Head, Community Service, Lagos Mainland, Kunle Balogun; Baale, Ilaje Community, Chief Oladipupo Arowoloju; Director, Entreprise Business, Airtel Nigeria, Tawa Bolarin; Agency Secretary, Lagos State AIDS Control Agency (LSACA), Femi Agbesanwa and Head, Project, Lagos State AIDS Control Agency (LSACA), Dr. Oladipupo Fisher at the Airtel/LSACA HIV/AIDS awareness outreach in Ilaje Community recently.
Residents of the Ilaje community in Costain area of Lagos State have hailed leading telecommunication services provider, Airtel Nigeria for its efforts in the control and prevention of HIV/AIDS in the area.
This commendation was made by the residents in December 2016 when the telco rolled out its HIV/AIDS awareness campaign outreach in the area.
Airtel Nigeria in partnership with the Lagos State AIDS Control Agency (LSACA) embarked on a community-wide awareness campaign in Ilaje to sensitize the residents and educate them on HIV/AIDS, provide free testing and counselling as well as distribute medications and relief materials to members of the community.
With over 80 testers and counsellors on hand to attend to the community, the elated residents turned out en masse to benefit from this awareness campaign which is aimed at preserving the lives of members of the community.
Lanre Babalola, a resident of Ilaje community hailed the smartphone network for remembering his community. “I am very happy that Airtel is in our community today because it feels good to be giving service to a community that is less serviced. Things like this rarely happen for us here and today Airtel has put a smile on our faces.”
Another resident Bishop Okoro said: “I love Airtel because they have remembered little people like us who live in this area. We at Ilaje are usually forgotten but today a large corporate organisation like Airtel Nigeria has remembered us.”
Also speaking at the event, the Baale of Ilaje community, Chief Oladipupo Arowojolu noted that the community has a health challenge and Airtel in partnership with LSACA have come to their aid. Arowojolu said: “Health is wealth and with this HIV/AIDS awareness we are given a chance at a better and healthier life. With Airtel’s help, Ilaje and Otubara community will pursue good health in order to preserve the lives of members of our community.”
As a reputable corporate organisation, Airtel Nigeria is committed to improving the lives of Nigerians by creating a better, healthier and more prosperous society, where everyone will be treated equally as well as respected irrespective of their status, social class and location.