In furtherance of its commitment to delivering impactful social investments in Nigeria, Arla Dano Milk has provided nutrition to over 2000 children at the Internally Displaced Persons Camp in Uguagolor near Benin-City, Edo State, Nigeria with the donation of cartons of Dano Milk worth millions of naira to the children at the IDP camp.
The presentation of the product was done in commemoration of the World Milk Day 2016 held on June 1st globally, further demonstrating Arla Dano Milk’s commitment to increased access to better nutrition amongst millions of people across key markets.
Speaking at the short Presentation ceremony, First Lady of Edo State, Lara Oshiomhole who was represented by State Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Development, Hanena Jemitola Fulani-Ojo, commended Arla Foods and its brand Dano Milk for the initiative saying, “the donation of the products which is geared towards the provision of good nutrition to the children at the IDP camp is an initiative that will impact positively on improved quality of life at the camp.” Iara Oshiomhole further described the intervention of Dano Milk in scaling up the quality of nutrition for the children as exemplary and a celebration of our collective humanity as a people urging other corporate bodies to do same.
On her part, Marketing Manager, Dano, Afoussat Traore said the gesture by Arla Foods, Makers of Dano Milk 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.
Traore further 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 empathize with them and identify with their 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.
“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.”
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.