Wednesday, June 25, 2008

MTN rounds off 21-day Y’ello Care

THE second edition of MTN 21 days of Y’ello Care, came to an end over the weekend with pomp as children and adults alike were treated to a nice time at the Lagoon Restaurant, in Lagos, reports CHARLES OKOH.

Speaking during the grand finale of the occasion, Corporate Services Executive, MTN, Mrs. Amina Oyagbola, said the event provided platform to demonstrate leadership in selflessness and social responsiveness.

She said the Y’ello Care focused principally on three important areas, education, health and economic empowerment, stating that the MTN Foundation has added value to the lives of people across the nation during the period.

Oyagbola said MTN places high premium in corporate social responsibility which was why it set up a foundation in 2005 with the aim of putting smiles on the faces of the less privileged in the society.

The SchoolsConnect, she said, provides hundreds of young people the opportunity to benefit from digital learning via special computer laboratories, which it has established in 49 different secondary schools across the nation.

She equally said that in the area of health, the foundation is helping to curb the spread of HIV/AIDS pandemic by providing succor to thousands of people living with the dreaded infection, as well as providing model housing scheme which provides opportunities for the homeless to own a house.

Mrs. Oyagbola said during the exercise, which was organized exclusively by staff of the company, orphanages, prisons, homes of the elderly where visited, tips on road safety and safe driving were shared with drivers while market places were cleaned as well as expertise shared on managing small and medium scale enterprises.

In his goodwill message, the Executive Director of Human Resources, Chief Victor Odili, thanked the staff for organizing the exercise, adding that the company appreciates the fact that human resources is the major resources for success.

On her part, Mrs. Foyinsola Oyebola, who led the team, said MTN Nigeria is poised to retaining the 1st position it got in 2007 among the 21 countries that participated.

She said the exercise called for sacrifice beyond the normal call of duty as schools were visited, the less privileged were beneficiaries of donation from MTN staff and other well-meaning corporate organizations who collaborated with the telco during the exercise.

The event saw the Lagos Para-soccer Players Association, Light of Hope Orphanage, Kanu Heart Foundation and Heart of Gold Hospice receiving N250,000 each while the Dyslexia Association got N50,000.

Outstanding staff during the exercise also got awards in recognition of their sterling performance.

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