Photo: L-R: Chioma Okolie, Lead, Corporate Social Responsibility; Emeka Oparah, Vice President, Corporate Communications & Corporate Social Responsibility; Erhumu Bayagbon, Head, Public Relations and Olusina Adegoke, Regional Operations Director, Lagos Region all of Airtel Nigeria at the Airtel Touching Lives Season 6 Media Launch in Lagos.
Leading telecommunications services provider, Airtel Nigeria, has reaffirmed its commitment to empowering and uplifting vulnerable people, building communities and creating value for all its stakeholders as it announces the commencement of the sixth edition of its flagship CSR intervention, ‘Airtel Touching Lives 6’
Speaking in Lagos on Wednesday, 14th July, during a media launch of ‘Airtel Touching Lives 6’, Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, Airtel Nigeria, Segun Ogunsanya, said a strong sense of purpose is driving Airtel Nigeria’s relentless focus on sustainable initiatives that can positively impact the various communities where it operates in.
According to Ogunsanya, purpose is powerful as it does not just define an individual or an entity, but drives its every action and decision. “A social license is the love, loyalty, friendship and affection you get from the communities where you operate as well as from your different stakeholders.
Airtel 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 license.
“To realize 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.”
The Airtel CEO also noted that Airtel Touching Lives 6 will continue to focus on the overall philosophy of the programme while taking cognizance of key events such as the global pandemic that has made life difficult for many people.
“In the last 16 months, our lives have dramatically changed with Covid-19 and its many variants and waves. In our approach for Season 6, we will pay attention to Covid-19 but we will also focus on education and other areas and we will not deviate from seeking out indigent and medically challenged persons who desperately need help,” he said.
Ogunsanya urged the public to be part of the initiative by nominating projects, persons and communities that require support.
According to him, “the nomination process is simple. Once you nominate an individual or cause, our team will review and assess the situation and determine if a follow-up visit will be required. The public can nominate individuals or projects in their communities by dialling 367 or by sending an SMS to the Shortcode, 367. Also mail can be sent to email@example.com ”.
Currently in its 6th Season, Airtel Touching Lives is Airtel Nigeria’s flagship corporate philanthropy initiative aimed at providing succor to the underprivileged, hard to reach, vulnerable and disadvantaged in the society.
Airtel Touching Lives takes the format of a reality television show, allowing the public to nominate causes, communities and underprivileged persons/people with special needs. Airtel thereafter evaluates and selects the causes to support and the activities are filmed and broadcasted on terrestrial and satellite television stations with the aim of inspiring other corporate organizations as well as well-meaning individuals to join in supporting the weak across society.
Airtel Touching Lives is about real people, real stories and the real effort of a corporate organization to uplift the needy and underprivileged, emancipating thousands from the shackles of poverty, despair and hopelessness.
Through the programme, Airtel has refurbished an ICT centre for a large community, built modern water borehole systems for large communities, refurbished cancer centers, refurbished a Library for Blind people, rehabilitated an IDP Camp clinic facility, set up small scale trade for underprivileged persons, paid medical bills of underprivileged children and women and flown many persons abroad for treatment, among others.
Bossbus Technologies Partners Jim Iyke On New Movie
L-R: CEO, Bossbus; Oluwatobi Johnson Fakayode, Actor and Movie Producer; Jim Iyke and Chairman, Board of Directors, Bossbus; Felix Achibiri at a Bossbus press conference in Lagos recently.
Revolutionary transport technology company, Bossbus has announced a partnership with Nollywood Actor and Movie Producer, Jim Iyke for his debut production and film, Bad Comments.
This partnership, one of the many projects Bossbus plans to take part in this year, is focused on providing safe luxury transport tech services to Sixth Sense as they drive home the message of the movie, Bad Comments.
While speaking at a press conference after signing a contract with Bossbus in Lagos, Jim Iyke expressed his love for the brand. In his remarks, he stated that “Bossbus is like family. This union goes way beyond the call of business. We will take Bossbus to the next level because I don’t see any better brand to partner with asides from this one.”
For Bossbus, the relationship with the entertainment industry is the beginning of a new journey. Addressing pressmen on the collaboration, CEO, Bossbus; Oluwatobi Johnson Fakayode explained that the transport tech company will be promoting the movie and the entertainment industry due to the latter’s ability to showcase Nigeria’s innovation to the world.
He stated that “The entertainment industry is the biggest ambassador of Nigerian innovation and tech industry.”
Reflecting on Bossbus’ connection to the Nollywood Actor, Mr Fakayode said, “There’s no other person that depicts the image of a ‘Boss’ rather than Jim Iyke. Jim Iyke is a very humble and forward-thinking man and there’s intermediation between our services and the movie. We’re very proud to be associated with him and Sixth Sense.”
Bossbus has been at the forefront of transforming the transport and technology industry with its integrated charter services, ride-hailing or fleet optimization program that provides safe, reliable, affordable and comfortable commuting experiences for its many customers.
The tech company’s mandate is not just to aggregate the majority of underserved sectors of the transportation industry like the vehicle, water, boat and air charter and rental services but to uplift the tech ecosystem by providing and promoting growth for technology developers and experts, especially in Nigeria.
ALAT by Wema Targets Young Nigerians With Wealth Management Talk Series
Nigeria’s leading digital bank, ALAT by Wema, on Thursday, July 15, 2021 hosted the first edition of its Talk Series. The session which was held on the social networking application Clubhouse was themed, “Wealth Creation and Wealth Management for Nigerians Under 30.”
The session was moderated by personal finance guru, Tosin Olaseinde with the Chief Digital Officer Of Wema Bank, Olusegun Adeniyi, and Popular Nigerian Vlogger, Sisi Yemmie as speakers.
The ALAT Talk Series is one of the many ways the bank is showing support for young Nigerians across the country – and at this first session, they provided an opportunity to discuss key issues such as money and finance, as well as business management, and entrepreneurship.
For Tosin, her foray into the promotion of financial literacy began when she kept getting broke despite earning a considerable wage. Yemisi Odusanya, popularly known as Sisi Yemmie on the other hand was able to monetise her skills and things she loves doing. Now, she is a renowned vlogger making money from her vlogs, meal plans, and recipes.
On his part, Olusegun Adeniyi shed more light on the role of the fintech industry in empowering young Nigerians. He also elaborated on ALAT by Wema’s role in supporting young Nigerians through various youth-focused initiatives. ALAT and Wema have jointly provided advisory services for small and medium scale enterprises through loans and other business support initiatives. “ALAT is truly with its customers all the way. Recently, we opened an SME school to aid the growth of SMEs in the ecosystem. We have our customers and the youths at heart and we will further support them in our capacity.“
Funmilayo Falola, Head, Marketing, Corporate Communications and Investor Relations, Wema Bank commented on the bank’s decision to Launch a talk series targeted at young Nigerians. “As part of our commitment to continually support young Nigerians in their endeavours, we have decided to host this Clubhouse session. As a brand, ALAT by Wema strongly believes in the need to invest in young people who will in due time become seasoned professionals and experts in their respective fields. We are supporting them with capacity building initiatives, and programmes that will empower them,” she said.
According to a report published by the National Bureau of Statistics, 33.3% of Nigerians are unemployed. This means that about one-third of Nigerian youths are unable to find jobs. Sessions like the ALAT Talk series are essential to give young Nigerians a safe platform to discuss entrepreneurship, money management, and other issues that can help in bridging the employment gap and fostering innovative ideas to ease the heavy financial burden on Nigerians.
Danbatta, Others Extol Retired Deputy Director, Jerry Ugwu
The Executive Vice Chairman of Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta and other staff of the Commission, have commended the dedication, hard work and outstanding work ethics demonstrated by Jerry Ugwu, a Deputy Director, who recently retired from the service of the Commission.
Ugwu, a seasoned lawyer who has been described by all as a role model to many staff members of the Commission, exited the telecoms regulatory agency, at the mandatory retirement age of 60 years.
He joined NCC in 2010 as Chief of Staff in the office of the Executive Vice Chairman and has moved through the ranks, culminating in his last-held position as Head, Legal Registry Unit in the Legal and Regulatory Services (LRS) Department of the Commission,
Speaking at the valedictory session organised by the Commission in his honour in Abuja recently, Danbatta described the celebrant as a dedicated and exemplary staff with excellent work ethics.
Represented by NCC’s Executive Commissioner, Stakeholder Management, Adeleke Adewolu, Danbatta said Ugwu made significant impact in various capacities where he served in the Commission, adding that his dedication to work and gentleman posture are well acknowledged by Management.
“Jerry Ugwu is a pleasant personality; reserved but resourceful. He is a gentleman who is contented and has served the Commission creditably in the past one decade. We, therefore, wish you happy retirement,” Danbatta said.
Earlier in her opening address, Director, LRS, Josephine Amuwa, said Ugwu had “served meritoriously in various capacities over the years and contributed his quota to the growth of the telecoms sector.” She said Jerry’s great personal attributes, such as his analytical skills, deep understanding of the Law, devotion and dedication to work will stand him in good stead in his future endeavours, saying that all the staff of Legal and Regulatory Services Department, will surely miss him, particularly his calm disposition to work.
“This is a day of celebration not only for all you have accomplished but also for all the possibilities that will be unfolding before you. Congratulations! We pray that the Almighty God give you the wisdom and strength needed to fulfill all your personal aspirations, post-retirement. Enjoy the new chapter of your life and enjoy being your own boss; say ‘Goodbye!’ to tension and ‘Hello!’ to your pension,” she added.
In his remarks, Ugwu thanked the Commission for the opportunity given to him to serve his country and also appreciated his colleagues for orgainsing a befitting retirement. “I am humbled to hear all these good comments that have been said about me and I am grateful to all of you for organising this valedictory party in my honour,” he said.
The valediction was attended both physically and virtually by senior management staff including NCC’s Executive Commissioner, Technical Services, Ubale Maska; directors, deputy directors, assistant directors and other members of staff of the Commission, as well as family members. They took turns to rain encomiums on the celebrant and wished well in retirement.
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