2022

Impact

Report

Committed to Nigeria’s inclusive and sustainable development

Introduction

We are pleased to present IHS Nigeria’s 2022 Impact Report (January 1, 2022 - December 31, 2022).

We believe this report gives a holistic overview of our efforts, and active role we play in the development of an equitable, prosperous and sustainable future for Nigeria. As members of the UN Global Compact Local Network Nigeria, we commit to upholding the ten principles of the UN Global Compact, covering human rights, labour standards, the environment, and anti-corruption measures. Our sustainability strategy is based on principles that align with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs), which aim for positive transformations in areas such as poverty reduction and improved health and wellbeing. We believe that through our sustainability initiatives we actively contribute to the advancement of nine of the seventeen SDGs.

Our sustainability initiatives are fully aligned and support IHS Towers’ four-pillar sustainability strategy: Our People and Communities; Education and Economic Growth; Environment and Climate Change; Ethics and Governance.

About IHS
Towers Nigeria

Founded in Nigeria in 2001, IHS Towers is one of the largest independent owners, operators, and developers of shared communications infrastructure in the world.

IHS Nigeria, which is currently the largest market of IHS Towers, operates 16,995 telecom towers and has created 1,340 direct jobs across the country.

We strive to stay at the forefront of technological advancements, offering innovative products and services to meet our customers’ requirements. We provide shared communications infrastructure, supporting over 130 million mobile subscribers in Nigeria and delivering the high network uptime that our customers require. Our rural telephony solutions, powered by solar, aim to provide remote communities with 2G and 3G voice and data access so that they can benefit from the socioeconomic opportunities made available by mobile connectivity.

We have maintained our upward trajectory of growth by acquiring deep technical expertise across various aspects of our communications infrastructure business, including colocation and lease amendment, build-to-suit, small cell, inbuilding solutions, and network technologies like fibre optics and rural telephony. Expanding our rural telephony network, we have deployed efficient solar-powered solutions connected by dedicated very-small-aperture terminal transmission links. As of December 31, 2022, we have established a total of 485 operational rural telephony sites, all powered exclusively by solar.

IHS Nigeria was recognized as one of Africa’s Fastest-Growing Companies in the 2022 ranking by The Financial Times.

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Message from our Chief Executive Officer, IHS Nigeria

Mohamad Darwish

Executive Vice President, IHS Nigeria CEO and Co-Founder

Creating an inclusive and sustainable society is critical for the future success of Nigeria.

While 2022 brought challenges for all of us, including the pandemic, climate change, social unrest, we remained focused on our commitment to making a positive difference to the communities in which we operate across Nigeria.

Leveraging our expertise in telecommunications and technology, we fostered digital inclusion and literacy, reduced our carbon footprint, empowered small businesses, accelerated health interventions, and supported education and economic growth within local communities. We collaborated with credible sustainability focused organisations who share our purpose of driving positive societal transformation – UNICEF, END Fund, and USAID, to implement programmes that align with the UN SDGs and Nigeria’s developmental goals. These programmes touched lives across the six geopolitical zones in Nigeria.

While we celebrate our achievements, we believe that there is still much more we can do, and we embrace the challenges that lie ahead. With a focus on innovation, we are determined to turn these challenges into opportunities and transform lives across Nigeria.

Message from our Chief Corporate Services Officer, IHS Nigeria

Dapo Otunla

Chief Corporate Services Officer

I am proud to present our 2022 Impact Report which showcases our commitment to building a sustainable world where every individual can flourish and achieve their dreams.

This report covers the activities of IHS Nigeria, designed to drive societal development and foster opportunities within communities. Our commitment to sustainability extends beyond our initiatives. Through our employee-led volunteer program, we achieved milestones by collaborating with diverse organizations and communities across Nigeria to create lasting, positive change.

I am pleased that our impact has been recognised by the Sustainability, Enterprise, and Responsibility Awards (SERAS), which named us as the Most Responsible Business in Africa for 2022. This served as a testament to our unwavering dedication to conducting business ethically, responsibly, and sustainably.

Supporting the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

The UN SDGs were established in 2015 to address the most pressing and difficult social, economic and environmental challenges facing the world today. The interconnected goals provide a clear framework for governments, business and civil society to work together to create a more sustainable future for the planet and its people.

We recognise that the UN SDGs help guiding the country’s development agenda and we believe IHS Nigeria has an important role to play in helping the country achieve its ambitions for the future†.

We believe that mobile services play a significant role in delivering economic and social impacts in Nigeria, promoting economic growth, empowering individuals, and communities, driving digital inclusion and enhancing access to essential services.

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