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NCC Embarks on “Shine Your Eyes, No Fall Mugu” Sensitization Campaign in Benin

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The Nigerian Communications Commission has again given expression to its commitment to reach all categories of telecom consumers, with the launch yesterday in Benin, of a consumer-centric outreach programme tagged, “Shine your eyes, no fall mugu”, which literally translates to, “Be alert, Don’t be a victim of fraudsters”.

In a statement released on Thursday, Dr. Ikechukwu Adinde, Director, Public Affairs, NCC, said the program is an initiative of the Commission’s Consumer Affairs Bureau (CAB), that was specially conceived and implemented using Nigerian pidgin.

He further noted that the initiative is intended for a segment of telecom consumer population who are more comfortable with localised communication that resonates with their reality.

The two-day programme, implemented in three phases, started with a road show yesterday.


L-R: Tunde Akpeji, Senior Manager, Consumer Information and Education; Lisu Mshelia, Principal Manager, Consumer Protection and Advocacy; Isimeme Joseph, Deputy Manager, Media and Public Relations; Dr. Omoniyi Ibietan, Head Online Media, Tina Nwachukwu, Principal Manager, Consumer Protection and Advocacy; Charles Alimikhena, Deputy Manager, Special Duties; Masud Adam, Officer, Consumer Protection and Advocacy

According to the statement, “the Show featured local artistes and comedians who displayed musical and other performances to amuse and entertain people to create awareness and sensitise telecom consumers about how cybercriminals may use telecom platforms to defraud unsuspecting members of the public.

“Today, the last day of the two-day event, will feature a 20-minute radio talk in Nigerian pidgin, to further create awareness and like the roadshow, to invite telecom consumers to an enlightenment forum where presentations will be made about tricks deployed by cybercriminals to defraud people online.

“The presentations will also capture measures to be taken by consumers and members of the public in order not to fall victim of fraudsters who may use telecom platforms to perpetrate fraudulent acts.

“Additionally, at today’s enlightenment forum, drama, audio narratives and other attractions thematised on the centrality of vigilance, alertness and caution in the cyberspace by all users, will be featured.

“The programme is facilitated by a local partner who supports NCC, by mobilising critical segments of the public through opinion leaders and social groups to participate in the events, in order for them to be armed with the right information they may require to explore the Internet safely.

“These leaders and members of the public attending the forum, are expected to re-diffuse the messages to other members of the public and others in their socio-cultural groups.

“This programme, coming on the heels of NCC’s National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (which occurred in October), and the annual National Cybersecurity Conference, which took place on 3rd November, 2021, is meant to reinforce the messages of cyber awareness, cyber vigilance, and cyber smartness to telecom consumers whenever they are online.

NCC partner supervising her team

“The roadshow yesterday commenced at Ekehuan Road, and the procession drove through Airport Road, to State Secretariat, Sapele Road and through round about to Ring Road, to Akpakpava, Dawson Road and back to Ugbowo and Uselu Market.

“The motorcade, the music, the displays by artistes and the underlying narration of the message of the outreach in Nigerian pidgin caught the attention of residents and passers-by who patiently listened to the messages. Information, Communication and Education (IEC) materials were also shared with the public at every neighbourhood the procession stopped to display and educate the public.

“More mobilisation campaigns and awareness creation will be made during the radio component of the sensitization today, happening at Vibes Radio, 97.3 FM at 8.45 a.m. Thereafter, the Enlightenment Forum will take place at Obey God Events Centre at Nova Road, opposite Uwasota Junction, Benin,” .

 


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MTN Hands Over Y’ello Doctor Mobile Clinic to Kano State Government

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MTN Nigeria through its Foundation has officially handed over the Y’ello Doctor mobile trucks to the Kano state government, as it continues the third phase of the Y’ello Doctor initiative.

The Y’ello Doctor project was designed to provide free healthcare services for rural and semi-urban communities, and the third phase of the initiative is targeted at six states namely Anambra, Gombe, Kano, Kwara, Lagos and Rivers states.

In his remarks, Mr Hamza Ibrahim, MTN Sales and Distribution Manager Kano state, said MTN Nigeria was highly delighted to partner with the Kano State government in ensuring that underserved communities were medically attended to.

He added that the project was intended to contribute to the government’s efforts in providing primary healthcare services to the affected communities.

“We will also use the project to support the Federal Government COVID-19 vaccination drive as the mobile clinic is well equipped to give vaccination to the people,” he declared.

Hajia Amina Musa, Permanent Secretary, Kano State Ministry of Health, explained that the state government was very happy to be among the beneficiaries of the third phase of the project, stressing that the intervention would go a long way in supporting the healthcare delivery system of the state.

She added that the intervention would be conducted in collaboration with the State Primary Healthcare Management Board, which would, in turn, identify and select the communities to benefit from the intervention.

“The intervention is in line with the vision and programs of the administration in bringing health care services to underserved communities through various medical and surgical outreach programs” she stated.

Since the inception of the Y’ello Doctor Initiative in 2014, over 650,000 people have benefited from health information, screening and access to health services in the communities across Nigerian states.


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Y’ello Santa Campaign: Over 125,000 MTN Subscribers Received Gifts from Loved Ones

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Over 125,000 MTN customers received gifts from their loved ones in MTN’s first ever digital Season of Surprises campaign. The campaign allowed MTN subscribers to nominate their desired recipient to receive any one of the available gifts which include Jumia shopping vouchers, data and mobile devices, on the new myMTN NG app or by dialing a USSD code.

The campaign, which has been held twice in the past, allows MTN to celebrate the holidays with Nigerians and spread Christmas cheer through various activities in different places including markets, hospitals, schools, airports, IDP camps and bus parks across the country and excite them with gifts, experiences, refunds, donations, community development projects and freebies.

The company, however, opted for a digital campaign this year to drive participation in the Season of Surprises by subscribers due to the pandemic and to empower their customers to do the giving.

Speaking on the success of the campaign, the Chief Marketing Officer, MTN Nigeria, Adia Sowho, said, “The simple act of nominating others to receive gifts is wholesome and thoughtful.

“It shows that we care about the people in our lives and would like to make them happy. We are very happy to see how many Nigerians took advantage of the opportunity.

“We are also glad to have been able to contribute to the smiles of Nigerians during the holiday season.”

The MTN Season of Surprises is one of MTN’s many initiatives to make Christmas and the rest of the holidays more fun and enjoyable for Nigerians.

The company has, through partnerships and sole interventions in other campaigns, delivered exciting experiences for Nigerians in forms of concerts, theatre productions, donations and community development projects.

Almost a million people have benefited from the MTN Season of Surprises in the last four years, earning the company commendation from the public.


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7 Ways Tech Can Help to Get You on Track with Your Resolutions

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The new year is only a few weeks old, but for many, the optimism for fresh opportunities and goal setting that informed their new year’s resolutions may be starting to disappear.

If you’ve already gone off track , adopting technology can help ensure you achieve your goals.. Here are seven ways that technology can help you conquer 2022.

1.Stay motivated, ask Assistant: One way to make sure that you stay on track with your set goals is to stay consistently motivated. Using your mobile device or phone, simply ask Google Assistant: “Hey Google, how do I stay motivated?” You will get a list of suggestions from how to regularly review your goals, how to find mentors, how to surround yourself with positive people and how to exercise among other motivational tips.

2. Set reminders, be punctual: If you’re looking to be more punctual this year, set reminders so you don’t lose track of time. You can easily create reminders with the help of Google Assistant. Using your mobile device or phone, simply say, “Hey Google, set a reminder”, or “Hey Google, remind me to attend a meeting at 7am.” Google Assistant will go on to set a reminder and send you a notification when it is close to the time. This way, you can be sure that you will always be on time.

3. Eat healthy, count calories: Are you planning to start your healthy eating journey? You can search for healthy diet recipes for satisfying meals. You can also watch a variety of videos on YouTube to learn how to make healthy foods at home. Also, you can check the amount of calories in single ingredient foods by simply asking Google Assistant. For instance, you can say, “Ok Google, how many calories are in bananas?” This way, you are conscious about what you eat, whether you are trying to lose weight, gain weight or simply maintain a healthy lifestyle.

4. Keep in touch, Meet friends: The Covid-19 pandemic limited social activities like travelling, seeing friends and going out. Even with the recommendations now to ease Covid-19 travel restrictions, connecting virtually is still the adopted norm to keep in touch with friends. If you vowed to be more sociable this year, you can connect with friends and family using Google Meet. Just set up a time to meet and share the link with your friends to join. Using Meet allows you to save time and the hassle of planning actual physical hangouts. Most of all, it is flexible as you can join meetings on the go from your mobile devices, on the Meet app or Gmail.

5. Learn something new: If your goal for 2022 was to increase your knowledge on a subject matter, learn new interesting things or develop a skill, YouTube videos are a treasure trove of knowledge. For instance, you can watch videos that teach you how to play an instrument, cook like a pro, learn video editing or photography. There are lots of videos on YouTube that can help you take the initiative to learn without the assistance of anyone. If you plan to accelerate your digital skills as well, for your business or career, the Google digital skills for Africa program offers free online training.

6. Fitness goals, workout devices: Improve your workouts by connecting a fitness device to your Android phone. There are a host of devices from fitness watches, to heart rate monitors or foot pods that will pair with thousands of apps available in the Play Store, to help you reach your fitness goals. Throw in a YouTube playlist of your favourite songs, and you’re sure to get your heart rate up in no time.

7. Explore new destinations: Whether you are planning to travel out of the country or just to explore more local destinations this year, Google Maps helps beyond just providing navigation, getting alternative routes and real time information about traffic jams. You can also search for exciting places such as restaurants, parks, tourist attractions, cultural sites, beaches and natural areas that you would like to visit.

For resolutions to be successful, they should follow the SMART principle and be specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and timebound bound. Technology provides the tools for you to tackle your goals in the smartest way possible.


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