and reused as many times as possible.

The Green-Life Initiative, which was launched by Sahara Group with one of its objectives being to promote sustainable living and reduce the harmful impact of human activities on the environment and to help combat climate change, has introduced recyclable jute bags as one of its ‘weapons’ in this fight as a means to educate and raise awareness on the simple “Reduce, Re-use, Recycle” mantra.

By simply switching from plastic to recyclable jute bags when shopping this season, you are creating a cleaner, more sustainable environment by reducing the Green House Gases (GHG) emissions and contributing your quota towards combating climate change.

Christmas is a season of giving, so now is the perfect time to give back to the earth by reducing plastic waste by taking on biodegradable alternatives like jute bags.

It is very possible to have a memorable Christmas without breaking the bank and depleting the environment. Follow the tips above and let it be your special little gift to yourself and our planet!

Have a joyous Green Christmas!

Sahara Group

Continue Reading

Corporate Citizenship

World Food Day 2019 – Our Actions are Our Future

Published

on

By

About 820 million people on earth do not have enough food to lead a healthy, active, life. Food and Agricultural Organization reports that 257 million people are starving in Africa.

Some of the factors causing hunger include poverty, conflict, climate and weather, and lack of investment in agriculture. To create worldwide awareness for those suffering from hunger and encourage us to tackle global food insecurity, October 16th was marked as World Food Day.

World Food Day 2019

World Food Day is held annually on 16th October. It is celebrated by different people around the world who come together to declare their commitment to eradicate worldwide hunger. The day also marks the creation of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in 1945.  Each year, World Food Day adapts a different theme. For 2019, the theme is “Our Actions Are Our Future, Healthy Diets For A #ZeroHunger World.”

This year’s theme emphasizes the need for a healthy diet to in order to secure our future. Food security is not just about having access to food, but having access to healthy food.

World Food Day 2019

Despite 820 million people not having enough to eat, about 2.1 billion people are obese. Dietary choices and lifestyles have caused an increase in obesity around the world. This year’s theme calls us to not only take action towards #ZeroHunger, but to make sure our diet is healthy.

For this year’s World Food Day, Farmcrowdy visited Victoria Island Nursery and Primary School, Eti Osa LGA. There, we educated the children on agriculture, World Food Day, and the role they can play towards achieving #ZeroHunger as well as activities they can engage in to stay healthy.World Food Day 2019

Present at the school was our Co-founder, Temitope Omotolani. She spoke to the kids, telling them about World Food Day, the importance of a balanced diet, and gave tips on some actions they should take for a better and healthier future.World Food Day 2019

We also engaged in aerobics with the children and gave them tips on what actions to take towards #ZeroHunger. We will also inform the children on their dietary choices and how the products they consume individually can enable change.

Also Read Meet Sivi Malukisa, The Congolese Entrepreneur Whose Food Startup Is Promoting DRC Cuisine

Farmcrowdy is also proud to announce that our production arm has obtained the Veterinary Health Certificate for Trade of Meat. This means that beyond the food on the table, we ensure that the processing aspect of our foods are done under safe, hygienic conditions for healthy meals.

World Food Day 2019

As we mark this year’s World Food Day, what actions will you be taking towards #ZeroHunger? Share in the comment section.

Continue Reading

Corporate Citizenship

Global humanitarian crisis: How will the world react?

Published

on

By

The world is witnessing an unprecedented level of humanitarian crisis that requires global attention and action. According to the United Nations Refugee Council, more than 70 million people have been forced from their homes globally, usually as a result of armed conflict, disease, natural disasters and violent persecutions. Altogether, more than two thirds (67 per cent) of all refugees worldwide came from just five countries: Syria, South Sudan, Afghanistan, Myanmar and Somalia. In addition, 60 per cent of preventable maternal deaths happen in settings of conflict, displacement and natural disasters.

From every indication, the tipping point has been surpassed and what the world needs now is a reaction by way of collaborative interventions involving global leaders, Public-Private-Partnerships, Development Agencies, Multilateral Organisations and the Civil Society.

Sahara Group has through the Sahara Foundation, invested in education, vocational skills development and healthcare for people who have been displaced from their communities.

In Nigeria, Sahara Foundation currently supports pupils and students in the North-East of Nigeria with an all-round educational scholarship that covers educational materials, medical care, housing, feeding and clothing. The scholarship recipients are victims of the insurgence.  The intervention seeks to create learning opportunties for young Nigerians towards human capacity development. In 2019, Sahara Foundation plans to double the number of scholarships for primary school pupils while also creating a new programme that will target tertiary institution students in North- East, Nigeria.

In a similar vein, Sahara Foundation has also provided humanitarian support in Zambia through the construction of an outdoor kitchen for displaced young girls who are housed by the Vision of Hope (VoH), Lusaka. VoH is a care home for young girls who are victims of violence in their home countries. Currently about forty six young girls from neighboring countries are housed in the home and the intervention provides the girls with the skills and tool to get better, develop vocational skills in etiquette, catering, hoteling, and hospitality management which will in-turn drive self- reliance.

In 2018, Sahara Foundation’s humanitarian interventions in Ghana directly benefitted twenty (20) men and women in Temale. The beneficiaries were trained in entrepreneurship and construction of rain catchment which is used to trap water runoff. The trapped rain water can be stored for use in homes, schools and community health centres especially when there is no readily available source of water.

Also Read Mentoring The Girl Child: Interview With Ebella Whajah Ellis, A Girl Child Advocate

As World Humanitarian Day is marked today, Sahara Foundation joins the world in calling for more action towards humanitarian support, especially for millions of people who have been displaced from their homes and communities. As sustainable development drivers, Sahara Foundation remain committed to collaborating with regional and global stakeholders to restore hope and help millions of people get another shot at realising their dreams.

Sahara Group

Continue Reading

Subscribe via Email

Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Join 1,858 other subscribers

Ads

Most Viewed