Tuesday, March 30, 2021 / 9:11PM /
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As part of efforts geared towards enhancing water resources rehabilitation and management, the Nigeria Bottling Company has renewed its commitment to sustainable stewardship across its eight manufacturing plants in the country.
The Public Affairs and Communications Director of NBC, Mr. Ekuma Eze made these remarks at the recent 2021 World Water Day commemoration themed 'Valuing Water', at a time Africa's largest economy seeks to effectively maximize its water resources for economic development.
Ekuma further explained that the company articulated 'Mission 2025' sustainability commitment was designed to achieve sustainable growth with Water Stewardship as the main pillar, adding that 'Mission 2025' is fully aligned with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and target.
At separate events held in Kano State, Imo State, Lagos State as well as the FCT, NBC further supported the various state water management bodies with activities aimed at helping to improve their operations, processes, and delivery to the public.
NBC collaborated with key stakeholders and community leaders in Asejire, Ibadan, to highlight the importance of water and the role of each stakeholder in its management. Dr. Adebayo Adepoju, Chairman of the Oyo State Water Corporation; Chief Raimi Akinsola, Baale of Osegere Village; and Chief Lateef Bakare, Baale of Olukeye Village were among those who attended the symposium.
Some of the recent water-based initiatives by NBC include the construction of boreholes in several communities in Lagos, Enugu, Edo, Kwara, Akwa Ibom, Benue, Kaduna, Oyo, Borno, Abuja, and Rivers states, and partnering with Kano State Water Board to improve access to potable water for over 1 million people in the state.
Since 2020, the company has also been in partnership with USAID Nigeria E-WASH program, aimed at boosting the technical capacity of six state water boards across the country.
Strategic water resources management in Nigeria would lead to a productive agricultural sector, improved healthcare service, support industrialization, improved hygiene, a clean environment, dynamic waste management, and proper sanitation.