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Airtel Commends Own Female Employees For Courage, Innovation



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Female employees of leading telecommunication services provider, Airtel Nigeria,have been commended for their boldness, courage and for leading innovation in the telecoms industry.

A high profile panel comprising exceptional Nigerian women, who are leaders and pioneers in their various fields of specialization, gave this commendation at a colourful event organised by Airtel Nigeria to mark the International Women’s Day, yesterday in Ikoyi, Lagos.

Specifically, Airtel Nigeria was commended for maintaining a firm stance as an equal opportunity employer, offering an abundance of opportunities for exceptional Nigerian women to lead key functions such as customer service, finance, mobile money, enterprise division and other operations within the telco.

Mrs. Ibukun Awosika, chairman of First Bank Nigeria Plc, while commending women in Airtel Nigeria also used the platform to encourage them to continue learning and to invest in themselves; break away from the normal and be bold for change.

“There is too much pampering and lying to the womenfolk and this is bad because it never helps. As a woman, you must build yourself and cultivate a culture of continuous knowledge acquisition. This will help you have the boldness to be the best of you,” Awosika said.

Speaking earlier at the event, Segun Ogunsanya, managing director and chief executive officer, Airtel Nigeria, noted that women are very influential in the home, the workplace and all aspects of life. He urged women to strive for excellence in all their endeavours.

“Every woman has a rod in her hand. This rod could be a pen, qualification, network, disposition; whatever it is, women should use the rod in their hands to create value for others”.

At the Airtel International Women’s Day event, CEO, Fine & Country, Udo Okonjo, spoke to the theme of the year, ‘Be Bold for Change’.

She urged women to strive for financial education and empowerment in other to be contributory members of the society.

Renowned marriage and relationship expert, Funke Felix Adejumo, highlighted on the need for women to have good understanding and a beautiful countenance.

“Women need to understand themselves, believe in themselves and strive to be happy irrespective of the difficulties they go through. They must also learn to be financially independent, make an impact on our world and ensure they leave a legacy for their children”.

Other distinguished speakers at the Airtel International Women’s Day event included  Professor of Gynaecology, Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH), Abosede Afolabi who spoke on women and their body; Fashion and style expert, Veronica Odeka and award winning make-up artist, Joyce Jacob. 

The Airtel International Women’s Day celebration, which held on March 8, 2017 at the Airtel headquarters, is part of the telco’s commitment to supporting and celebrating women who play a very important role in the society.

The celebration provided an avenue for Airtel female employees to come together and discuss various topics that relate to them in their personal as well as professional lives. The celebration, which also served as an avenue for mentorship gave employees the opportunity to relate with veterans in various fields.

The International Women’s Day, which is marked annually on 8th of March, is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity.


(L-r) Adaeze Obinna, officer, Customer Experience Resolution, Airtel Nigeria; Adenike Ayeye, commercial controller, Airtel Nigeria; Mrs. Ibukun Awosika, chairman, First Bank Nigeria Plc; Tolulope Tope-Awofeko, general manager, Customer Experience, Airtel Nigeria, and Toyin Aralepo, financial controller, Airtel Nigeria, during the celebration of the 2017 International Women’s Day at the Airtel Nigeria Headquarters in Banana Island, Lagos





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NCC Hosts UNODC, Vows to Sustain Collaborations Against Cybercrimes




The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) will continue to collaborate with other government agencies and international partners towards stemming the tide of cybercrimes.

Mr Sunday Dare, NCC’s executive commissioner, Stakeholder Management, stated this on recently at the Commission’s Headquarters during an interactive session with representatives of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, UNODC.

Kamal Toure, the UNODC eLearning Project Officer and Patrick Boismenu, cybercrime expert, were at the Commission’s Headquarters as part of their assessment mission to West Africa to gauge how well Nigeria, Senegal and the Gambia are able to fight cybercrime.

Mr. Dare noted that the Commission performs its regulatory functions in a way that ensures that its licensees take the steps necessary to combat cybercrimes.

He explained that “The role of the NCC here is to do an audit and make sure that we have all the ISPs having active databases and meeting the six months (data retention requirement) as stipulated in the license provision.”

Responding, Patrick Boismenu stated that UNODC is willing to provide assistance in needed areas to ensure that ISPs comply with requirements for data retention because of the crucial role data plays in fighting cybercrimes.

“Our goal is to ensure that cybercrime investigators have access to the tools they need to do their work,” Mr Boismenu explained.

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TCP: NCC Says Consumer Satisfaction, Robust Sector Top Priorities




By Ugo Onwuaso

Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) is determined to carry out its regulatory functions to ensure that the companies operating in the industry were healthy.

Prof. Umar Danbatta, the executive vice chairman of the Commission, made the remark during the 81st edition of the Telecoms Consumer Parliament (TCP) held in Lagos.

He added that “it has taken steps to ensure that the telecommunications sector remains vibrant”.

Mr. Sunday Dare, the executive commission, Stakeholders Management, NCC, who represented the Executive Vice Chairman, said that “the commission would carry out its regulatory functions to ensure that the companies operating in the industry were healthy”.

The Chairman said that the regulatory body had made interventions to prevent disruptions in the consumer’s experience.

According to him, “NCC has commenced aggressive enforcement of the Code of Corporate Governance to ensure that licensees in the industry continue to operate as viable businesses.

“The consumer deserves all the credits for the past and indeed the future successes of this industry.

“The Nigerian telecommunications consumers are at the centre stage of our regulation.

“We at the NCC, being consumer centric regulatory organisation have decided to celebrate consumers of the Nigerian telecommunications industry consistent with the eight point agenda that I set out when I assumed office in 2015.

The number two and six items of the agenda are the core drivers of the NCC year of telecommunications consumer initiative.

“While the number two item of the agenda addresses improved quality of service.

And item six is concerned with protection and empowerment of the telecommunications consumers,” he said.

He also stated that all NCC’s initiatives such as SIM card registration, Mobile Number Portability, Broadband policy implementation, development of 2442 and 622 short codes as well as various consumer awareness campaigns were to ensure consumer satisfaction and protection.

Danbatta added that the commission would continue to look out for and protect the interest of the consumer without compromising the interests of other stakeholders in the industry.

Mr Abdullahi Maikano, director, Consumer Affairs Bureau (CAB) of NCC, said that over the years, TCP had proven to be an innovative way of bringing all stakeholders together to discuss and proffer solutions to industry issues.

Maikano said that the TCP had continued to occupy a pride of place in the commission’s activities.

He said that NCC would continue to provide significant resources to ensure that the parliament is held regularly for the benefit of consumers and the industry.

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Banks’ Working for Early Sale of 9Mobile — Fidelity Bank Boss




Mr. Nnamdi Okonkwo, managing director of Fidelity Bank Plc, has said that all the banks whose money is trapped are working together for smooth sale of the telecoms on or before the end of the year.

This is as the 180 days’ window handed down to the receiver managers of 9Mobile draw nearer.

Explaining industry issues in a recent interactive session with select editors and publishers in Lagos, he said “As you are aware, the creditor banks came together to appoint a new Board and Management for the company, with the Deputy Governor of the CBN as chairman of the Board”.

“The company has good fundamentals with about 22 million subscribers, and it is also very strong in data. Our interest is to ensure the company remains a going concern so that it can attract interested buyers. The banks are working collectively on this,” Fidelity bank chief executive revealed.

It would recalled that at the heat of the $1.2bn syndicated loan default crisis which nearly grounded the former Etisalat, both the telecoms regulator and Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), considered the volume of subscribers and intervened.

Part of the intervention was the appointment of Dr. Joseph Nnanna, former Deputy Governor of the CBN to head the chair the board and prepare it for potential investors between 90 to 180 days.

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