By Esenvosa Izah and Augusta Uchediunor
Nestlé Nigeria says the media is crucial in bringing climate change issues to the attention of the public.
According to it, the media will also help in influencing the attitudes and behaviours of citizens toward achieving sustainable, climate-resilient agriculture practices, food systems, and conservation of the environment.
The company made this known in a statement on Monday following its just concluded 2023 Nestlé Sustainability Training organised for journalists.
The theme of the programme titled, “Advancing Nutrition, Health and Environmental Awareness through the Media” is delivered annually by the Lagos Business School Sustainability Centre (LBSSC).
The Corporate Communications and Public Affairs Manager, Nestlé Nigeria, Ms Victoria Uwadoka, said the company’s purpose was to unlock the power of food to enhance quality of life for everyone today and for generations to come.
“We are committed to delivering affordable nutrition to our customers and their families, working together with stakeholders to build thriving communities and ensuring we have a planet that is sustainable for generations to come.
“At Nestle, we understand that there is more access to information which is available everywhere, but it must be factual, based on available data and in a format that is easily digestible.
“Our belief is that going forward, we will begin to see a difference in the way the trained journalists analyse data, report, and communicate to influence positive attitudinal change in families, communities and organisations, “ she said.
Also, the Dean, Lagos Business School (LBS), Prof. Chris Ogbechie, thanked Nestlé for its unwavering dedication to promoting nutrition, health, and environmental awareness in Nigeria.
Ogbechie was represented by Mr Henry Andoh, Director, Alumni Relations and Advancement, LBS.
“Nestlé’s commitment to empowering journalists with accurate information and valuable reporting skills is commendable, and we are honoured to be part of this partnership to foster a healthier and more sustainable future for all Nigerians.
“I want to express my appreciation to the faculty, speakers, and facilitators who have generously shared their expertise and experiences with participants throughout this programme.
“Their contributions have been invaluable in enriching the learning experience, “ he said.
Ogbechie further urged the media professionals to engage in ethical and fact-based reporting.
He also urged the professionals to use the knowledge gained and the connections forged to elevate the standard of reporting on nutrition, health, and environmental issues in Nigeria.
“Together, let us strive to create a more informed and enlightened society that embraces sustainable practices, values, and well-being that champions the cause of a healthier planet, “ he said. (NAN)
Edited by Josephine Obute/Vivian Ihechu