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Reps Probe Expatriate Quota Abuse in Telecoms Sector

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The House of Representatives has mandated its Committees on Telecommunications and Interior to investigate the alleged expatriate quota abuse in the telecoms sector and report back within six weeks for further action.

 

This is sequel to the unanimous adoption of a motion moved at the plenary on Tuesday by Mr Bello Shinkafi, titled ‘Need to Investigate the Abuse of Expatriate Quota by Telecommunications Equipment Vendors and Service Providers in Nigeria.’

 

 

Moving the motion, Shinkafi noted that the Immigration Act 2015 and the Immigration Service Regulations 2017 are the principal laws governing the employment of expatriates in Nigeria, while the principal regulatory bodies are the Nigerian Immigration Service and the Federal Ministry of Interior.

 

 

The lawmaker also noted that the law empowers the NIS to, from time to time, issue entry permits and expatriate quota to foreigners who intend to work in Nigeria for specifically approved jobs and for a specific period, with a view to training Nigerians and transferring their requisite skills during their period of employment.

 

According to him, expatriate quota may be granted for an initial period of three years and can be renewed further for a period of two years, subject to a total life span of 10 years within which such relevant skills ought to have been transferred to Nigerians understudying such expatriates.

 

Shinkafi noted a clause in the expatriate policy which provides for two Nigerians to understudy an expatriate, to promote the transfer of knowledge and technology. “However, some of those foreign companies have taken advantage of this clause in active connivance with the Nigeria Immigration Service and other agencies to bring as many of their nationals as possible, sometimes illegally, in gross disregard for the law,” he said.

 

 

Shinkafi stated, “The House is worried that the abuse of expatriate quotas by those foreign companies is not deemed a national security issue by the Federal Government, particularly so at a time of record of youth unemployment and the age of terrorism.

 

“The House is concerned that the practice of expatriate quota abuse was initially restricted to the oil and gas sector but has now been extended to the telecommunications sector in which there is a surfeit of local skills, many of the expatriates still retain their employments after their permits had expired and not been renewed as required by law.

 

“The House is also concerned that the expatriates enjoy unimaginable pay and privileges, while their Nigerian counterparts are paid less and treated with disdain in their own country and many competent Nigerians lose their jobs and the country loses multi-million dollars annually.”

 

He stressed that the expatriate quota guides against the indiscriminate employment of expatriates where there are qualified Nigerians who can fit into those positions.

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Globacom Emerges Worst Network Provider Of The Decade In Nigeria.

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Disgusts and Dislike Nigerians have voted for Globacom Nigeria Limited,

A telecommunication company owned by billionaire Mike Adenuga, as the worst network provider of the decade. The management of the company, despite rolling out numerous creative adverts has failed to meet the basic expectations of millions of Nigerians as they keep failing the people both in making phone calls and browsing the Internet. Nigerians had continued to back and purchase the network as they are still full of hopes that being an indigenous company, the telecommunication would do better. According to lagosdaily, a poll carried out on social media (Facebook and Twitter) had Glo top the chart as Nigerians expressed their disgusts and dislike for the network provider. The twitter poll conducted by Pope Piano @Yeankhar saw Globacom polled 69 per cent to win the infamous award as MTN came a distant second with 12.5 per cent, with 9mobile and Airtel polling 9.3 per cent and 9.1 per cent respectively out of the 2895 total votes. Twitter users commenting on the poll corroborated why Nigerians voted for Glo as the worst network provider of the decade. Some of the comments saw users of the network provider lamented what using the service has cost them. Also, a visit to the various social media platforms of the network provider in the past week shows that Nigerians daily complain about the quality of its porous network.

Nigerians who subscribed to other network providers questioned the reason people continue to use the service of Glo despite their ‘not so good services as some insinuated that even Mike Adenuga doesn’t use the service. Laide Of Jos @JosLaide said, “Undisputed Globacom with the worst network…even with there mast in front of my house I can’t still enjoy good network!” Omogbolahan @Zeem_Miles said, “I’m 100 per cent sure Glo will win this.” Good Fellow @Friskyrobson replied “Yesterday morning, I paid my transport, went to  @GloWorld office to report that their network mast has been off for more than a week now. Up till now, nothing has been done. Worst of all, I met with the oga abi branch manager.” Ebullient Emekah @Megxo_official tweeted: “It has to be Glo… Their 4G still chooses 4g- enabled device to work on, might work for mine but won’t work for yours. Talking about bandwidth and shii.” Another Twitter user, @1RndomAfrican in his reply to Emekah said, “I dey tell u, I got a Glo sim on the 29th of last month, only thing I regret doing last year, soon as d idiot data finish, I’ll call customer care, ask them why they don’t talk sense to their boss and break d sim. How 4g sim no go update status for 34mins Until I changed it to 3g”. Still responding to the poll, @1RndomAfrican said further “Adenuga failed all of us, I’m sure mans (Adenuga) doesn’t use his stupid network.” @AamirSidibe was forced to ask a very salient question – “Is there any Glo subscriber that doesn’t have an MTN line. Why is Globacom always a second option?” @Clesteve tweeted, “Globacom is a fraud. Your data is a fraud. And your company is a fraud. How can I buy data and it won’t download any damn thing.” @MrOdanz asked, “If Glo spends just half their advertisement budget on building infrastructure for better network services, a whole lot of MTN users would have moved to Glo since.” Nigerian Critic @ngcritic on Jan 3 advised, “Rather than improve their services, especially mobile data quality, the “Grandmaster of Data” is busy acting Nollywood season film.” On Facebook, Ngwu Lemzy Sage, reacting to a post by Globacom on the preference between plantain chips and potato chips, said, “Neither of the two. Just give me good network, Mbok. Your network (data) sucks big time, do something about it. Am in Enugu”. He is just one of the millions of Nigerians who have made the handles of the network provider a place for venting their annoyance at the poor services they receive. Mary Favour, a regular visitor to the handle, posted, “Your network is not going at all, please do the needful.” For Acheneje D’ philosopher, “the question on food was a misplaced priority,” while Oyewola Emmanuel Adewale urged the service provider to find a lasting solution to its bad service. Adewale wrote, “Instead of finding solution to this bad service, you come here posting rubbish. A visit to the office of Globacom at 95 Allen Ave, Allen, Ikeja is the same as most of the complains are about the lousy network.-lagosdaily

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Bilbord app is set to revolutionized the out of home industry in Nigeria and the world at large

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 Bilbord is an intelligent data warehousing tool that provides real-time representation of billboards on the platform, it allows users monitor, manage and track the true state and status of billboards using mobile devices. Bilbord also gives an insightful measurement report and analysis on all billboards, providing a robust data on vehicular and pedestrian traffic volume based on computer vision technology called Efiiwe. Efiiwe is an Artificial Intelligence technology that analyses and produces this strategic information needed within the OOH industry in order to deliver measurable return on investment and key performance indicator. THE PROBLEMThough we have a lot of data available, the OOH industry is largely unanalyzed, Why? This is simply because the industry does not have an adequate monitoring and measurement mechanism, compliance is largely done by the submission of pictures with various monthly code by operators or by a multiplicity media services who are chasing after prints, electronic and other medium at the same time, while measurement is grossly based on assumptions. However, real time data from these billboards can be used to determine key performance indices in order to deliver return on investment for advertisers leveraging on vehicular and pedestrian movement real time data. OBJECTIVESOur greatest object is to provide the industry’s need, connect in me and create experience. STRATEGIC INTENTTo allow users dictate experience. What is changing the industry? People, so it’s about you, it’s about us, it’s about the industry. BILBORDAPP FEATURES:• An innovative new social experience: using coordinates users are able to interact, search, save and share with colleagues and partners like never before.

• Relationship insights: gain deep insight into brands and who manages them.

• Culture fit: there are ten times number of companies listed on bilbord so it’s even easier for users to find who is what and handling what.

• Enhance discovery process: allow users to scout vacant bilbords with in-depth knowledge.

Need: giving accurate out-of-home inventory, information, location, classification and condition. Extras: offers a whole lot of added value into the mix from billboard insurance, brokerage, Finance to security The beta version of the app will be launched  on Android platform then subsequently on the IOS platforms.
Our platforms provide never-before-seen real time monitoring, audience data, audience targeting and analyses. Producing strategic information needed within the OOH industry in order to deliver measurable return on investment.

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3Line Card Management To Launch ‘SUSUBYU

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3Line Card Management, one of the leading innovative fintech company in Africa, is set to launch ‘SUSUBYU’, a digital saving product modelled on the traditional informal thrift savings.

The product enables seamless daily contributory savings into the customer’s thrift saving account.

According to the fintech firm, SUSUBYU is one of the products of its ‘Freedom Network’ in partnership with commercial and Microfinance banks.

The Freedom network is a CBN licensed super-agent offering financial services through its agents across Nigeria.

The product was created as part of its unswerving commitment to provide seamless access to financial services for the unbanked. 3Line leverages technology to foster a safe, easy, robust, and efficient contributory savings scheme popularly known as Esusu,
Adashe, & Ajo across Nigeria with ‘SUSUBYU’.

The product also enables customers to access microloans instantly upon meeting the set criteria.

Sibigem Chibuzor, Operations Manager, 3Line, reiterated that 3Line is keen on impacting the people at the grassroots positively: making financial service conveniently available to them.

Chibuzor said “It has always been our goal to reach the people at the grassroots to add sustainable value to their lives using technology. With our Freedom Network we develop platforms that allow the unbanked easily access basic financial services such as cash-in/cash-out, funds transfer, bill payments, savings and more. Thus, financially included.”

He further asserted that SUSUBYU was a response to customers’ needs.

However, the Central Bank of Nigeria, (CBN) in 2018, licensed 3Line to operate as a super-agent in Nigeria’s financial services system in order to boost financial inclusion in Nigeria.

The sole purpose of the Freedom Network is to tackle the challenges hindering financial services and inclusion in Nigeria.

3line intends to create more jobs by recruiting agents across the country. It aims to establish a network of 50,000 active agents across the country within 5 years.

“Currently, we have over 2500 registered agents with kiosks in operation across the country. We plan to create a network of 50,000 active agents by the year 2024. This will not only drive financial inclusion but also provide jobs for the people.” Chibuzor concluded.

The company’s infrastructure processes transactions across multiple electronic channels. 3Line focuses on four key areas: Card scheme (Freedom Card), Transaction Switching, Processing, Branchless banking and bespoke electronic payment application development.

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