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Oyagbola Resigned, Not Sacked- MTN



Amina Oyagbola

Ferdi Moolman, chief executive officer, MTN Nigeria has said that Mrs Amina Oyagbola, former Human Resource Executive of the company was not sacked but that she resigned voluntarily from MTN to pursue other interests.

Moolman said: “MTN commended the immense dedication and passion for excellence which Mrs. Amina Oyagbola brought to her roles, first as Corporate Services Executive, later as Human Resource Executive and most recently as Executive in charge of the Human Resource and Corporate Services roles, respectively. After a 12-year stint with the leading telecom organization, Oyagbola recently resigned to pursue other interests.”

According to Ferdi Moolman, MTN Nigeria’s Chief Executive Officer, “Amina has been exceptional, not only for her consummate professionalism and commitment to the core brand values of MTN but also for her passion for mentoring people, especially women”.

Her leaving, said Moolman, “is a big loss to us at MTN and while we will certainly miss her commitment and passion, we remain proud of the record of stellar and unblemished service she leaves behind.”

Upon joining MTN in 2004, Oyagbola is credited with among others, helping to create a new stakeholder management framework that saw MTN integrate more intrinsically with key stakeholders. For instance, its corporate social investment vehicle, the MTN Foundation, which she spearheaded, remains the only CSI vehicle in Nigeria that is funded by a fixed percentage of annual profit accruing to an organization. In turn, the MTN Foundation has made considerable impact on the lives of thousands of people in dozens of communities across Nigeria. From providing mammography and dialysis machines to public hospitals to availing indigent but intelligent university students of hundreds of scholarships; from providing physical support including prosthesis to the physically-challenged to providing work tools, funds and training to the economically disempowered, MTN Foundation has since emerged as a poster child for corporate social investment in Nigeria.

Oyagbola’s passion for people development easily came to the fore during her tenure as Human Resource Executive, a position to which she was deployed in 2008. Learning and Development were focal areas for her and she saw to a radical overhaul of the Human Resource policies in the organization and in consequence, the emergence of a new breed of happier and more committed employees.

In 2015, in addition to her role as Human Resource Executive she was saddled with the responsibility of Corporate Services Executive in the aftermath of the fine. “Despite the added task of overseeing the Human Resource function, Amina discharged her responsibilities creditably, contributing immensely to the amicable resolution of the issues by all the parties,” said Moolman.

A lawyer by training, Oyagbola commenced her working career in the chambers of FRA Williams. She has attended several international training programs and is a Chevening Scholar.

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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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