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Airtel denies giving free N1,000 recharge

Airtel has dismissed claims that it gave away free airtime to its subscribers.



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Airtel Nigeria has denied rolling out free N1,000 recharge to its numerous subscribers.

This was disclosed on Monday, by a source in the Telco, who preferred to be anonymous as he is not permitted to talk officially on behalf of the company.

He said, “Airtel is not giving out airtime worth N1,000. It is not true.”

Efforts to get the official response from Airtel Nigeria were abortive, as its Vice President, Corporate Communications and CSR, Emeka Opara refused to pick calls or respond to inquiries sent to him as at the time of this report.

The denial came after an alleged hacker, Anonymous took to Twitter asking Airtel Nigeria’s subscribers to check their balance that they have been credited with N1,000 airtime.

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However, following the claim by Anonymous, many Airtel subscribers on Twitter claimed to have received the free airtime in their phones.

Some reactions from subscribers on Twitter

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  1. Collins

    October 19, 2020 at 4:54 pm

    How can I get my own

  2. Anonymous

    October 19, 2020 at 7:30 pm

    They gave me but collected it back😭

  3. Anonymous

    October 19, 2020 at 7:52 pm

    I have not seen any thing in mine it’s on fear ooooo

  4. Anonymous

    October 19, 2020 at 9:54 pm

    I got 1k recharge and used it for data.

  5. Anonymous

    October 19, 2020 at 11:09 pm

    Uncle anonymous I love your work…but they have carried the money back and I did not use it all pls keep trying for us we are not smiling help ur fellow youth brov#endsars#endpoverty

  6. Anonymous

    October 20, 2020 at 2:09 am

    Solomon nyong [email protected],com

  7. Opeyemi

    October 20, 2020 at 4:55 am

    I don’t see in my two airtel sim

  8. Anonymous

    October 20, 2020 at 5:36 am

    Why didn’t I see anything ? 😣😫😪😭
    Am I not an Airtel customer?
    What could be the cause ?

  9. Muhammad Ali

    October 20, 2020 at 6:51 am

    Thanks I Saw my own

  10. Dorobelle David

    October 20, 2020 at 1:14 pm

    I received the 1k airtime this morning and I used it to buy data. This morning Airtel cleared the data I bought, including the one I had before🙄. They had better refund the one I had before.

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Ellah Lakes partners with Ondo Govt to develop Oil Palm and Cassava Plantation

Ellah Lakes Plc has signed an agreement with the Ondo State Government for the joint development and the cultivation of Oil Palm & Cassava.



Ellah Lakes in exclusive talks to purchase oil palm processing company  

A Nigerian agribusiness company, Ellah Lakes Plc has announced that it has executed an agreement with Ondo State Government for the joint development and management of 5000 hectares of land, for the cultivation of Oil Palm & Cassava in the State.

This disclosure was made by the company’s management, in a statement issued and signed by the Company’s Secretary, Mr Kenechi Ezezika.

The agreement between Ellah Lakes and the Ondo State Government is expected to increase the landbank and the production base of the company, especially in its Cassava and Oil Palm segments.

What they are saying

Speaking on the development, the Chief Executive Officer, Chuka Mordi said:

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“This is a significant landmark for the Company in the development of our land bank, & we are very excited to be working with the Ondo State Government. I am delighted that we are fulfilling our strategic objective of progressively expanding our land bank & diversifying our portfolio and production base.”

“I am also glad to say that the intercropping programme in Edo State is progressing steadily & we have achieved our first milestone of 100Hectares of Cassava with the participation of personnel of the Agricultural Development Program (ADP), in Edo State.”

Also speaking on the development, the Special Adviser on Development & Investment to the Ondo State Governor/ Chief Executive Officer of Ondo State Development and Investment Promotion Agency (ONDIPA), Mr. Akinboye Oyewumi said, “We are pleased with this collaboration with Ellah Lakes Plc., and we look forward to a mutually beneficial, valuable and fruitful venture.”

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FG says Apapa traffic will end by first quarter 2021

The FG has assured Nigerians that the gridlock in Apapa will soon be a thing of the past by the first quarter of 2021.



IMF identifies lacking facilities at Lagos seaports 

The Federal Government has revealed that the perennial traffic in Apapa and its environs is expected to end come to an end within the first quarter of 2021.

This disclosure was made by the Executive Secretary of the Nigerian Shippers’ Council (NSC), Hassan Bello, on Friday, November 27, 2020, when he received the National Advisory Committee set up by the presidency on African Continental Free Trade Area at the council’s head office in Lagos.

According to a report from the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), Bello said that the council has put in motion, machinery to put an end to the perennial gridlock that has brought to a halt, business and socio-economic activities in that axis.

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He also said that the sorting out of the gridlock and other issues in the ports and along that corridor would ensure the utilization of the benefits in the AfCFTA to the country.

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The NSC boss said, “We have a deficit on infrastructure, issues in rail, road, connectivity between our ports and the hinterland and elsewhere in Africa. I am an optimistic person and that is why I want to say that by March, the first quarter of 2021, the gridlock in Apapa will disappear.’’

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“This is because we are approaching it in a scientific angle, first we have to make the ports digital and contactless, no need to go to the port to make the payment or other transaction, all these will be online,’’ he said.

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Bello promised the Nigerian Ports Authority would deploy electronic call-up system to manage traffic, customs on e-customs, provisions of scanners.

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What you should know

Apapa which is a commercial/industrial hub in Lagos and most importantly has the largest seaports in the country, has been under intense gridlock as all entry/exit points leading into and out of the area are under lockdown due to construction work, which is at different levels of completion, around that corridor.

In order to restore sanity on the Apapa axis, following the total collapse of law and order due to indiscriminate parking of heavy articulated vehicles, President Muhammadu Buhari inaugurated a Presidential Taskforce headed by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and Comrade Kayode Opeifa as Vice Chairman.

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The Presidential Taskforce restored some level of normalcy on the axis with the disappearance of trucks and tankers on the bridges and roads on Ikorodu road, Iganmu road, Eko Bridge and other axis leading to Apapa.

However, there have been serious concerns among stakeholders and residents in the area over the ability of Lagos state government to sustain normalcy following the withdrawal of the presidential task force.

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Exited N-Power beneficiaries to apply for CBN empowerment options

A portal to enable Exited N-Power beneficiaries apply for CBN empowerment options has been launched by the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs.




The Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management, and Social Development has launched a portal enabling exited N-Power beneficiaries to apply for CBN empowerment options.

This was disclosed by the Ministry in a social media statement on Friday evening.

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According to the press release by the Ministry, “The platform which was developed in collaboration with the CBN will enable Exited N-Power Beneficiaries to log on and apply for the various economic, empowerment, and entrepreneurship options provided by the CBN.”
The statement which was signed by the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry Bashir Nura Alkali, quoted the Honourable Minister, Sadiya Umar Farouq urging interested Exited Beneficiaries of N- Power to log on to the portal and provide the required additional information for possible placements into the various CBN intervention options.
The Minister also emphasized that the NEXIT PORTAL will determine the suitability of the beneficiaries for the CBN affiliated programs.
“The NEXIT portal is to determine the suitability of the beneficiaries for the CBN affiliated programs and is dependent on meeting the criteria and conditions set by the CBN for the said programs,” she said.
Farouq pledged the Ministry’s willingness to collaborate with relevant agencies of government and other stakeholders towards the realization of that vision and congratulated the exited beneficiaries while wishing them well in their future endeavours.

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