The Employees the of leading telecoms operator, Airtel Nigeria, has been reported to have come to the aid of Sadiq Usman, a four year old boy, whose eyes were removed by suspected ‘ritualists’ in Zaria, Kaduna State, earlier this year. On December 5th, 2016 by the Zaria, Kaduna State, Nigeria chapter.
The delegation of Airtel employees was said to have been led by Wole Abu, the Regional Operations Director, North Region, which visited Sadiq Usman on Thursday, December 1, 2016 in Zaria,his home town in Kaduna and presented him with a cheque of N400, 000 (Four Hundred Thousand Naira), sophisticated Perkins Brailler, Braille Coacher, Abacus, typewriter, tailors Frame and a laptop computer.
The donation was said to have been made by Airtel employees at the instance of its Employee Volunteer Scheme, a special platform created for the company’s staff to volunteer their time, skills and resources to uplift the underprivileged as well as support social causes that will create positive impact in the society.
With the donations, little Sadiq, a pupil at Prof. Ango Abdullahi International School, Zaria, is further empowered to learn to read and write, enjoy all the opportunities a good education provides and lead a normal life.
Commenting on Airtel’s employees’ support, the company’s Director of Corporate Communications & CSR, Emeka Oparah, said: “It is tragic and heart-breaking to see an innocent, vulnerable child suffer and go through such excruciating pains.
“My colleagues were deeply moved by Sadiq’s situation and generously supported the call to provide relief. Our support will not just end here, Sadiq is our adopted son and he will continue to be our priority and in our prayers
“I must thank my colleagues for their willingness to helping create a positive impact across the communities where we operate. Indeed, the Airtel Employees Volunteer Scheme (EVS) is committed to providing relief for the underprivileged, sick, physically disabled and hard to reach.”
Oparah also commended the authorities of Prof. Ango Abdullahi International School for offering Sadiq’s older brother and guide scholarship to be able to provide physical support to his disabled kid brother, adding that by the time the government of Kaduna State redeems its pledge of scholarship for Sadiq, his educational future and the opportunity to live and learn would be further guaranteed.
Sadiq’s family expressed their gratitude to employees of Airtel and other well-meaning individuals and organizations for coming to the aid of their son and making it possible for him to live a happy life despite the challenges.
Sadiq’s poignant story made headlines around the world after he was kidnapped and had his eyes forcefully removed by still unidentified assailants.
Though sadiq was treated at the ABU Teaching Hospital. But However, the painful incident that messed up the life of the little four year old is said to have occurred in Bula area of Jushi in the outskirts of Zaria, Kaduna State, where little Sadiq lives with his parents.