Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, the Governor of Lagos State, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, and the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Mr Isa Ibrahim (Patanmi), have commended the corporate philanthropic programme of Airtel Nigeria.
Osinbajo, Sanwo-Olu and Patanmi gave the commendation in their speeches at the unveiling of Airtel Touching Lives Season 5 in Lagos on Saturday night.
The Vice-President described the work of socially-conscious organisations like Airtel as vital in “bridging the huge gap between what government can do and what is left to be done.”
“So, as you celebrate the fifth year of this programme, we congratulate you and pray for all members of the Airtel team and their families that as you have shown such great kindness to many, you will always find help and kindness,” he said.
Sanwo-Olu said other successful organisations should take a cue from Airtel, adding, “Government cannot do it all; that is why organisations like Airtel have seen that they need to work with us and not behind us.
“As partners, we work for the greater good of the citizens of Nigeria. Airtel has been going out of its way to really touch lives.”
The minister described the initiative as important, very motivational and highly commendable.
He said, “I commend Airtel for this initiative. As I was briefed, this is part of its corporate social responsibility. The beauty of having wealth is to touch other people’s lives positively.
“When a company has a good CSR, there are many benefits it will get. Number one, it will gain brand recognition. Secondly, it improves the reputation of that company. What Airtel has been doing will go a long way in catapulting their reputation. Thirdly, it improves their image; customers will be loyal to the company that has been touching people’s lives positively. I am highly motivated and I encourage Airtel to continue on the same track.”