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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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Kirusa’s InstaVoice Services Surpasses 100Bn Calls

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Kirusa Inc., a global leader in communication solutions over data networks for consumers and enterprises, has announced that its InstaVoice® service has reached the remarkable landmark of 100 billion calls handled via its call completion service platform.

 

InstaVoice, based on Kirusa’s patented technology, is a service that integrates Missed Calls, Voicemail & Voice SMS as a combined call completion suite, enabling a unique telecommunication experience.

 

Multi-faceted, InstaVoice’s integration with carrier networks reduce call terminations, while ensuring mobile users stay connected always, never missing a call.
This includes when the mobile user is out of coverage area, busy, not answering or when the mobile is switched off.

 

Working vis-à-vis the InstaVoice service, the InstaVoice App enhances the call completion experience for smartphone users. From the app, users can receive, listen, manage, and respond to their missed calls and voicemails via text, voice, & pictures, all in a unique chat-like user interface. Meanwhile, feature phone users can manage their missed calls and voicemails via SMS.

 

Commenting on the landmark achievement, Inderpal Singh Mumick, Founder and CEO at Kirusa, said: “With InstaVoice, our aim was to re-think call completion. We are excited that we have been able to do this, providing a valuable service to mobile phone users globally, especially in emerging markets. This milestone is only made possible via our strong partnerships with telecom operators and all InstaVoice users who have continued to see value in our service.”

 

InstaVoice has a global prescence in 44 countries, deployed with 50 Telecom Operators, reaching 2 billion population.

 

Commemorating Kirusa’s achievement, Jean-Michel Garrouteigt, CEO, Orange, Democratic Republic of Congo, said, “We are proud to be part of this incredible achievement with Kirusa. InstaVoice is one of the top revenue-generating telecom services in Africa and it continues to gain traction amongst our subscriber base. We congratulate Kirusa on achieving this milestone.”

 

Celebrating Kirusa’s achievement, Ahmad Mokhles, Chief Commercial Officer, Airtel, Nigeria, said, “Airtel congratulates Kirusa for surpassing the 100 billion calls milestone. Indeed, we are proud to be associated with Kirusa and wish them all the best for their continuing success.

 

Alec Barton, Founder of Developing Telecoms, said, “This is a remarkable landmark for a brand, which has been relentless in its pursuit of transforming telecom experiences in emerging markets. This shows the experience and expertise of Kirusa in call completion services for mobile networks.”

 

The 100 Billion mark was captured on Kirusa’s internal analytics platform, a tracking system that traces the total number of calls that comes into the Kirusa platform.

 

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Ericsson Group Reaffirms Interest in Nigeria’s Telecom Market

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Mr. Shitlesi Makkhofane, the Head, Government and Industry Relations of Ericsson Group  has expressed interest in the deployment of broadband to un-served and underserved areas in Nigeria.

The Nigerian Communication Commission (NCC) made this known on Monday in Abuja.

Makkhofane was quoted as saying this when he visited NCC along with Mr Peter Olusoji of Ericsson Nigeria and were received by Mr Sunday Dare, the Executive Commissioner, Stakeholder Management on behalf of the management of NCC.

He said that Ericsson had studied the Nigerian telecom market and had speculated that the vast potential of the market was yet to be fully harnessed.

He said that Ericsson had expressed interest in the deployment of broadband to un-served and underserved areas in Nigeria.

According to him, the company will also deploy the latest innovative technology in the sector.

He said to this end, it was paying emphasis on the tripod of availability, accessibility and affordability of broadband – the leading item of NCC management’s Eight-Point Agenda.

Makkhofane said that the team would seek clarifications on licensing requirements for businesses it would engage in.

“Including types of approval procedure for certain equipment because of our interest in exploring the realities of the Internet of Things (IoT) and 5G networks as well as huge data management.

“It is also to provide cyber security solutions to enable network trace ability to check the use of cloned devices that pose threat to security.

“However, the Ericsson team expressed concern on dearth of FOREX and its implications for the development of telecommunications infrastructure and market.

In his response, Dare expressed NCC management’s appreciation for the team’s visit as well as its knowledge and interest in the Nigerian telecom ecosystem.

He also expressed delight on the issues raised by the Ericsson team and assured that the NCC would continue to do the right thing to attract Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) for the development and growth of the telecom industry in Nigeria.

Dare promised to convey the interests and concerns of the team to Prof. Umar Danbatta, the Executive Vice Chairman/ Chief Executive Officer of NCC for management’s consideration and necessary action.

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Farmer to Die by Hanging for Stealing Nokia Handset, Others

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A Delta State High Court sitting at Ozoro has sentenced a 38- year old farmer, Francis Williams to death by hanging for robbing his victims of a Nokia handset valued at N5,000 and a cash sum of N170.

 

The Court, presided over by Honourable Justice A.O. Akpovi, on Wednesday sentenced the 38- year old farmer to death having found him guilty of the charge of armed robbery punishable under section (1(2)(a) of the robbery and firearms (Special Provision) Act Cap RII Volume 14 Laws of the Federation , 2004.

 

The Court also found the accused guilty on the charge of wounding with intent which got him a life sentence and illegal possession of firearms with a sentence of 10 years imprisonment respectively.

 

An Assistant Director in the Ministry of Justice T.R. Anuhwin Esq. through prosecution witnesses had told the court that on the 4th day of June, 2014 at a Palm Kernel Farm located at Ewu in Ughelli South Local Government, the accused robbed one Hon. Noah Ovie and his assistant of a Nokia handset valued at five thousand naira and a cash sum of one hundred and seventy naira (N170.00) while armed with a cut to size locally made gun.

 

Prosecution witnesses further told the Court that nemesis however caught up with the armed robber who was on a solo mission when he was in the process of trying to rob them of other valuables as the two victims summoned courage and overpowered their assailant. In his desperation to escape after being apprehended, he bit off one of the fingers of the former Councillor, Noah Ovie but his escape bid was foiled by passerby who rushed to the scene and held him down and later handed him over to the Police.

 

The accused who made a voluntary confessional statement to the police admitted to have committed the offense but retracted same during trial, called no witness but testified for himself while the prosecution called four witnesses in proof of its case.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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