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Multi-Links Telkom Distribute Wheelchairs in Enugu, Anambra States

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Multi-Links Telkom has distributed wheelchairs to the physically challenged in Enugu and Onitsha, Anambra State at three separate ceremonies in the pursuit of its Corporate Social Responsibility investments (CSRi).

 The events were witnessed by the wives of the Governor and Deputy Governor of Enugu State, the representative of the Obi of Onitsha, the Chief Medical Directors (CMDs) of Enugu State University Teaching Hospital, National Orthopaedic Hospital, Enugu and the General Hospital, Onitsha amongst other dignitaries.

Mrs. Clara Chibuizor Chime, first lady of Enugu State commended Multi-Links Telkom for its passionate commitment to enhancing the quality of lives of the less privileged members of the society.

She made this remark in Enugu during the presentation of Wheelchairs by the management of Multi-Links Telkom to the physically challenged at the Enugu State University Teaching Hospital, Parklane, Enugu.

Accompanied by Mrs. Nneka Onyebuchi , wife of the deputy governor, and a host of other dignitaries, she expressed her joy at the opportunity to witness Multi-Links’ very laudable efforts to restore hope to the physically challenged through the presentations of the wheelchairs provided by Multi-Links Telkom.

According to her, “the need for mobility aids for persons disabled by accident cannot be overemphasized. Some accident victims have been confined to a place due to the absence of mobility aids. However, with the donation of wheelchairs by Multi-Links Telecommunications Ltd, there is no doubt that this group of people will be able to move around, participate in day-to-day activities, and thus, contribute effectively to society notwithstanding their disabilities.

She also commended the management of Multi-Links Telkom for also providing free mobile phones to each of the beneficiaries of the wheelchairs. “It is therefore laudable that Multi-Links has deemed it necessary to also provide phones for this vulnerable group of people. This gesture will definitely go a long way towards improving the lives of the beneficiaries. Armed with their phones and wheelchairs I am sure the sky will be their limit,” she said.

Multi-Links Telkom had provided wheelchairs, mobile phones and free airtime to the beneficiaries of its Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives.
The wife of the Governor urged all the beneficiaries to make use of the facilities provided by Multi-Links Telkom creditably.

The Chief Medical Director of ESUTH called on other corporate organizations to emulate the good spirited initiative of Multi-Links Telkom. According to him, it is not often that organizations remember the downtrodden for such health interventions at the level of investments by Multi-Links Telkom. Similar comments were made by the CMDs of the National Orthopaedic Hospital (Dr C.B.Eze), Enugu and the General Hospital, Onitsha.
In her welcome message, Multi-Links Telkom’s Chief Corporate Affairs Officer, Mrs. Ijeoma Abazie said that the company is committed to spreading its goodwill throughout the country where its services are currently available. She said that apart from providing integrated telecommunications solutions, Multi-Links Telkom would identify and seek as much as possible to address areas of need in Nigeria’s communities.
Also speaking at the event, the Chief Operations Officer, Multi-Links Telkom, Dr. Setumo Mohapi stated that the company is committed to helping less privileged members of society. According to him, Multi-Links Telkom has made it a business decision to always partner with the communities in Nigeria for development. He stressed that Multi-Links Telkom is committed to living its pay off line of Touching Lives by ensuring that the lives of the people in the communities of its operations are positively touched.
It was carnival like at Parklane Hospital as the women in the entourage of the First Lady of Enugu sang, danced and praised the brand for bringing relief to the downtrodden in the state. Some of the beneficiaries could not hold back tears of joy as they were helped to the wheel chairs by the First Lady, relatives, health workers and Multi-Links Telkom staff. Some of them said that Multi-Links Telkom has brought them unquantifiable relief, peace of mind and made them proud owners of their first wheelchairs and in some cases, mobile phones.
From ESUTH, Parklane, to Orthopaedic Enugu and General Hospital, Onitsha it was an overflow of prayers and praises by the beneficiaries who thronged the venues for the free wheelchairs and mobile phones.

 

 


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NITDA, FCT-UBEB, Collaborate To Foster Digital Literacy In Schools

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In a significant development in Nigeria’s educational sector aimed at boosting digital literacy among school children, the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), is set to collaborate with the Federal Capital Territory Universal Basic Educational Board (FCT-UBEB) towards revolutionising the way young Nigerians engage with technology and equipping them with necessary skills to thrive in an increasingly digital world.

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The forgoing information is contained in a press statement e-signed by the Head of Corporate Affairs and External Relations at NITDA, Hajia Hadiza Umar.

As per the statement, the Director-General of NITDA, Mallam Kashifu Inuwa Abdullahi , made this known when he hosted a delegation from the Head-to-Head Debate Committee of FCT UBEB led by its Ag. Executive Chairman, Dr Alhassan Sule, at the Agency’s corporate headquarters in Abuja to discuss possible areas of collaboration.

Mallam Abdullahi , who was represented by the agency’s Director of the Information Technology Infrastructure Solutions (ITIS) department, Oladejo Olawumi, stated that the collaboration aligned with a pillar of NITDA’s Strategic Roadmap and Action Plan (SRAP 2.0) 2024-2027 which was to Foster Digital Literacy and Cultivate Talents.

While stating that the pillar was key to the proposed educational board’s debate competition, the NITDA DG emphasised the importance of integrating technology into education to capture the interest and potential of young people.

“Children today, often referred to as digital natives, intuitively use technology and unlike us, who are digital migrants, these children seamlessly adapt to new gadgets and platforms. Therefore, it is essential to embed digital knowledge in their learning environment,” he noted.

Abdullahi disclosed that the agency had been providing infrastructure and resources to facilitate educational transformation as well as digital learning centres across all states of the country.

He added that the Digital Literacy for All programme was a national initiative of the agency which was designed to extend digital education resources to all corners of the country and urged the visitors to key into the programme while he asserted that it would be instrumental in enhancing digital literacy skills among students and out-of-school children alike.

Highlighting the agency’s focus on emerging technologies, Abdullahi stated that extensive research and development were being conducted in areas of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Robotics which were pivotal for future skill sets.

While referring to a recent collaboration between the agency and the Abuja Enterprise Agency on a Robotics competition organised for secondary schools in Abuja to spur interest in Robotics and technology among students, he said “I think we can work together in this area and make sure that Robotics interest is geared up among the youth.”

Elaborating on the Agency’s ongoing initiatives toward achieving 70 per cent digital literacy in the country by 2027, he further disclosed that the agency was working to integrate digital literacy into the national educational curriculum and providing hands-on experience with technologies like AI and Robotics.

While stressing the importance of addressing the needs of out-of-school children, he mentioned “We are developing programmes in partnership with various stakeholders to attract these children through incentives like school feeding, coupled with digital literacy and other educational training.”

Abdullahi noted that the multifaceted approach would ensure that children were not only fed but also equipped with essential digital skills that would pave the way for a more inclusive and technologically proficient future.

In his earlier remark, Dr Sule commended the agency for their various strategic initiatives to ensure a sustainable digitally transformed economy in the country.

While stating that the head-to-head committee was saddled with the responsibility of conducting the FCT Basic Schools debate competition, he noted that 900 students in the FCT would contest in a debate.

Sule said that finalists from the competition would be moved to a reality house which will be aired live on different media platforms where they would be trained on AI and Robotics.


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Group Seeks Restructuring of N15Bn USPF

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Association of Telecommunications, Information Technology, Cable Satellite Network Operators and Allied Services Employers of Nigeria (ATICEN) has again called on Dr. Bosun Tijani, minister of Communications, Information and Digital Economy,  and Aminu Maida, executive vicecChairman of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), to make the Universal Service Provision Fund (USPF) work for the purpose it was created and be more accountable about the rural telephony projects.

Dr. Bosun Tijani, minister of Communications, Information and Digital Economy

According to the Association, the Fund should be restructured or scrapped if it continues to fail to achieve the purpose for which it was created. It noted that despite the Fund, the digital gap was still wider in the rural areas.

In December last year, the USPF committee led by the Minister unveiled a project on rural telephony powered by solar – one of the many initiatives that USPF aimed at expanding the communication network to rural areas across the country.

It would be recalled that stakeholders in the telecoms industry had called for the investigation of the Fund allegedly misappropriated. The USPF was established in 2003 with an initial N15 billion to promote the widespread availability and usage of network and application services throughout Nigeria.

The NCC charges telecom operators 2.5 per cent of their turn-over as licensing fees, of which 40 per cent of the licensing fees is transferred to the designated fund called USPF.

However, despite the Fund, a wider digital divide still exists in the rural areas as many rural communities in the country are yet to be adequately connected to the country’s telecommunication system.

This lapse has been attributed to the misappropriation of funds partly budgeted for that project by some officials who held sway in the sector in the recent past. Sensing the mismanagement of the fund, some players in the sector called on the Presidency and the National Assembly to investigate the utilisation of the Universal Service Provision Fund (USPF) earmarked to bridge the infrastructure gap in the rural area.

They made the call following the non-impact of the Fund established by the Federal Government to facilitate the achievement of national policy goals for universal access and universal service to information and communication technologies (ICTs) in rural, unserved, and underserved areas in Nigeria.

The Fund is being managed to facilitate the widest possible access to affordable telecommunications services for greater social equity and inclusion for the people of Nigeria.

It would be recalled that a sum of N15.174 billion was recommended for approval as the Universal Service Provision Fund’s 2019 budget. Since it was established, the industry players said it had never had any impact on the telecoms industry, claiming that the fund had not been used for the purpose it was established.


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MTN Rallies MSMEs on Social Media Challenge to Promote creativity and innovation

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As the 2024 World MSME Day approaches, leading ICT company, MTN Nigeria has announced a social media challenge for MSMEs.

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This challenge aims to encourage creativity and innovation in the way these businesses operate.

World MSME Day is an annual event that recognizes the vital contributions of the Micro, Small, and Medium enterprises (MSMEs) to the achievement of the nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

According to a report by the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), MSMEs significantly contribute to Nigeria’s SDGs accounting for about 43% of the country’s GDP and 84% of employment.

To commemorate the World MSME Day celebration, MTN Nigeria has tasked MSME entrepreneurs who are active on social media to participate in a challenge.

The challenge requires business owners to upload a video showcasing their creative use of any one of the MTN’s business solution tools with the hashtag #MTNMSMEChallenge.

The winning business will be rewarded with free radio publicity, while four other business owners will receive exciting prizes. The challenge will run till June 27, 2024, on all social media platforms.

This initiative reflects MTN Nigeria’s ongoing commitment to supporting small and medium businesses in Nigeria. The company provides these enterprises with the right tools to perform competitively in the market and enhance the quality of their services.

Some of the business tools available for the MSMEs to utilise in the challenge include:

  • Meetings+: Powered by Zoom, is a video conferencing platform that integrates video, voice, and chat features and offers daily, monthly and yearly subscription plans – with current discounts of up to 55%
  • EyeSyte – A Wi-Fi/4G enabled smart device designed to provide real-time, 24/7 security for businesses, environments, assets, and homes. The devices will be discounted at 5% during the World MSME week
  • ESET from MTN:  A high-quality cybersecurity solution that protects valuable data and devices from cyber threats without slowing down work.

By encouraging the creative use of these tools, the company aims to empower MSMEs to thrive in the Nigerian market, ultimately contributing to the nation’s economic development.


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