By Emma Okonji:
Airtel Nigeria has rewarded its top performing trade partners with an array of exotic prizes, including the latest editions of select luxury cars, sports utility vehicles (SUVs) and top-rated business machines.
The recognition is in line with its corporate culture of rewarding and celebrating exceptional business performance among its trade partners.
Specifically, Airtel used the occasion to celebrate their contributions and achievements in the past year while also encouraging them to continue in the path of high business returns and increased market performance.
Speaking at the event, Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer of Airtel Nigeria, Segun Ogunsanya, commended the company's trade partners for their commitment, loyalty, focus and hard-work, saying Airtel has emerged the country's second largest operator because of the strong support it received from all its channel partners.
"We thank all our channel partners for moving our company forward and especially for the important role they played in realipsation of one of our key objectives of reclaiming market leadership. Due to their hard-work and commitment, the Industry regulator, Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), recently, adjudged us the second largest telecoms operator in the country."
He described Airtel's partnership with its trade partners as an alliance rooted in shared interest to become the most loved brand in the daily lives of Nigerians, shared values that reinforce people empowerment and innovativeness, and most importantly, a shared passion to win.
He also assured them of Airtel's commitment to attaining one of its key corporate objectives of becoming Nigeria's leading Internet company as well as increasing its investment in network quality and performance. According to the CEO, Airtel would not only win through data, but would also win through network performance and optimisation.
"We will continue to invest in the expansion of our network and the enhancement of quality of service. Also, we are continuously evolving with innovative new products to offer telecoms consumers across the country with bespoke, world class mobile solutions that will enrich their lives and empower them to realize their full potentials," Ogunsanya said.
The event, which attracted over 150 Airtel channel partners drawn from across the country, featured special musical and comedy performances from top Nigerian artistes and comedians including Duncan Mighty and Bovi.
Prizes presented to the winners included brand new sports utility vehicles, luxury cars, utility vans, computers, generators and motor bikes, among others.
Some of the special guests who graced the occasion are: Chief Operations Officer, Airtel Nigeria, Tolu Ojo; Chief Commercial Officer, Airtel, Maurice Newa; Board member, Airtel, Paul Usoro (SAN); Airtel's Regional Operations Director, Lagos, Femi Oshinlaja; and Director, Regulatory Affairs & Special Projects, Airtel, Osondu Nwokoro.
Others are Director, Human Resources, Airtel, Jibril Saba; Interswitch Divisional CEO, Mr. Charles Ifedi; Hon. Commissioner for Commerce & Industry, Lagos State, Mrs. Sola Oworu; and Commissioner for Commerce & Industry, Ogun State, Abimbola Ashiru, among other top dignitaries.