Isokan, a community in Ogun State, have been relieved of the pain of darkness after being cut off the grid for fifteen years.
The residents of the community in Ogun on Monday, September 21, commended Airtel Nigeria for assisting in restoring electricity, 15 years after the community was thrown into darkness.
Airtel said in a statement that Isokan community had been disconnected from public power grid since 2005 due to equipment failure.
The telco said the situation of the Isokan community was brought to its attention via Airtel Touching Lives initiative which prompted the company to intervene.
“The story was featured in an episode of the television programme, ‘Airtel Touching Lives’, which aired earlier in the year on national TV.
‘It showed community members narrating how livelihoods had been adversely impacted over the years, throwing homes, families, and businesses in distress,” it said.
According to the statement, during the moving episode; Airtel pledged to support the community with the sum of N7 million; to bankroll the electrification project which had been abandoned due to lack of funds.
It said the telco had since delivered on its promise; restoring power to the community following the erection of 29 utility poles as well as connection of the high tension and low tension cables to the main power grid transformer.
The people of Isokan community commended Airtel for restoring their long lost hope; and also giving hundreds of families a chance at a better life as businesses could now thrive with the prospect of stable electricity, it said.
Commenting, Secretary, Electrification of Isokan Community, Mr Bamidele Moses, said the intervention was life-changing.
He lauded the company for truly touching the lives of those in dire need without fanfare.
“Touching Lives has really touched our lives beyond our imagination. It still feels unreal because we have been in this situation for so long and nobody came to our rescue.
“I just want to thank Airtel for such generosity. This means so much to the people of Isokan. May God bless Airtel always,” Moses said.
Director of Corporate Communications and Corporate Social Responsibility, Airtel Nigeria, Emeka Oparah, said: “Airtel is committed to creating opportunities for Nigerians; and providing platforms that will make lives better.
“The Airtel Touching Lives initiative has a singular vision of providing relief for communities; and individuals who require them.
“We are excited that life has returned to the Isokan Community; and we will not relent in our efforts of reaching out to underprivileged persons; and communities across the country,” he said.