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Nestle Plans N4.6bn Water Factory For Abuja

Nestle Nigeria Plc is planning to inaugurate N4.6 billion water factory in Abuja this year

Joy Onyemaechi

Nestle Nigeria Plc has said that preparations are being made for the inauguration of its N4.6 billion new water factory in Abuja this year.

This declaration was made by the chairman of the Board of Directors of Nestle Mr. David Ifezulike yesterday while addressing the shareholders at the company’s 46th Annual General Meeting held at the Muson Centre, Onikan Lagos. He said that the leading nutrition, health and Wellness Company is set to commission the new state of the art, high technology water factory which is located in Abaji near Abuja.

He said that the new N4.6 billion facility which occupies 14.13 hectares reflects more than just an important investment to broaden Nestle Waters operation. The factory was built based on the drive of the company to stimulate sustainable growth, increase market share capital and promote healthy hydration in Nigeria. It underpins also Nestle’s commitment to the growth of the Nigerian economy. According to him, the new investment underpins the company’s strong belief in the potentials of local market resilience of the Nigerian economy.

Mr. Ifezulike commenting on the company’s result said that Nestle achieved strong growth in 2014 in Nigeria. This he said is based on the company’s turnover of N143.328 billion representing an 8 per cent increase over N133.084 billion recorded in the previous year. He said that although the 2014 results fell short of the company’s annual growth target, Nestle significantly outperformed competition in the market place. He added that the company has delivered on its short term commitment and would continuously strive to strengthen the foundations for future growth.

The chairman of the Board also used the occasion to launch the company’s third sustainability report entitled Nestle in Society: 2014 Creating Shared Value Report of Nestle Nigeria. The report which covered forty pages publication chronicles the major CSV initiatives that the company is implementing in the areas of nutrition, rural development and responsible sourcing water as well as activities in environmental sustainability and compliance and human rights. The report is based on Nestle’s global commitment as implemented in Nigeria.

Mr. Ifezulike while commenting on the Nigerian economy commended the effort of the outgoing administration on their efforts to privatize the energy sector towards achieving stable power supply. He implored the new administration to pursue and implement favorable macro-economic policies including the fiscal prudence supported by good monetary policy to maintain inflation at single digit.

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