Monday, April 20, 2015

Xenophobia attacks: Nigerians protest against MTN investment in Edo State

An Edo State-based Civil Society Organisations (CSO) known as 'The Flagship', Monday stopped business at the Benin City office of MTN Nigeria to register its displeasure over the killings of African origin and looting of their properties in South Africa in the name of xenophobia, reports ITRealms.

Correspondent quoted as reporting that the group took to the street in display of xenophobic grievances to MTN which brought about closure of businesses in the process.

“The group were seen protesting the lootings and killings of Nigerians and other African citizens in South Africa, calling all Nigerians to boycott the products and services of South African companies in Nigeria.

“Some of the protesters were seen carrying placards that read:

“Nigerians Boycott South African Companies”

“South Africa Against Africa”

“South Africa Can’t be Making From Us And Killing Us”, etc.

Some Nigerians, however, have shown apprehension over the protest saying that it might throw more Nigerian employees in MTN into the labour market considering that South Africans working in those outfits are quite insignificant compared to their Nigerian counterparts.

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Stranded passengers hinder Arik Air operation


Failure of Arik airline to convey New York US-bound intending passengers had led to protest at the Muritala Mohammed International Airport, Lagos, over the weekend, reports ITRealms.

Arik airlines had recorded two of such cases this year. The airline’s operations has been hindered by passengers who were victims of disappointment from the airline’s operation in order to express their grievances.One of the incidents was recorded late January when passengers who were scheduled to travel to Ibadan by Arik, blocked the boarding gate of the airport thereby preventing operations of the airline.

Stranded passengers who were intending to travel on Friday April 17th but were unable to, reacted to the circumstance on Saturday, by engaging in violent protests, thereby causing damages, and even hindered other operations of the airlines.

The spokesman of Arik Air Mr. Ola Adebanji later disclosed to newsmen that the issue had been resolved, damages have been rectified and that operations have been going on smoothly. Mr. Adebanji gave reasons for disappointing the intending travelers explaining that it was not intentional. He said the U.S.-bound passengers could not depart according to the previous schedule, due to malfunctioning of the browser, fueling the aircraft. He gave the assurance that the passengers would make their trip when necessary things have been put in place.

The director of Consumer Protection of the NCAA Alhaji Abdullahi Adamu, explained that the responsibility of the NCAA on the processing of intending travelers stopped at the boarding gate, where Aviation Security takes over. He promised to investigate the matter, especially the non-protection of passengers’ rights.


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Microsoft, PIN partner on free training for NGOs


Microsoft  Nigeria in partnership with Paradigm Initiative Nigeria (PIN) has organised NGO Connection Day, Information and Communication Technology (ICT) training, networking and information sharing event for non-governmental organisations (NGOs) ITRealms reports.

 ITRealms also gathered that the event was meant to serve as a training and support workshop for NGOs with over 80 participants from Lagos and neighbouring states in attendance.
According to Tope Ogundipe, Chief Operating Officer, Paradigm Initiative Nigeria, ITRealms gathered, stated that the NGO space is changing as everything else, and NGOs need to be equipped with the applicable technologies required to make their work relevant and effective in the 21st century.
“Microsoft through their NGO Connection Day supports our organisation to provide free training to NGOs based on the Digital Literacy Standard Curriculum,” she confided in ITRealms.
This year’s event covered research tools and report publishing, internet safety and security, as well as social media tools. One of Microsoft’s latest productivity tools, ‘Office 365 for Non-Profit’ was also introduced and Microsoft went on to discuss other ways in which the company supports NGOs.
Participants at the event expressed deep satisfaction and recommended that the number of days for the training be increased to give time for more detailed training and questions to be taken.
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Sunday, April 19, 2015

MTN Nigeria condemns xenophobic attacks on foreigners

The management of MTN Nigeria Communications Limited, has joined the number of global entities condemning the xenophobic attacks on foreigners in South Africa, reports ITRealms.

MTN Nigeria, ITRealms reports that in a bulk Short Messaging Service (SMS) sent via ‘MTN N’ to its over 60 million subscribers in Nigeria, joined hands with African families in condemning the on-going xenophobic attack in South Africa.

According to MTN, let us all say “NO to xenophobia.”

This is coming as ITRealms gathered that some Nigerian activists were calling for shutdown on South African businesses in the country, such as MTN Nigeria, DSTV, Shoprite, Park ‘N’ Shop among others.

For MTN Group, although Nigeria operation leads several of the over 22 countries operations across Africa in terms of size and subscriber-base.

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Presidency denies spending N2tn on elections

The Presidency has denied spending or budgeting N2 trillion on the just concluded elections and described media reports making a round as suspicious and only the imagination of the authors, reports ITRealms.

According to the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Dr.  Reuben Abati, the Presidency and the People’s Democratic Party conducted the 2015 elections in strict accordance with the rule of law.

“The allegation of a theft of public funds is extremely malicious,” Abati said, noting that the annual budget of the Federal Government is a little over N4 trillion and wondered where and how the Federal Government should have used half of the estimated budget on elections.

He insisted that the story is practically suggesting that half of the federal budget was spent on elections.

“This kind of reckless insinuation is meant to incite the public and instigate national crisis,” he decried.

President Jonathan, he said, has done his best to protect and strengthen democracy and promote peace.

Abati pointed out that President Jonathan, deserves all the accolades that he has received from both Nigerians and the international community for this.

He alleged that certain persons and interest groups may not be happy that his profile has further risen and that his legacy is assured; but they do their country gross disservice when they act so unpatriotically.

“Anyone who is engaged in imposing a crisis on the country by any means is not being fair to Nigeria. We can only appeal to the public to be wary of such reckless tactics now on display, which form the substance of an odd, malicious campaign after the elections,” he said.

The presidential spokesman emphasised that the Presidency is particularly worried that since the March 28 and April 11 elections, some persons have continued to work very hard to diminish the Jonathan Presidency.

“They need to be reminded that the time for politics is over; it is now time to focus on the in-coming government, with emphasis on national development and moving the country forward,” he said.

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