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Ogun scholars receive free eye treatment

09 April 2014, 09:40Henry Ifeanyi

Lagos - Hundreds of schoolchildren and teachers and in Ogun State have benefited from a free eye-screening exercise a local mobile network operator has sponsored.

A total of 567 pupils, 32 teachers and about 25 people from the community were examined by the team of medical experts.

The exercise is carried out under the auspices of the Airtel Adopt-a-School Corporate Social Responsibility proramme.

In continuation of the programme the Airtel Goodwill Ttrain made its stop at St. John’s Anglican Primary School, Oke-Agbo, Ijebu-Igbo, Ogun State where hundreds of pupils, teachers, and people from the State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) and community leaders turned out in numbers to participate and witness the exercise.

Airtel Nigeria officials said the company had further contributed to the development of the locality through its social interventions at the school and the rest of the communities in which it is situated.

The local monarch hailed the initiative.

“We thank the management and staff of Airtel for their love for children. As we know, children of today are leaders of tomorrow. Airtel acknowledges this fact that is why it has decided to perform this eye screening exercise for the pupils of this school. I thank Airtel Nigeria for what you have done and I wish the company greater heights,” Otunba Augustine Olufemi Asegbe said.

Education Secretary, Ijebu-North Local Government, Alhaja Mistura Balogun, commended Airtel Nigeria for touching the lives of pupils, teachers and pupils in the local government, saying other companies should emulate the telco in touching lives.

“Airtel has been part of the family for improving the lot of teachers and families in the local government. The truth is that some children come from humble background and so could not afford the regular health check-up. There are some diseases that affect the eyes; if care is not taken it could lead to blindness at a very early stage. And some parents are ignorant of this. Some might even feel it resulted from spiritual attack. So, this initiative is coming at a right time to prevent, cure and rescue the children from eye diseases. I pray that God continues to strengthen Airtel,” she said.

The CSR initiative is coming on the heels of similar exercises carried out recently at its adopted schools in Umumara, Imo State and Ediba in Cross Rivers State.

– CAJ News

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