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Friday, May 25, 2012

Airtel, GYADI partner on Coal City summit

Airtel CEO, Deepak Srivastava
Mobile telecommunications services provider, Airtel Nigeria is partnering the Global Youth Awareness & Development Initiatives (GYADI), to host the first-ever Information and Communications Technology (ICT) summit focusing on youth empowerment in Enugu tagged CoalCity ICT summit.
The summit with the theme ‘Refocusing Enugu Youth for Sustainable National Development with ICT,’ has been scheduled to hold on Friday, May 25th at the Golden Royal, Independence Layout, Enugu State.
A press statement made available to ITRealms Online by Erhumu Bayagbon of Airtel’s public relations, indicated that its aimed at promoting youth empowerment, educational development and local support for developmental initiatives by individuals, groups, organizations and governmental authorities.
He quoted the Chief Operating Officer and Executive Director, Deepak Srivastava, as saying Airtel is committed to partnering with the government at all levels as well as notable organizations in creating solid platforms for the development of the Nigerian youth. 
He also said, the summit was a clarion call heeded in good time given the current wave of ICT knowledge sweeping across the global community, just as he applauded the organisers for concerted efforts aimed at bridging the existing gap in ICT among the indigenes of the State.
Acquiring ICT knowledge, he said, is no longer an option anymore, adding that it’s basic as the food people eat, the clothes wear and the shelter over peoples’ head.
“The world now runs on ICT. This explains the need for and our interest in promoting ICT-focused knowledge,” he said.
The Chief Operating Officer also stated that Airtel has recorded several milestones in the ICT domain, saying that the company is always in the forefront in delivering innovative products and services such as My Airtel My Offer (MAMO) which runs on a unique ICT platform.
Barely two weeks ago, Airtel Nigeria commissioned the largest data centre in Airtel Africa. The data centre has 20, 000 square feet of equipment space and is to boost seamless network and billing services to its customers. 
It would also be recalled that in the first quarter of this year, Airtel Nigeria rolled out its pan-Nigeria 3. 75G data services across the 36 States of Federation plus the Federal Capital Territory. Airtel currently has the widest coverage and fastest speed of 3.75G network.
According to the organizers, the event will be attended by several dignitaries including the Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu; Governor of Enugu State Sullivan Chime; Chairman, Senate Committee on Communications, Senator Gilbert Nnaji and top Airtel representatives among others.

Remmy Nweke

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