Airtel Nigeria, has taken another bold step in fulfillment of its corporate vision to become the most loved brand in the daily lives of Nigerians with the commissioning of one of its adopted schools in Amumara, Imo State.
The Telco said the rehabilitation of Community Primary School, Amumara, Imo State as well as the donation of borehole and educational items to the primary school underscore its commitment to providing first-rate educational opportunities for underserved communities across the country.
Speaking on its Adopt-a-School initiative, the Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of the company, Segun Ogunsanya, said the company is passionate about creating real value for underprivileged children, its customers and other stakeholders.
“At Airtel, we seek to connect with our customers in various ways and our intervention in Community Primary School, Amumara, Imo State attests to our commitment to provide empowerment for underprivileged children and also contribute to the development of our country,” he said.
Ogunsanya who was represented by the company’s Regional Operations Director, South Region, Godfrey Efeurhobo, said Airtel will continue to look for opportunities to partner with governments at various levels in the development of the education sector.
As part of its Adopt-a-School programme, Airtel has renovated and commissioned schools in Lagos, Ogun and Cross Rivers states and also donated educational materials and other facilities such as borehole and generating sets.
Airtel’s Adopt-a-School programme is a robust initiative that offers underprivileged children access to quality education in a conducive environment. It also provides them with all the materials for learning and study. As part of the programme, Airtel organises trainings for teachers of its adopted schools to ensure that a high teaching quality is always maintained.
In her address, Dr. Uche Ejiogu, Hon. Commissioner of Education, Imo State, commended Airtel for its “high powered show of patriotism” which has brought development to the school. She said the government has therefore opened the doors to Airtel more than ever before “for more business relations geared towards expanding your reach to the benefit of Imo people.
“More so, like Oliver Twist, we are asking that you extend your ‘Adopt-a-School’ project to other schools in the remote villages and communities in Imo State.’ She said.
Commenting on the Adopt-a-School initiative of the telecom operator, Head Teacher of Community Primary School, Mrs. Felly Wulotu, said the teachers and pupils are very happy to see the impact of Airtel on the school. She praised Airtel for transforming the school and providing the pupils with needed learning materials, borehole and furnished classrooms.
“Parents now feel happy to bring their children to this school because of the development they see here. There are good classrooms, text books, note books, uniforms, school bags and borehole for clean water. We appreciate Airtel for this generous contribution to our school,’ she said.
The commissioning ceremony was attended by Sole Administrator, Ezinihitte L.G.A, Dr. Kelechi Osuagwu; His Royal Highness, Eze Ositadinma Beneth Nwokocha; Chairman, Imo State Universal Basic Education Board, Mrs. Getrude Oduka; executives of Imo State National Union of Teachers (NUT); Dipo Jolaosho, Regional Marketing Manager, South, Airtel Nigeria; Chinda Manjor, CSR Manager, Airtel Nigeria and Erhumu Bayagbon, Media Relations Manager, Airtel Nigeria.
It would be recalled that, last week, Airtel donated a borehole, school uniforms and other learning materials to St John’s Primary School, Oke-Agbo, Ijebu-Igbo, Ogun State.
Speaking at the handing over of the borehole and presentation of the gifts to the pupils and staff of St. John’s Primary School, Ogunsanya, said the provision of safe and clean drinking water for the pupils and their teachers would keep the children within the school compound during school and also prevent them from water borne diseases.
He had also noted that Airtel in all its activities has continued to strive not only in “providing world class telecommunications experience for customers, but also endeavour to support the social, economic development of communities in which it operates.”
“In Airtel, we are passionate about partnering with organisations to improve the society. That is why our CSR initiative is committed to adoption of government owned primary schools nationwide,” he said.