December 4, 2022

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Subscribers Beware! MTN Out With Another Mega Fraud

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It is a known fact that most of the so-called multinational companies in Nigeria use to their advantage the poverty level in the country; they normally push something small to the people to get more from them. Some companies at least redeem their pledge while some are known for not fulfilling their promises to the people; and leading the pack of those who take the consumer’s money without giving back is the giant telecommunications company, MTN.

The company is at the moment advertising a promo tagged “MTN Ultimate Wonder Promo,” and the promo is currently generating a lot of controversies owing to the fact that the company’s previous promo winners have never been known. A case in point is their N1billion Mega Reward which was used to celebrate the company’s 10 years of operations in the country where those they claimed to have won the N10 million star prizes and other prizes including the N100,000, were termed invisible by people on different social.

Though the company presented people at different events as the winners of the prizes, story is that the supposed 10 star prize winners were never known by anybody, and that going by the pedigree of the company, winners of such prizes would be given serious media mention to authenticate the claims. An example they cited is that of Chimuanya ‘Aroma’ Ufodike who won the maximum N10million at the MTN-sponsored “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire” game show. Ufodike was given maximum media coverage whereas the 10 winners of the same amount this time around were rarely mentioned. And industry watchers believed this is far from the truth knowing fully well MTN would want to take the credit for such act.

According to Larry Annetta, chief marketing and strategy officer, MTN Nigeria, the Ultimate Wonder Promo is not only to enrich the subscribers but to also appreciate and reward its loyal customers. He stated further that the telecommunications company was keen in transforming the lives of many Nigerians. The grand prize this time around is an aeroplane or its cash equivalent aside other prizes like N2 million for 12 people every week; N150,000 for 100 people on weekly basis and 100 weekly consolation prizes of N50,000 for the 3 months duration of the promo.

The over 40 million subscribers of MTN are qualified for the aircraft prize by only loading N3,000 for the duration of the promo, while they just need to load a minimum of N200 every week to qualify for the weekly draws.

MTN it was that lead the revolt when they were asked to change from the initial per-minute billing to per-second, which means they make more money from the then very common drop calls to the detriment of the subscribers. It took Globacom’s decision of automatic per-second billing plan to force MTN, who had initially claimed it was not possible, to migrate to per-second to give per seconds options on their plan. It was also MTN that removed the act of billing subscribers for calling customer care lines.

Some people were of the opinion that the network provider is out to make money out of the subscribers through its promos. Sources revealed that if half of the subscribers recharges N200 every week they will be raking in an average of N40 billion every week and this will be running into trillions of naira by the end of the promo 12 weeks later.

Recently, the National Assembly also raised questions about how realistic the issues of giving out an aircraft is by MTN, echoing the scepticism of other Nigerians who were unable to identify those who they claimed won the N10 million star prize of the MTN Mega Reward promo. Though the National Assembly could not do anything about the hoax promo of the telecommunications company they also sounded their concern about the organsation that has been playing on the situation of things in the country.

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UBA Foundation Rings in The Yuletide Season, Lights Up the Lagos Marina Africa’s Global bank, United Bank for Africa, through its Corporate Social Responsibility Arm, the UBA Foundation, on Tuesday, held its annual Christmas Lighting ceremony to mark the start of the festive season. The brilliant Christmas Lights of the UBA Foundation Gardens at the UBA Head Office on the Marina in Lagos, were activated by the bank’s Group Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, Oliver Alawuba, in a grand ceremony which was witnessed by key management staff and some customers of the bank. Alawuba, who addressed attendees at the ceremony, reiterated that the annual Lighting event is a symbol of hope for the coming year, the future and all the goodness it will bring into people’s lives. Alawuba said, “The UBA Foundation is focused on touching lives and giving back to its host communities. UBA through its foundation, the UBA Foundation desire remains is committed to improving lives in whatever way we can. We want to give back always and this event is quite symbolic as it represents the affinity we have towards our customers, employees and associates as well as our communities.” The CEO of the UBA Foundation, Mrs Bola Atta, said that the Christmas lighting ceremony was important for the Foundation adding: “Today is significant. All over the world, it is known in the advent period as Giving Tuesday. It is a time to give back to those who don’t have enough. It is a time to shine light on others, to give hope and give gifts. Today we gave out a lot of gifts and people were happy as we lit up the Foundation gardens to symbolise joy and hope. We are constantly reminded as an institution, of our promise to continue to touch lives and show kindness. In these difficult times, sharing even a little bit, goes a long way.” The lighting ceremony was attended by UBA staff members and customers who were serenaded with Christmas carols by the UBA Customer Fulfilment Centre’s choir. It ended with a guided tour around the UBA Foundation gardens on the Lagos Marina. Over the years, the UBA Foundation has been very active in creating sustainable development in its host communities and as part of its corporate social responsibility, the Foundation will be feeding tens of thousands of people across Africa during this festive season. UBA Foundation, the CSR arm of the UBA Group, is committed to the socio-economic betterment of the communities in which the bank operates, focusing on development in the areas of Education, the Environment, Economic Empowerment and other Special Projects.

2 thoughts on “Subscribers Beware! MTN Out With Another Mega Fraud

  1. It’s an unfortunate situation for us in this nation where it’s leadership will turn deaf ears and blind eyes to real issues of exploitation and short-changing of the citizenry by foreign Multi-national coys within the country while at the same time posing to championing the cause of justice for its citizens in diaspora. It’s quite paradoxical and worrisome.

  2. iam so asheamd for this nation called nigeria where the setizen dont have there right to as a cetizen becaus of bad leadership.leader forget that without cetizens there will be no leadership.

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