The board of editors of Leadership Newspaper has named Airtel Nigeria as its “Brand of the Year 2018”.
Erhumu Bayagbon, head, public relations, Airtel Nigeria, disclosed this in a statement on Thursday.
According to the statement, the editors said Airtel was deserving of the honour because it had demonstrated “intense interest and commitment to supporting laudable causes through its corporate social investment initiatives”.
The editors were also quoted as saying Airtel produced some of the best advertisements and value offerings in the industry and the market.
“Leveraging on its award-winning Touching Lives programme, Adopt-a-School initiative and Employee Volunteer Scheme, Airtel has invested massively, within the past years, to assist many communities as well as uplift hundreds of underprivileged people across Nigeria,” the statement read.
“It’s various CSR initiatives have directly impacted thousands of people as well as millions of Nigerians indirectly.”
The award was presented to Airtel Nigeria at the annual event themed “Multiparty Democracy, Stability and Peaceful Elections: Connecting The Dots” at the International Conference Centre, Abuja.
In his acceptance speech, Airtel Nigeria’s chief executive officer, Segun Ogunsanya, who was represented by Muhammad Bashir, regional operations director, north- west, expressed profound appreciation to the board of editors of Leadership Newspaper for creating an independent and highly credible platform to reward excellence.
“Airtel is pleased with this award, especially as it is coming from a well-respected and leading newspaper in Nigeria. Indeed, this recognition bears eloquent testimony to the dedication and hard work of all my colleagues and I must thank them for always choosing to go the extra mile,” Ogunsanya said.
“Most importantly, this award is for all our customers across the country. We are being recognized today because millions of telecoms consumers have not just chosen Airtel but have demonstrated strong loyalty to our brand.”
He added that Airtel would remain relentless in its passion to “creating amazing experiences and innovative value offerings for all our stakeholders.
“We are also committed to touching more lives and also building communities as well as uplifting underprivileged Nigerians.”