The Oba of Benin, Akenzua Eradiauwa I, has tipped Airtel Nigeria for growth and overall success in Edo State even as he welcomed the new brand in the ancient city of Benin.
Expressing confidence subscriber growth of the network, he noted that a number of his subjects are already customers of the mobile operator.
Welcoming Airtel officials to his palace led by the Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Rajan Swaroop, Eradiauwa commended the company for its decision to expand its Corporate Social Oba Responsibility (CSR) programme to the area, particularly for choosing to enhance access to education for the poor.
The traditional ruler equally counseled the company to regularly ensure its products and services are readily available and accessible to the people in Edoland and to employ more people of Benin origin to respectable positions in the organisation.
He pledged support for the company’s operations in the state, the Oba prayed for the continued prosperity of the company and for the new brand to become more entrenched in the hearts of the people.
The Chief Executive Officer of Airtel told the Oba that the visit is part of the mobile operator’s plan to spread the message of its new Airtel brand and to seek the support and prayers of the notable people in the country.
He told Oba that the Airtel team which comprised the Director of Regulatory and Government Affairs, Osondu Nwokoro; Regional Operations Director for Southern Region, Godfrey Efeurhobo; Public Relations Manager, Emmanuel Otokhine, and Regional Sales Manager, Rural and semi-urban, Evelyn Ogbekhilu, among others, choose to visit the Oba as a mark of respect to him and his people and to introduce the new brand to His Royal Majesty.
Swaroop disclosed that Airtel is a big telecommunication service provider in and that it is currently the 5th largest Telco in the world, adding that the company is committed to offering innovative and affordable telephone services.
Tracing the journey of Airtel into Nigeria, he explained that the acquisition of Zain’s operations in Africa in June last year led to the rebranding of the company to Airtel.
While thanking the Oba for the warm reception, Mr. Swaroop expressed confidence that the entry of the new brand will usher in network expansion, affordable tariff, and improved quality of service among others.
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