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NCC Asks Consumers to Beware of Online Loan Sharks

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Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has cautioned members of the public to be cautions of fraudulent activities of those it described as loan sharks.

NCC Asks Consumers to Beware of Online Loan Sharks

The commission also said that there are many fraudulent ways traders and other members of the public can be defrauded online.

NCC made these disclosures during its telecom consumers sensitization program themed “ “Shine Your Eyes- No Fall Mugu” held on Thursday, at the spare parts Market, Agodi-Gate, Ibadan.

The commission said it has received over 20,000 complaints from those who have fallen victims of the sharp practices of the online fraudsters.

Mr. Ayanbanji Ojo, head, Consumers Affairs Bureau, NCC, said the activities of the loan sharks have caused a lot of people pain with many traders vulnerable to what is going on.

He enjoined telecom consumers to approach their service providers to resolve their complaints adding that if they are unable to resolve it, they should approach the commission by dialling 622 which is toll-free.

He said “The market people are our telecom consumers, without them we can not exist as a regulator. The market people deserve to know what is going on. Today’s programme is different from what we did at Bodija and University of Ibadan.

“Today we are talking about ‘Shine-your-eyes’ which means there are so many financial fraud going on through the telecom and we want to educate our people particularly the traders because most of them are vulnerable to what is going on in the telecom space.

“There have been so many complaints on loss of money, so we need to educate our consumers all the time because we are now in the sustainability of telecommunications industry and if we do not sustain the telecom consumers there is nothing we can  not do.

 

“The complaint we have been seeing so far is over 20 thousand, even this money the loan shark saying a person on your contact list collected loan, how did they get your number, this is the kind of things we are trying to protect and to protect people, we have to educate them, so when people have information they are protected.”

Ojo, however, advised the traders to use strong password in emails, private networking platforms, avoid clicking on any link to avoid theft.

In his remarks, Olanrewaju Ishola, president of Ibadan Motor Parts Dealers Association, thanked the commission for bringing such educative program to the market.

He said market men and women were glad to receive the commission adding that the program was helpful and educative.

He said: “This program is very important. As you can see, our people came out in their numbers to attend. They have listened and have learnt a lot.

 


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MultiChoice Group Launches “Moment” an integrated payment platform for Africa

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MultiChoice Group, Rapyd and General Catalyst have entered into a joint venture agreement aimed at developing an integrated payment platform for Africa. The joint venture will operate under a new company, called Moment.

Moment offers expanded payment infrastructure for businesses across Africa to help them collect and make payments easier, quicker, and more affordable in any manner that their buyers or suppliers prefer.

Moment will also offer additional options for consumers to spend and save money more wisely. The aim is to transform the African payments landscape by making digital payments more accessible and reliable for domestic, cross-border and global payments.

“We are excited about our venture with Rapyd and General Catalyst. It will address the need for an accessible and reliable payment platform for many small businesses and millions of consumers in Africa.

“Investing in this venture is a logical progression for us, as we already process payments every month from 22 million households across 50 countries in Africa.

“Moment fulfills our strategy to expand our ecosystem, by investing in adjacent businesses that provide scalable services, underpinned by technology”, said Calvo Mawela, MultiChoice Group CEO.

Moment will consolidate the $3.5B in payments that the MultiChoice Group processes annually to expand options for subscribers and make payment processes efficiently, as well as extend Africa’s most complete payment network to African and global businesses.

“We are thrilled to be able to partner with MultiChoice and our network partners to provide Africa’s most complete payment platform for businesses through Moment.

“Africa is one of the most exciting markets in the world – with tremendous opportunities to expand the use of digital payments, drive cash payments to real-time digital payments, and to capitalise on the tremendous entrepreneurial drive of African businesses,” says Arik Shtilman, CEO of Rapyd.

“Africa represents one of the most exciting investment opportunities for global investors. Over the next 20 years, most of the population growth of the world will be happening in Africa, along with increasing urbanisation.

“African consumers and businesses are not only moving business online, but will be the labour force for the world across the next 20 years,” adds Adam Valkin, Managing Director at General Catalyst Partners.

The long-term plan is to provide the infrastructure for pan-African payments for the 44 million small businesses operating on the continent. It is also to turn the 90% of retail transactions that are currently taking place in cash, into digital payments.

Moment aims to make digital transactions more accessible to the 350 million consumers that are underbanked or not banked at all.

Some of Moment’s long term service offering include:

  • Payments across 40+ countries in Africa through 200+ locally preferred payment methods to collect, disburse and manage risk.
  • Drive adoption of PayShap, TCIB, NQR, and other real-time payment methods across all markets.
  • Global-Africa trade for importers and exporters with  virtual accounts in 40+ currencies and local payments in 130+ countries.
  • Payment tools, deep inventory to sell and financial services for micro-entrepreneurs and SMEs.
  • Offering consumers payments, savings and rewards.

Moment gives MultiChoice another opportunity to make a meaningful contribution to the economic development of the African continent. It will play a key role in accelerating cash-to-digital payments for all consumers and businesses and making the continent more investment ready for global players, by connecting payments from Africa to the world,” Mawela concluded.


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Clickatell Wins Business Efficiency Solutions Provider of the Year @ABoICT Awards

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Clickatell, a pioneer in mobile messaging and Chat Commerce innovation, was acknowledged by Nigeria Communications Week as the winner in the Business Efficiency Solutions Provider of the Year category as part of their 14th Africa’s Beacon of ICT Merit and Leadership (ABoICT) Awards, held on 27 May at the Lagos Oriental Hotels, Lekki.

A respected local technology publication, acknowledges and champions through the awards best practices and outstanding contributions to the growth of the ICT sector. Clickatell was declared a winner in its category through a voting process that included business leaders, readers, as well as independent quality experts.

In a letter announcing the achievement, Ken Nwogbo, Editor In-Chief of Nigeria Communications Week said, “This is a testament to your talents, innovations, contributions and commitments to the growth of the ICT industry, and we are happy that Nigerians have recognized your hard work, sincerity and dedication towards the development of the ICT industry.”

Speaking after the awards ceremony and annual ABoICT lecture delivered this year by Dr. Krishnan Ranganath, Regional Executive, West Africa, Africa Data Centres FZE Nigeria, Clickatell’s Samson Isa, Regional Managing Director, West Africa, shared his thoughts on the past year and what the award means for the company and his team.

“We are delighted to once again be recognized by our peers at this prestigious event. Over the past year we have seen a marked increase in awareness of chat commerce with some great success stories coming from early adopters.

“Over the last 12 months, Clickatell has expanded to provide new and full commerce experiences in mobile messaging channels and worked closely with local customers to begin their chat commerce journey.

“We have helped them to optimize their processes, improve efficiencies and ultimately reduce costs.

“It is a great honor to see our efforts formally recognized, not just by our satisfied customers, but by the industry in general here tonight,” Isa said.

According to Isa, companies in the banking and aviation sectors have shown particularly strong interest in the opportunities offered by chat commerce, and he says transactions on Clickatell’s Chat Commerce Platform have increased by over 25% compared to 2022.

According to Isa, chat commerce is also set to revolutionize the retail sector in the coming months.

“Despite the many macro-economic pressures of the last year, we are pleased to see our business expanding into more verticals as Nigerian business leaders become more familiar with chat commerce.

“We believe this will continue into 2024 and beyond. We are grateful to the organizers for creating platforms such as this, where the industry can salute one another’s efforts.

“We congratulate all the participants and winners and we are proud to be in such excellent company,” Isa added.

Clickatell’s Chat Commerce offering has already been deployed by many respected brands including EcoBank, Wema Bank and Stanbic IBTC Bank. In the past year the company has also added among others CBN, eNaira, and QRIOS tto its list of clients.


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Tecno Debuts Newest Materials of Magic Skin on Smartphone in Africa

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Global innovative technology brand TECNO just unveiled its latest breakthrough in material innovation in smartphone design – the “Magic Skin” in Africa, making it the first to bring this innovative material to African consumers.

It is a brand-new material technology that promises to create phone backs that are skin-friendly, stylish, and easy to clean. This new material will be integrated into the body of TECNO’s phones and applied to CAMON, SPARK, and POP series, ensuring African consumers stay abreast of the global trends on smartphone design innovations.

Stylish Design with Skin-friendly Touch

Magic Skin boasts a sleek and stylish design with a delicate texture, a softer touch, and a better color effect. The phone’s back cover’s vivid colors and vibrant patterns make it chic. TECNO has meticulously tailored Magic Skin to suit the distinctive positioning of each product line, giving each product its unique style.

The design is the outcome of extensive user research. TECNO designers surveyed thousands of African consumers to understand their aesthetic preferences and functional demands. The team then refined every aspect of the process, from perfecting the color implementation to scrutinizing the quality of the patterns.

Moreover, Magic Skin has been engineered to reduce the weight and thickness of the back cover while maintaining durability and practicality. This creates a more seamless integration with the phone, resulting in a comfortable grip.

Dense Molecular Structure Provides Stain Resistance

The benefits of Magic Skin extend far beyond its aesthetic appeal. It is not only visually pleasing but also easy to clean. To achieve optimal performance, a variety of materials were tested and evaluated. The final launch of Magic Skin is a unique blend of polymers and micro-particles that create a very dense molecular structure.

This dense molecular structure makes the material resistant to stains and spills, making it perfect for everyday use. Whether you spill coffee or wine on your phone case, Magic Skin can be effortlessly wiped clean without leaving any residual marks or stains.

Furthermore, the advanced manufacturing process also ensures that Magic Skin can withstand Furthermore, the advanced manufacturing process ensures that Magic Skin can withstand extreme conditions.

The material is waterproof and resistant to abrasion and can maintain its stability in extreme temperatures ranging from -40°C to 70°C. In laboratory tests, Magic Skin has demonstrated its superiority in various aspects, such as resistance to denim fabric abrasion, prevention of lipstick and perfume stains, and protection against UV light exposure.

Don’t Stop Creating for Consumers

TECNO again demonstrates its unwavering commitment to delivering stylish and innovative designs incorporating the latest technologies by introducing Magic Skin. This launch is just one of the many milestones on TECNO’s journey toward materials and designs innovation as it continues to push the boundaries and create new possibilities for the future..


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