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MTN Reduces Their Night Plan Data Bundle Volume, N25 for 125MB

Just After MTN reviewed the price if their Sme data plans, they dropped another bombshell by reducing the night data plan data bundle volume.
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This might just sound funny but i knew MTN was up to something when they dashed out free 1GB data to subscribers for doing nothing.

MTN Unlimited Free Browsing Cheat August 2018 With Stark VPN

Xup Hommies, You've not been misled by the title; and Hopefully, This is another free unlimited browsing cheat on mtn we've unleashed and it's one of its kind this year.
We have have receiving a lot of mails, messages from LTB members to at least have a tweak on MTN this year as we've been dealing all through with Glo.

It wasn't easy exploting our isp loophole and among all especially MTN because it has been quite a while we have exploited their loophole. But I think we were able to write of it today and we are about to unleashed right in this article.
√ Requirements

1. An Old MTN Sim
2. Download Spark VPN - Google Play / Google Search

3. MTN Config File - Download MTNTWEAK(LTB

Now after all the above config and apk file are downloaded and installed then the only thing remain for you is to import the svc config file on spark vpn.

How Do I Import My SVC config File?

Yeah we got your back by following the steps we illustrated below with screenshot.

✓Launch your Spark VPN apk, then at the menu, look for (TWEAK) then click on as illustrated in the screenshot below.✓Now, look for the svc config you downloaded on our telegram group, select and import it.
 If the config was successfully imported then your Spark VPN home menu should display our notice about the config file. 
√ All you need to do now is to click on the connect button, wait for some sec for it to establish the connection then you're good to go. 
How to borrow Data on all Networks in Nigeria 9Mobile Airtel Glo and Mtn
How To Be Eligible For The Mtn Unlimited Tweaks

✓ Firstly get any sim starting with 0814 , 07030810 and 0816...

¶ Those numbers have high tendency to work unlimitedly with the tweak we unleashed.

✓ So let's say you got a new sim and the one you bought has it first four digit as 0703 just like mine.

✓ After the registration, insert the sim into your phone after 30 minite of the registration of your new sim.

✓ Then when you on your phone, you should either be greeted with their welcome message of your registered sim or even sometimes, a pop up notifaction might display about you choosing any tarrif plan of your choice.

✓ So choose mtn pulse as your tarrif plan but if you didn't receive any message as this, kindly head over to your http injector...

✓ Then open and connect it. at first try it may not connect or prove stuborn, you need not to be scare, so just on and off your data repeatedly until your http injector is connected.

✓ When the connection is finally established with http injector, go to your phone dialer and dial *406# to migrate to mtn pulse...

Now you're good to browse and download non stop...

MTN, NLC disagree of employment status of staff

The Human Resource Executive of MTN Nigeria, Mrs Esther Akinnukawe, has denied that the telecommunications company engaged casual employees.

“We do not have casual employees in MTN; I am not aware that MTN engages in casualisation.

“The company partners with `service providers’ to recruit workers,’’ Akinnukawe told journalists on Wednesday on the third day of MTN picketing by the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC).

NLC vows to continue picketing of MTN over non-unionisation of workers

She fielded questions from journalists in Lagos at the MTN Nigeria Headquarters, Falomo, Ikoyi, Lagos, which has been under lock and key due to the picketing.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the NLC accused MTN of employing workers on casual basis.
The organised labour also alleged that the company prevented its employees from belonging to unions.
Akinnukawe told journalists that outsourcing was being mistaken for casualisation, adding that all MTN workers were full-fledged staff.
She said that NLC should dialogue with `service providers’ on how to resolve any employment issue.
According to the official, use of `service providers’ in employment was in line with international best practices.
The human resources executive said that the Ministry of Labour and Employment licensed operations of such service providers.
Meanwhile, the NLC President, Mr Ayuba Wabba, has denied the allegation that the congress destroyed MTN property while picketing the multinational company.
“We do not intend to do so, as that is not our objective. We are clear about our objectives, and we shall not allow anything to distract us.
“We are responsible workers and alive to our responsibilities,’’ he told journalists on the third day of the picketing in Lagos.
He said that NLC had been peaceful and orderly in the picketing.
The labour leader urged MTN Nigeria to respect workers’ right to freely associate, in line with constitutional provisions, adding that the congress was committed to ensuring freedom of association for Nigerian workers.
Wabba had on Monday said: “In MTN, all the workers are casual, they have no right to social protection; they are not allowed to freely bargain for a better work condition.
“A worker is sacked after working for about three to four months. The worker is asked to reapply. This is unfair, and we will not continue to allow it.’’
He said that the NLC, Nigeria Employers’ Consultative Association (NECA), relevant unions and MTN management from from South Africa held a bilateral meeting in Abuja but could not reach an agreement.
“NLC told MTN to respect Nigeria labour laws but they refused; that is why workers are impoverished. We do not expect this treatment because it is a multinational company,’’ he said.
The Association of Telecommunications Companies of Nigeria (ATCON) had in a statement in Lagos alleged that the picketing was an intentional attempt to frustrate efforts to provide seamless telecommunications.
ATCON alleged in the statement signed by its Executive Secretary, Mr Ajibola Olude, that NLC was violent in the picketing.
“ATCON thinks if NLC wants to do anything at all, it should have peacefully carried out its picketing.
“Our members are law-abiding corporate organisations that have been contributing to the wealth of Nigeria,’’ it said.

MTN denies casualisation of workers

Telecommunications firm, MTN has denied claims that its workers are casualised. This is coming after the picketing of its offices nationwide earlier this week by the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) over claims of casualisation of workers.

MTN, while denying the allegation, disclosed that its employees have full-time employment contracts. The firm, in a statement signed by its Corporate Relations Executive, Tobechukwu Okigbo yesterday, said it considers the rights of all its employees to be paramount and have consistently ensured that those rights are protected.

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This right, according to MTN, includes the fundamental human right to freedom of association as enshrined in the Nigerian constitution and were not forcing employees to do anything against their will. MTN said it provides working conditions in line with international best practices, stressing that all employees earn above minimum wage.

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According to the firm, over the years, it has engaged productively with representatives of Labour Unions, who reached out, holding numerous extensive meetings, saying it would continue to do so, pursuing amicable resolutions in its negotiations with organised labour.

MTN noted that the safety and welfare of its employees would remain a primary concern during these discussions while assuring customers of improved connectivity.

ALTON expresses worry over picketing of MTN offices by NLC

Association of Licensed Telecommunications Operators of Nigeria (ALTON) has expressed concerns over the picketing of the offices and disruption of operations of MTN Nigeria one of its members.

Officials of the Nigerian Labour Congress and persons allegedly in the employment of the company yesterday marched on MTN offices in different locations in the country to protest against the poor welfare of its Nigerian staff.
The company was also alleged to have prevented its workers from joining trade unions.In a statement made available to Nigeria CommunicationsWeek, ALTON noted that its members are law-abiding organizations who are committed to best practices in all areas including labour related matters.
“As responsible corporate citizens, our members have always provided platforms for their employees to associate freely in accordance with the law and the constitution. Employees of our members are able to join or form associations and unions if they so desire.
“However, the practice is that membership of any associations and unions are voluntary. In line with fundamental human rights regarding freedom of association as guaranteed by the constitution, individuals must not be compelled to join an association or union if they do not choose to do so.
“Picketing of such nature as reported, leading to injury to persons and damage to properties, creates an unfortunate situation where employees are coerced to join unions and associations without respect for their individual rights of voluntary association.
“Damage to any Telecom Facilities will lead to the disruption of critical national security and economic services which will expose innocent citizens to great danger.“Attempts have been made to disrupt the network operations of some of our members through the shut down and vandalisation of critical network facilities.
“The implication of such disruption will lead to severe poor quality of services with attendant national security implications and far reaching implications on other services that are dependent on the telecommunications industry,” the statement added.
ALTON however urged government and its law enforcement agencies to intervene expeditiously. “Otherwise, we will advise our members to consider preventive shut down in order to avoid further damage to network facilities. We trust parties will respect each other’s constitutional rights in the interest of our nation Nigeria,” ALTON said.

NLC vows to continue picketing of MTN over non-unionisation of workers

Faults NCC’ silence 
The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has vowed to continue picketing the premises of telecommunication giants, MTN, until all its workers are allowed to belong to labour unions of their choice. 

President of Congress, Ayuba Wabba, who disclosed this in Abuja, flayed the communication company for disallowing unionisation in Nigeria but allow their workers in South Africa and Ghana to belong to unions of their choice. 

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The national umbrella body of worker also lampooned the Nigeria Communication Commission (NCC) for reporting NLC picketing of MTN to the Office of the National Security Adviser saying such a step was hypocritical and suspect.NLC berated the NCC for not seen anything wrong with the violation of Nigerian laws, labour laws or security breaches leading to the loss of lives of security personnel, not to talk about humongous illicit financial flows as highlighted in the Thabo Mbeki Report which continue to undermine Nigeria’s national wellbeing or security

NLC held that the greatest threat to Nigeria’s national security is not by Nigerian workers but the bullish and arrogant attitude of MTN and its co-travellers or collaborators like the NCC. 
It added: “Let NCC continue to promote this talk about MTN infrastructure constituting core critical national asset. We do not begrudge them. For us at the Nigeria Labour Congress, however, no asset can be more critical to Nigeria that Nigerians themselves.” NLC warned the NCC that its premises might be picketed on the account of its continued support for MTN, saying, “we wish to put NCC on notice that we will picket it the way we picketed MTN if continues to discharge its duties in the breach. Let it continue with its ‘amebo’ instead of doing the work for which it is established.”
NLC described itself as a pan-Nigerian organisation, which jealously guard national interests and that is cannot be blackmailed.“We insist that companies, no matter how rich or powerful must respect our leaders, and obey the laws of the land. We insist they must treat Nigerians fairly and decently, for, clearly, Nigerian workers, nay, Nigerians have been at the receiving end of the bad behaviour of some trans-nationals in the telecom sector. Enough is enough,” it said. 
It declared that if workers of Airtel, First Bank, Union Bank and many other companies were allowed to unionise, MTN should not be given preferential treatment or consider itself to be above the law.
It hinted that the three-day picket carried out in July represents the first step in the series of lawful actions it will take against companies that act in breach of national and international labour laws and national interest.  It added: “We owe no one an apology for that. We would wish to let everyone know that we are committed to this operation. We have the will and the means to sustain it.” However, NLC said it is opened to meaningful dialogue towards resolving the industrial conflict. 

NIMC Boss, Engr. Aziz, Advises Nigerians on Importance of National Identification Number

The Director-General of the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC), Engr. Aliyu Abubakar Aziz, has advised Nigerians and residents in the country to regard the National Identification Number (NIN) as a most crucial feature of their entire life as it is the unique identifier for all in Nigeria.

Engr. Aziz said Nigerians should view the NIN the same way Social Security Number is regarded in the United States, the National Insurance Number in the United Kingdom, or AADHAR number in India.

“What is common in all the countries I mentioned is just the number. Therefore, you need a unique NIN from cradle to grave,” he emphasised in a statement issued by Mr. Loveday Ogbonna, Head, Corporate Communications Unit of NIMC.
The NIMC boss advised Nigerians and residents to present themselves to be enrolled for the NIN to avoid the usual rush that may arise with enforcement of the mandatory use of NIN for transactions and access to services as stipulated in NIMC Act of 2007, Section 27.
The DG NIMC noted that “by law and along the entire lifecycle of individuals in Nigeria, you need to present your NIN whenever you need to be identified for services such as passport issuance, banking services, land transactions, insurance services, pension, health insurance, payment of taxes, voter’s registration, consumer credits, and all government services,” he said.
“In all these there’s nothing temporary about the NIN slip issued after registration,” he said, in apparent reaction to questions and enquiries in some quarters where some Nigerians had asked whether the NIN is a temporary feature while the physical electronic Identity Card is yet to be issued, and added that “the NIN is your identity and is considered more important than the card.”
Engr. Aziz further said that “NIMC’s current focus is on the number – NIN and not card. We are already in a digital economy driven by unique index numbers and not by physical tokens such as a card, though the law specified we should issue general multipurpose smart cards as the exercise continues.”
He also explained that the Commission is mindful of the demands of the general public for the physical card and all hands are on deck to meet this enormous demand that has huge financial implication for the nation.
The statement gave indication of the number of NINs enrolled so far to be 23.3 million up from seven million in November 2015 when Engr. Aziz took over the mantle of leadership.
Engr. Aziz appealed to Nigerians to enrol, saying “so please enrol for the NIN, encourage everyone you know to do same including children and legal residents as all other government agencies will follow soon and make their respective announcements on the mandatory use of the NIN.”

YouTube may offer cash to stars that promote its new features

INTERNATIONAL - YouTube wants to prove to its biggest stars that the popular video service is more than just an advertising business.
The Google-owned company is paying talent upfront sums to use and promote new features, including paid memberships and an enhanced chat, according to people familiar with the deals.

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The amounts range from tens of thousands to hundreds of thousands of dollars, said the people, who asked not to be identified as they are discussing terms that aren’t public.

YouTube introduced paid memberships, paid chats and a new merchandising programme earlier this year to placate top talent and keep up with major competitors.
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Many people with large followings on the video site have complained that it doesn’t offer ways to make money beyond advertising and that YouTube’s efforts to shield advertisers from controversial content has hurt their sales.
Competitors have seized on that dissatisfaction. 
Facebook Inc. and its Instagram service have approached YouTube stars touting their new video features, while Inc’s Twitch and Patreon offer the chance to reduce reliance on advertising by selling subscriptions to fans who want early access to programming or the ability to use certain symbols in chats.
“If YouTube’s not scared of Twitch yet they should be now,” Casey Neistat, a popular filmmaker, and video blogger said in an interview with the Verge in May.
Merchandise Sales
YouTube has responded by making it easier for creators to sell merchandise and by expanding the number of users who can sell a monthly subscription. 
The new Super Chat lets fans of a given YouTube star pay to highlight their messages in live streams. Such features offer higher profit margins to YouTube and its parent company Alphabet Inc, which been looking to make money from sources beyond advertising.
“It’s something creators have been asking for, and we’ve built the products hand-in-hand with them,” Neal Mohan, YouTube’s chief product officer, said in an interview at the time.
“We have no new initiative in place,” the company said separately. “We have always invested in our creators’ success and will continue to do so to ensure they have a great experience and can find continued growth and opportunity on YouTube.”
YouTube has in the past offered talent direct payments whenever it felt pressured by new competition, such as Vessel, a short-lived video service that tried to strike exclusive deals with top YouTube talent. In 2014, YouTube paid bonuses to creators who agreed to provide their videos exclusively.
These new YouTube contracts don’t require people to post only on YouTube, but they do prohibit them from posting first on competitors’ sites.

Twitter newly launched app and usefulness

Twitter Lite was launched back in February but it’s been getting a rather slow roll out. Because of this roll out the data-saving sibling of Twitter is only available in 45 countries. Thankfully Zimbabwe is now part of that list.
If you use chrome, you may have been prompted to add ‘Twitter Lite’ to your homepage and this was basically just a webpage appearing as an application would and this is not the Twitter Lite that has now been launched. The application is actually availabke on the Playstore and it will help users save storage and data. With an install size of only 3Mb, even those with storage issues won’t have a hard time clearing a few things to install this application.
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You also have the ability to turn on a data-saver mode and this will ensure that images are not automatically previewed as you scroll the timeline. Instead you can actually choose to load images on tweets you are actually interested in which is a great way of saving data.

This lighter version of the Twitter application also comes with a dark mode so you don’t have to pierce your eyes when you are checking out Twitter updates in darker surroundings.
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Lite apps are increasing in popularity
Twitter is not the only one going for the less intense apps specifically targeted at developing markets. Google and Facebook also have their suite of Lite apps which include YouTube Go, Maps Go and Facebook Lite. These applications will remian useful as long as data and decent smartphones remain expensive as they are in countries like our own. Google has actually gone ahead and created a lite-version of their android software and I won’t be surprised if, in a few years time those phones are common in Zim.

MTN signs N200b loan with 12 banks for expansion purposes

Telecommunications company, MTN Nigeria has signed a N200b medium term loan agreement with 12 Nigerian banks.

The loan deal, which was sealed today in Lagos, is expected to allow MTN expand its services to other part of the country, especially the underserved and unserved areas of the country.
MTN, which is currently the largest operator in Nigeria, controls 41 per cent market share and services over 60m subscribers.

The facility is structured with a two-year moratorium and a repayment plan of five years and is denominated in Naira.

The bank’s include Citibank Nigeria Limited, Diamond Bank Plc, Ecobank Nigeria Plc, Fidelity Bank Plc, First Bank of Nigeria PLC, First City Monument Bank, FSDH Merchant Bank Limited, Rand Merchant Bank Nigeria Limted.

Others are Standard Chartered Bank Plc, Stanbic IBTC Bank PLC, United Bank of Africa PLC and Union Bank of Nigeria PLC.

Latest Nokia Android Phones with Prices and Features (2018)

Take advantage of the comment box to let me know if there’s anything you’d like me to include in this post. I’ll try my best to do that.
The company recently announced the return of the legendary Nokia 3310, mother of all phones. It made the phone even stronger and better to suit modern times.
Now, the company is rolling out new Nokia smartphones to compete with other brands’ flagships, like the Samsung Galaxy phones. It has signed up its new phones (Nokia 6 (2018), Nokia 7 Plus, and Nokia Sirocco) to Android One. This means that they run stock Android 8 Oreo and you’ll get the next two updates and 3 years of security updates.
In this post, I list the latest Nokia Android phones (2017 and 2018) with their prices, specs, and features based on time of release, popularity, and availability in major online stores in Nigeria.

How to borrow Data on all Networks in Nigeria 9Mobile Airtel Glo and Mtn

How to borrow Data on all Networks in Nigeria 9Mobile Airtel Glo and Mtn
Ever run out of data and you dont ve much credit unit on your phone to subscribe for a data plan yet you need to check up something online ASAP well here’s how to borrow data from all major available network in Nigeria with ease to give you access to the internet.

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What to Note;
How much data you can borrow solely depends on how active you have been. The more active you have been the more data you can borrow and access. You can even borrow up 3GB of data on some networks if you are very much active.

How to Borrow Data on All networks in Nigeria
You must have been active on any of the networks for the past 3 months before attempting to borrow data. By active, they mean that you must have recharged a minimum of N100 on your line every month in the last 3 months.



 Dial * 606# and Select XtraByte. It will bring a list of data bundle you can borrow. Click on the one you want and that’s it. If you are eligible for that data bundle you will get a successfully message upon completion.

 Dial * 321# and choose from any of the available data bundles.

 Dial * 500# and pick the borrow data Option. Then choose any of the data bundles you like.

 9mobile does not have this feature. However, you can subscribe to their data using the borrowed credit which to me is kind of the same feat.
That’s very much everything about how to borrow data, note that upon recharging the charges for the data will be deducted from your recharge unit.

Lowest Call Rate in Nigeria in 2018 for 9Mobile, Glo, MTN and Airtel

It is highly imperative you know the lowest call rate in Nigeria in 2018 at the moment if you do not want to be spending much money than you should on making calls. All the network service providers in Nigeria roll out different call tariffs every time, it gets harder to keep up with all the plans with time. This article will guide you in settling with the best call rate for all networks.

Lowest Call Rate in Nigeria – 9Mobile Nigeria
9Mobile may be having a lot of issues right now but if you are one of their subscribers the Easylife 4.0 plan is the best call rate this network offers at the moment.
Easylife 4.0 is a prepaid plan which offers very cheap call rates in Nigeria to all networks and some international countries.

Dial *420*1# to migrate to easylife 4.0. It is totally free to migrate. Dial *232# to check your balance and *244*3# to confirm your package.
9Mobile charges 11kobo/sec for calls to any network in Nigeria. There is daily access fee of N5 which is charged on the first call you make for the day after which all subsequent calls are then charged 11kobo/sec.
The N5 daily access fee is valid till 11.59pm every day.
Calls to US, UK, India and China goes for 20k/sec.
SMS within Nigeria is charged at N4, while international SMS is charged at N15 each.

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Lowest Call Rate in Nigeria – Airtel Nigeria
Airtel’s cheapest tariff is very similar to Etisalat’s own. The smartTALK 2.0 is Airtel’s plan with the lowest call rate in Nigeria right now.

Dial *315# to migrate to smartTALK 2.0. It is total free to migrate to this plan once in a month.
Airtel charges 11kobo/sec for calls to any network in Nigeria. There is daily access fee of N5 which is charged on the first call you make for the day after which all subsequent calls are then charged 11kobo/sec.
Calls to US, UK, Canada, India and China goes for 20k/sec.
The plan is available to all Airtel subscribers.

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Lowest Call Rate in Nigeria – MTN Nigeria

MTN Pulse is actually the lowest call rate for MTN right now. The plan offers 11kobo/sec for local calls to all networks in Nigeria; there is no definitive charge defined for international calls.
  • Dial *406*1# to migrate or text 406 to 131.
  • First 50 seconds call for the day is charged at 20kobo/sec. Read more about MTN Pulse and other plans here.
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Airtel Gains, MTN Loses As NCC Releases Update On Internet Usage In Nigeria

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) on Thursday said that internet users on Nigeria’s telecommunications networks have reduced to 92,281,921, as at June.

The commission made this known in its monthly Internet Subscriber Data, which was obtained by the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos.
A breakdown of the data showed that internet users on both the Global System for Mobile communications (GSM), and the Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) networks reduced by 81,415.
It further said that 92,363,336 subscribers surfed the internet in May, but that only 92,281,921 did in June.
The data showed that out of the 92,281,921 internet users in June, 92,181,178 were on the GSM networks, while 100,743 users were on the CDMA. Of the 92,181,178 internet users on the GSM networks in the month under review, the document showed that MTN Nigeria had 32,974,177 customers browsing on its network.
It stated that MTN suffered a decrease of 134,609 internet subscribers in June, after it recorded 33,108,786 users in the month of May.
According to the report, Globacom had 26,628,065 customers surfing the net in June, showing an increase of 272,674 from its May’s record of 26,355,391.
It also said that Airtel Nigeria network recorded a rise of users with 17,325,423 internet users in the month of June, as against 17,280,089 customers in May.
The records, therefore, showed that Airtel Nigeria network users increased by 45,334 in the month of June.
The data also showed that Etisalat had 15,253,513 internet users in June, as against the 15,508,024 in May, recording a decrease of 254,511 users in the month under review.
It also revealed that the CDMA operators (Multi-Links and Visafone), had a joint total of 100,743 internet users on their networks in June.
It showed that the only surviving two CDMA networks in the country listed a decrease of 10,303 internet subscribers in the month under review, from the 111,046 users they recorded in May.
Visafone had 100,739 customers surfing the internet in June, showing a reduction of 10,303 users from its May record of 111,042.
Multi-Links had 4 internet users in the month of June, same as in May.
The document stressed the need for more Nigerians to embrace the internet, to speed up the country’s progress towards achieving 30 per cent broadband penetration by 2018.

The Adamawa State (NYSC) Coordinator, Malam Abub- akar Mohammed, has advised members of the 2018 Batch “B” corps members posted to Adamawa State to properly utilise the Skills Acquisition and Entrepreneurship Development (SAED) programme of the scheme to become self-employed after the service year. Mohammed made the call, Friday at the end of the programme for batch B corps members at Damare Orientation Camp near Yola. He said many past corps members who utilised the skills they learnt under the programme had become self-employed. The coordinator, who observed that some corps members were showing lukewarm attitude towards the training, said such corps members needed to face the reality that entrepreneurship was the only sure way to employment and economic greatness. “Agreed, you went to school and graduated with an impressive result. But the fact remains that the labour market is long over saturated with uncountable unemployed graduates. “I must, therefore, tell you that venturing into entrepreneurship is the only guarantee for our youths to attain economic autonomy. “This is why NYSC introduced SAED in 2012; I am pleased to inform you that many graduates who took part in this training and utilised it properly since inception have become millionaires.” He urged the corps members that took part in the training to try and locate training centres at their places of primary assignment so as to further perfect their skills before the end of the service year. The highlight of the occasion was the exhibition of various products made by the corps members who participated in the training.

NCC Unfolds Nigeria’s Broadband Plan

NCC Unfolds Nigeria’s Broadband Plan

Nigeria’s effort to join the global broadband community has crystallized into a focus master plan unfolded by the EVC of NCC, Dr. Eugene Juwah, at the Nigerian Broadband Forum in Lagos. The plan as unveiled by NCC has, more or less, confirmed the ‘Open Access Model’ earlier indicated by the Commission as Dr. Eugene Juwah presented a clearer perspective to the plan which he said encompasses the current State Accelerated Broadband Initiative, WIN, programs of the Commission. “The Open Access Model is expected to help Nigerian’s plug into the global knowledge grid and stay competitive with other countries” he said. The Key element driving the objective focus on open Access deployment of fibre infrastructure, according to Dr. Juwah, is to achieve high level of penetration across all geo-political Zones, contribute to GDP growth and development of knowledge economy, provide competitive and affordable pricing, ensure intelligent incentives to support industry players while equipping Nigeria with leading infrastructure in Africa.

The ultimate imperatives for this objective, he said, is to realize affordable prizing, high speed connectivity, high level of coverage and targeted government support. Dr. Juwah who spoke to an international audience including Nigeria’s Communications Technology Minister, Mrs. Omobola Johnson, representive of the ITU Secretary General, Mr. Desire Karyabwite, the Secretary of the African Telecommunications Union, ATU, Mr. Adoulkarim Soumailia, and a wide 

The Green Coffee

"The Best Way to Get Rid of Extra Kilos is to Leave Them On Your Plate"
Coffee is a Great Source of Antioxidants, and Chlorogenic Acid is one of the Most Important Ones among Them. Unfortunately, Chlorogenic Acid cannot Withstand Thermal processing. Therefore, if You Drink Coffee Made of Roasted Beans, there is Practically No Chlorogenic Acid in It. Green Coffee is Never Roasted. This allows to Preserve All the Useful Elements (Especially Chlorogenic Acid). Another Quality of the Green Coffee is Its Ability to Lower Your Blood Sugar. This Suppresses Insulin Production and Prevents Fat Deposits.

Researchers list economic uses of cassava peels

With innovations and technologies, cassava peels have moved from being an environmental nuisance to important economic materials used in animal feeds and mushroom production, among others.

With innovations and technologies, cassava peels have moved from being an environmental nuisance to important economic materials used in animal feeds and mushroom production, among others.
Another way to make use of cassava peels, according to Adebayo, is “when we make it a layer to grow mushrooms on. And mushrooms are high in fiber and protein, which are very nutritious. All of these are the primary importance of cassava peels.”

Adebayo added that cassava peels are said to be part of the ingredients in soap making if burnt, but he has not personally done it to confirm how effective it is, but he is sure it is theoretically possible.

He said: “Some of my colleagues have also added value to cassava peels by grating and putting it in other livestock feeds. But I consider it to be very expensive alternative.
“If you are conversant with the cassava-growing environment, you will note that about 10% of cassava is solid waste and this can be a nuisance if not properly managed. Over the years, I have done some groups of work with the World Bank to see how we can commercially convert this to products to yield income, especially for the poor.”

Similarly, according to a research led by Iheanacho Okike, a scientist with International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) in Ibadan, “the new process and innovation could also release about two million tonnes of maize for human consumption that would otherwise have been used for animal feeds, contributing significantly to food security efforts in the country.”

There are several existing technologies of drying, grating and preserving cassava peels which would hold the key to providing a readily available and sustainable source of feeding for domestic animals, which will increase income for farmers.

The use of cassava peels as a partial replacement of maize in young pigs’ diet was shown, according to research, to be cost-effective. It was also established in the research study that up to a 57% level of inclusion had no deleterious and harmful effects on the pigs

Mrs Bola Adeyemo, a female farmer in Oyo State, testified also that the economic value of processing cassava peels is very high even though the equipment used in processing the cassava peels are very expensive

A case study of MTN vs NLC

An official of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Oyo State Chapter, locking the MTN office gate at Ring Road during the picketing of the office in Ibadan.

Nigerian labour unions have always confounded me. As a teenager, it struck me as weird that the Academic Staff Union of Universities, which both my parents belonged to, could go on strike for months and demand to be paid notwithstanding, ostensibly because research does not stop during strikes.
As a lawyer, in my early years of legal practice, I worked with the firm’s aviation practice partner on a dispute between an airline and NUATE, the Nigerian Union of Air Transport Employees. We frequently had meetings with the NUATE executive committee, apparently comprising full time aviation sector employees who also seemed to carry out union business full time. They deployed violence to press home their demands, not unlike their umbrella body, the Nigeria Labour Congress in its recent face-off with a multinational mobile network operator.

It is curious that multinationals always seem to be first in the firing line of these unions. On this occasion, the purported reason for the targeted action is that the operator in question ‘treats its workers like slaves,’ ‘disregards trade union rights’ and ‘the casualisation of workers is unacceptable.’ According to the NLC, the mobile network operator ‘must obey the laws of the land.’ It goes without saying that they must but what labour laws exactly do the unions rely on when they make these allegations?
Most companies resort to temporary or outsourced staff for functions that are not central to their business (e.g. customer service or short term projects) and it is in fact a popular cost-saving measure adopted globally. Chances are that everyone who knows people working in the US or Europe knows about “contracting” and how widespread it is. Anyone who follows business trends will also be aware of outsourcing and the vistas it has opened for companies who provide ancillary business or support services.

Various reports of the “picketing” that took place in Lagos suggest that the premises were forcibly sealed and some property vandalised. None of the reports include a statement of any sort from the staff of the company, who a simple online search will reveal have a thriving staff association, indicative of a truncated yearning to join to the NLC.

SEC tasks MTN on official filing...

Acting Director-General of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Mary Uduk has tasked MTN Group on official filing of the Initial Public Offering (IPO) prospectus to the commission.
Uduk, while reacting further over recent media reports that MTN Nigeria is good to go with the Nigeria Listing, stated categorically that neither MTN Nigeria Limited nor any of its advisers or representatives has filed any application on the IPO with the commission.
Speaking at the commission’s second post Capital Market Committee (CMC) in Lagos yesterday, Uduk assured that the commission is willing to provide the necessary regulatory support, if MTN finally files a formal and complete application with the commission. According to her, MTN Nigeria will be treated with the usual diligence and urgency that is applicable to all such filings. Capital market stakeholders have described the moves by the telecoms giant, MTN to raise about N153bn ($500m) from the sale of shares in its Nigerian business as a ‘positive development’, saying it would deepen the market and encourage the active participation of individual consumers in the company’s wealth creation process. But with the current political risks, which have continued to depress transactions on the equity sector of the NSE, operators had doubted the possibility of MTN IPO and subsequent listing on the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) this year.They said that the IPO might not be visible this 2018 by the way and manner MTN was going handling the issue.
Managing Director, APT Securities and Funds Ltd., Malam Garba Kurfi said that MTN was dragging the issue because of the way and manner things were handled in the country. However, Executive Vice Chairman of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Umar Garba Danbatta, said recently that MTN must list on the NSE on or before May 2019.

Fighting the death of SMS at WhatsApp’s hands

Earlier this year, Google launched “Chat,” a plan to introduce Rich Communication Services (RCS) into the default SMS client in Android.
RCS introduces several improvements over traditional SMS, and is currently integrated into Android Messages.

To speed up the rate at which operators were adopting RCS, Google acquired a company called Jibe Mobile in 2015. It also got mobile operators like Deutsche Telekom and Vodafone to adopt RCS.
Among the features RCS introduces is the sending of high quality photos, group conversations, read receipts, and an indicator showing when someone is typing.

In November 2016, Google also launched a new universal profile for RCS with Sprint in the United States.

It went on to offer an online service called Jibe RCS Cloud, an implementation of the RCS Universal Profile which lets operators quickly implement the technology and scale it.
The Jibe Hub provides mobile operators with a connection to the global RCS network. It is interoperable with third-party RCS networks, according to Google, promising that one connection delivers worldwide interconnection.

9to5Google recently reported that 50 mobile network operators in 33 countries have launched RCS, and that the GSM Association forecasts that 40 new operators in 30 countries will implement the technology in the next year.

Rich Communication Services in SA

In South Africa, however, MTN and Telkom said they do not have immediate plans to support the technology.
“MTN has been in discussions with Google on the requirements to enable RCS messaging in South Africa, and have technically assessed the effort required when implementing it,” said the head of corporate affairs at MTN, Jacqui O’Sullivan.
“When launching such services, it is important to take into consideration various aspects such as network support, product proposition, and smart devices with the [new] Android Messages application installed.”
Telkom said it can support the service, but would require additional hardware to do so.
“Over time as mobile networks evolve, old services such as SMS which are not network resource efficient will be phased out,” said Telkom.
“Other factors, such as consumer advocacy and the regulator’s push to lower the cost of communication, will result in cheaper and more efficient services such as RCS.”
Telkom said the main issue with RCS is interoperability between carriers. “Once this issue is addressed, it is expected to take off and Telkom will support it on its network,” said Telkom.
Vodacom and Cell C did not provide comment by the time of publication.

MTN shuts Abuja office

The MTN office in the Maitama District of Abuja, on Tuesday was under lock and key following the nationwide picketing of the company by the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC).

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) correspondent, who visited the office, reports that it was locked with only policemen and other security personnel outside the gate.
NAN reports that the picketing of MTN offices by NLC, which started on Monday, was in protest against non-unionisation of its workers.

The leadership of the union and other members had barricaded the head office of the company in Lagos for about eight hours, preventing workers from carrying out their daily duties.
A security man, who pleaded anonymity, told NAN in Abuja that there was a directive from the MTN headquarters in Lagos that all staff of the organisation should not come to work until further notice.
“Maybe it is because of the protest by some people in our office in Lagos.
“We were told to come to office but all other staff of the organisation were asked to stay at home till further notice, ‘’ he said.
NAN reports that the protest in Lagos was led by the NLC President, Ayuba Wabba.
“There are a lot of anti-labour practices by the company, which include denying the workers freedom of association and the right to collective bargaining,’’ Wabba said.
At the time of filing the report, MTN offices in many states are still closed for business.
Similar protests took place in Port Harcourt, Yenagoa, Kano, Ibadan and other cities on Monday.

MTN reacts to ‘violent’ NLC picketing

Telecoms giant has described the picketing of some of its offices in Nigeria as “needless destruction of property.”
Officials of the Nigerian Labour Congress and persons allegedly in the employment of the company Monday marched on MTN offices in different locations to protest against the poor welfare of its Nigerian staff.
The company was also alleged to have prevented its workers from joining trade unions.
A source at the company said the policemen drafted to maintain peace were not helpful.
“Our head office and several other MTN locations nationwide are under attack under the guise of picketing during the NLC strike.”

“We got some police to assist keep things calm, but instead, they are standing by watching haplessly.”

The Guardian reporters in Enugu and Kano said the protests were peaceful. In Enugu, protesters were not able to enter MTN offices because it was locked and there were men of the Nigerian police to deter destruction of property.
In Kano, a senior management staff addressed the protesters.
But MTN in a statement said some of its staff were attacked by NLC officials.
“As always our primary concern is the safety and well-being of our employees, some of whom were attacked by supposed NLC operatives and have sustained injuries,” the company said in a statement sent to The Guardian.
MTN insisted that it did not prevent its workers from forming unions, noting that it also owed its employees the obligation to ensure they are not compelled to join associations.
“We will continue to champion our peoples’ rights, whether they are part of a union or not and work hard to minimise disruptions in service to our customers,” it says.

NLC pickets Bauchi MTN offices over anti-labour practices‎

The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) on Monday, picketed the telecommunication giant, MTN Nigeria offices in Bauchi, over anti-labour practices.
Comrade Hashimu Gital, Chairman, NLC), Bauchi State, who led the picketing, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that the action was to advance issues of decent work and better conditions of service for workers.
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‎“Every worker is entitled to better working conditions,” he said, accusing the telecommunication company of regularly renewing employment contract with its workers as a way of shying away from the respiratory similitude of paying gratuity and pension to them.

‎“We are giving them three days as warning, as directed by the National office of the NLC in Abuja,’’ he said.

‎According to him, the company, at every three months, sacks its workers and give them a new contract.

“This is not acceptable. Our laws do not accept that, and those workers need to be liberated.

‎“We need to tell them that they need to respect the laws of the country; they need to also respect our own labour laws, but most importantly, they must respect human and trade union rights.
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‎“Workers have dignity, workers are not slaves and therefore, all workers must be treated with the best of attention.

‎“Injury to the workers at MTN is an injury to all Nigerian workers,’’ Gital said.

‎ ‎All efforts to talk to MTN officials in Bauchi proved abortive, as those met said they were not allowed to talk on any issue pertaining the company.

“It is only corporate headquarters, Abuja, that is supposed to talk,’’ said one of them.

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