From Victor Seyi, Ilorin
Airtel Telecommunication Ltd has completed the renovation of three blocks of eight classrooms with three offices at the Iyeru Okin Primary School, Offa,Offa Local Government area of Kwara State.
The completed projects included the installation of lighting system, ceiling fans, borehole water supply with overhead tank,43 sets of table for pupils, eight set of tables for teachers,400 school uniforms and school bags for pupils.
The Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer (MD\CEO) Airtel, Mr Segun Ogunsanya, speaking during the official commissioning of the project at the weekend in Offa, said the company decided to embark on the projects in recognition of the role education
play in the development of a country.
The project, which was tagged ” Airtel’s adopted school, according to Ogunsanya was part of the company Corporate Social Responsibility vision for the Iyeru-Okin Primary school Offa.
The Airtel chief, who was represented by Mr Godfrey Eferebe, said Iyeru-Okin Primary school in Offa would join other Airtel adopted primary schools spread across Nigeria, namely Oremeji Primary school II, Ajegunle, Lagos State, St. John’s Primary School, Oke-Agbo, Ijebu-Igbo, Ogun state; Community Primary Schools, Amumara, Imo and Presbyterian Primary school, Ediba,Cross River State.
“Over the years, Airtel has brought notable transformation to these schools by providing ultra-modern blocks of classrooms, borehole for portable water, classroom furniture and also donating items such as uniforms, bags and educational materials like books, textbooks and pens on yearly basis.
“Last year, hundreds of pupils and teachers benefited from the Airtel free eye screening exercises conducted in the adopted schools.”
He added that several teachers in these schools have been trained by Airtel
in collaboration with their State Universal Basic Education Board(SUBEB).
While commending the efforts of Airtel, the Kwara State
Governor, Abdulfatah Ahmed, who was represented by Alhaji Lamidi Alabi,a
permanent secretary at the Ministry of Education, Science and Human
Capital Development urged other corporate organisations to emulate
Airtel to develop the country.
“Apart from ensuring that our children study in a more conducive atmosphere, the forthcoming projects will boost the informal sector, stimulate jobs and economic activities across the state,” Ahmed said.