All in a day’s job and as sticklers for time and duty, glocal executives of dairy giant FrieslandCampina took commitment a notch higher Tuesday August 9 when they visited the Kuchingoro displaced persons camp in Abuja bright and early in the morning, sped down to Aso Rock to see the president at noon, then flew down to Lagos see the Oba of Lagos at dusk.
Led by the Global CEO of FrieslandCampina, The Netherlands, Mr. Roelof Joosten, the team included the Chairman Board of Directors FrieslandCampina WAMCO (FC Wamco) Mr. Jacobs Moyo-Ajekigbe, Managing Director, FC Wamco Mr. Rahul Colaco, Corporate Affairs Director Mrs. Ore Famurewa, Dairy Development Manager, Mr. Lawrence Ohue and two dairy farmers from Oyo State, Mr. Musa Idris Galadima and Mr. Oyedokun Bolaji. The Netherlands Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr. John Groffen, gave fillip to the FrieslandCampina visit to the State House, Abuja.
President Muhammadu Buhari was on hand to receive the FrieslandCampina team in Aso Rock around midday during which visit he received a hand-crafted Peak milk truck from his visitors as a souvenir.
Accompanying Buhari to receive the august guests were the Chief of Staff to the President, Mallam Abba Kyari, Minister of Trade and Investment, Mr. Okechukwu Enelamah, Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole and Minister of Agriculture, Chief Audu Ogbeh.
Earlier in the day, Joosten had led his team to show support to internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Kuchingoro and to present cartons of dairy products to them. He wound up his tour of duty for the day as Global CEO on a short visit to Nigeria by catching a flight to Lagos on a third scheduled visit at dusk, this time to the Oba of Lagos, HRH Rilwan Akiolu.
Joosten had, told the President how the company, a cooperative owned by 19,000 farmers, began operation 145 years ago, and how it began business in Nigeria in 1973, expressing its desire to partner with the Federal Government to build a healthier populace through better nutrition, collaborate in the school feeding programme, and promote dairy development in the country. He also informed confirmed the company’s readiness to contribute in mitigating the current situation in the North East being terrorised by Boko Haram, by providing nutrition support for internally displaced persons in the area.
Roelof Joosten has been the Chief Executive Officer of Koninklijke FrieslandCampina N.V. since June 1, 2015 and served as Chief Operating Officer for Business Group Ingredients. He has been Member of Executive Board at Koninklijke FrieslandCampina N.V. since January 1, 2012, according to Bloomberg.
HAMILTONSTYLE signposted professionals at all three locations spread between Abuja and Lagos as these images show.
ABOVE: Mr Roelof Joosten and the FrieslandCampina team inside the Kuchingoro, Abuja IDP camp
BELOW: Mr Roelof Joosten and the FrieslandCampina team inside Iga Iduganran Palace with the Oba of Lagos.
COVER PHOTO: Chairman, FrieslandCampina WAMCO Nigeria, Mr Jacobs Moyo Ajekigbe, Global CEO FrieslandCampina, The Netherlands, Mr. Roelof Joosten, President Muhammadu Buhari and Managing Director, FrieslandCampina WAMCO Nigeria, Mr. Rahul Colaco, during a visit by FrieslandCampina to the State House in Abuja, Tuesday August 9, 2016