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Airtel commended for Role in Educational Development

…Gets CSR Awards
By Bharti Airtel
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Leading Telecommunications Services provider, Airtel Nigeria has been commended for its pioneering role in the delivery of quality education to underprivileged children in the country.

According to an advocacy and communications Group, AS+A Communications, Airtel Nigeria has consistently maintained a single-minded focus in initiating a robust Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) programme that has transformed the lives of several under-privileged children in Nigeria.

The group also honoured Airtel with a CSR Awards for Excellence& Exhibition, stating that the Telco operator has been providing important support for the improvement of the educational sector as well as empowering children from poor homes with quality education.

At an event held in Port Harcourt, recently (February 24th, 2012), the organizers of the event said Airtel took a significant step, last year, when it launched its Adopt-a-School programme and, in record time, completed and commissioned its first adopted School, Oremeji Primary School 2, Ajegunle, Lagos.

Speaking at the occasion, the Managing Director of AS+A Communications, Mrs. Adenike Shobayo thanked Airtel for rendering invaluable assistance to under privileged children just as she also urged the Telco Operator to continue in its quest to providing quality education for more Nigerian children.

“While we note Airtel's significant contribution to the educational sector especially with the recent commissioning of Oremeji Primary School 2, we urge other companies to follow in their footsteps in partnering the relevant governmental authorities for the delivery of quality education to our children. Airtel has done extremely well in the area of education and have also taken some bold steps to give back to the Nigerian society. They really deserve to be commended for their fine works,” she said.

Commenting on the award, the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Airtel Nigeria, Rajan Swaroop said the company has a single-minded strategy of creating educational opportunities for under-privileged children across the country.

Speaking further on the award, Swaroop who was represented by the Regional Operations Director, South Region, Godfrey Efeurhobo said: “This is another positive development and it lends credence to our commitment towards contributing to the realization of a sustainable society. This is also a testimony to the fact that Nigerians are forming a closer bond with the Airtel brand. We will continue to strive in excellence as we seek to realize our vision of becoming the most loved brand in the daily lives of Nigerians”.

At the occasion, the Chairman of Airtel Nigeria, Oba Otudeko as well as the MD and CEO, Rajan Swaroop, was also honored with Awards of Excellence for their outstanding contributions to the society through the creation of value with innovative technologies, products and services.