Airtel Returns with Touching Lives Season 2 …Pledges to transform more Lives with ground-breaking initiative

After recording monumental success with the maiden edition of its revolutionary CSR initiative, Airtel Touching Lives, leading telecoms operator, Airtel Nigeria, has announced the commencement of the second edition of the initiative, which has been described by many as a ground-breaking approach to Corporate Social Investment.

The Airtel Touching Lives is focused on empowering, uplifting and creating life-changing opportunities for underprivileged individuals, communities and groups in the Nigerian society.

Speaking at an event held on Wednesday (August 5th) in Ikoyi, Lagos, to mark the commencement of the second edition, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Airtel Nigeria, Mr. Segun Ogunsanya, said the telco is rolling out the second edition of the revolutionary programme based on the monumental successes recorded with the first edition.

According to him, Airtel went the length and breadth of the country, last year, scouting for people who needed help and for causes to support, noting that “the journey yielded great results as we touched the lives of many Nigerians.

He also noted that the Airtel Touching Lives initiative marks a significant milestone in the company’s history of CSR interventions just as it perfectly aligns with the telco’s vision of connecting Nigerians to their dreams, enriching lives, uplifting people and creating prosperity for the people and communities we serve.

“At Airtel, we believe that for us to be a great company we must be a good company and we are very much committed to earning our social license – the love and acceptance of the people we serve, “he said.

The Season One of the Airtel Touching Lives featured 26 emotion-evoking stories, which brought to limelight the commitment and kind-heartedness of Airtel in uplifting the conditions of underprivileged people across the Nigerian society.

Anchored by popular On-Air-Personality, Wana Udobang, the 13 episode programme, which aired on satellite and terrestrial TV stations in Nigeria and across Africa, was followed by millions of people.

The Touching Lives initiative is structured in a unique fashion that allows Nigerians to nominate disadvantaged persons who are in need of care or special interventions. Entries can be sent in via SMS, phone calls to the short code 947 or via email to: touchinglives@ng.airtel.com.

Also, nomination letters not more than 1000 words can also be submitted at Airtel Showrooms, shops and dealers’ outlets nationwide. Interested people can also go to Airtel Facebook page and Airtel CSR/Touching Lives web page for further information.

The event was attended by several dignitaries including Innocent Chukwuma, Country Representative, Ford Foundation; Reginald Ihejiahi, former Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer, Fidelity Bank and Member, Airtel CSR Advisory Committee; Yemi Cardoso, Chairman, Citi Bank and Member, Airtel CSR Advisory Committee and Mrs. Laja Adedoyin, Heart of Gold Children’s Hospice among other guests.

Select members of the Airtel Executive Council that graced the occasion were Director of Corporate Communications & CSR, Emeka Oparah; Chief Sales Officer, Godfrey Efeurhobo; Director of Legal & Company Secretary, Gbenga Rotimi; Human Resources Director, Gbemiga Owolabi; Director of Strategy & Performance Management, Tenu Awonoor; Director of Supply Chain Management, Ragvendra Gupta and Director of Information Technology, Rhajat Jain.

Renowned African artiste, 2face Idibia and popular dancehall artiste, Patoranking also added colour to the occasion.

4 Comments

  1. Airtel Nigeria has really touched lives in its CSR Initiatives, especially Airtel Touching Lives. I pray Season 2 will be a huge success!

  2. Airtel,truelly are touching lives of thousands of Nigerians ! but my question is,is't only in entertainment industries alone ? because i wanted to emback on a training in oil and gas,and Enterprenueship training ! pls can airtel do for me,even in returns.

  3. Airtel has really amaze me with this huge initiative, just heard about this on radio and I felt I should be considered. Presently I work with ikoyi obalende local government with three kids that I need to pay their school fees any moment from now , really hope Airtel could assist me to get them back to school.

  4. 5 January 2018


    The Chief Executive
    Touching Lives
    Airtel Nigeria Limited
    LAGOS


    My dear sir,

    REQUEST FOR FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE
    SUIT NO. NICN/410/2016 - NOTICE OF APPEAL

    I am 54 and a pensioner. I was thrown into the labour market by the Central Bank of Nigeria's policy for bank recapitalisation and consolidation of 2005 and my employer, Afribank International Limited (Merchant Bankers) (in dissolution) provided for its staff who shall be affected by its dissolution.

    However, Afribank Nigeria PLC, which took over its operations declined to pay my severance benefit and I approached a Lagos High Court in 2006 to seek redress. Arising from the amendment carried out on the Nigerian 1999 Constitution in 2011, exclusive jurisdiction was granted to the National Industrial Court to handle all labour related cases and my matter was dismissed for lack of jurisdiction in May 2013.

    My lawyers approached the National Industrial Court in June 2016 but on 8 March 2017, the judge dismissed my suit again on the ground that there was no evidence before the court that the matter had been previously handled by a Lagos High Court.

    I solicited the intervention of the Office of Public Defender in the Ministry of Justice of Lagos State to appeal this decision and a notice of appeal was filed on my behalf on 2 June 2017. However, I was being asked to pay NGN43,000 (Forty-three thousand Naira) to the Industrial Court in order to make photocopies in compiling documents that the Court of Appeal will consider. I understand that the documents run up to 200 pages and all the 21 judges that sit at the Court of Appeal shall get a copy each. I attach photocopies of my complaint letter to the Office of Public Defender for your perusal.

    I had spent all I have and could not raise this money hence I write to appeal to you personally and to your organisation to please come to my aid so I could obtain justice and my deserved benefit. Sir, I desire the assistance of kind-hearted people like you at this moment of my life so I can scale over this hurdle. Please show me mercy by helping me raise this fund and pulling me out of this challenge.

    The fund could be paid directly to the National Industrial Court quoting the case file as enumerated above and with a receipt, my lawyer shall be in a position to follow the process through. Alternative, if I receive the fund, it will be used for the purpose for which you had appropriated it with great appreciation. Please help me, sir.

    I maintain Account 0055728499 with Union Bank and my account name is David Caleb Olubukun.

    The lawyer assigned to my matter at the Office of Public Defender is Mr Mike Chigozie Ohamuo who could be reached on 0906 208 2702 and 0803 400 5639.


    I shall appreciate every assistance rendered to me on this matter. Thank you for your anticipated prompt attention.

    Yours faithfully,

    (SIGNED)



    Caleb O David

    16 Muyideen Street, Aga, Ikorodu, Lagos

    Tel: 0817 482 7312


    Enc

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