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MTN Reacts as NLC Pickets Firm over Anti-Labour Laws



MTN Nigeria, has berated Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), for picketing its corporate head office in Lagos and other operational offices across the country over alleged refusal to allow its employees join union freely, among others.


NLC had MTN over alleged non-compliance to labour laws.


The NLC officials picketed MTN offices in various parts of the country including, Kano, Akwa Ibom, Ilorin and Enugu alleging non-compliance to labour laws and the refusal of MTN to allow unionism.


In Kwara State, Comrade Yekini Agunbiade and Issa Aremu led labour officials to picket MTN office in Ilorin, the state capital.


The MTN offices were blocked and workers were prevented from gaining entrance to the premises.


Aremu claimed that MTN did not just disallow unionism but also pay below national minimum wage and constantly sack their workers without benefit.


He noted that the picketing will last for three days pending when the Labour leaders will decide the next line of action if the company did not yield.


He urged the Ministry of Labour to ensure that all private establishments especially telecommunication companies adhere to the Labour laws for the benefit of Nigerian workers.


The organised labour in Akwa Ibom state also picketed the MTN office in Uyo.


Etim Ukpong, chairman of Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) in the state, who led the protest said the company’s labour policies are against civilised labour practices.


Meanwhile, MTN in the reaction described the picketing and destruction of their properties as a sad development noting that the safety of their employees is of utmost priority.


In a statement signed on Monday by Tobechukwu Okigbo, Corporate Relations executive MTN, said all workers have rights that should be protected.


MTN  added that it will continue to champion the rights of their workers whether they are part of a union or not.


“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.


“We do not prevent our employees from associating amongst themselves as they deem fit and owe our employees the obligation to ensure they are not compelled to join associations.


“MTN supports the freedom of association as enshrined in the Nigerian Constitution,” the statement read in part.


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Davido Becomes First Nigerian Panelist on Comedy Central Roast



African humour is set to take over the world! This Comedy Central Roast of AKA is set to rally Africans from Lagos to Cape Town to join in the celebration of poking fun at the celebrities they love the most.


Welcome three wise men to unite our continent’s socio-political differences in a spectacular show of love and laughter as part of the Comedy Central Roast of AKA in partnership with Showmax, coming to The Teatro at Montecasino, Johannesburg, South Africa on 21 February 2019.


Adding to his list of impressive achievements, Nigerian singer, Davido will become the first Nigerian to join the globally famousComedy Central Roast.


Davido has racked up numerous nominations and awards including the BET Award and the MTV EMArecognition in the “Best International Act: Africa”. Just how much will his presence on the stage unsettle the SupaMega AKA?


Commenting on the Roast Davido said, “I’m such a big fan of Comedy Central, this is going to be a hilarious night. I’m ready, Africa are you ready? This is a Roast so nothing is off limits!”


Alex Okosi, Executive Vice President and Managing Director of Viacom International Media Networks Africa (VIMN Africa) added, “At VIMN Africa, we continuously evolve and innovate content to create unique and engaging experiences for our audiences that drive culture.


“In a continental first, this Comedy Central Roast now transcends boundaries by welcoming Africa’s international star, Davido, to the panel.”


Warm-hearted and gentle, Moshe Ndiki stands tall on stage and is a growing role model. As a performer he easily steps out of standard social lines and into the hungry minds of his audience.


Free from inhibition, this comic genius has shown us that we can all laugh at ourselves, shatter taboos, and that we are all as strong as the walls we can break.


Moshe is a media sensation and has enough fiery flamboyance to take on the Man – AKA.


Comments Moshe: “I love the Comedy Central Roast because this will be a platform for me to query aspects of how AKA believes he is the first guy who invented blonde hair in December, he might as well have pioneered the passion gap for coloured folk.


“I mean he is the first coloured guy on earth according to his tweets.”


Last but never least, Pierre Van Pletzen, also known as ‘Oubaas’ will fan the flames onto AKA when he hits the stage.


Proud but tactile in his approach, and after many years on the circuit with his multi-faceted screen performance he has a certain knack which will light up AKA and burn the theatre.


Pierre Van Pletzen concluded, “It feels wonderful to be part of the Roast of AKA, whom I’d like to address as the non-humble infamously popular rapper, about a few things; his no-show at performances, his knowledge of Geography and since he says he loves soccer… I would like to ask if he’s practising his technique by kicking fans off the stage?”


So let’s get this Roast on: sit back and enjoy the fire as Comedy Central and Showmax bring you panelists Davido, Pierre and Moshe to join Francois Van Coke, Mark Fish, Nina Hastie, Moonchild Sanelly, Joey Rasdien, Papa Penny and Pearl Thusi as Roast Master. Get ready, because life just gets better when you laugh!

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Valentine: Jumia Gifts Food, Baby Items to Orphanage Home



This year’s Valentine will no doubt leave a good taste in the mouths of staff and children at the Nigeria Red Cross Orphanage Home in Makoko, Yaba, Lagos as representatives of Jumia’s hotel & flight services led by the Managing Director, Omolara Adagunodo visited and donated food and baby items to the orphanage home.


Adagunodo, during her remark at the event, said that the need to make a difference in the lives of the underprivileged underscored the visit and donation, adding that, “this is part of Jumia’s corporate social responsibility programmes and is meant to give the less privileged a feel of excitement during Valentine which is all about sharing love.”


Olakunle Lasisi, Secretary of the Nigerian Red Cross Orphanage Home, expressing his gratitude to Jumia, said “We appreciate the management of Jumia for this kind gesture and for recognising the importance of reaching out to these underprivileged children.


“This gesture will definitely put a smile on the faces of these children.”


Adagunodo promised that this would not be the last because the company is committed to supporting the less privileged as part of its CSR.

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Axiz, DataVoice Partner for Telephony Systems



Axiz, the industry leading information technology value added distributor, is pleased to announce its strategic partnership with DataVoice – a Cisco development partner offering a powerful voice recording solution for Cisco telephony systems.


The partnership enables Axiz to increase the value of its Cisco voice solution with a more comprehensive offering and bolster its already strong and diverse Cisco reseller base.


DataVoice is an OEM that develops specialised interaction recording and management solutions into a variety of segments within international markets. DataVoice Managing Director, Paul Fick says that due to legislation like the POPI Act, the demand for quality voice recording solutions is ever increasing. “Cisco is the market leader in voice and unified solutions, and DataVoice has a proven solution, which perfectly complements the Cisco offering,” notes Fick.


“Our partnership with DataVoice is particularly exciting as it presents an opportunity to deliver even better services and provide access to the world’s IT products and solutions from leading global brands. DataVoice see Axiz as the leading Cisco distributor in its target markets with highly skilled technical resources,” said Tony Singh, Cisco Pre-Sales technical manager, Axiz.


The partnership will add value to both Axiz by increasing market share while opening new avenues to markets that are currently not fully serviced.

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