Macleans, the toothpaste brand from GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) Plc, has partnered with Passion House to clean up Amukoko, a suburb in Ifelodun Local Council Development Area of Lagos State.
The collaboration with the non-governmental organisation was supported by the Lagos State Waste Management Authority (LAWMA) to clean major zones in Amukoko. GSK also provided free dental checks and product sampling to over 1,000 residents.
Human Resources Director GSK, Michael Shobowale; Chairperson, Ifelodun Local Council Development Area, Alhaja Kudirat Adigun; Environmental Health Officer, Ifelodun LCDA, Richard Tella, and other top management team of the company, as well as students participated in the clean-up exercise.
Speaking during the exercise, Shobowale noted that there is a strong synergy between a healthy environment and a healthy oral cavity. He said the initiative was informed by the idea to complement government’s efforts in keeping the drainage and streets clean during the raining season.
“We are here to restate our commitment to environmental fortification and assure our consumers of quality product that is able to strengthen their teeth from inside out. It is also to play out our mission of improving the quality of human life by enabling people to do more, feel better and live longer,” Shobowale said.
He further explained that the exercise has shown great commitment to promoting, protecting and educating Nigerians on the need to take good care of their oral cavity by supporting various initiatives over the years.
“Macleans collaborated with the Lagos State Ministry of Health to improve oral hygiene in schools. We supported communities this year through our Community for Dental Health Education Scheme with the help of final year Dental students in universities,” he enumerated.
Tella commended GSK for the promotion of oral hygiene in Nigeria. “Environmental cleanup should be a joint effort of government, corporate bodies and individuals. I am excited about this team to clean Amukoko and the contributions of the free dental check to residents.
“It is a welcome partnership at this time of the year when drainages need to be unblocked from dirt and debris. If every organisation sees the need to give back to society, we will not only have a better place, but a healthier nation,” he explained.
For the Executive Director, Passion House, Alex Akhigbe, the partnership with Macleans was borne out of the fact that the brand is known for helping people keep healthy by having good oral hygiene.
“We are jointly committed to giving back to the community, by educating the people on the importance of clean and healthy environment which is what we are all out to achieve by cleaning the streets of Amukoko, as we did in Mushin and Ajegunle.”Representative of LAWMA, Gbenga Fagbola, restated the government’s commitment to keeping the communities healthy and clean.