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Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Glo dedicates 1000 lines for accident–free holiday

Still in the euphoria of the Christmas and New Year, leading telecommunications company, Globacom, in partnership with the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC), has provided a dedicated 1000-line communications platform for “Operation Eagle Eye”, an accident-prevention programme designed for the festive season.

The package, according to Mr. Babatunde Amunikoro, Globacom’s Head of Public Sector, will facilitate communication for members of the FRSC and help them cope with the intensity of traffic in the December festive period while shortening the Commission’s response time in emergencies.

“This gesture is aimed at reducing accidents and providing quick intervention for accident victims during the yuletide period”, said Amunikoro.

He said the 1000 lines come with 100 per cent Closed User Group (CUG), meaning that calls made within this group will be free, while calls made outside the group will be at a substantially discounted rate. “These lines will be serially activated within the FRSC’s CUG and will be placed on the Easy Pay platform where they can load their phones with credits with the normal cards,” he said.

The 1000 lines, he said, is the first phase of a larger scheme that will also include families of Corps members.

Amunikoro disclosed that the ultimate objective of the FRSC is to enroll 5000 corps members and families on the CUG.

“However, due to the urgent need for an effective communication platform during the upcoming holidays, 1000 lines will be used to flag off the scheme”, he said.

The FRSC recently invited Globacom Limited to upgrade its operations and transform its technological operations.

The Corp Marshal of the FRSC, Mr. Osita Chidoka, who made the request, said that Globacom had the capacity to make the operations of the establishment more technology-driven, with real-time on-screen visual traffic monitoring, virtual private network, call centre and real-time roadside licence checks.

“We, in FRSC have great confidence in the capacity of Globacom to provide effective GPRS and 3G platforms with sufficient bandwidth and quality of service to meet our demands”, Chidoka said during a visit to Mike Adenuga Towers, headquarters of the company, recently.

Responding to the Corps Marshal, the Group Chief Operating Officer of Globacom, Mr. Mohamed Jameel explained that Globacom had provided similar technological back-up for several companies, adding that it would have no problem turning the FRSC into a hi-tech organisation comparable to similar organisations in the world.

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