By Dipo Olowookere
In commemoration of the World Milk Day celebrated globally last Friday, Promasidor Nigeria Limited, makers of Cowbell Milk, Onga, Top Tea, Loya Milk and other quality brands, donated products to five orphanages in Lagos.
The beneficiaries were S.O.S. Children’s Village, Isolo; Bethlehem Charity and Orphanage Centre, Ikotun; Hearts of Gold Children’s Hospice, Surulere; Heritage Homes, Anthony Village; and Change a Life Foundation, Maryland.
Receiving the items, which were Cowbell Milk and Cowbell Chocolate, General Manager of Heritage Homes, Mrs Vivian Osuntokun commended Promasidor for identifying with the less-privileged people in the society and assisting the organization to meet its obligation to the children under its care.
She said, “We are excited about the support. This will go a long way in helping us to meet the nutritional requirements of the children. What this shows is that Promasidor truly cares about the wellbeing of the less-privileged members of the society. We look forward to other organizations to take a cue from what the company has done.”
Co-founder of Bethlehem, Mr Olowoyeye Bayo, also described the gesture by Promasidor as considerate and timely, adding: “It shows that Promasidor is concerned about the future of Nigerian children”.
“For remembering Nigerian orphans on the occasion of the World Milk Day, the company has shown that it truly cares. Apart from sending products, its staff made out time to come to play with the children and their caregivers. That is thoughtful, caring and motivational”.
“Sincerely, we need this kind of support to realize that we are not alone on this journey. It will also reduce the burden of providing for the needs of the kids because it is challenging doing it alone. We appreciate the effort of the company.”
Marketing Manager of the company, Mr Abiodun Ayodeji said the donation was part of the company’s desire to support Nigeria in building a healthy and happy future. Promasidor, he said, “believes that good nutrition is the right of every Nigerian child.
“The essence of the World Milk Day is to create awareness on the health and nutritional benefits of adequate milk consumption. There is a daily dietary requirement everybody should meet. For children, meeting this requirement is not only necessary but critical to their mental and physical development.
“Unfortunately, some people do not have the capacity to meet the requirement. So, we at Promasidor have decided to take the advocacy a step further. We have chosen to give products to a number of orphanages to assist them in meeting the dietary requirements of the children in their care.”
Promasidor recently extended a similar gesture to malnourished children in internally displaced camps in different parts of Nigeria through Empower 54, a non-governmental organisation.
The manufacturing company is also involved in different corporate social responsibilities aimed at developing the mental, intellectual and physiological aspects of the Nigerian child. Examples of such initiatives are Cowbellpedia Secondary School Mathematics TV Quiz Show, Promasidor Harness Your Dream (a career guidance initiative) and Cowbell Football Academy.
Zoho Introduces New Product for SMEs, Gets Office in Lagos
By Dipo Olowookere
Global technology company, Zoho, will next month officially open its third African office in the Lekki area of Lagos as part of its efforts to serve its clients in Nigeria better.
Addressing journalists in Lagos on Friday, the President of Zoho for MEA, Mr Hyther Nizam, explained that the decision to bring the company closer to its consumers in the country is because Nigeria is its largest market on the continent.
He noted that the firm will use the opportunity to reduce the unemployment rate in the country as it would hire more employees locally for customer-facing roles, especially in the sales, marketing and other departments.
While speaking on the sidelines of the company’s first user conference in the country tagged Zoholics Nigeria, Mr Nizam further disclosed that Zoho has introduced a new product called Zoho Africa Digital Enabler package tailored for small and medium enterprises (SMEs) with about five employees.
According to him, the Zoho Africa Digital Enabler package, which will be available from July 1, 2022, will help small businesses take steps towards digital transformation and it would be offered at a discount of 50 per cent for a period of three months with a collection of 10 leading apps.
He explained that subscribers will have access to standard support available to them, which will allow access to a knowledge base, community forums, a self-service portal, email support and remote assistance. It also includes live chat support and telephonic support during working hours five days a week.
“For small businesses, enterprise technology is prohibitively priced and inaccessible,” said Mr Nizam. “We want to remove the technology adoption barrier and help them kickstart their digital transformation journey, which will in turn help them stay nimble and quickly adapt to changing market conditions.
“The products are available in local pricing, helping businesses avoid cost fluctuations due to changing dollar value, which is beneficial in the current turbulent economy. We hope that Nigerian businesses will avail of this plan and fast-track their growth by leveraging cloud technology.”
Business Post gathered that in the package are Zoho Workplace, Zoho Invoice, and Zoho Begin, among others.
The Zoho Workplace is a unified platform that brings together collaboration, productivity, and communications tools and integrates them into other business processes. It has secure business email (Zoho Mail), team chat (Zoho Cliq), and an online office suite (Zoho Writer, Zoho Sheet, Zoho Show, and Zoho WorkDrive).
The Zoho Invoice helps users create and send customised invoices, track time, and bill customers accurately. It can also improve their cash flow by automatically sending payment reminders to customers, and getting paid online faster through debit/credit cards and PayPal. Moreover, businesses can record and track expenses by simply scanning their expense receipts. They will also be able to track tax levied on every transaction, allow customers to view their invoices, and projects, and make payments through the self-service portal.
As for the Zoho Bigin, it is a pipeline-centric CRM designed specifically to help MSMEs keep track of their customers and improve customer relationships without having to worry about high costs or complicated features. It can be set up in 30 minutes, with options to create multiple pipelines with customisable stages based on a company’s operation style.
P+ Measurement Holds 20th EvaluatePR Friday
By Aduragbemi Omiyale
Friday, June 24, 2022, has been fixed for the 20th edition of the quarterly EvaluatePR hosted by a leading media intelligence agency, P+ Measurement Services.
According to a statement issued by the company, the programme is themed Dissecting the relevance of Measurement and Evaluation in Reputation Management and will take place between 12 pm and 1:30 pm (West African Time).
The resource persons for the 20th EvaluatePR are Abimbola Shukrah Bello, Marketing & Communications, Johns Hopkins Centre for Communication Program; Francois Van Dyk, Head of Operations, Ornico Group; and Damilola Sobajo, PR/Marketing Consultant. They will together provide their wealth of knowledge and experiences, insights and answers to the theme of the event.
Evaluate PR is an enlightening, interactive and informative event, featuring communications, public relations, and media monitoring professionals who share their experiences, advice, insights, and quotes on media monitoring measurement and evaluation in a question and answer session.
Participation in the event is free via a Google Meet link, https://meet.google.com/tpq-nsgm-svk.
P+ Measurement is an independent media intelligence and evaluation service provider established by Mr Philip Odiakose.
The firm offers media monitoring, measurement, evaluation, and performance audit services to brands, agencies, and government bodies
Reps Accuse Makers of Hypo, Harpic of Deceptive Adverts
By Modupe Gbadeyanka
The Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (FCCPC) and the Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) have been asked to appear before the House of Representatives to explain why there are “ineffective” hypo, harpic and others in the Nigerian market.
A lawmaker from Edo State, Mr Sergius Ose-Ogun, while moving a motion on Tuesday, alleged that these cleaning disinfectants were of “poor quality” but hoodwinked Nigerians into buying them through deceptive advertisements as in reality, consumers who bought them were disappointed as they didn’t get value for their money.
While speaking at the lower chamber of the National Assembly, Mr Ose-Ogun expressed concerns “that toilet cleaning disinfectants such as harpic and hypo used in most households in Nigeria are ineffective, poor quality and leave much to be desired.”
He further said “despite the poor quality of these toilet cleaning disinfectants, there are several television sponsored advertisements that are misleading unsuspecting members of the public who rely on such adverts product information to make purchases.”
The lawmaker expressed alarm “that most Nigerians utilize these disinfectants in cleaning their homes, offices, hospitals, churches and mosques without getting the value for money spent in purchasing such products.”
Consequently, the House ordered an investigation to be concluded within four weeks, while the Committee on Legislative Compliance was directed to monitor the execution of the resolution.
They, thereafter, invited the Executive Vice-Chairman of FCCPC and the management of SON to “appear before the Committee on Commerce to justify the presence of harpic, hypo and other non-effective cleaning disinfectants in the market or otherwise.”
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