The management of the British American Tobacco Nigeria (BATN) Foundation has disclosed that the New Telegraph’s award bestowed on the organisation as Nigeria’s Best Corporate, Social and Responsibility (CSR) Agric Company of The Year 2021 in Nigeria, is a testimony that will spur the company to do more for Nigeria’s agric sector development in the future, in line with its core mandate to support sustainable agriculture development and Smallholder Farmers (SHF) in Nigeria.
Indeed, British American Tobacco Nigeria (BATN) Foundation noted that the New Telegragh’s award as CSR Agric Company Of The Year 2021 in Nigeria is a determination that the Foundation will ensure no one is left behind in most vulnerable communities in Nigeria in terms of agriculture impacts on their lives.
The General Manager, BAT Nigeria Foundation, Ms. Ololade Johnson made this known in her acceptance remarks on the Foundation being nominated as the CSR Agric Company Of The Year 2021 in Nigeria in Lagos.
Indeed, the New Tele graph 2021 Awards Ceremony is slated for November 19, 2021, at Balmoral Hall, Federal Palace Hotels, Victoria Island, Lagos. Johnson said that the Foundation was very grateful for the board and management of New Telegraph for awarding BAT Nigeria Foundation with the CSR Agric Company Of The Year 2021 in Nigeria.
According to her, the Foundation believes in the Nigerian dream and it’s committed to explore aggressive agriculture in changing the lives of the vulnerable Nigerians, by empowering them with better hope, guaranteeing their future, motivating them to thrive positively and raising their low standards of living through the channelling of available funds to the Nigerian farmers, mostly Smallholder Farmers in the country.
The General Manager of the BAT Nigeria Foundation explained that the Foundation has been doing a lots for Nigeria’s agric development since its establishment as an independent charity in November 2002 to support the socio-economic development of Nigeria. Johnson noted that it has been 19 years of impacting and enriching lives in Nigeria.
To date, she said the Foundation has implemented about 250 projects across the six geo-political zones of Nigeria, reached 1.2 million beneficiaries and made total investment of about N2 billion in sustainable agricultural development in Nigeria. The BAT Nigeria Foundation’s General Manager said: “We are pleased to be recognised for the work we do and our determination to ensure that no one is left behind, especially the most vulnerable in our communities.
We remain committed to our mandate to support sustainable agriculture development and smallholder farmers in Nigeria. We believe in the Nigerian dream and we will do our part to empower the communities we operate in and motivate people to thrive.”