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Utomi Preaches Work-Life Balance at Celtel Men’s Day

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Professor Pat Utomi of the Pan African University has urged managers to strive to maintain a delicate work-family life balance, to continuously improve themselves through reading and training, and make positive impact in the communities where they live through meaningful participation in development programmes.

Utomi who spoke on the "Total man in a changing world" at the 1st Celtel Nigeria Men’s Day Workshop held at the Colonnades Hotel, Ikoyi, Lagos, charged the participants to take advantage of the opportunities they have as key players in such a vital sector of the Nigerian economy, in order to become well groomed professionals.

The event, which was organised by the Human Resources Group of Celtel Nigeria for the company’s male employees, was part of the Global Men’s Day celebration.

The two-day event featured presentations by motivational speakers on wealth creation and management, men’s health, corporate and personal brand building, relationships and grooming. The event also featured music, comedy and a participatory live discussion on "What is on a Woman’s Mind?" During the discussion session, Eve Banda-Msidi, director, talent development, Celtel, and popular actress, Joke Silva, tackled questions on female psychology, relationship, women concern about career/family balance, marriage, sexuality, and dressing, amongst others.

One of the high profile speakers and a medical Doctor, Dr. Emmanuel Ogbechie, offered tips on how to live a healthy lifestyle, while the presentation of Adegboyega Isiaka, an investment and financial planning expert, centred on wealth creation and management.

A grooming expert, Ifeoma Williams, spoke on dressing, personal brand building, confidence building, how to increase self-esteem, development of social skills, and how to raise sense of security.

The fast rising stand-up comedy act, Wamilele, added flavour to the programme with rib cracking jokes while renowned radio presenter and Event Compere, Dan Foster, was also on hand to make the event entertaining, effective and informative.

Also speaking at the event, Celtel Chief Executive Officer, Bayo Ligali, said the programme was introduced to help the company’s male staff become better professionals and balanced workers/family men. Ligali said the programme, which is the first of its kind in the organisation for men, is designed to help the participants broaden their horizons, discuss vital issues that affect them most, interact and build better relationships within and across the various levels of the organizational structure, develop a clearer career vision and learn career enhancing tips, and get a handle of many factors that impact on the performance of men on their jobs and at home.

Mr. Ligali, who performed the pre-match ceremonies on the second day of the events, urged the participants to display the spirit of courage, character and commitment in the soccer encounter. The football competition was won by the Liverpool FC Supporters’ Club, who beat Manchester United Supporters. Man United Supporters had earlier beaten Chelsea Supporters on penalties to reach the final. In one of the matches, Arsenal lost their first match to Liverpool. Arsenal squared up with Chelsea for their last match, walking away with victory after a pulsating penalty shootout.


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MTN Launches ‘Visitor SIM’, Designed for Guests Coming into the Country

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MTN Nigeria has announced the introduction of its new Visitor SIM specially designed for guests travelling into the country.

The Visitor SIM comes pre-loaded with an appealing package that includes local and international call and data bundles.

This package will enable people visiting from other countries to stay connected with their friends, family and business associates on MTN’s super-fast network.

MTN VisitorSIMs are easy for inbound international visitors to acquire, activate and use, in addition to which they offer far better value than any roaming tariff.

Not available from any other operator, the service is poised to deliver convenience and the best-in-class customer experience in line with MTN’s brand promise.

According to Adekunle Adebiyi, chief sales and distribution Officer, MTN Nigeria, “The new Visitor SIMs will ensure that before setting foot outside the airport, people visiting Nigeria can plug in, reconnect – to loved ones, associates, tools and information, and begin sharing their remarkable experiences, with no concern about roaming charges.”

 

MTN Visitor SIMs are available in the arrival halls of international airports and other ports of entry.

They are valid for 14 days, which can be extended up to 30 days via MTN’s self-service menus or USSD.


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Nigeria COVID-19 Response: UNICEF, IHS Nigeria Collaborate to Contribute Medical Supplies

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United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) received the delivery of 115,800 COVID-19 test kits to support the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic in Nigeria. These supplies were funded by IHS Nigeria, the Nigerian subsidiary of IHS Towers.

Testing remains the mainstay of the response led by the Presidential Task Force and Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) and the first step towards diagnosing the infection. Tests enable health officials to understand the COVID-19 status of an individual and link that person to care, support and treatment while contributing to the protection of families and communities.

“Testing remains a core strategy of Nigeria’s response to COVID-19. This is critical for understanding the burden of the disease on our population and targeting our response activities accordingly. The primary goal of the Nigerian Government is to control the spread of this disease.

“This donation from IHS Nigeria through UNICEF will contribute to the national stockpile of test kits managed by NCDC, and support efforts of the growing network of accredited laboratories across the country for the testing of COVID-19. We are grateful for the continued support from UNICEF, IHS Towers and other partners.” said Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu, Director General, NCDC.

IHS Towers has been a strong and continuing partner of UNICEF. At the onset of the coronavirus in Nigeria in late February, IHS Nigeria provided funding to UNICEF to urgently procure essential supplies and equipment with which UNICEF supported the Government of Nigeria in its COVID-19 response.

“UNICEF is deeply appreciative of IHS Towers’ commitment to being a partner in UNICEF’s work in Nigeria. Once more, IHS has shown great generosity in supporting UNICEF’s ongoing efforts to work closely with the Government of Nigeria in the fight against COVID-19.

“I am very delighted to receive this huge contribution from IHS Towers, the benefit of which will reach many more children and their families“, said Peter Hawkins, UNICEF Country Representative.

“We are proud to have played an important role in supporting the Government and our communities where we operate to provide crucial tools needed to fight this pandemic. We understand this virus is here to stay for the foreseeable future, but are confident that with our support, and that of our other private sector colleagues, we are helping to manage and mitigate the impact of the virus in our country” said Mohamad Darwish, Chief Executive Officer of IHS Nigeria.

This recent support of essential tests makes IHS Towers the biggest private sector donor for UNICEF Nigeria’s emergency response to the COVID-19 pandemic.


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Coca-Cola, Red Cross Society Expand Fight Against COVID-19 In Nigeria

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In a bid to support the fight against the Coronavirus disease, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) along with its national society Nigerian Red Cross (NRC) has started the distribution of PPEs and risk communications efforts to the tune of N228 Million to support its COVID-19 interventions in Nigeria.

 

This is part of The Coca-Cola Foundation’s $2.5million grant to the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) to support the COVID-19 pandemic within the West and Central Africa sub-regions.

The grant, which leverages the long-standing partnership between The Coca-Cola Company and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), seeks to support national efforts in the fight against the Coronavirus disease through the provision of essential medical supplies, personal protective equipment (PPE) and risk communications to impacted communities, healthcare personnel on the frontlines and treatment centres across the country.

 

Speaking on the donation, Yebeltal Getachew, managing director, Coca-Cola Nigeria Limited, explained, “The Coca-Cola System (Coca-Cola Nigeria, Nigeria Bottling Company and Chi Limited) remains committed to providing support to the communities we serve during these challenging times.

 

“By providing healthcare workers with much-needed PPEs, we are confident that this will go a long way in ensuring their safety as they remain on the frontlines of the fight against COVID-19.

 

“Coca-Cola is proud to support the Red Cross as we deliver on our purpose of making a difference across the world”. 

 

Medical supplies being donated comprise N95 respirators, surgical masks, examination gloves, face shields, medical gowns, no-touch thermometers, disposable aprons, heavy-duty rubber gloves, rubber boots, basic masks, disposable gloves, and hand sanitizers.

 

Expressing his gratitude for the donation, Abubakar Kende, secretary-general for the Nigerian Red Cross Society explained, “We have identified the facilities in urgent need of these PPEs in consultation with NCDC and the Federal Ministry of Health and will subsequently be distributed to these centres.

 

“This will ensure that treatment centres across the country are properly equipped with necessary PPEs as we continue to fight the disease”. 

IFRC seeks to directly impact the lives of over 1.4 million people in Nigeria and across other countries in West and Central Africa under this partnership. For over a century, The Coca-Cola Company and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) have sustained a rewarding partnership that has seen the rehabilitation and preservation of human lives across the world through the delivery of humanitarian aid and emergency response to communities affected by disasters.

 

 

 


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