WORLD HEALTH DAY: RECKITT BENCKISER RESTATES COMMITMENT TO CLEAN, HEALTHY NIGERIA MWorld NEWS Reckitt Benckiser, RB, world’s leading consumer health and hygiene Company has restated its commitment to a clean and healthy Nigeria that will boost the capacity and productivity of the citizens The initiative under the “Clean Healthy Naija” programme encompasses a number of steps geared towards awareness creation, education and behavioural change to achieve a cleaner and healthier Nigeria. Mr. Ataur Rashid Safdar, RB’s Senior Vice President for Africa, who led the RB’s delegation on a courtesy visit to His Excellency, Governor Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun State last Friday, as part of activities marking the World Health Day, explained that RB’s Vision for Nigeria is where people are healthier and live better. From Left to Right: Mr. Rahul Murgai, Managing Director, Reckitt Benckiser (RB); Mr. Ata Safdar, RB’s Senior Vice President for Africa; Governor Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun State and Chief Olu Falomo, Chairman, Reckitt Benckiser at the commemoration of the 2017 World Health Day in Abeokuta Ogun State He noted that Ogun State is very critical to the nation’s development because of its investment friendly climate and policies, which he said can propel the development of the state and the nation at large. The “Clean Healthy Naija” initiative, according to Mr. Safdar is aimed at reducing child mortality from preventable diseases like diarrhea, malaria in line with United Nations Sustainable Development Goals of 2030. The program will improve public health and sanitation which and end the menace of open defecation in the country. Safdar also informed the governor that the company will later in the year, commission a world class redistribution warehouse as part of the new marketing strategy to distribute their products across Nigeria and West Africa. Also, speaking on the occasion, Rahul Murgai, Managing Director, RB, West Africa, stated that the company has been in the country for over five decades and described Nigeria as one of the most important growth markets and the reference point for other African business development growth strategies. From Left to Right: Mr. Rahul Murgai, Managing Director, Reckitt Benckiser (RB); Mr. Ata Safdar, RB’s Senior Vice President for Africa and Governor Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun State at the commemoration of the 2017 World Health Day in Abeokuta Ogun State Murgai maintained that celebrating the 2017 World Health Day in Ogun State is paramount to the company because the state remains the gateway to the nation and the West African sub-region. He reinforced the company’s commitment to Ogun state, where RB has invested in a state of the art manufacturing facility and is now building a world class warehouse that will increase the ability to service markets and create opportunities for employment in the state that will help further the economy. In addition to manufacturing investments in Ogun state, RB through its ‘Clean Naija’ program aims to increase the intensity of education and awareness building in the state among mothers and school children in Ogun state to drive a culture of good health and hygiene. Chairman of the Company, Chief Olu Falomo also thanked the governor for the warm reception and commended the giant strides recorded by his administration. In his response, His Excellency, the Governor of Ogun State, Ibikunle Amosun lauded RB for the commendable initiative and reiterated his government’s commitment to providing a safer environment that will guarantee robust and healthier lifestyle for Nigerians. He also thanked the RB delegation for investing in Ogun state as Nigeria remains the epicenter for developing markets in Western Africa. He equally informed the delegation that he looks forward to commissioning the new warehouse later in the year. RB, with its heritage in Nigeria spanning over 53 years has a strong portfolio of global brands in health, hygiene and home solutions such as Dettol, Nurofen, Strepsils, Gaviscon, Durex, Dettol, Harpic, Mortein, and Air Wick.