In further demonstration of its commitment to delivering impactful social investments in Nigeria, Arla Dano Milk has increased access to good nutrition for over 2000 children at the Internally Displaced Persons Camp in Uguagolor near Benin-City, Edo State, Nigeria with the donation of free cartons of Dano Milk worth millions of Naira to the children at the IDP camp.
The presentation of the product in commemoration of the World Milk Day 2016 held on June 1st globally, further demonstrated Arla Dano Milk’s commitment to increased access to affordable nourishing food by millions of people across countries.
Speaking at the presentation ceremony witnessed by key officials of the Edo State Government, the Marketing Manager, Dano, Afousat Traore said the gesture by Arla Foods was a response to the plight of the displaced persons who obviously need everyone’s support and empathy to be able to overcome the present phase of life they are in.
She said Dano Milk recognised that nutritious food was essential for children, nursing mothers and aged people at the camp in order to keep them strong and healthier, thereby empowering them to do many mighty things.
“This gesture by Arla Foods Nigeria is all about responding to the humanitarian need of the displaced persons at this critical moment of their lives. We feel their pain and the need to be provided with nutritious food so they can remain healthy and be able to live active life in spite of their current predicament”, Traore said.
While reiterating the company’s continued support to government and improved quality of life among Nigerians across communities, Traore disclosed that Arla Foods Nigeria would increase its social investments in Nigeria through partnerships and collaboration with relevant stakeholders.
She said, “At Arla Foods we are passionate about positively impacting the people and our environment by building partnerships that can drive various interventions. We are happy to partner with the Medical Women Association of Nigeria (MWAN); the Association of Civil Society Organisations for Malaria, Immunization and Nutrition (ACOMIN); National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA); and States’ Emergency Management Agency to make life more meaningful for Nigerians living in IDP camps.”
The Edo State Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Development, Mrs. Hanena Jemitola Fulani-Ojo, commended the company for the provision of good nutrition to the children at the camp, and said the initiative will impact positively on improved quality of life at the camp.
Also speaking, the member representing Oredo West Constituency in the Edo State House of Assembly, Hon. Chris Okaeben, commended Arla Foods for the kind gesture and called on other corporate bodies to emulate the company.
Since the first World Milk Day celebration held in 2001, the event has been celebrated every 1st of June. The Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) of the United Nations proposed this specific day to celebrate all aspects of milk; the natural origin, the nutritional value, the numerous tasty products which are liked by many people all across the globe, the economic importance of milk in rural regions as well as in the entire food chain.