Lagos - Airtel Nigeria, the telecommunications company, has further pledged its commitment to uplifting education standards in the country through after it helped sink a borehole at a underprivileged school.
The borehole project follows an earlier gesture when the firm donated a block of classrooms and furniture to the St. John's Primary School located at Ijebu Igbo, Ogun State.
Regional Operations Director, Lagos, Bayo Osinowo, noted that Airtel was committed to providing world class telecommunications experience for customers and support for the socio-economic development of communities in which it operates.
“This is the reason why we are here today to officially hand over this borehole to the school authority. In Airtel, we are passionately committed to partnering with government to improve the society. That is why our Corporate Social Responsibility initiative is committed to the adoption of government owned primary schools nationwide,” he said.
He promised that Airtel will continue to empower the school.
John Olusegun Odubela, State Commissioner of Education, Barrister commended the telecoms operator for the donation, saying the initiative was a laudable gesture which would stamp an indelible impression on the school, pupils and the community.
He noted that the partnership between Airtel and Ogun State Universal Basic Education Board had contributed to the development of education sector in the state.
“The Ogun State Government cannot but continue to appreciate Airtel for this laudable Adopt-A-School CSR initiative. This shows the degree of love Airtel has for Ogun State. This complimentary effort of Airtel in the field of education will indeed go a long way to assist in the delivery of a qualitative education in this community,” he said.
He commended Airtel for bring public primary school, especially those in remote locations, at par with the best-run private schools in terms of infrastructure and academic performance, to the benefit of the under-served communities.
Adewale Azeez Oladele, Head Teacher of the school, also expressed appreciation to Airtel for the elevated status the school.
“I really want to thank the management of Airtel for all they have been doing for the pupils and teachers. We now have improved classrooms, note books, text books, uniform and clean water. All these have assisted the pupils to be willing to learn, and teachers as well have good office to work. We express our joy and appreciation at what Airtel has done,” he said.
– CAJ News