Coca-Cola Nigeria, others seek collaboration on water sustainability

Stakeholders drawn from water related field in the public sector, NGOs, corporations, including Coca-Cola Nigeria have highlighted the importance of partnerships to address water usage, and shortages in the country.

Speaking at a Sustainable development symposium organized by Pan Atlantic University, part of the Lagos Business School in Lekki, Lagos with the theme ‘From Global Goals to Local Action: Catalyzing Action Towards Sustainable Water Development’, the group declared there was need for increased partnership among government, corporations and non-profit organisations to work together in promoting sustainable water provisions and management in Nigeria which they noted would go a long way in bridging the demand gap for water access in communities.

In his remarks at the event, Director, Public Affairs, Communications and Sustainability, Coca Cola West Africa Business Unit, Mr. Clem Ugorji stated that it has become increasingly imperative for government and other critical stakeholders to work together to ensure water availability for all considering the population growth and limited access to potable water.

“We recycle the water we use for manufacturing and return it to the environment safely. We give back to communities through local water initiatives. Beyond that, we also believe we have a broader responsibility to replenish water. In several African countries, we are working with a range of partners to protect and improve water sources and provide access to clean water to communities,” said Ugorji.

L-R: Chief Operating Officer, Lagos State Government Water Corporation, Engineer Deji Johnson; Lecturer, Department of Urban and Regional Planning, University of Lagos, Professor Taibat Lawanson; Project Director, Arctic Infrastructure, Lookman Oshodi; Faculty, Strategy and Sustainability, Lagos Business School, Dr. Ijeoma Nwagwu and Director, Public Affairs and Communications, West, Central Africa and Indian Ocean Islands, The Coca Cola Company, Clem Ugorji during the Sustainability Development symposium held at the Lagos Business School in Lekki, Lagos.

Also speaking at the symposium, a University Professor at the Department of Urban and Regional Planning, University of Lagos, Prof. Taibat Lawanson explained that there is need for government and the private sectors to work together to ensure efficient availability of water resources to the communities.

Also speaking on the issue of water sustainability, the Chief Operating Officer of Lagos State Water Corporation, Engineer Deji Johnson stressed the need for Nigerians as well as corporate organisations to show concern in the manner in which water is used.

Commenting while chairing the panel discussion, Dr. Ijeoma Nwagwu, a Faculty on Strategy and Sustainability at the Lagos Business School, commended organised private sector including Coca-Cola for the invaluable role they have played in water sustainability drive over the years.

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