Arla Dano Milk has donated cartons of Dano Milk to over 2,000 children at the Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camp in Uguagolor near Benin-City, Edo State.
The presentation of the product, according to the company,was in commemoration of the World Milk Day 2016 held on June 1 globally and in further demonstration ofits commitment to increasing 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, AfousatTraore, 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.
“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. HanenaJemitola 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, the member representing Oredo West Constituency in the Edo State House of Assembly, Hon. Chris Okaeben, commended the company for the kind gesture and urged other corporate bodies to emulate it.