UK Secretary of state for foreign and commonwealth affairs Jeremy Hunt has opened the Unilever Ghana Limited Learning Centre in Tema, to keep employees abreast current trends in the industry.
The facility will ensure that employees are equipped with the relevant skills needed to improve business efficiency and drive growth.
The centre comprises a learning theatre with about 116-seat capacity, a state of the art e-library, a syndicate area, a conference room, an ICT centre, and a kitchen.
UK Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt, in his remarks after touring the plants – which include the Orals Factory, Biomass Boiler, and PC Dryer – commended the Managing Director, Mr. Nazaire Djako, management and staff of Unilever for working incredibly hard with real passion and commitment, and rated the company a world standard here in Ghana.
He also applauded Unilever for focusing on sustainability in their business.
He said the company’s location also indicated Ghana’s ambition of exporting to other parts of the world.
Managing Director of Unilever, Mr. Nazaire Djako, said establishment of the learning centre forms part of their policy to enhance the livelihoods of people they operate with, which includes the development of human resource capacity.
According to him, the centre will support the training needs of their staff and also provide them an opportunity for self-development in order to stay relevant in their chosen fields of endeavour.
“We need people for productivity, competitiveness and everywhere; but the most important thing is that if they are not well-skilled, you cannot be competitive. So, the fully-furnished learning centre is for developing and upgrading the skills our staff, and the facility is also for them to learn anything they need to learn, especially with state of the art technology so that they do not lag behind,” he said.
The MD of Unilever also highlighted the company’s Sustainable Living Plan (USLP), which seeks to provide social intervention programmes meant to promote good oral and personal health habits in Ghana, with over 4.6 million beneficiaries so far through the ‘brush your teeth day and night’ campaign and 3 million people through hand-washing.
He said Unilever investment continues, especially in technology for their operations – impressing President Nana Akufo Addo, who commissioned three new factories including the Biomass boiler, orals factory, and PC dryer.
He however further stated that Unilever equally invested in a water treatment plant and solar energy project, and a continuous saponification plant to ensure modernity and environmental friendliness in line with the USLP objectives.
Mr. Nazaire expressed his profound gratitude to the UK Foreign Secretary and his entourage for showing interest, especially in the ideals they stand for. And therefore he called for further partnerships and collaborations for the promotion of reading and personal development among staff.