Tuesday, July 08, 2008

MultiLinks gets royal blessing @ Benin

Omo N’Oba N’Edo and Oba of Benin, Oba Ereduiwa, at the weekend gave his blessing to the management team of Multi-Links Telkom Nigeria.

He gave the blessing during a courtesy visit by the MultiLinks Telkom team as part of the telco’s plans to launch its services in Benin.Multi-Links Telkom, a Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) telecommunications service provider, has its network spread already across 22 cities and several communities including Benin City penultimate Monday.

Speaking at the visit, the chief executive officer, Multi-Links Telkom Nigeria, Mr. Justin Ramaiya expressed pleasure in paying homage to the royal father, and described it as an important step.

“The importance we attach to this city is why I am personally here to see things for myself and pay this courtesy visit to Royal Majesty, the Oba of Benin,” he asserted.

Responding, the Oba demanded to know why the name of the company is “Multi-Links,” which was promptly explained by Mr. Ramaiya, saying that the telco has many services in one, and that they do not only offer voice call services but data services as they have very high speed bandwidth for internet connection.

He, therefore, assured the Oba that Multi-Links would offer the best network based on their robust infrastructure, stressing that the telco loves to improve the quality of lives in communities where it operates, and Multi-Links Telkom will be giving out some phones to some youths to enable them earn income from offering tele-services.

On behalf of the Oba, Chief A. Edebiri, the Esogbon of Benin prayed for the brand to succeed in the city.

Edebiri, also asked the company how socially responsible they intend to be to the Benin society, emphasizing that so many companies had come to Benin to do business, but go away with the profit without contributing to the progress of the community.

In his comment, Corporate Affairs Manager, Multi-Links, Mr. Tayo Ekundayo, explained that their parent company, Telkom SA is socially responsible in South Africa and they have come to impact on the Nigerian communities as well.

Later, the CEO of Multi-Links Telkom presented the Oba with a phone pack; while the Oba, in turn, gave an art craft to him.

Additionally, the team paid a visit to the Edo State Skills Acquisition centre from the Oba’s Palace, to be part of the 7th graduation ceremony of the centre in which the first lady of Edo State, Lady Usseih Usonbor; the deputy Governor of the state, and the commissioner of women affairs, Barrister Sabirak Kassim Muhomodu were present.

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