Leading communications giant, Airtel Nigeria has handed over a two bedroom bungalow to Mr. Olusegun Aina’s family of Gan-un Town in Ogun state in its Airtel Touching Lives Season 3.

The family which lost a house, three children and other valuable properties in a tragic fire accident in October 2016 was nominated for the Season 3 of the Airtel Touching Lives initiative to restore hope and give the family reasons to smile again.

Speaking at the presentation of the building in Ogun state, Managing Director/CEO Airtel Nigeria, Mr. Segun Ogunsanya described the story of the family a very painful one. He expressed heartfelt condolences to Mr. and Mrs. Aina over the loss of their children while commending them for demonstrating courage, resilience and hope amid overwhelming challenges.

He said Airtel was giving out the building to put “a small smile” on the faces of the family members irrespective of the bad looks. He said there was no bigger reward than giving to someone who can give nothing in return.

“While we can do little about the past, there is so much we can do about the present and our future. And that is why we decided to step in to help this good family to rebuild their future. I must say the future of the Aina family is very bright and I encourage everyone to walk with them in getting the best out of the future,” Ogunsanya said.

He also stated that Airtel is committed to empowering the underprivileged to realize their dreams, noting that through the Airtel Touching Lives platform, Airtel has directly impacted hundreds of people and households just as it has positively impacted the lives of many Nigerians.

“Today is for the Aina family. Indeed, I am excited to handover this 2-bedroom apartment to the Aina’s, as we pray that God Almighty continues to reside with them, strengthen and enable them find peace in it. With this gesture, we believe that their journey to recovery from the unpleasant experience will be easy, smooth and much better,” he said.

Through the Airtel Touching Lives programme, however, the Aina’s have been able to pick up their lives with renewed optimism.

Director of Communications and Corporate Social Responsibility, Mr.Emeka Oparah described the Airtel’s philosophy of touching lives as that of creating an attitude of giving to the less privilege among Nigerians. He called on Nigerians, particularly the rich to always extend some comforts to their neighbors and the poor in the society.

Mr. Olusegun Aina, the beneficiary thanked Airtel for providing a new home for his family.

“We have been staying with a family friend since the incident happened in October. Airtel has lifted a huge burden off me; they have walked with me in this very difficult journey. We thank Airtel for fulfilling the promise to build us a new home,” he said.