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NTIC Foundation: Charity initiatives in focus

NTIC Foundation: Charity initiatives in focus

The Nigerian Tulip Inter­national Colleges (NTIC) opened shop in Nigeria in 1998. But what is intriguing about the NTIC is its resolve to make impact in the Nigerian society through corporate so­cial responsibility (CSR) initia­tives. Consequently, in 2013, armed with the desire to give back to the society that has been receptive to its activities, it in­corporated the Nigerian Tulip International Colleges Founda­tion (NTICF) to carry out social intervention programs in Nige­ria.
 
The NTICF has lived up to the occasion in four critical ar­eas of health, education, water and food relief, and in some instances, even surpassed its core mandate areas. This didn’t happen by accident; rather, it has been a product of careful thoughts tailored to put smiles on the faces of needy people in the society.
 
Available records indicate that the NTICF is involved in proj­ects that feed the poor under its food relief initiative, especially in the Holy month of Ramadan. In a 2016 report published by one of the national newspapers in Nigeria on feeding the poor during Ramadan, it identified the NTICF as one of the orga­nizations that have consistently provided meals for the needy at the National Mosque and other mosques in the federal capital territory and other states in Ni­geria.
 
“The month of Ramadan is usually referred to as the Sul­tan of the month because that’s when we commence our fasting according to Islam. And we at NTICF felt it would be ideal to extend the milk of human kind­ness to people that cannot feed during this month,” says Mr. Behlül Fatih Ba?aran, the direc­tor of NTICF. “We have been doing this for six years running and God helping us, we shall continue for a very long time.”
 
Of course, the NTIC Founda­tion is not new to charitable ac­tivities. It has overtime carried out series of CSR initiatives. For example, in 2014, the founda­tion distributed 500 lockers, bunk beds, desks and stationery packs consisting mathemati­cal sets, textbooks, sharpeners, pencils, erasers, crayons and drawing books in public schools in some states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
 
“For us at the NTIC, we are concerned about the commu­nity we operate in hence the determination to provide basic services to people and commu­nities in dire need of these ser­vices.” says Mr. Hassan Abdulla­hi, an official of the foundation.
 
“We also carry out collabora­tions with Nizamiye hospital which is one of our sister organ­isations,” Mr. Basaran explains. “This year, we collaborated with Nizamiye hospital to conduct a medical outreach programme in Yobe state where about 1700 patients were treated at the Gen­eral Sani Abacha Specialist hos­pital in Damaturu,” and “those with complicated cases were referred to the Nizamiye hospi­tal for treatment free of charge. This included a six-month-old baby with cataract in both eyes,” He further added that the foun­dation has successfully carried out free 263 cataract surgeries since inception.
 
The director of the NTICF further explained that Nizami­ye hospital and Nile University are also actively involved in this charitable enterprise of provid­ing for the poor and for them, it is a collaborative effort.
 
“Nizamiye hospital also dis­tributes relief packages to the communities’ surrounding the hospital, likewise the university too. An aid package is usually branded and bagged to contain 2kg of rice, 2kg of beans, 1 litre of oil, 2kg of corn, 2kg of millet and 1 kg of salt. We have been able to distribute between 4500 to 5000 relief packages in Abuja, Lagos, Kaduna, Kano, Zamfara and Maiduguri Yobe and Abuja this year alone”.
 
In addition to the distribution of aid packages, the founda­tion distributes iftar meals for the needy during the month of Ramadan. “We distribute iftar meals simultaneously in four states in Nigeria and the FCT. In Abuja, we designated five mosques including the National Mosque as centres” Mr. Basaran quipped.
 
He was also quick to add that the intervention of the NTICF is not for the Muslim faith­ful alone, but for everybody in need irrespective of religious, ethnic or tribal affiliations. “We do not take language, colour, religion, or race as reference in carrying out our activities.”
 
The NTIC Foundation also has its imprints in the educa­tional sector in Nigeria. This year, it distributed 10,000 sta­tionary packages to needy students in public schools. A package contains 6 Notebooks, 1 Drawing Book’ 12 Pencils, 12 Coloured Pencils, 1 Mathemati­cal Set, 1 Eraser, 1 Sharpener and a school bag. “In total, we have distributed 38,500 station­ary packages across schools in Abuja and other states in Nige­ria.” The director of the NTICF also stated.
 
Some local communities in the FCT and its environs would heave a sigh of relief at the sight of a vehicle with the NTICF logo because it has come to be synonymous with good tidings. The foundation has constructed hundreds of boreholes in rural communities in the FCT and its environs. According to Mr. Hassan, “the yearly target for the construction of boreholes in rural communities is 50. The NTICF has constructed 226 boreholes in nine states since 2014. We have a target to reach the 10000 mark in the future God helping us.”
 
The NTICF through its ac­tivities has proven how corpo­rate social responsibility initia­tives can impact societies. The NTICF is not just an example; it is one worth emulating by other foundations in Nigeria.

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