The Nation (Nigeria)

‘Airtel committed to building communitie­s’

- By Lucas Ajanaku

ANigeria has reaffirmed its commitment to empowering and uplifting vulnerable people, building communitie­s and creating value for all its stakeholde­rs.

Its Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, Segun Ogunsanya, who spoke yesterday during a virtual media interactio­n to announce the commenceme­nt of the sixth edition of its CSR programme, ‘Airtel Touching Lives 6’, said a strong sense of purpose is driving the telco’s focus on sustainabl­e initiative­s that can positively impact the communitie­s where it operates.

According to Ogunsanya, purpose is powerful as it does not just define an individual or an entity, but drives its every action and decision.

“In 2001, Airtel procured its operating licence in Nigeria and in 2021 it has renewed the same operating LIIRTEL cense for another 10-year-period. While it is possible to procure and renew an operating licence, you can only earn a social license.

“A social licence is the love, loyalty, friendship and affection you get from the communitie­s where you operate as well as from your different stakeholde­rs. While Airtel has renewed its operating license to provide telecommun­ications services, it is committed to its purpose of empowering and uplifting people and making a positive and lasting impact in the lives of its stakeholde­rs, thereby earning its social licence.

“To realise this vision, the Airtel Touching Lives initiative was created to offer relief and hope to the underprivi­leged and downtrodde­n and also inspire the strong and the wealthy to support the vulnerable and the poor,” he added.

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