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Business News of Monday, 13 June 2022


Sterling Bank partners firm to feed 500 malnourished children

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Sterling Bank Plc has partnered with Community Pot, a social impact project, to launch a pilot project in Lagos to feed 500 malnourished children across Nigeria.

Speaking at the launching of the project with the theme: Adopt a Child to Recovery, Chief Executive Officer of Sterling One Foundation Mrs Olapeju Ibekwe said Sterling Bank is extremely passionate about children and their health.

She said the bank was excited to be a part of the project and would support the Community Pot project to feed 200 children for about three months by providing them with a baby feed known as Toddler Protein.

Also speaking, convener and initiator of the Community Pot project Mrs Kemi Jeje, said, “We want to make impact. We want to make a difference through the initiative.”

She noted that at least one of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the United Nations (UN) is in alignment with the purpose of the project.

“According to statistics, 420,000 children die yearly in Nigeria as a result of malnutrition and until one sees one of them, it is just a number one is hearing,” Jeje observed.

She said about 2.5 million children in the country are deemed to be malnourished and the project would try to reach as many of these children as possible. She described Community Pot as a social impact project that is not-for-profit. “It is what we want to do to add value to the community,” she said.

Mrs Precious Ogbo, a nurse with the Primary Healthcare Centre in Opebi, Lagos, spoke on the benefit of breastfeeding children at an early age in life before giving them solid food. She remarked that nursing mothers who could not afford infant formula should add Soya milk to pap drink for their babies so that they could eat healthily.