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PZ Wilmar partners NCF, restates commitment to sustainable practices

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From left: Chioma Mbanugo, Category Marketing Manager PZ Wilmar, Dipo Dawodu, Finance Director HPZ (PZ Cussons), Mohammed Tahir, General Manager, External and Regulatory Affairs PZ Cussons, Abiola Laseinde, Company Secretary/Head Corporate Services, Africa PZ Cussons, Commissioner for Environment Lagos State, Dr. Samuel Babatunde Adejare, at the event.

PZ Wilmar, makers of premium vegetable oil Brand, Mamador and Devon King’s cooking oil, has restated its commitment to sustainable initiatives when it joined in the sponsorship of the 2017 edition of the annual Walk for Nature (WFN) which held in Lagos.

The organisation said it joined in the event to demonstrate the importance of healthy living and the conservation of nature.

The Walk for Nature event which is jointly organised by the Lagos State Ministry of the Environment and the Nigerian Conservation Foundation (NCF) held on Saturday at the State House in Marina, Lagos.

This year’s edition theme was “Cleaner Lagos: The foundation for sustainable ecotourism,” and participants were urged to imbibe and cultivate good environmental practices for nature conservation and sustainable environmental management.

PZ Wilmar a joint venture between PZ Cussons International, UK and Wilmar International Ltd, Singapore is a member of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO), the global body which is responsible for ensuring that its members adhere to the principles of sustainable palm oil development.

Speaking about the rationale behind the partnership, Category Marketing Manager, Chioma Mbanugo, said that the organisation is committed to sustainable practices that not only help to achieve a healthy environment, but also improve the Nigerian Environmental landscape.

“PZ Wilmar operates a world class refinery that is very environmental friendly, with a manufacturing environment that is ISO, NAFDAC and CODEX-certified. Our plantation’s Standard Operating Procedures ensure our plantations meet international criteria,” Mbanugo said.

Commissioner for Environment Lagos State, Dr. Samuel Babatunde Adejare, who was in attendance, acknowledging the support from partners such as PZ Wilmar, described the partnership as rewarding and hugely commendable.

“The major gospel of today’s event is walking, which is an effective means we have consistently promoted towards combating health and environmental challenges.

“We must form the habit of walking to distances that are not too far, this actions improve our health as we do so. To a large extent it behooves on us as a people and a nation to form a global partnership to care for the earth.

“Overcoming the environmental challenges now confronting us requires effective management of our environment through the concerted efforts of all and sundry in order to preserve nature and our natural resources,” Adejare said.

PZ Company Secretary and Head of Corporate Services, Africa, Abiola Laseinde, in her goodwill address, thanked the NCF and the Lagos state Ministry of Environment for such a laudable initiative.

“We are also committed to a cleaner Lagos, and as a business our practices are environmental friendly, the preservation of nature is very important and it has to be a collective responsibility, which is one of the reasons we decided to be part of this event,” she said.

The Walk for Nature 2017 event was boosted with the involvement of PZ Wilmar as the company was on ground to provide health check for participants, and education on healthy eating and living habits, courtesy of premium cooking oil brand, Mamador.

Participants who arrived at the Marina ground, venue for the event were made to undergo free health checks; BMI, BP and were given heart healthy lifestyle tips.

The event also provided PZ Wilmar the opportunity to further promote its Million Heart Mission campaign, powered by Mamador premium cooking oil, which aims at promoting heart health across the nation.

Participants also had the opportunity to experience the brand first hand as they enjoyed finger food refreshment prepared with Mamador premium cooking oil at the event venue.

The walk which included members of the NCF, the Executive Governor of Lagos State, who was represented by the Commissioner for Environment; Dr. Samuel Babatunde Adejare and representatives from the Lagos State Ministry of Environment, PZ Wilmar representatives as well as students representing various schools in Lagos state, took off at about 7:00 am through the Marina axis, a distance of about 5Km before participants returned to the event venue, where speeches were made on best practices for preserving the environment.

The “Walk for Nature” is an annual programme of the Nigerian Conservation Foundation designed to create awareness among the people about Nature Conservation and Good Environmental Practices in Nigeria.

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