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Telecoms giant, MTN on Tuesday donated five security vehicles to Cross River State even as it stated that over nine billion naira has been spent in executing corporate social responsibility projects cutting across health, education and empowerment in the country.
Mr. Dennis Okoro, the Director MTN Foundation who handed the vehicles to the Cross River State government at the Government House Calabar on behalf of the company said the vehicles are meant to enhance the security network of the state and continue to make it crime free.
Mr. Okoro stated that MTN decided to set up the foundation to meet its social corporate responsibility to the people and it has so far given back to the society a large part of its profit. “It is believed that MTN makes money in Nigeria and through the foundation, a large percentage of the profit is given back and we have sponsored one hundred and three projects in the areas of education, health and empowerment so far and over 9 billion naira has been invested in these projects”.
He said one hundred and eighteen vehicles have been given to eighteen states across the country and in the third phase which Cross River is benefitting, Edo , Ebonyi and Abia are also being handed five vehicles each.
The Cross River State governor, Senator Liyel Imoke said in view of the large business portfolio of MTN, the state requires a more robust partnership with the company.
Senator Imoke who was represented by his deputy, Mr. Efiok Cobham said the vehicles will assist the state immensely in ensuring effective security round the state especially in the light of the National Sports festival which the state is billed to host in November and the annual Calabar Christmas festival which promises to be bigger this year.
“The Private sector must take a critical stake in the security of the country even as government will not relent in its effort to provide security for its people.”
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