GOVERNOR of Benue State, Samuel Ortom has promised to make funds available to Benue State University, BSU, which recently graduated 78 medical students to conduct research on ear and eye problems. The Govenor who spoke on the occasion of the distribution of hearing aids to 250 MTN customers at the Benue Peoples House at the weekend, said the
research would assist the state in finding solutions to the ear and eye problems facing some communities. Represented by the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Women Affairs, William Itodo, Gov Ortom said MTN has blazed the trail in the area of corporate social responsibility and urged other organisations to emulate the good example. He challenged MTN and other service providers to widen their scope
of coverage, emphasising that Benue was in dire need of many channels of communication. The Governor also said the state government would continue to encourage public/private partnership and assured that conducive atmosphere would be provided for genuine business men and women to expand their businesses. Earlier, the MTN Regional Manager in Enugu, Mr. Nnamdi Ozuanya, had said
the organisation has spent N18 billion on various projects across the country. He commended Benue State for identifying with MTN, adding that the hosting of the event at the government house was a plus on the side of the governor. The Economic Empowerment Manager of MTN Foundation, Mrs Foyinsola Oyebola, in her address, said the organisation’s assistance to those having hearing impairment started in 2005. She said 250 persons from Benue would benefit from the hearing aids distribution and disclosed that 700 blind persons in Nigerian universities have been given yearly scholarship of N200,000 by MTN. Mrs Oyebola said six states including Benue would be benefitting from the distribution of hearing aids and explained that each hearing aid costs N250, 000.

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