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Thursday, January 23, 2014

Adopted School: Airtel lifts Abi School with borehole in Cross River

Telecommunications service provider, Airtel Nigeria, has lifted the Presbyterian Primary School 2, Ediba in Abi Local Government Area of Cross Rivers State, as part of its adopted school programme by donation of a borehole, reports NaijaAgroNet.

Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of Airtel Nigeria, Mr. Segun Ogunsanya, who was represented by the company’s Zonal Business Manager, South East Region, Onyekwucha Ikezu, told NaijaAgroNet that the donation comes barely six months after the telecom operator donated ultra-modern block of classrooms to the adopted school as part of its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiative tagged ‘Adopt-a-School.’

He also told NaijaAgroNet that in addition to the borehole which will provide safe and clean drinking water for teachers and pupils of the school, Airtel Nigeria also provided educational materials includingexercise books, note books, school bags and uniforms to pupils of the Presbyterian Primary School 2.

The borehole and educational materials were presented to the staff and pupils of the school in the presence of the Permanent Secretary for Education, Mrs Anna Odey who represented the Commissioner of Education, Prof. Effiong E. Effiong,senior officials from the Ministry of Education and the traditional ruler of Ediba, HRH Ovai George Egbe, OvaiOsai 1 of Ediba.

It would be recalled that Airtel Nigeria in July last year donated an ultra-modern block of classrooms to the adopted school.  The transformation of the school by Airtel Nigeria was a development that brought joy to the pupils and teachers of Presbyterian Primary School.

Responding, Mrs Odey on behalf of the Cross Rivers’ State Government expressed great appreciation for the support the state has been receiving from Airtel Nigeria and urged other corporate organisations to take a cue from the company and join in the development of their operating environment.

The Head Teacher of the school, whose address was read by Master Flavour Johnson-a primary four pupil, stated with nostalgia how Airtel has made the school the first of its kind in Abi local Government with modern facilities creating a serene environment which has stimulated effective learning.

She further informed the audience that one of the pupils came second position in the 2012 read and write competition across the state.

Isaac Oyimah/GEE

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Pix: Mrs Odey cutting the tape.

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