The Nigerian Tulip International Colleges (NTIC) opened shop in Nigeria in 1998. As it is expanding its academic reach, the institution has also taken care to broaden its corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiatives. Hence, the establishment in 2013 of the Nigerian Tulip International Colleges Foundation (NTICF). The Foundation has a mandate of carrying out social intervention programs in Nigeria.
The foundation has lived up to its bidding in four critical areas, viz: of health, education, water supply, and orphanages. In many instances though, it has surpassed its core duties to provide for the general well-being of the populace. This didn’t happen by accident; rather it is a product of careful thought tailored to put smiles on the faces of the less privileged in society.
Available records indicate that the NTICF was involved in projects that feed the poor, in the holy month of Ramadan. “The month of Ramadan is usually referred to as the Sultan of the month because we commence our fasting according to Islam. And we at NTICF felt that it would be ideal to extend the milk of human kindness to people that cannot feed during this month” Mr. Behlül Fatih Başaran, the director of NTICF said.
Every Ramadan, the foundation provides daily meals up to 5,000 in select states including Lagos, Kaduna, Kano, Yobe and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
“We have been doing this for six years running and God helping us we shall continue for a very long time,” Mr. Basaran added. “We distribute iftar meals simultaneously in four states in Nigeria including the FCT. In Abuja, we designated five mosques including the National Mosque as centers.”
He was quick to state 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. “NTICF’s concern is humanity. Religion, race, language, ethnicity is not important to the foundation. The only issue for NTICF is the human being and nothing else. We do not take language, color, religion, or race as the reference in carrying out our activities.”
Ramadan may have come and gone, but the NTICF is not relenting in its charitable undertakings because for the foundation, love is a way of life, a tradition that dates back to its founding four years ago. Over this period, it has embarked on initiatives designed to uplift the downtrodden. In 2014, for instance, the foundation distributed 500 lockers, bunk beds, desks and stationery packs that consist of mathematical sets, textbooks, sharpeners, pencils, erasers, crayons and drawing books in public schools in some states and the FCT.
As in previous years, the NTICF has in 2017 distributed 10,000 stationary packages to needy students in a public school in Kano state, with a package containing 6 Notebooks, 1 Drawing Book, 12 Pencils, 12 Coloured Pencils, 1 Mathematical Set, 1 Eraser, 1 Sharpener and a school bag. This makes a total of 38, 500 stationary packages distributed so far in schools in different parts of the country.
“For us at the NTIC, we are concerned about the community we operate in hence the determination to provide essential services to people and communities in dire need of these services.”Mr. Hassan, an official of the NTICF, said.
“We also carry out collaborations with our sister organizations like Nizamiye hospital,” Mr. Basaran noted separately. “This year, we collaborated with Nizamiye hospital to conduct a medical outreach program in Yobe state where about 1700 patients were treated at the General Sani Abacha Specialist Hospital in Damaturu. “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.”
The charitable activities of the foundation, considered along with those of sister organizations like the Nizamiye hospital and the Nile University of Nigeria, multiply the impact of this particular group of Turkish investors in Nigeria under the auspices of the First Surat Group.
The Vice Chancellor of the Nile University of Nigeria, Professor Sert Huseyin, has in the past expressed the determination of the First Surat Group to have at least 17 percent of the population of students across its colleges and university on scholarship. On the other hand, the Nizamiye hospital engages in free medical outreaches and distribution of relief materials to the needy in communities across the country.
An aid package often bagged and branded, contains 2kg of rice, 2kg of beans, 1 liter of oil, 2kg of corn, 2kg of millet and 1 kg of salt. This year alone, a total number of 5000 of these bags have been delivered in Abuja, Lagos, Kaduna, Kano, Zamfara and Maiduguri Yobe and Abuja.
The NTICF has constructed thousands of boreholes in rural communities in the FCT and its environs. According to an official of the NTIC, Mr. Hassan Abdullahi the yearly target for the construction of boreholes in rural communities is 50. He similarly noted that “The NTICF has constructed 226 in nine states since 2014. We have a target to reach the 10000 mark in the future God helping us.”
This is why residents of some local communities in the FCT heave a sigh of relief at the sight of a vehicle with the NTICF logo, as this has come to be synonymous with good tidings. The foundation, through its varied and far-reaching initiatives, has become a benchmark for corporate social responsibility in Nigeria.