It was all pomp, pageantry and praises as MTN Foundation held the special grand finale event in Lagos recently to appreciate and honour the nominators, who recommended their communities for intervention projects in the Phase 1 of the “What Can We Do Together” (WCWDT) initiative.
The nominators who were filled with gratitude and praise for the company said they were very surprised when they were selected and actually saw the projects completed within a short period of time.
The Nominators expressed deep appreciation to MTN Foundation for fulfilling its promise. One of the nominators, Oluyemis Situ, said it was an honour to have partnered with MTN Foundation. She said nominated a public school in Lagos State, which was provided with school furniture.
According to her, the great thing about the initiative is that it has to do with giving to people who have no hope of giving back, “ I wasn’t expecting the quality of furniture the school got, it is actually a promise kept” she added.
Another nominator, Mrs. Florence Adene, she nominated an Orphanage at Abeokuta in Ogun State. According to her MTN Foundation gave different things to the orphanage, which has about 400 children from various insurgencies in the country and is run by a lady of less than 40 years. She said she was very proud of MTNF, adding that the company is indeed a Nigerian company and not a foreigner.
Yet another nominator, Olanrewaju Ogundeyi, who nominated Alaguntan CDA in Alimosho LGA in Lagos State for a transformer said his community had been in darkness for several months at the time he heard about the “What Can we Do Together” Initiative. “I just nominated my community, I did not believe that it was true but I just said let me give it a try. Today we have received a fully functional 500KVA transformer. MTN is really MTN,” he said.
Speaking at the occasion MTNF Chairman, Prince Julius Adelusi-Adeluyi said, “The What Can We Do Together project is a unique one. It’s a project we cherish so dearly, because it is for Nigerians and by Nigerians. We at the MTN Foundation are pleased that we have this opportunity to impact the lives of Nigerians across the country and we thank the Government for their support, and all our partners for making this possible.”
Explaining the WCWDT initiative, Executive Secretary, MTN Foundation, Nonny Ugboma said that the initiative was one of the high points of our 10th anniversary celebrations last year, which an idea conceived to do something refreshingly different for the communities, and attempt to redefine the concept of social giving.
“As the name implies, the What Can We Do Together campaign is a “give–back” initiative to be implemented in partnership with our fellow Nigerians, whose support and patronage is the reason we exist as a foundation. The initial goal of this project was to thank Nigerians by implementing 200 projects across 200 communities in 200 local governments across Nigeria. All projects were selected based on nominations from members of the public,” she stated.
According to her the first phase was launched on September 15 and applications closed on October 9, 2015. “We invited the general public to nominate a community that would benefit from one of the following: Transformers, Boreholes, School Furniture and Support for orphanages. By the close of nominations, we had received over 37,000 nominations and I can confirm that the highest number of requests were for transformers, boreholes, school furniture and orphanage support, in that order.
“Today, I am pleased to report that all the 200 projects have been successfully implemented in 200 communities in 200 local government areas in 5 months,” she disclosed.
Ugboma also announced that the Foundation has already flagged off the second phase of the Initiative.
For the What Can We Do Together Phase 2, the focus is on: electricity transformer, bore-hole, school furniture and medical supply donations to community health care centres. Nominations for this phase commenced on May 12, 2016 and will run till June 1, 2016. Nigerians can send in their nominations by texting MTN Foundation to 321.
Due to the success of the phase 1 and our continuous commitment to support government’s efforts in improving the quality of lives among Nigerians, we have launched Phase 2 of the ‘What Can We Do Together’ initiative. Again, we use this medium to call on Nigerians to nominate their communities to benefit from this initiative”.