Guinness advocates improved access to safe water

Nigeria’s leading beverage company, Guinness Nigeria Plc has reiterated the need for companies, individuals and government to work assiduously in enabling more communities have access to clean and safe water across Nigeria. This was the crux of the message delivered by Peter Ndegwa, Managing Director of the giant brewer at a symposium the company organized to mark this year’s World Water Day.

According to Ndegwa, “At Guinness Nigeria, we recognize the pivotal role water plays in our communities, both as a domestic resource and also a crucial enabler of the global economy, in particular for food production and security, health, energy, industry, and the functioning of ecosystems. As such, our commitment to providing safe water to Nigerian communities remains unshaken. Water stewardship is a very important part of our operations; guided by our water blueprint, we strive to conserve water so that this resource is available for use today and for unborn generations.”

safe-waterIn his keynote speech at the event, renowned Economist and Professor of Political Economy, Prof. Pat Utomi, underscored the centrality of water to human existence, while calling on all stakeholders to demonstrate creativity around the use of water.

“The water value chain provides opportunities for socio-economic development of our country. If properly harnessed, it can create lots of jobs and can add real economic value to the country, giving impetus to the diversification of Nigeria’s economy” Utomi said.

Delivering her welcome address, the Dean of Lagos Business School, Dr. Enase Okonedo said the school has consistently pushed the sustainability agenda across industries with a strong focus on business ethics as partof its curriculum.

“LBS has always provided a platform for Nigeria’s development over the years.  Therefore, we are pleased to partner Guinness Nigeria to enhance and deepen the conversation around sustainability in Nigeria. Clearly, there is need to give serious attention to water issues, considering its crucial role in preserving our lives,” Okonedo added.