…Airtel attributes a successful decade of business to unwavering Nigerians
The Nigerian unit of Africa’s second-largest telecommunications provider, Airtel Nigeria has pledged a sum of N300 million in its support to fight the COVID-19 pandemic.
This is also as part of the activities to celebrate ten years of doing business in Nigeria.
The Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer in Nigeria, Segun Ogunsanya, disclosed that the N300 million was the final share of the N1.9 billion, which the company promised in April at the initial stage of the outbreak.
Ogunsanya said in a statement on Wednesday that the Airtel would also like to express deep gratitude to Nigerians for their unwavering support and devotion to the network.
He said that N200 million would be invested in renovating and furnishing a four-storey admission building for the use of specialist units in the Department of Medicine at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH).
He went further to explain that N50 million would go to the Lagos State Government to acquire Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for medical personnel.
The apex official of the company, hinted that the remaining N50 million would be for the procurement of a Molecular Laboratory to be supplied by 54 Gene with the capacity for 300 tests per day in Ogun.
“The board, management and staff of the organisation will like to express profound gratitude especially to our customers for standing by the company and designating it as the telecoms brand of choice over the years.
“The 10 years milestone will not have been possible without the support of our over 50 million loyal and passionate customers,” Ogunsanya said.
According to him, Airtel has thrived, because Nigerians actually believed in the product and have come to agree with the company as a significant investor, firmly devoted to developing the economy and providing jobs.
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Ogunsanya also extolled the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Malam Isa Ali Pantami; the Executive Vice Chairman of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Prof. Umar Danbatta and other government officials for providing leadership and vision in the industry.
“I hope that the recent push by the government to make telecommunications facilities Critical National Infrastructure (CNI), will crystalise into law soon to safeguard telecommunications infrastructure in the country,’’ he said.
Ogunsanya said that Airtel would persist to be a reckoning force for good in the country by offering top-notch communication services while supporting the several communities under its corporate social responsibility activities.