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Educating Telecom Consumers On Their Rights Our Priority – NCC

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The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has said on Wednesday that educating the telecom consumers on their rights would be given top priority by the commission.
Prof. Umar Danbatta, Executive Vice Chairman, NCC, represented by Mr Reuben Mouka, Head Public Relations, NCC, made this assertion at the NCC Special Day at the ongoing Abuja International Trade Fair in Abuja, Wednesday.
He said  the theme of the fair “Enhancing SMEs in Agribusiness through Innovative Technology” was in line with the objective of the commission to use technology as an enabler of the overall economic growth and development in the country.
He said the commission through the availability of information and education would helps consumers to make informed choices in the use of ICT services as well as to protect telecom services consumers’ rights and privileges.
“We, as the independent telecom regulator in Nigeria, recognises that telecommunications services are very important to our nation,
“More importantly, that the consumers of telecommunications services deserve to get value for their money, and be treated as very important stakeholder in the scheme of things as far as service delivery is concern.
“The strategy, which we have adopted in achieving these agenda item, is to strengthen initiatives to educate and inform consumers in the use of communications services and to act swiftly and consistently whenever necessary.
He said the main thrust of NCC participation at the fair was to promote a major campaign, dedicated to the welfare of the consumer, which the commission launched on March 15, 2017
Speaking on the issue of data  rollover, Danbatta said that the commission has directed all the service providers to give 14 days window to the subscribers to enable them roll over their unused data, even if they do not renew on the expiration data.
” In other words, this will stop the current practice where subscriber lose their entire unused data if they fail to renew on the date of the expiration of the current data
”Therefore, we can say that our citizens have not been left behind with services and innovations that abound in the ICT industry; it is our promise to keep the nation abreast of developments in telecommunications industry.
On her part, the Director Consumer Affairs Bureau, Mrs Felicia Onwuegbuchulam, said the commission was facilitating deployment of broadbandnetwork for economic growth.
Onwuegbuchulam represented by Mr Ayabamji Ojo, Deputy Director, Consumer Affairs Bureau, said that the deployment of broadband infrastructure would also be a platform for innovation and job creation.
“The forum is to educate consumers on the Do Not Disturb code 2442 to stop unsolicited text messages, the commission’s 622 Toll-free line, data roll over, the menace of call masking among others.
Also speaking, Director General Abuja Commerce of Industry, Mrs Tonia Shoyele, Mrs Tonia Shoyele, said the theme was chosen in line with the Federal Government vision in diversifying the economy from a mono economy with total dependence on oil to other sectors.
She appreciated the NCC for creating an enabling environment for competition among operators in the industry as well as ensuring the provision of qualitative and efficient telecommunications services throughout the country.

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Rivers NUJ Gets Kudos Over Peace Training

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The Rivers State Council of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), has received commendations over plans to partner the Channels Academy on peace training for journalists in the State and Country at large.
The Tide was informed that the two days training exercise at the State Secretariat of the Rivers Council of the NUJ at Earnest Ikoli Press Centre Port Harcourt commenced yesterday and will terminate tomorrow, Thursday June 24, 2021.
Some journalists who spoke with The Tide in  Port Harcourt, yesterday, said it was a well crafted thought of the national leadership of the union vis- a -vis the state executives.
A Senior Correspondent with Independent Monitor Newspaper, Wariso Wariso, said that the initiative was a strong indication of the commitment of the Stanley Job led executive of the NUJ in the State.
Wariso noted that there was no better way to carry journalists along than to ensure that the benefit from such a training opportunity.
He maintained that training and retraining was key in the practice of journalism due to the dynamism associated with the profession.
Another Journalist, Mr Allwell Ene, who described the exercise as a welcomed development, said that its importance could not be over-emphasized.
Ene was of the view that since peace was opposite of crisis, that the best way forward was to give more attention to peace training in order to prevent crisis.
“Governments at all levels must pay attention to peace initiatives. I think, if that is done, the issue of crisis and crimes will be on the decline”, he said.
He also pointed out that since peace was opposite of crisis, that the best way forward was to give more attention to peace talks with the target to give a rebirth to the minds of young people.
Others who also spoke in favour of the training, said it was key, in that it will place journalists in the country on better footing given the present situation of the country.
They further explained that such was imperative due to the dynamism associated with the profession and added to it will place Nigerian press on  the same scale with their foreign counterparts.
While applauding the Messrs Stanley Job and Ike Wigodo led  State executive, the called for a total support for the team in order to enable them consolidate on their projects and  as well, cause more of such programmes to happen in the state.
It will be recalled that the Provost of the Channels Academy, Mr Kingsley Uranta,  had made available materials that will provide easy  training process  for journalists during and after the exercise.

By: King Onunwor

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I Was Abducted, Raped By Traditional Healer -Teenager

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A teenager (name withheld) yesterday narrated before an Ikeja Sexual Offences and Domestic Violence Court, how she was allegedly kidnapped and raped by a traditional healer who was to treat her father.
The Tide reports that the 17-year-old testified as the first prosecution witness at the trial of one Prince Tom for defilement and kidnapping.
The teenager who was led in evidence by the state prosecutor, Mr Peter Owolabani, said that she was a 15-year-old senior secondary student when Tom came to her home on December 10, 2019, with a member of her family’s church.
The witness said that the defendant requested for N25,000 as part of a fee to heal her father of stroke.
She said that her mother told her to follow Tom to a Point of Sale (POS) to withdraw the sum.
She said that they went to some POS to make withdrawals but were unsuccessful because the operators had insufficient fund.
The teenager said that in their search for another POS, she and the defendant took a commercial motorcycle from her neighbourhood in Bariga to Ilupeju, both in Lagos State.
“When we got to Ilupeju, my mother called him on the phone and I heard him telling her: ‘She is my sister, I cannot do anything to her ma’.
“He approached a commercial tricycle park and informed the drivers that were siblings who just came to Lagos from a village, and asked for a hotel around the area.
“I had exhausted my transport fare, I am always staying at home, my parents do not allow me to go out; so, upon hearing him asking for a hotel, I told him I wanted to go back home.
“He said that he was seeing something in the spiritual realm that if I went back home, my father would die,” she said.
The witness said that they went to a hotel (Osmak Hotel Mushin) and the defendant paid for a room but she refused to follow him into the hotel room.
According to her,  the defendant persuaded her to follow him so that they could pray for her father’s healing.
“In the room, he was praying in God’s name and he brought out a black oil and said:   ‘In the next five minutes, your father is going to get up from his sick bed and walk’.
“After five minutes, he said it had been done and we should enjoy ourselves but I insisted that we should go home.”
He asked if I was stupid and told me to lie on the bed.
“I refused, and the next thing I felt was a gun pointed at my head.

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Omerelu Community, Crime-Free-Youth Leader

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A youth leader in Ikwerre local Government Area of Rivers State, Comrade Amadi Blessing, says there is no more criminality in Omerelu Community
Amadi admitted that since the arrival of Omerelu Security Planning and Advisory Committee (OSPAC), peace has been the order of the day. 
Comr Amadi who stated this while speaking with newsmen at Omerelu on Monday, explained that the peace Omerelu is enjoying today can be attributable to Eze (Engr) Ben Ugo, Paramount ruler Omerelu Community and Professor Blessing Didia, former Vice-Chancellor, Rivers State University. 
The Ikwerre Youth Leader said emphatically that the two illustrious sons introduced the local Vigilantee called OSPAC in Omerelu which remains the first Community in the whole of Ikwerre Local Government to embrace OSPAC.
He said the peace the duo have brought through the instrumentality of OSPAC had metamorphous unpara-lleled development in the community 
“I’ m not a politician, but Governor Nyesom Wike’s milestone in Rivers state particularly in Omerelu has made me join politics.” 
“I m not only joining politics, I will campaign for his future political aspiration because he has brought light to us”.
“The flag off of Omerelu internal roads which I m a living witness after how many years has proved he is a lover of his people”, he said. 
In a related development, Maxwell Asor, Omerelu OSPAC Commander has assured the Monier Construction Company MCC, the Construction Company handling Omerelu internal roads of adequate protection. 
Maxwell assured that the local Vigilante under him has obligation to protect their facilities throughout the period the job would be delivered.
He said OSPAC had recorded tremendous success since its arrival in Omerelu 
Omerelu OSPAC Commander narrated how the group fought crime to a standstill before peace could be restored. 
“I remain elated because the peace has brought development in Omerelu.” 
“Omerelu Community will remain grateful to Governor Nyesom Wike for bringing dividend of democracy to their door step.
We are also happy the promise he made to us he has come to fulfill it, he said.
Also, the Councilor representing Ward five Omerelu, Mrs Echie Edith Ikwerre women shall continue to give Governor Nyesom Wike maximum support. 
Hon Echie said Governor Wike had made the proud by executing impactful projects across the state which her ward was not an exception 
Hon Echie said the flag off of the road after so many years previous administration had failed would enable women transport agricultural produce to the city.
She said easy access to the state capital and appreciation of land were some of the benefits.

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