Lagos - Airtel Nigeria on Monday said it
had adopted five public primary schools in the country under its "Adopt-a-School" Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) programme.
This was contained in a statement signed by the Chief
Executive Officer of Airtel, Mr Segun Ogunsanya, and made available to the News
Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos.
NAN reports that the schools are Iyeru-Okin Primary School
I, Offa, Kwara; Oremeji Primary School II, Ajegunle, Lagos; and St. John’s
Primary School, Oke-Agbo, Ijebu-Igbo, Ogun.
Others are Community Primary School, Amumara, Imo; and
Presbyterian Primary School, Ediba, Cross River.
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Ogunsanya said specifically that Airtel renovated the blocks
of classrooms at Iyeru-Okin Primary School 1, Offa, donated toilet facilities
as well as a borehole.
He said this was in addition to donation of 400 school bags,
1,400 note books, 400 uniforms and packs of pen among other items.
Ogunsanya said the company recognises the interest of the
state government in uplifting the standard of education in Kwara and was
pleased to partner with the government and people of the state.
He said education remains the bedrock of development, adding
that the best place to start was at the formative stage of children.
Ogunsanya noted that the Federal Government had taken
various initiatives in this direction but had often not reached out to the
poorest section of the society.
"Airtel is committed to enriching the lives of key
stakeholders in the communities it operates and it will continue to create
opportunities to uplift underprivileged kids through its various CSR
"In recognition of the role education plays in the
development of a country, Airtel Nigeria has decided, as part of our CSR
vision, to adopt Iyeru-Okin Primary School.
"Under our Adopt-a-School programme, we adopt
government-owned schools located in poor, rural/semi urban communities and
either rehabilitate or rebuild them, as the case may be,’’ Ogunsanya said.