Nigeria has a growing number of Internet Service Providers (ISPs), who are competing daily to serve the needs of both corporates and private individuals desirous of steady internet connectivity in their homes and offices.
But despite the wide array of service providers that abound, Nigerians are often left undecided as to which ones to choose from. The reason is simple – services offered by the ISPs are basically average.
In the meantime, however, the quest for the best Internet Service Provider is on. Yesterday, the Founder and Publisher of Nairametrics, Mr Ugo Obi-Chukwu, asked his followers on Twitter to reconmmend the best fiber broadband internet provider for a location in Lekki Phase 1, Lagos. As expected, he received lots of responses.
I’m trying to get a fixed wireless or fiber broadband internet for a location in Lekki 1.
Twitter Naija, what do you recommend?
— Ugodre (@ugodre) February 25, 2019
A lot of names were suggested, some of which are popular, and others not so much. These include the likes of-
- Cyspace Nigeria
- IPNX Fiber
- Baclbone Connectivity Network
- Brainshare Technology
- Fiber One
- e-Stream Networks, etc.
Tizeti received quite the bashing
Nigerians used the opportunity to express their displeasure over the unpleasant services they have so far been subjected to by some of the ISPs. Mr Chukwu was specifically warned to stay away from Tizeti, because not only is their service bad, so also is their customer service.
Chai! Are they that bad…I almost paid to them today oh!
— Ugodre (@ugodre) February 25, 2019
Furthermore, I had their radio installed in November 2018 and to the best of my knowledge, their technicians have visited my location for troubleshooting at least 7 times!
— Tunde Akinseye (@tundeakinseye) February 25, 2019
Whatever u do, avoid Tizeti.
— Olajide Ola (@jiddy203) February 25, 2019
People also expressed displeasure over Swift, telling Mr Chukwu and everyone else to stay away from it. Complaints ranged from poor service delivery, to the high subscription cost.
— Seun I (@iseunmoks1) February 25, 2019
Avoid swift…their billing will make you look like you are learning mathematics
— Chike Ezeh (@chykoskopi) February 25, 2019
Some ISPs, however, did receive positive comments. One of them is Backbone Connectivity Network. The person that recommended them said the service provider is “very good”. He even called on his friend to vouch for the company.
Please check Backbone Connectivity Network (BCN). They are our ISP in my office and service is very good. You can also ask @gbenro for more info. He uses their services both at home and in his office too. Their services are very affordable. Customer Care is good too.
— AYODEJI (@KLAZEMATICS) February 25, 2019
— Obianuju Olorunmola nee Okafor (@obyokafor) February 25, 2019
Fiber One by @kkontech. The best Fiber to Home service. Trust me I know.
— NnannaW (@ScitoA) February 25, 2019
Meanwhile, some companies came on the thread to observe, with one of them even taking the opportunity to market their service.
Hello @ugodre We @CyberspaceNaija have 4G LTE within Lekki and environs. It can be used in a fixed scenario (just like you requested), and also supports mobility,… Would you like us to take this conversation to your DM?
— CYBERSPACE Nigeria (@CyberspaceNaija) February 25, 2019
Someone even vouched for them, stating that the company has been in the game for more than twenty years.
Cyberspace iso 9001:2015 Bsi certificate, over 20 years in the game @CyberspaceNaija
— MissMadame (@Ifybeeeee) February 25, 2019
But despite all the recommendations, the search is still on for the best fiber to home internet provider. And until that ISP is found, some people are patient to wait.
Abeg, when una find, let me know!
— adesoji (@adesoji45) February 25, 2019
COVID-19 Update in Nigeria
On the 25th of September 2020, 213 new confirmed cases and 2 deaths were recorded in Nigeria
The spread of novel Corona Virus Disease (COVID-19) in Nigeria continues to record increases as the latest statistics provided by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control reveal Nigeria now has 58,062 confirmed cases.
On the 25th of September 2020, 213 new confirmed cases and 2 deaths were recorded in Nigeria, having carried out a total daily test of 10,526 samples across the country.
To date, 58,062 cases have been confirmed, 49,606 cases have been discharged and 1,103 deaths have been recorded in 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory. A total of 494,577 tests have been carried out as of September 25th, 2020 compared to 484,051 tests a day earlier.
COVID-19 Case Updates- 25th September 2020,
- Total Number of Cases – 58,062
- Total Number Discharged – 49,606
- Total Deaths – 1,103
- Total Tests Carried out – 494,577
According to the NCDC, the 213 new cases are reported from 17 states- Lagos (51), Plateau (51), FCT (29), Rivers (18), Ondo (12), Oyo (9), Osun (8), Gombe (7), Ogun (7), Kaduna (5), Enugu (4), Edo (3), Jigawa (3), Kano (3), Benue (1), Delta (1), Sokoto (1).
Meanwhile, the latest numbers bring Lagos state total confirmed cases to 19,174, followed by Abuja (5,644), Plateau (3,373), Oyo (3,248), Edo (2,620), Kaduna (2,389), Rivers (2,305), Delta (1,801), Ogun (1,796), Kano (1,737), Ondo (1,620), Enugu (1,289), Ebonyi (1,038), Kwara (1,028), Abia (881), Gombe (864). Katsina (848), Osun (826), Borno (741), and Bauchi (692).
Imo State has recorded 566 cases, Benue (481), Nasarawa (449), Bayelsa (397), Jigawa (325), Ekiti (317), Akwa Ibom (288), Niger (259), Adamawa (237), Anambra (234), Sokoto (162), Taraba (95), Kebbi (93), Cross River (87), Zamfara (78), Yobe (75), while Kogi state has recorded 5 cases only.
Lock Down and Curfew
In a move to combat the spread of the pandemic disease, President Muhammadu Buhari directed the cessation of all movements in Lagos and the FCT for an initial period of 14 days, which took effect from 11 pm on Monday, 30th March 2020.
The movement restriction, which was extended by another two-weeks period, has been partially put on hold with some businesses commencing operations from May 4. On April 27th, 2020, Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari declared an overnight curfew from 8 pm to 6 am across the country, as part of new measures to contain the spread of the COVID-19. This comes along with the phased and gradual easing of lockdown measures in FCT, Lagos, and Ogun States, which took effect from Saturday, 2nd May 2020, at 9 am.
On Monday, 29th June 2020 the federal government extended the second phase of the eased lockdown by 4 weeks and approved interstate movement outside curfew hours with effect from July 1, 2020. Also, on Monday 27th July 2020, the federal government extended the second phase of eased lockdown by an additional one week.
On Thursday, 6th August 2020 the federal government through the secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) and Chairman of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 announced the extension of the second phase of eased lockdown by another four (4) weeks.
Lagos launches N5 billion support fund for 2,000 low-cost private schools
The Governor said the facility will benefit low-cost schools with amounts ranging from N500,000 to N5 million.
Lagos State government has launched a N5billion support fund to help reduce the impact of Coronavirus pandemic on low-cost private schools in the state.
This was disclosed by the Governor of the state, Babajide Sanwo-Olu via his Twitter handle on Friday.
According to him, the educational sector is one of those severely impacted by the pandemic, with schools and vocational learning-centres shut since March.
He said, “With access to funding for privately owned schools and vocational training centres in the state, we are confident that this programme, under the partnership between First Bank Nigeria and Lagos State Education Trust Fund (LSETF) will help accelerate a sustainable return to learning and skills acquisition.”
Today, I launched a N5bn support fund to help reduce the impact of #COVID19 on low-cost private schools in Lagos. The educational sector is one of those severely impacted by the pandemic, with schools and vocational learning-centres shut since March. #EducationMeetsFunding pic.twitter.com/PrKjLhxBXq
— Babajide Sanwo-Olu (@jidesanwoolu) September 25, 2020
He explained that the facility will benefit 2,000 low-cost schools with amounts ranging from N500,000 to N5 million.
“As a responsible Government, we are obligated to provide interventions that would enable learners in schools study in line with the new normal,” the Governor Sanwo-Olu added.
The Chief Executive Officer, First Bank Nigeria, Dr Adesola Adeduntan, said “With this partnership, we are sure that registered educational institutions in Lagos State will have access to funds at subsidised interest rates to meet their needs as they reopen at this auspicious time.”
Paga Group relocates to the UK
Oviosu announced that he is very excited about moving to and working with the UK government.
Paga Group has redomiciled from Mauritius to the United Kingdom (UK). The group is the holding company for its operations in Nigeria, México, Ethiopia, and the UK.
This was disclosed by the Chief Executive Officer and founder, Paga, Tayo Oviosu on Friday.
The Paga Group has redomiciled to the UK 🇬🇧!
The Paga Group is the holding company for our operations in all countries – Nigeria, México, Ethiopia, and the United Kingdom.
Very excited about this move and look forward to working with @tradegovuk to promote trade with the UK!
— Tayo Oviosu (@oviosu) September 25, 2020
Why it matters: The company took the decision due to bureaucratic challenges it faced last year.
He said, “The laws and courts of Mauritius are not very fast-moving, and the rules are difficult. I’ve had one court case that was eventually thrown out after a year.
“In the UK it would have been thrown out immediately, and the person would have had to pay us for our lawyer fees.
“Basically, not an easy place to do business. It is more painful than useful. I say stick to good ol’ America or UK or Netherlands or Luxemburg. Where you know there are professionals, and the legal system works.”
Oviosu said he is very excited about the move, looks forward to working with the UK government to promote trade with the UK.
The Paga Group has raised $34.7 million in funding so far, according to Crunchbase.