Stakeholders laud Unilever’s launch of ‘Heroes for Change’


For creating a unique platform for Nigerian youths to contribute their quota to community development through “Heroes for Change” initiative, stakeholders in the education sector have commended Unilever Nigeria Plc.

“Heroes for Change,” a social mission volunteer programme anchored on Unilever Sustainable Living Plan (USLP), recruits, teaches and empowers university undergraduates and members of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) to contribute to societal growth via volunteerism. Participants teach Unilever’s social mission programmes with focus on Health and Well-being in their communities.

Speaking at the launch, Chairman of First Bank, Nigeria, Ibukun Awosika, commended the firm for the initiative, charging the youths to use the platform to make a difference in their communities and beyond.

She said, “The success of project Nigeria is one that should concern everyone, particularly the youths who make up a sizeable portion of our population and are the most active, creative and passionate. The Nigeria of your dream is only possible when you defy the odds and take a step to making a change with your talent, efforts, passion and energy.”

Executive Vice President, Unilever Ghana – Nigeria, Yaw Nsarkoh, said, the initiative is one of the ways the company demonstrates its objective of making sustainable living a commonplace.

“Through this initiative our volunteers will go into the communities and teach them about our social mission programme on health and well-being using the ‘Knorr Force for Good programme’ that educates mothers and teenage daughters on nutritious cooking behaviours. This will reduce the prevalence of iron deficiency anaemia in Nigeria, a major public health issue. 
Echoing Nsarkoh’s view, President, Unilever Africa, Bruno Witvoet, said the company is committed to creating a better future for all through its brands social mission programmes.

Marketing Director, Foods, Unilever, Ghana–Nigeria, Ogedi-Alakwe Nsima, said the youths partnership with Unilever, will stir their consciousness to the role they need to play towards building the Nigeria of our dream.

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