The Nation (Nigeria)
‘Airtel committed to building communities’
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.