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Our Partnership With Unilever Will Help Build Economy – Ejinkonye

Posted: Oct 23, 2015 at 10:15 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

The Abuja Chamber of Commerce and Industry Limited (ACCIL) says that its partnership with Unilever Nigeria PLC, multinational companies and high profile business establishments would help grow the nations’ economy.

The President of ACCIL, Mr Tonye Ejinkonye, disclosed this during the induction of Unilever as member of ACCIL in Abuja on Thursday.

He said it was the duty of ACCIL and companies operating in Nigeria to make the growing of the economy their focus.

“We want to attract high network companies, multinationals into the chamber to see how we can partner with them to build up the economy of Nigeria.

“All of us owe it as a duty to our country and to our youth, especially to develop our economy.“

Ejinkonye said the incorporation of Unilever into the chamber was designed to utilise the capacity of the company in production and manufacturing to contribute to the growth of the economy.

He said that the completion of ACCIL’s shopping mall would provide Unilever the opportunity of marketing its numerous products.

He explained that the mall would enhance economic activities, create jobs and ultimately help in reduction of poverty.

“What the whole thing is all about is growing the economy, using the capacity and the experience of Unilever which you know is a multinational company.”

Responding, the Director of Corporate Affairs Department of Unilever PLC, Mrs Soromidayo George, noted that the partnership with ACCIL was designed to promote the overall benefit of the national economy.

She said that the various platforms initiated by ACCI, especially the centre for entrepreneurship development would create opportunity for the youth to acquire critical skills needed for self employment.

She commended the achievements of the current leadership of the chamber, especially on its partnership with a South African company to build the biggest shopping mall in Nigeria.

“These are amazing achievements that we should all be proud of and are capable of making the chamber one of the best in Nigeria and in Africa.“

George said that Unilever’s participation in the activities of ACCIL would positively enhance the operation of the chamber in all ramifications.

According to her, Unilever over the years has contributed in developing the economy through its products and involvement of corporate social responsibilities.

She said the various brands of the company were designed to take care of the health and welfare of the people.

She said that the company had developed a sustainable living plan scheme through its numerous products to reduce the challenges faced by Nigerians in the area of health.

“We have what we call Unilever Sustainable Living Plan; this plan is closely aligned to the Sustainable Development Goals.

“For instance our Knor cube was recently fortified with iron to address the issue of anemia.

“What the knor brand also does is that it carries out a lot of educational awareness among women on eating vegetables to be able to improve iron intake and address the issue of anemia.”

She said the company had also launched different product brands intended to promote its social safety missions.

“We have different brands that have social missions and are also closely aligned to the sustainable development goals.

George said that Unilever was getting its raw materials from the numerous sources in the country.

“Our aim is to ensure we have hundred per cent local sourcing; we are working with farmers.

“We get our supplies from local farmers and by so doing, we enhance their livelihood.

The highlight of the ceremony was a presentation of membership certificate to the representative of Unilever.

Unilever Nigeria PLC is a multinational company operating in Nigeria, with focus on production and sale of house hold items and confectionery.

The company commenced operation in Nigeria in 1923.