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Telco completes N1.9 billion pledge in fight against COVID-19 pandemic in Nigeria

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A telecommunications firm, Airtel Nigeria, will be spending N300 million to support the fight against COVID-19, being the final part of the N1.9 billion it pledged in April.

Its Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Segun Ogunsanya, said that N200 million would be invested to refurbish and equip a four-storey admission facility for the use of specialist units in the Department of Medicine at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH); N50 million to Lagos State government to procure Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for health workers and N50 million for the procurement of a molecular laboratory to be provided by 54 Gene with the capacity for 300 tests per day for Ogun State.

Ogunsanya, in a statement yesterday, said the donations formed part of activities to mark the 10th anniversary of Airtel in Nigeria.

The CEO, who expressed gratitude of the board, management and members of staff of the organisation to stakeholders in the telecommunications industry, “especially our customers for standing by the company and designating it as the telecoms brand of choice over the years,” noted that the 10-year milestone would not have been possible without the custom and support of the over 50 million loyal and passionate customers.

He also commended the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Malam Isa Ali Pantami, and the Executive Vice Chairman of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Prof. Umar Danbatta, and other regulators for providing leadership and vision in the industry.

Meanwhile, Lagos and Ogun state governors and the LUTH have all expressed their profound appreciation to the telecommunications firm.

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