Globacom has given the people of Onitsha two huge corporate social responsibility projects as part of its sponsorship of the Ofala festival, as Onitsha youths pledge to turn the city into a green community for Glo.
The telecom company trained 100 young entrepreneurs and equipped them with free Commercial Telephone Operation (CTO) facilities comprising of Glo Business lines, handsets, tables, chairs and parasols. The company also commissioned the construction of a block of classrooms at the famous Metropolitan College Onitsha.
Speaking at the ground-breaking ceremony and the presentation of the youth empowerment scheme to the 100 youths, the Obi of Onitsha, HRH Igwe Nnaemeka Achebe thanked Globacom, saying the projects will benefit “our people tremendously. It fits into our strategy of making Onitsha youths more productive.
"It has been a wonderful partnership. Our prayer is that this partnership will continue to grow. Glo will continue to grow from strength to strength. Our youths are the leaders of tomorrow. Any investment in them is a worthwhile one”, the Obi added.
In his remarks at the events in which the Anambra state Governor, Peter Obi was represented by the state Commissioner for Youths and Sports, Dr. Chinwe Anowai, Mr. Mohamed Jameel said Globacom has “demonstrated again that we are adding value to enhance the lives of our people and bond with the communities we do business with at all levels".
He said the CSR projects Globacom initiated during the Ofala Festival were aimed at building the capacity of the youths and empowering them with the tools they need to become self-employed and captains of their faiths. "We have also introduced Special Ofala Glo SIMs for the exclusive use of Onitsha people. These SIMs come with the cheapest tariff in the market to enable the people to talk more and pay virtually nothing. The SIMs are not time-bound and they come with an unprecedented promotional offer that will give the people of Onitsha the opportunities to win any of our prizes, including a brand new Toyata Corolla car, Ipads, laptops, Blackberry phones and other items at every Ofala Festival sponsored by Globacom.
The Obi of Onitsha made the symbolic presentation of the youth empowerment scheme to two of the beneficiaries while Globacom's Head of Public Sector, Mr. Tunde Amunikoro and his team presented the other beneficiaries with their packages.
In his remarks, the Onitsha Youth Leader, Patrick Aghamba, expressed appreciation to Glo for empowering the youths. “We promise you that we will make Onitsha a Glo community and that everywhere you go will be green in our community,” Aghamba declared.
From the Obi's palace where the youth empowerment project was commissioned in the presence of Globacom's management led by the company's Group Chief Operating Officer, Mr. Mohamed Jameel and members of the Obi's Council of Chiefs, the delegation moved to the Metropolitan College where the Obi performed the ground-breaking of the block of classrooms. It is a modern block comprising four classrooms and an ICT Centre. The 66-year old Metropolitan college is known to have produced many prominent Nigerians including Rear Admiral Ndubuisi Kanu(rtd), former Governor of Old Imo state and Lagos state and Major Gen. Chris Alli ( rtd).