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NLC Pickets MTN, Others for Maltreating Workers

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Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), said that it picketed the corporate headquarters of MTN and the Abuja Environmental Protection Board (AEPB), because of their anti-labour activities and inhuman treatment of workers.

 

Comrade Ayuba Wabba, president of NLC, said that the action was planned to coincide with the International Day for Decent Work; adding that the labour movement must fight hard, henceforth, to ensure decent work ideal was established and followed in Nigeria.

 

The NLC president, who regretted the high level of anti-labour practices in the two organization and others across the country, stated that casualisation of workers by multinationals and other indigenous companies is a crime against humanity and will be resisted by labour.

 

Citing the case of NTN Nigeria, he pointed out that while the company is refusing unionisation, its counterpart in South Africa, Kenya and Ghana are unionised and they have better working conditions.

 

He said the congress has received several complaints about the anti-labour practices in these companies.

 

Wabba said “We have identified two organisations, the Abuja Environmental Protection Board where casualisation has been on and workers have been denied the rights to unionise among other issues.

 

“Secondly is MTN. Every three months, they sack the workers and give them a new contract. This is not acceptable, our laws does not accept that, and those workers need to be liberated.

 

“We need to tell them that they need to respect international labour laws, they need to also respect our own labour laws but importantly, they must respect human and trade union rights.

 

“Workers have dignity, workers are not slaves and therefore, all workers must be treated with the best of attention. Injury to one is injury to all. Injury to the workers at MTN and AEPB is an injury to all Nigerian workers.”

 

Wabba said: “In South Africa, MTN workers are unionized all by the Congress of South African Trade Union (COSATU), their affiliates from the telecommunication sector. Same with the one in Kenya and that of Ghana, our question is why should the MTN workers in Nigeria  be the people that will be treated worse?

 

“This campaign is a global strategy endorsed by the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) all over the world that we must stand up for MTN Nigeria workers and they must have their rights, they must also have a condition of service that is commensurate with MTN workers in South Africa, in Kenya and the other parts of the world.

 

“Why should there be a difference  between the condition of MTN workers here in Nigeria and what obtains elsewhere around the world”.

 

He, however, warned that labour would come back to picket MTN outlets nationwide if these issues were not tackled.

 

‎He added: “We have tried to engage the management, and we have mutually agreed that a process of dialogue to discuss this issue and also to discuss the issue of MTN workers in Nigeria in general will take place and that they are going to revert back to us in the next one week and then the process of  dialogue. The whole idea is making sure that Nigeria MTN workers should not be second class workers when compared to other MTN workers around the world.

 

“We must insist that they must continue to work in dignity, they must continue to work in honour and therefore, they are not be enslaved. We have told them very clear that the corporate headquarters is in Lagos and so this is a starting point and we will be ready in the near future if this issue is not addressed, to actually picket MTN offices all over Nigeria because we have done that in the past and  we thought that MTN workers deserve a better deal.

 

“If we need a revisit, certainly we will be there, if we need further step to expand the scope of coverage of this action we will do it. If we are going to need the support of our other counterparts from Ghana, Kenya, Tanzania, and South Africa, ITUC global will give us a signal and we will do a global campaign to actually address the issue”.

 

Wabba who led the picketing, earlier at the corporate Headquaters of AEPB and MTN gave the management one month to address the anti labour practices, or the congress would return to picket the organisation.

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NCC Rejects Telcos Plea to Hike Tariffs

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Prof Umar Garba Danbatta, executive vice chairman and CEO, NCC

Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has refused to grant telecom operators in the country permission to increase on calls and data, to protect many people from being deprived of access to communications.

 

Prof Umar Garba Danbatta, executive vice chairman and CEO, NCC, who stated this in Abuja, said that although Nigeria has one of the lowest telecom tariffs in the world, calls for tariff hike by operators were unnecessary.

 

“We will continue to look at the regime of fees being charged by services providers; I am talking on voice services, SMS or data service, to ensure these rates are consistent with global best practices as Nigeria cannot live in isolation.

 

“From time to time, we do benchmarking, so that Nigeria will not be in the forefront of charging very high prices as well as ensure that the mobile operators are not charging amounts that are unrealistic, which will make them lose their business,” he explained.

 

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True innovation-led business transformation starts in the cloud- SAP

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By peter oluka

No matter your industry sector or geographic location, all businesses today have one overriding thing in common: to be successful and sustainable you must be digital.

While the rewards of moving a business towards digital are considerable, the initial transition can be challenging.

Innovation requires the ability for businesses to collect, manage, analyse and leverage data of all types, to extend and connect to business networks, and to innovate new edge scenarios to allow the business to continuously adapt and advance.

Regardless of size, shape or location, companies also need the ability to build and extend applications for every department and every role quickly, easily, and economically.

The only way to do this is by leveraging a powerful cloud platform: solving individual business problems, empowering employees, and engaging customers requires a scalable accessible platform with real-time computing capabilities that can future proof the business and unlock the ROI of technology investment.

In a recent study commissioned by SAP Hybris and conducted by Forrester Consulting, enterprises using SAP Hybris Marketing Cloud saw net-new revenues rise by an average of $10.1 million over three years and 306% increases in ROI.

Hyper-connectivity demands scalable, reliable solutions

Speaking during a press conference in Lagos, Thursday, Pedro Guerreiro, managing director, SAP, West Africa, described a cloud platform as enables companies to achieve business agility, create a truly integrated and optimized enterprise, and accelerate digital transformation across the business – all without the requirement of maintaining or investing in on-premises infrastructure.

“In today’s hyper-connected world, this is particularly important: by 2020 there will be more than 2.5 billion connected people on social networks alone. For businesses who want to handle billions of different types of connections at once, a scalable, efficient and reliable solution is critical,” said Guerreiro, who doubles as head of Energy & Natural Resources, SAP Africa.

He reiterated the urgent need for businesses to modernise their technology infrastructure. “At the centre of all modern business infrastructure is data: the ability to transport data from devices on the edge of the organisational network to the heart of the business – the enterprise core – is an essential step to companies realising the business benefits of their technology”.

“Businesses need a powerful cloud platform at the heart of the enterprise, one that can consolidate data across heterogeneous system landscapes and infrastructures,” he said.

African enterprises driving wholesale cloud adoption

He said that local businesses are constantly challenged to improve their operations and transform to keep pace with rapidly changing customer expectations.

“To do this, they need intelligent systems that eliminate redundant tasks while providing real-time analytical insights that can give business leaders predictive capabilities.

“And as technology hastens the pace of change, businesses will increasingly need enterprise systems that provide access to the latest technologies while giving the business the agility and flexibility they need to constantly adapt to changing conditions.

The leading edge of enterprise cloud

“SAP S/4HANA Cloud is the intelligent, NextGen cloud ERP that takes enterprises into the digital age. Giving companies access to global best practices and innovation, SAP S/4HANA Cloud delivers immediate and continuous business value with the ability to scale and adjust to future needs.

“Built on the SAP Cloud Platform, it provides companies with an agile, low-cost and scalable solution that helps optimise finance processes, cash flow management, supply chain management, real-time insights, and an end-to-end view of the performance of the entire enterprise. That is why SAP is the fastest growing enterprise cloud company at scale, with more than 110 million users trading more than $820 billion.

“Cloud will have an impact on all businesses regardless of their location, size or nature. Organisations need to embrace innovation to remain relevant. And in a modern, constantly-evolving business environment, the only way to do this is by building a future-proof business on the best cloud platform.

“As market leader in enterprise application software, SAP helps companies of all sizes and industries run better. From back office to boardroom, warehouse to storefront, desktop to mobile device – SAP empowers people and organizations to work together more efficiently and use business insight more effectively to stay ahead of the competition.

“SAP applications and services enable more than 345,000 business and public sector customers to operate profitably, adapt continuously, and grow sustainably.

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Reps to Investigate Pullout of Etisalat from Nigeria

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The House of Representatives has mandated its Committee on Telecommunications to investigate and ascertain the circumstances which led to the withdrawal of Etisalat so as to protect Nigerian subscribers’ interest.

This was sequel to a motion by Rep. Saheed Akinade-Fijabi (Oyo-APC) yesterday in Abuja.

Moving the motion, Akinade-Fijabi expressed worry that the inability of the Etisalat to meet its debt servicing obligations with 13 banks forced its foreign shareholders out of the firm.

He said the company was eventually taken over by the banks.

Akinade-Fijabi explained that the take-over was against the letters and spirit of the Nigerian Communications Act.

“The take-over of Etisalat which was renamed 9mobile by the banks is a clear violation of section 38(1) of the Nigerian Communications Act 2003.

“The Act provides that the grant of a licence shall be personal to the licensee and the licence shall not be operated by, assigned, sub-licensed or transferred to any other party.

“The Act further states that the licence could only be transferred if there is prior written approval by the community.’’

According to the lawmaker, Etisalat Nigeria paid almost half of the initial loan amounting to about N504 million dollars.

“Etisalat Nigeria obtained a loan of 1.2 billion dollars (N377.7billion) in 2013 from 13 Nigerian banks, with a foreign guaranteed bond to finance a major network rehabilitation, upgrade and expansion of its operational base in Nigeria.

“The company so far paid about half of the initial loan amounting to about 504 million dollars but it had reneged on its debt servicing obligations after the interventions of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) and the CBN to restructure the loan and new repayment deadline.”

The motion was unanimously adopted by members when it was put to a voice vote by the Deputy Speaker, Mr Yussuff Lasun.

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