As part of her community outreach activities, iCare Foundation under Rep. Babajimi Benson Member House of Representatives, Ikorodu federal constituency partnered with Kimberly Clark; manufacturer of Huggies diapers and Kotex sanitary pads to distribute 5,000 pieces of Huggies diapers to mothers in primary health facilities and 5,000 Kotex sanitary pads to secondary school students in Ikorodu Federal Constituency.
Beneficiaries of the sanitary pads were female students of selected secondary schools in the 6 Local Council Development Areas in Ikorodu, while nursing mothers at Ita-Elewa Primary Health Centre, Ijede, Ipakodo, Baiyeku, Imota health centres, among others benefitted from the diapers distribution.
The female students were lectured on the appropriate and hygienic way to use sanitary pads.
The mothers and students were delighted and commended Rep. Babajimi Benson for facilitating the kind gesture to them.
The management of Ikorodu North LCDA has partnered with the international company Kimberly-Clark to bring hygiene to the grassroot through the Water aid project which is intended to ensure public places have access to clean and portable water.
In line with the objectives of the partnership, Ikorodu North LCDA will provide water to public facilities that does not have water within Ikorodu North while Kimberly-Clark would provide toilet buildings for the places.
An agreement that has seen Ikorodu North commence fulfilling this obligation by providing borehole water system to Omolaiye PHC and Lambo Lasunwon primary health care centres in the take-off phase of the project.
The Chairman, Builder Deola Banjo believes the provision of such facility will help to promote good hygiene that will in turn drive behavioural change among residents in line with the vision of the project.
In the coming days, identified public places that lacks good water systems such as School, religious places and motor parks will benefit from the initiative.
American company, Kimberly-Clark, which produces Huggies pampers has expanded operations in Nigeria with the opening of $100m plant in Ikorodu, Lagos.
For almost 150 years, Kimberly Clark has sought new and innovative ways to make lives better for consumers across the globe. Operating in 175 countries and catering to billions of people around the world, they have strengthened resolve to continue to provide better care for a better world.
Since 2012, they have been warmly integrated into the Nigerian community and the lives of the consumers. With the range of quality diapers and feminine hygiene and sanitary products, we are meeting essential needs, throughout life, for every Nigerian, so they are free to experience more of what is important to them.
$100 million invested in Nigeria to date 1.65 million mothers reached via the Huggies hospital outreach program 6,000 direct and indirect jobs in 5 years 500,000 girls educated annually on mensural hygiene and period stigma eradication through our SheSABI Initiative in secondary schools.
Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu promised to construct the roads within the Odogunyan Industrial Estate in partnership with the Federal Government within the next one year, which the Minister of State for Finance Chief Clement Egba earlier raised the issue by contributing a fair share by the state Government and the Federal Government.
The Minister of State for Finance, Budget and National Planning Prince Clement Egba in his remarks.
“For Kimberly Clark to have invested over $100million in Nigeria speaks to their commitment to Nigeria. For them to have built the factory during the pandemic speaks to their resilience. For them to partner with various hospitals and schools speaks about the importance of giving back and caring for the community they operate in.”
“Kimberly-Clark’s presence in Nigeria has generated 1000 direct and indirect jobs since inception and will generate an additional 6000 jobs in the next 3-4 years.”
“Companies like Kimberly-Clark should inspire many other companies to think about Nigeria as an investment centre. We are so proud of the work Kimberly-Clark is doing and will continue to support their operations in Nigeria.”
Minister of Women Affairs Dame Pauline Tallen in her own remarks “everything revolve about this company is about women the ministry is proud of what kimberly are doing, my best wishes to the future of the company, I commend them for this laudable project.”
In the remarks of Rep. Babajimi Benson member federal house of representatives, Chairman House Committee on Defense.
“Kimberly clark was placed in the gender loved Community, for kimberly clark to have invested over a million dollars in nigeria, kimberly clark presennce in Nigeria has provide job opportunities for its citizens.”
“I am proud to associate with Kimberly-Clark as their existence will not only provide over one thousand direct and indirect jobs but significantly assist to transform Ikorodu Federal Constituency into the Miami of Africa.”
“My sincere appreciation to the Vice President of Nigeria, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, Minister of Women Affairs, Dame Pauline Taline, Minister of State for Budget and Planning, Prince Clem Agba, Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Otunba Richard Adebayo, Ayangburen of Ikorodu, Oba Kabir Shotobi, Adeboruwa of Igbogbo, Oba Semiu Orimadegun, Eweye of Isiwu, Oba Olukayode Raji, and host Chairman Ikorodu North LCDA, Hon. Adeola Banjo, amongst others for their presence at the historic event.”
In the remarks of the Executive Governor of Lagos State Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu.
‘It is a delight every time I see businesses doing well and expanding opportunities for our people in Lagos.”
“Kimberly-Clark has investment worth over $100 million in our State. The new factory will employ thousands of Lagosians directly and indirectly through sourcing, production, distribution and supply chain management of its flagship product, Huggies Baby Diapers.”
“Congratulations to the management and staff of the company for the growth of their business. “
“Lagos will continue to be a home for viable businesses and our administration will continously improve on the ease of doing business in the state.”
The Vice President Prof Yemi Osinbajo as the Special Guest of Honour, in his own remarks
“This plant, I am told would serve Nigerian consumers with affordable high-quality diapers and I am told it will produce something in the order of about 600 million diapers every year.
“I am also told that with our seven million babies born every year, we are just two million behind the Chinese, so we are really the largest possible market for diapers in the world, coming second only to the Chinese.
“So, I think Kimberly – Clark has chosen a very good place. We are told also that this will provide thousands of jobs and I believe that the first thousand are already in place and we expect a further couple of thousands in the next three years.”
The Vice President noted that for the federal government, “every new manufacturing plant is an important step toward our belief that it is private investment, but local and foreign that must be the pathway to rapid economic growth with jobs and prosperity.”
“And this commitment of the federal government is expressed in the strategic objectives of the plan which include establishing a strong foundation for a diversified economy, investing in critical infrastructure – roads, rails, power, and broadband; enabling human capital development and improving governance and strengthening security.”
He said further that the implementation of the plan is expected to be supported by a range of fiscal monitoring and trade measures including more intentionally promoting productivity and value addition.