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MTN Foundation Scholarship is a Step in the Right Direction for Improving the Educational Sector – Honorable Folasade

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Folasade Adefisayo, Commissioner for Education, Ministry of Education, Lagos State, has commended MTN Foundation’s scholarship programme for outstanding Nigerian students.

L-R: Director, Science and Technology, Lagos State Ministry of Education, Grace Akinfoyewa; Executive Secretary, MTN Foundation, Odunayo Sanya; Director, MTN Foundation, Dennis Okoro; Chief Marketing Officer, MTN Nigeria, Adia Sowho and Senior Special Assistant on Education to the Governor, Lagos State, Adetola Salau, at the MTN Foundation Scholarship Award and Induction Ceremony, which held in Lagos State on April 1, 2022.

Adefisayo gave the commendation in Lagos on Friday during the 2021 MTN Foundation Scholarship Award and Induction Ceremony which held at the MUSON Centre, Onikan.

In her special address, delivered by the Director, Science and Technology, Lagos State Ministry of Education, Grace Akinfoyewa, the commissioner referred to the initiative as a step in the right direction in the pursuit of academic excellence for Nigerian students.

According to her, the Foundation has shown commitment to improving communities through its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiatives.

“I sincerely appreciate the MTN Foundation for this impactful CSR project, especially in Lagos State. Indeed, this laudable initiative of awarding scholarships to young students is highly commendable for its derivable opportunities and how it aids the pursuit of academic excellence of the science and physically challenged students.

“On behalf of Lagos State I happily appreciate MTN Foundation, organisers of this initiative and wish them the best as we collaborate towards adding value to the education sector of our state and nation,” she said.

Also present at the event was Senior Special Assistant on Education to the Governor, Lagos State, Adetola Salau. She described MTN Foundation as a beacon of hope and went further to acknowledge “MTN Foundation’s commitment to empowering youth and promoting academic excellence in public institutions through the scholarships.”

MTN Scholarships, under the Youth Development Cause of MTN Foundation, is an annual award that seeks to recognize and reward qualified high performing students in Nigerian public tertiary institutions.

This year, MTN Foundation awarded 370 scholarships to outstanding Nigerian students. Three hundred students received the MTN Science and Technology Scholarship; 60 Students received the MTN Scholarship for Blind Students and the top 10 UTME candidates in 2021, received scholarships as well.

In her opening remarks, while speaking to recipients of the MTN Scholarships, Executive Secretary, MTN Foundation, Odunayo Sanya said hundreds of thousands of students applied for the scholarships and only the best of the best were selected.

“Ours is a scholarship that celebrates the spirit of excellence. It is a call to do more. Whenever you feel down, always remember that every year the Foundation receives hundreds of thousands of applications and you made it as a scholar,” she said.

Adia Sowho, Chief Marketing Officer, MTN Nigeria, who gave a keynote address at the ceremony, encouraged the scholars to continue to take risks and strive for success irrespective of failures. She said, “I love failing because within failure is a lesson that better prepares you for tomorrow. When you fail, be upset for five minutes, find the lesson, pick your feet up, and move on. Recognize failure for the tool that it is.”

It is worthy of note that the MTN Foundation has awarded over N3bn in scholarships to 4,212 students from inception to date.

Upon graduation, each scholar takes part in the MTNF Skill Up Training to ensure they are well equipped to compete and add value to Nigeria’s labour market. They are also exposed to other opportunities for training and certification from notable organizations such as Project Management Institute (PMI).

Graduate scholars are also provided with information regarding job opportunities and other information of importance to their careers.

 

 


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Subscribers Decry Poor Service Delivery by Telcos, Accuse NCC of Playing the Ostrich

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Telecommunications subscribers have waxed angrily at the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) for pretending that everything was fine while subscribers grapple with unreliable internet and call services.

Subscribers Decry Poor Service Delivery by Telcos, Accuse NCC of Playing the Ostrich

They want the regulator could do more by compelling Mobile Network Operators (MNOs), also known as telcos, to improve their service.

Some of the major complaints are connection failures, poor data service, fluctuating network, data roll over challenges, illegal credit deductions and uncompleted calls.

Experts said that the drop in service quality has been attributed to the fact that three out of the four mobile network operators failed to meet the industry standards for network service.

In separate calls; Association of Telephone, CableTv, and Internet Subscribers of Nigeria (ATCIS-Nigeria) and National Association of Telecoms Subscribers of Nigeria (NATCOM) urged the NCC to live up to its responsibility of protecting subscribers.

Sina Bilesanmi, president, ATCIS-Nigeria, accused the NCC of pretending that everything was fine while subscribers groaned.

He said that ATCIS-Nigeria members have not only complained about drop calls and inability to originate calls, but they are also unable to access their airtime balance after recharging.

Bilesanmi argued that now that service quality has nosedived, there was no ground for telcos to justify any demand for a tariff increase.

He said that “ I have been inundated with complaints about low service quality from my members.

“ It is worrisome and the NCC is pretending that all is well. This low service quality is coming at a time when the MNOs are asking for a hike in tariff and our members were beginning to show understanding because, quite frankly, the tariff has remained the same for over a decade.

“The operators should tell us if they have any challenges.”

Elsewhere, Deolu Ogunbanjo, national president, NATCOM, said the service rendered by the MNOs had become  ‘’so bad’ that subscribers now lament openly.

He added that the telcos, on their part,   complained about their constraints to expand capacity.”

He said: “It(service delivery) has been so bad. It was one of the issues raised last Thursday but the telcos complained about their constraint to expand capacity and the need to raise tariff.”

Ogunbanjo said he supported the demand for an increase in tariff because it was overdue.

He, however, said an increase must be marginal in order not to asphyxiate the industry.

 

 


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Meta Disagrees with $220m Fine, Sets for Appeal

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Meta, the parent company of WhatsApp and Facebook, is preparing to appeal a decision by Nigerian regulators to impose a $220 million fine against it for alleged market power abuse and privacy violations.

Meta Disagrees with $220m Fine, Sets for Appeal

The company said that “We disagree with this decision as well as the fine and we are appealing the decision,” a WhatsApp spokesperson said.

The spokesperson did not specify where and when the appeal will be lodged.

It will be recalled that the Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (FCCPC) published the fine last week, capping a three-year investigation.

The inquiry focused on data sharing practices on WhatsApp, the most widely used messaging service in Nigeria.

The commission claimed it found evidence of “multiple and repeated, as well as continuing infringements” of the country’s data protection and competition laws and imposed the fine as a final resolution.

Meta was ordered to “immediately reinstate the rights of Nigerian users to self-determine and control” data sharing, and stop sharing WhatsApp users’ information “with other Facebook companies and third parties” without users’ active consent.

It was also required to pay $35,000 to cover the cost of the commission’s investigation, in addition to the $220 million penalty. Both amounts are to be paid within 60 days from July 18.

Nigeria began looking into WhatsApp, which has an estimated 51 million users in the country, in May 2021.

That was four months after the app updated its global privacy policy on messaging between individuals and businesses, and how users’ data may be shared with Facebook.

Meta began responding to concerns detailed in Nigeria’s report around March this year, pledging to cooperate towards “reaching an amicable resolution,” according to the commission.

A “remedy package” proposed by Meta and sent mid-April proved unsatisfactory to the commission, however, its report said.

It is not clear what this package is — an email for comment to the commission was not responded to. Nigeria still expects Meta to implement it and publish it on WhatsApp’s website within two weeks, in addition to the fines.

Beyond complying with its laws, Nigeria’s aim with the penalties is to get Meta to “cease the exploitation of consumers and their market abuse,” the commission said.

 

 


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WATRA Says Digital Economy Contributes $30Bn Annually to W/African GDP

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The West Africa Telecommunications Regulators Assembly (WATRA) has said that the digital economy currently contributes around $30 billion annually to the region’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP).

WATRA Says Digital Economy Contributes $30Bn Annually to W/African GDP

WATRA also called for lower cost of internet access to enhance the digital economy for the respective countries in the region.

Mr Aliyu Aboki, executive secretary, WATRA, who disclosed this during a virtual press conference at the weekend also said the West African telecommunications market is now valued at $63.17 billion with over 400 million mobile subscribers.

However, Aboki said WATRS is working on initiatives to facilitate infrastructure sharing among West African countries to lower the cost of internet for telecom subscribers across the region.

According to him, infrastructure such as gateways, and data centres are facilities that could be shared by countries in the region.

Admitting that the cost of internet across West African countries is still high, Aboki said a lower cost of internet access would enhance the digital economy for the respective countries in the region and increase the consumption of data by the citizens, which in turn generate more revenue for the telecom operators.

“We are exploring regional initiatives to share infrastructure and reduce cost. For example, we have infrastructures like gateways, data center servers, and so on. These are infrastructures that can be shared and used by different countries without necessarily having everyone building the same infrastructure.

“So, we are collectively looking at these rich regional initiatives that enable us to share infrastructure to bring down the cost of Internet ultimately,” the WATRA scribe said.

 

 


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