Airtel Nigeria has announced a commitment of over N1.9bn towards the fight against COVID-19 in Nigeria.
Airtel, in a statement on Sunday, said N200m would be used to provide an isolation centre or any required medical facility agreed with the appropriate health authority in the country, while another N120m would be used to provide over 100,000 respirator masks for health workers.
The telecoms operator said it was offering free short message services to customers across all networks worth over N1bn as well as free data for customers to access educational and health sites worth about N500m.
According to Airtel, the sites include those of Federal Ministry of Health and Nigeria Centre for Disease Control on COVID-19.
The company has earlier commenced a multi-million-naira educational awareness campaign to sensitise Nigerians to steps to take to prevent the spread of the virus.
Airtel added that it was also committing about N100m to support the NCDC, Port Health Services and the 36 states, including the Federal Capital Territory on the provision of toll-free lines to help in the fight against COVID-19 and to connect the NCDC’s offices nationwide with broadband services.
The telco added that its employees had voluntarily contributed N20m to Lagos State Government during the week for provision of food items to needy families.
Commenting on the efforts of the organisation to join well-meaning Nigerians and corporate entities to stop the spread of COVID-19, Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of Airtel Nigeria, Segun Ogunsanya, said Airtel was deeply connected with the feelings of every Nigerian at this time and it was inspired to act and continue to go the extra mile to ensure a stop to the spread of the deadly virus.