Airtel partners Nigerian Police to Boost Security in Lagos
In line with its corporate vision of becoming the most loved brand in the daily lives of Nigerians, one of Nigeria’s leading telecommunications services provider, Airtel Nigeria, has partnered with the Lagos State Police Command to beef up the security of lives and property across the State.
The Telecoms Operator, Wednesday joined the Lagos State Police Command to commission an ultra-modern Police Post in Lekki, Eti-Osa Local Government Area of Lagos.
Aside renovating the police post, Airtel also donated a 20KVA Generator and a brand new Patrol Sports Utility Vehicle as empowerment tools to aid effective policing in the area.
The State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Umar Abubakar Manko mni who was represented by the Deputy Commissioner of Police, Administration, Felix G. Johnson, unveiled the plaque with support from the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Airtel Nigeria, Segun Ogunsanya, top officers of the Lagos Police Command and Residents Association of Lekki.
Speaking at the occasion, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Airtel Nigeria, Segun Ogunsanya, noted that the initiative is in keeping with the company's tradition of impacting positively the communities where it operates its business.
Ogunsanya said, 'As a telecommunications company, we play a key role in building and sustaining relationships. We connect people to their loved ones just as we make business deals happen. We also understand that humans can only share love and close business deals in a peaceful and orderly environment.
The CEO also reiterated the company's commitment to strengthening the partnership with the Nigerian Police Force. According to him, Airtel Nigeria 'has in the past done quite a lot to support the Nigerian Police. At present, we also have quite a few projects with the Nigerian Police. And since policing is an on-going concern, we will continue to partner with the Nigerian Police to protect lives and property in Lagos and the entire country.'
Mr. Ogunsanya also spoke on the commitment of the network to providing Nigerians best telecoms experience with innovative value offerings and products at pocket-friendly tariffs as has been characteristic of the company since it entered the Nigerian telecoms industry three years ago.
In his response, the Commissioner of Police commended Airtel Nigeria for its support to the Lagos Police Command, assuring that the renovated police post, brand new patrol truck and 20 KVA generator will be used optimally.
'I commend Airtel for this fine gesture and I want to assure you that the Police Post Facility and other items donated will be put to good use,' he said.
Also speaking at the occasion, Chairman, Lekki Residents Association, Mr. Wole Akala, thanked Airtel for extending its Corporate Social Responsibility programme to Lekki residents. 'On behalf of the 70,000 permanent residents of Lekki Phase 1, I appreciate the kind gesture of foremost telecommunications services provider, Airtel Nigeria,' he said.
The event was attended by the Regional Operations Director of Airtel Nigeria, Adebayo Osinowo; DPO of Maroko Police Division, CSP Johnson and Mrs. Olubunmi Obagun, Secretary Lekki Residents Association, among others
It would be recalled Airtel Nigeria only recently commissioned a block of classrooms and staff offices at St. John's Primary School, Oke-Agbo, Ijebu-Igbo in Ogun State, being the first phase of the reconstruction work in the school which it adopted mid 2012.
The company has also completed some other multi-million naira school projects in some states in other parts of the country under its Adopt-A-School Corporate Social Responsibility initiative.