Paul Polman visits Africa

As part of his business tour around Africa, Unilever’s Global CEO, Mr. Paul Polman, visited Nigeria on Wednesday, 07 July and Thursday, 08 July 2010.

Paul Polman's buisness tour

The two day visit involved him taking a critical look at the Unilever Nigeria Plc business operation from the external perspective as he spent most of his time connecting with Unilever’s consumers and customers in their various localities.

As part of his activities, he visited to the Ojuwoye Market, Mushin, neighbourhood shops in the Ojodu area of Lagos and consumers across the state. These he did alongside Harish Manwani, President Unilever AAC, Frank Braeken, EVP Unilever NAMCA and Thabo Mabe, MD Unilever Nigeria.

Nigeria’s Potential

“Nigeria has the potential to be Africa’s biggest operation”, Mr. Polman shared when he met with a group of senior journalists before his departure.

He also noted that “Nigeria is not an easy environment because of the various challenges with infrastructure, etc, but what we do as a business is to identify where we are and what we can do to make it better. For example, investment in education is important to us at Unilever, but we are not in the business of educating people. What we then do is invest in our people through continuous training and development, attract a bright workforce and to create that bright workforce, partner with educational institutions and bodies.”

He also shared that over the next three years, Unilever will invest about 100 million Euros in the Nigeria operation.