Saturday, 7 November 2015

Airtel Provides Relief for internally Displaced Persons in Nigeria …Backs Group to Raise Funds for IDPs

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L-R: Femi Adeniran, Head, PR, Airtel Nigeria; Remi Abere, Project Ambassador, Climb with Remi and Hon. Abike Dabiri-Erewa, participant/climber; and Debo Laditan, participant/climber; at Climb with Remi press conference in partnership with Airtel Nigeria, on November 7, 2015 in Lagos
In its continued efforts at providing succour and relief to internally displaced people across the country, leading telecoms services provider, Airtel Nigeria, has announced the sponsorship of an initiative tagged ‘Climb with Remi,’ aimed at raising funds to care for internally displaced people (IDP) in Nigeria.

Under the programme, a group of six passionate Nigerian women have decided to climb the highest mountain in Africa, Mount Kilimanjaro, as part of activities to attract global attention and raise funds in support of government’s efforts at improving the living conditions of displaced women and children in IDP camps across Nigeria.

Backed by Airtel Nigeria, the project is championed by Mrs. Remi Abere, the oldest Nigerian woman to reach the peak of Mt. Kilimanjaro. She is joined by other women including the wife of Ogun State governor, Mrs Funsho Amosu; former member, Federal House of representatives, Hon. Abike Dabiri-Erewa; Mrs. Joke Olanipekun; Mrs. Uzo Nwani and Mrs. Debo Laditan.  
Speaking on the initiative, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Airtel Nigeria, Mr. Segun Ogunsanya, noted that the telco remains committed towards bringing relief and giving hope to internally displaced persons across the country.
L- R: Femi Adeniran, Head, PR, Airtel Nigeria, Remi Abere, Project Ambassador, Climb with Remi and Hon. Abike Dabiri-Erewa, participant/climber; at the press conference of Climb with Remi, sponsored by Airtel Nigeria on November 7, 2015 in Lagos.
“Through the ‘Climb with Remi’ intervention, Airtel Nigeria has joined these committed, compassionate and selfless women and mothers on the need to sensitise more Nigerians to give and extend love to underprivileged people including women and children who are victims of unfortunate social menace in our society.
“By defying height and other unfavourable conditions known with climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, these women have shown that as individuals or collective groups we can overcome challenges when we unite,” Mr. Ogunsanya said.
At the press launch of the ‘Climb with Remi’ initiative held at GRA, Ikeja, Mrs. Abere, explained that the group is committed to rehabilitating and reintegrating internally displaced women and children back into the society.
She said, “The decision to climb this mountain is a symbolic gesture on our part to demonstrate our eagerness to attempt to identify with the struggle of these women and children – of their need to ‘climb’ out of despair into hope - to take a stand of solidarity with every step we take towards the peak of this mountain, as a reminder to our family, friends, and fellow Nigerians that whatever hardship they perceive we may experience on the mountain can never compare to the constant emotional and physical struggle that these displaced women and children go through just to eke a living.”
She added that the distribution of procured supplies will be carried out in a responsible and transparent manner; supervised by credible international and local relief organizations.
Joke Olanipekun, volunteer/climer, Climb with Remi; Femi Adeniran, Head, PR, Airtel Nigeria; Abike Dabiri-Erewa, volunteer/ climber, Climb with Remi and Remi Abere, Project Ambassador, Climb with Remi at the press conference of Climb with Remi on November 7, 2015.

Prior to this, Airtel Nigeria has been extending succor to displaced people through donation of items to various IDP camps in Nigeria.
According to the 2014 report by Internally Displaced Monitoring Centre (IDMC) and the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC), it is estimated that there are 3.3 million persons displaced by conflict in Nigeria – the highest number in Africa. In addition to this figure, the number of births recorded at these IDP camps is expected to reach 60, 000 by the end of 2015.
Through concerted efforts of individuals, corporate organisations and governments, the group hope to alleviate the plight of IDPs in Nigeria.

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