Telecommunications giant, MTN Nigeria Communications Limited, has finally succumbed to the pressure from the Consumer Protection Council (CPC) to pay the sum of N1.85 million to a subscriber, Mr. Omeje Chukwuma Fidelis who was allegedly shortchanged by the mobile operator when he won a N2 million prize for participating in the Ultimate Wonder Promo held in 2012, according to Thisday.
It followed a 14-day ultimatum issued to MTN by the council, for the balance of the prize money to be paid the beneficiary after he was initially paid N150,000 – a situation which compelled him to seek redress from CPC which addresses alleged consumer rights violations.
CPC had threatened to sanction the mobile operator for failing to cooperate with investigations needed to get to the root of the matter.
It finally issued final orders for the payment of the balance to the aggrieved subscriber.
However, MTN, in compliance with the CPC’s order, was said to have raised a United Bank of Africa’s (UBA) draft in the said sum in favour of the complainant on Thursday, February 11, 2016, barely 24 hours after its receipt of the agency’s order, according to a statement issued by the council’s spokesman, Abiodun Obimuyiwa, a copy which was made available to THISDAY.
Fidelis, in a telephone conversation, was said to have confirmed to CPC his receipt of the amount, disclosing that he received the cheque for the balance of his N2 million prize on Monday, February 15, 2016.
According to the statement, CPC was also in receipt of a settlement agreement made to that effect between Omeje, MTN and its event manager for the Ultimate Wonder Promo prize presentation, Towncriers Limited, authorising the event manager to “issue a bank draft in the sum of N1,850,000:00 in full and final satisfaction of the CPC’s order and all claims to the complainant.”
According to the agreement, MTN’s decision to pay the complainant was “in consideration of the order of the CPC and MTN’s wariness with the negative reputational implications of the complainant’s claims”.
The council said it gave the order to the telecommunication firm because of lack of due diligence it displayed in the verification of the winners of the N2 million category of the sales promotion.
The complainant had participated in the said promo and was called that he had won N2million and also invited to the presentation ceremony in Abuja.
The complainant had asserted that during the said ceremony, he was presented with a dummy cheque of N2million with his name on it, interviewed and paraded before the media and the world as a winner of the said amount but only to be paid N150,000 thereafter.
Julius Berger Diversifies into Agro-processing
Julius Berger Steps into Agro-processing to Seize Diversification Opportunity
Julius Berger, a leading construction company in Nigeria, said its board of directors has approved a diversification opportunity for the firm in agro-processing.
The approval was done at a meeting held on September 22, the company stated in a statement filed with the Nigerian Stock Exchange on Thursday.
Julius Berger said the approval would help the company capitalised on diversification opportunities in the agro-processing industry, especially with the emerging developments in Nigeria and government ongoing reforms to make the nation self-sufficient.
The statement read in part: “We would advise the exchange and the capital market that the Board of Julius Berger at its meeting held on September 22, 2020 approved a diversification opportunity for the company in agro-processing.
“The Board of Directors and the executive management of Julius Berger strongly believes that this diversification direction would support the continued success of the group in the future and align with the strategic objective of the government to stimulate value creation in Nigeria.”
However, Julius Berger reiterated its commitment to maintaining and strengthening its leadership in the nation’s construction sector.
Some Nigerians Are Charging Ship Owners Illegal $36,000 Per Month for Secure Anchorage
Ship Owners Are Paying Illegal $36,000 Per Month for Secure Anchorage in Nigeria
Mr. Rotimi Amaechi, the Minister of Transportation, on Thursday said certain people are charging ship owners illegal $1,200 per day for secure anchorage in Nigeria.
The minister registered his displeasure with continuous patronage of illegal harbours known within the circle as secure anchorage areas.
Amaechi, who spoke at the ‘2020 World Maritime Day Celebration which held at Eko Hotel and Suites in Lagos’ said the issue was unsettling.
He said, “There is a crisis in the maritime sector. The crisis is on the issue of security.
“Today, we have a single individual partnering with the military that is collecting $1,200 to the detriment of shipping companies.
“That one individual is still managing the business with support of other institutions.”
The minister also accused stakeholders of doing nothing to these individuals, saying only the government had the right to step up secure anchorage area
174,574 Persons Apply For COVID-19 Support Fund Within 48 Hours
Survival Fund: 174,574 Persons Apply For COVID-19 MSME Support
More Micro Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) has applied for Federal Government financial support under the Nigeria Economic Sustainability Plan.
According to the agency in charge of the program, within 48 hours of opening the registration portal of N75 billion National Survival Fund, a total of 174,574 applications were successfully registered for both the Guaranteed Off-take Stimulus and Survival Fund schemes.
The schemes were instituted to support businesses and individuals negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Mariam Katagum, Minister of State for Industry, Trade and Investment, on Thursday in Abuja said as at “8.30am this (Thursday) morning, total successful registrations stood at 174,574.”
She further stated that “the following states have the highest applications as follows, Kano, 19,895; Kaduna, 13,575; Lagos, 13,640; Katsina: 8,383; Federal Capital Territory, 8,085.”
Katagum said about 138,000 applications were registered within the first 24 hours of opening the portal, these applicants created profiles and completed the first stage of registration with Kano, Kaduna and Lagos emerging as lead states.
She explained that all successful applicants were sent SMS and email verification with a list of requirements for the second stage of application which would commence on October 1, 2020.
“Applicants will be required to upload details supporting their applications which will be verified and if successful, approved for disbursements,” the minister stated.
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