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NLC Offers Reasons for Picketing MTN

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The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) yesterday said that it decided to picket all MTN offices nationwide because of the unfriendly Labour practice of the company, saying no amount of blackmail will deter them from continuing with the action.

In a statement signed by Comrade Ayuba Wabba, president, NLC, the Congress said all its efforts and those brokered by the Nigeria Employers Consultative Association to address the issues of unfriendly Labour practices and disallowing its workers to unionize failed as the company fail to return to the negotiating table.

It said even though the company makes 60 percent of its profit from Nigeria, it is only in Nigeria that MTN workers are not unionised and are subjected to casualisation in total violation of the Labour laws in the country and the ILO conventions.

The statement reads: “Today, Tuesday, July 10, marks the second day of the picketing of MTN offices nationwide by the Nigeria Labour Congress and its civil society allies.

This press statement is intended to explain the reasons for this action as well as debunk the false information being fed to the public by MTN that our members have been unruly in prosecuting this action which is intended to divert attention from the real issues.

“MTN Nigeria, since it commenced operations in Nigeria and in clear violation of extant national and international labour laws, especially ILO Conventions 87 and 98 has denied its workers the fundamental principles of the rights at work.

“It similarly indulges in other anti-labour practices such as casualisation for nearly all types of work, fixed- term contract work for Nigerian workers, worst forms of precarious work, etc.

“It is on record that the Nigeria Labour Congress, on several occasions protested to the MTN and government about these unwholesome practices.

The World Decent Work Day marked on October 7th last year marked a watershed in these protests as NLC briefly picketed their Maitama office in Abuja.

“In response to this action of NLC, MTN reached out to NECA (Nigerian Employers Consultative Association) which brokered a meeting. However, due to inexplicable reasons, MTN opted out of the negotiations to the chagrin and embarrassment of NECA.

“Thereafter every effort by NECA and NLC to get MTN to the negotiating table failed. Frustrated, NECA pulled out of the negotiations. Subsequent efforts by NLC yielded no response either. Left with no other choice, NLC served MTN notice of a picket in line with the provisions of the law. This action commenced across the country yesterday, Monday, July 9, 2018.

“And in prosecuting this picket, our members have been peaceful and orderly.

We have not destroyed the property of MTN and we do not intend to do so as that is not our objective anyway. There is no doubt that we are clear about our objectives and we shall not allow anything to distract us.  We are responsible workers and we are alive to our duties and responsibilities.

“Even when MTN sponsored members of a private security company (with which it works) to attack and injure some of our members, we resisted the option of a proportionate response.

“The Falomo police have in their custody one of the attackers and an ID card of one of the assailants.

“MTN therefore, instead of resorting to cheap blackmail and propaganda should do the needful, give to Nigerian workers in their employ, their rights to freely associate, and hold an opinion as guaranteed by the 1999 Constitution, the Labour Laws and Conventions 87 and 98 of the ILO.

“It is equally important to explain that Nigeria is the only country MTN refuses to allow workers to unionise. In South Africa where the company comes from, workers are unionised. Indeed, our counterparts in South Africa are worried that we have allowed this matter to linger for so long as MTN may choose to try to impose similar conditions on them.

“In Ghana, workers are unionised as in every other country MTN carries on business. It is important to point out that MTN makes over 60 per cent of its global money in Nigeria. Why then must it be so disdainful of our laws and people.

“However, its acts of impunity are not entirely new. Nigerians may recall it was the same MTN in clear breach of national security that imperiled the lives of our security personnel in the Northeast over which it was fined.

“We insist that companies, no matter how rich or powerful must obey the laws of the land. We insist they must treat Nigerians fairly and decently. No one should be above the law.  Let all Nigerians know we are committed to this operation. We have the will and the means to sustain it.

“Finally, we commend the Nigeria Police so far for their exemplary conduct. We single out for special commendation the police in and around Falomo, Lagos.”

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Angry Nigerians Call Nigeria Air Ponzi Scheme like MMM

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Nigerians have reacted angrily to the suspension of Nigeria Air, the controversial national carrier project with some likening it to Ponzi schemes such as Mavrodi Mundial Moneybox (MMM).

 

MMM was as a Russian company that perpetrated one of the world’s largest Ponzi schemes of all time which crashed in Nigeria in December 2016; with millions of naira belonging to Nigerians.

 

Nigerians reacted to the suspension of the national carrier project, after Hadi Sirika, minister of State for Aviation, announced that “Today, the government at the FEC took decision to suspend the national carrier project till further notice.

 

“It has nothing to do with pressure from stakeholders and it also not for political reasons.

 

“The decision to come up with national carrier in the first place was as a result of the lack of capacity of the existing carrier to meet demands,” Sirika said.

 

Nigerians however have expressed their immense displeasure at the decision which has apparently reinforced anti-government sentiments and further reduced the popularity of President Buhari among the general public.

 

Most Nigerians compared the apparently hypothetic Nigeria Air to the Russian Ponzi Scheme MMM which fleeced millions of Nigerians of their hard gotten money.

Read some of the comments below;

@Fransilogu: There is no difference between Nigeria Air and MMM.

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@deji_atiba: Please where are all the people dusting their CVs for Nigeria Air, eez like they have started recruiting o#scam

@SKSolaKuti: Nigeria Air is dead on arrival as we predicted. FG has suspended the idea after spending money on a useless logo launch. It will eventually become impossible to defend Buhari/APC’s chronic incompetence. #RIPNigeriaAir

@Iam_Abdulaxis: MMM TSTV Nigeria Air 3 scams in one country?

@sharpval9: If you actually looked at this Nigeria air and the way it was handled and believed it will work, you are actually stupid

@iam_wilsons: NIGERIA AIR is suspended? Jesu! ����� May we never experience another Muhammadu Buhari and @APCNigeria government in Nigeria till rapture.

 

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Elumelu Foundation to Launch TEFConnect for African Entrepreneurs at TEF Forum 2018

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Tony Elumelu

The Tony Elumelu Foundation, Africa’s leading entrepreneurship focused philanthropy, is launching the world’s largest digital platform for African entrepreneurs and the African entrepreneurship ecosystem –  TEFConnect.

 

TEFConnect will officially be unveiled at this year’s TEF Forum, taking place on October 25, 2018, at Federal Palace Hotel, Lagos, Nigeria.

 

Harnessing and building on the success of Africa’s largest entrepreneurship catalyst, the Tony Elumelu Foundation Entrepreneurship Programme, which has attracted over 300,000 African entrepreneurs as applicants and trained and funded 4,460 to date, the Foundation is further democratising access to opportunity.

 

TEFConnect is an open source platform, which will provide bespoke tools and content to catalyse business development for millions across the continent, through technology and directly applicable content.

 

Positioned as the “Facebook for African Entrepreneurs”, the TEFConnect platform is a contemporary, intuitive, informative and user-friendly go-to entrepreneurship space, that provides five specific benefits to its users, among others:

 

The one-stop digital home for entrepreneurship ecosystem players, including entrepreneurs, incubators, investors, academia and the private sector, providing news, informative resources, entrepreneurship events and opportunities.

 

Creating the space to allow African entrepreneurs to transact across countries and regions in Africa’s largest digital marketplace, with traffic reaching millions of consumers.

 

Access to free business tools such as financial planning calculators, business plan generators and marketing templates.

 

Access to the Foundation’s Entrepreneurship Programme Application Form, Enterprise Toolkit and business mentoring by global business leaders.

 

Enabling entrepreneurs to promote their businesses to potential investors and other entrepreneurs for cross-border collaboration.

 

 

 

Speaking on the launch of TEFConnect, Parminder Vir OBE, CEO of the Foundation, said: “The Tony Elumelu Foundation is simply about empowering African entrepreneurs. First, we launched the TEF Entrepreneurship Programme, to provde 10,000 African entrepreneurs, over a period of 10 years with seed capital, mentorship and training. Next, we convened the full entrepreneurial ecosystem at the TEF Forum to forment engagement and deliberate discussions to change the narrative of Africa. Now, we are scaling our impact by connecting African entrepreneurship ecosystem on a single platform.”

 

Tony O. Elumelu, founder of the Tony Elumelu Foundation,  also said: “In the four years, since the launch of the TEF Entrepreneurship Programme, we have shown that entrepreneurship can change a continent – we have invested in people and processes. We have already helped create business successes and brought policy makers into the entrepreneurial dynamic.  But in many ways, we are scratching the surface. This year we are broadening our scope, taking the conversation to where interaction is increasingly occurring – the digital realm. By connecting African entrepreneurs globally on TEFConnect, we are further unleashing the true potential of our entrepreneurs and transforming the continent”.

 

The 4th TEF Forum will convene Africa’s entrepreneurial ecosystem, including the broad investor community, government and policymakers, leading developmental organisations, private sector representatives, the media and partners.

 

This year’s Forum will also feature an interactive dialogue between the President of Ghana, HE Nana Akufo-Addo and President of Kenya, HE Uhuru Kenyatta, moderated by TEF Founder, Tony Elumelu.

 

 

 

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WTL’s VoIP Switch Investment Pays Off in Nigeria

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World Telecom Labs (WTL) has announced that more than six billion calls lasting around ten billion (ten thousand million) minutes have now passed through its specialist VoIP switches deployed by five of Nigeria’s interconnect exchange carriers.

According to a statement issued by WTL, five carriers – Breeze Micro, Exchange, ICN, Niconnx and Solid – have built new VoIP networks across Nigeria with local switching enabled at new POPs in Abuja, Lagos, Port Harcourt, Ibadan and Kano.

WTL added that the carriers chose to build VoIP networks rather than legacy TDM as it was both quicker and cheaper – “and, with the use of WTL’s advanced compression techniques, more calls can be transmitted down the links.”

“The VoIP networks have significantly improved the quality of voice calls in Nigeria by increasing capacity and taking traffic of congested long-distance inter-city links,” read the statement by WTL.

Based on figures sourced from the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), since the end of 2013, when the new carriers went live, there has been a 70% reduction in call failure, a 50% decrease in dropped calls, 30% reduction in traffic congestion, and a 60% reduction in signalling congestion.

Breeze Micro is headquartered in Kano and works with Nigeria’s operators to transport voice traffic across Northern Nigeria.

Jihad Jaafar, CTO of Breeze Micro, said “The interconnect exchange carriers were wise to choose VoIP and even wiser to choose WTL whose continued support has been instrumental in improving voice calls in Nigeria.”

WTL has been working with operators in Nigeria since 2010 helping them to maximise TDM voice capacity and then migrate to VoIP.

Leigh Smith, MD of WTL, said, “Many people have said that we accelerated the update of VoIP in Nigeria as we made it very easy for the new carriers to build, manage and expand their VoIP networks. Nigeria has provided the rest of Africa with a blueprint for how they can decrease congestion on traditional voice networks.”

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