- No fewer than 5,000 of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) would receive palliatives during the yelutide season
- The gesture is give a sense of belonging to the IDPs and enable them celebrate Chrismas in a joyous manner
- The programme would empower the vulnerable and underprivileged during this season
In the spirit of Christmas and the new year, leading telecommunications services provider, Airtel Nigeria, has announced the commencement of the distribution of palliatives to five thousand persons across five Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camps in the country.
Legit.ng reports that the programme is part of the 2020 edition of its annual ‘5 Days of Love’ yuletide initiative.
Speaking during a virtual press conference, the managing director and chief executive officer of the company, Segun Ogunsanya, said despite the pandemic and a difficult year, Airtel would continue its long-standing tradition of celebrating and empowering the vulnerable and underprivileged during yuletide.
“Our resolve to Nigeria and Nigerians is unshakeable. Despite a difficult year, we are committed to making lives better for many Nigerians and we will not rest on our laurels as we will continue to create opportunities for underprivileged Nigerians.
“We believe little things can make a difference and as we continue to support the vulnerable and the underprivileged in our society, events will take a positive turn. At Airtel, we believe that to be great, we must first be good. It is in this spirit that we have chosen to celebrate this Yuletide with underprivileged and underserved persons across the country,” he said.
Ogunsanya said there would be distribution food palliative packs to 5,000 vulnerable families in IDP camps across the country, adding that 1,000 palliative packs would be distributed to select IDP camps in five cities across the country over a period of five days.
He noted that the distribution would be concluded on Wednesday, December 23, at the Abbari YBC camp in Yobe state, and likewise in Kaduna state at the Sabin Tasha camp, just in time for Christmas.
Ogunsanya also assured that Airtel would continue to collaborate and partner with the government in the ongoing fight against coronavirus, noting that the fight against the dreaded virus is not over yet.
He further stressed:
“Although I do not like throwing figures, we expended over N1.97Bn providing relief for Nigerians during the lockdown and at the height of the pandemic. My colleagues, from their pockets, donated N20m to provide relief materials for indigent persons during the lockdown.
“We also donated N50m each to the Lagos state government and the Ogun state overnment in their fight against COVID-19. We are currently renovating an Infectious Disease Centre at the Lagos State University and we have committed N200m to the project."
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that Mallpai Foundation, a non-governmental organisation, empowered about 6,000 Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in New Kuchingoro community, Abuja.
It was reported that organisers of the event told Legit.ng that the effort was made in order to mitigate the ripple effects of the Covid-19 Pandemic on the internally displaced persons in the Federal Capital Territory.
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