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Telecommunication giant, MTN Nigeria has reacted to the service outage experienced by some subscribers on Saturday afternoon.

DAILY POST reports that MTN subscribers in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja and some other parts of the country, at about 2:30pm experienced network outage as they could not connect to the network.

Some of the users who stormed the social media to lament the situation, said there was no notification prior to the outage.

Reacting, MTN which has over 77.35 million subscribers in the country, said it is working towards restoring normalcy in the affected areas.

In a post on its Facebook page, MTN apologized to customers experiencing the challenge, saying it was aware of the development.

The post reads, “Dear customers, we apologize for any inconvenience this has caused!

“Some of our customers are having difficulty in connecting to the network today. We are looking into this and are truly sorry for any inconvenience caused”.

DAILY POST reports that as at 5:30pm, some of the users in Abuja confirmed that the network has been restored.

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SCOA boss hails Unity Bank, others for supplying N15.5bn trucks, equipment to Julius Berger

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Group Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of SCOA Nigeria Plc, Dr. Massad Boulos has commended Unity Bank Plc and other banks for facilitating a credit facility of N15.5billion for the importation and supply of 33 MAN Platform Trucks and equipment to construction giant, Julius Berger Plc.

The equipment is to be deployed for the construction of the 380km Abuja-Kaduna-Kano roads.

“I commend Unity Bank, their MD and the members of the Executive Management; and the entire team of banks who have worked closely with us on this project.

“The partnership with Unity Bank and the other banks is like no other considering the parties involved especially SCOA Nigeria and Julius Berger”, he said.

Unity Bank advanced the largest sum of N4.24 billion for SCOA Equipment, which is a portion of the N17 billion total line of credit that the Bank extended to both SCOA Motors and SCOA Equipment.

The other seven Banks – Heritage, Zenith, Providus, Wema, UBA, Union and Coronation Merchant Banks – pulled the total sum to facilitate the deal to be deployed for the construction of roads across the country.

Of the 33 trucks that the total sum covered, 16 trucks were delivered during the first phase and handed over to Julius Berger. The second phase, which will see to the delivery of the remaining 17 trucks will be executed next month.

At the hand over to Julius Berger, the Managing Director/CEO of Unity Bank, Mrs. Tomi Somefun stated that the involvement of Unity Bank in the project financing deal was in line with the Bank’s strategic business objective to redistribute resources and channel funds to critical sectors of the economy.

“We looked at the strategic importance of this project and how such infrastructure could contribute to stimulating economic activity and decided that Unity Bank must play its part.

“Unity Bank will continue to provide support to such projects as we have been doing in other critical sectors of the economy such as agriculture,” she said.

Somefun was represented at the ceremony by Mr. Wale Ogunride, Directorate Head, Lagos and South West Zone, Unity Bank.

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Unity Bank boosts capacity building on Blue Economy, empowers 3,000 girls

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No fewer than three thousand girls drawn from Senior Secondary Schools across Nigeria have benefitted from a 3-day capacity building initiative on maritime commerce and National Virtual Maritime Quiz powered by Unity Bank Plc.

The initiative, which focused on Information Communication Technology, ICT, maritime transportation and logistics ecosystem, was hosted by Ocean Ambassadors Foundation to promote the participation of Indigent Girl-Child in maritime commerce.

Unity Bank partnered the programme as part of its Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives targeted at the education sector and to draw attention to the imperatives of training the girl-child to participate actively in the relevant sectors of the economy.

This is coming against the backdrop of the negative impact of COVID-19 on the education sector which has affected millions of girls across Nigeria, resulting in “many girls being unable to return to schools and many others becoming child brides,” according to a recent report by the Economist.

The programme coincided with the International Day of the Girl-Child which was marked to highlight how “the pandemic has accelerated digital platforms for learning, earning and connecting, while also highlighting girls’ diverse digital realities”.

Unity Bank Managing Director/CEO, Mrs Tomi Somefun represented by the Chief Customer Service Officer, Mrs Titilayo Abraham officially opened the event.

She said: “Unity Bank has maintained its commitment to supporting the girl child by supporting several advocacy initiatives and investing in the education sector.

“The National Maritime Quiz is yet another opportunity to contribute to the movement to encourage, educate and empower the Girl-Child to participate in the economy while driving access to education.
“We commend the Ocean Ambassadors Foundation for their initiatives aimed at bridging the gender gap in the ICT, maritime, transportation, and logistics sectors in Nigeria.”

Unity Bank has in time past demonstrated commitment to supporting the education sector, especially for initiatives targeted at children.

One of the Bank’s flagship initiatives – One Minute Genius (OMG) and others such as Unity Bank Spelling B Competition, One Day CEO, are annual educational platforms of the Bank aimed at boosting financial literacy among Nigerian children.

Ocean Ambassadors Foundation commended Unity Bank, noting that the sensitization for the Girl-Child to take advantage of career opportunities in the ICT and maritime cannot be over-emphasized.

“This also amplifies the Global Advocacy of the Sustainable Development Goal’s 4, 5, and 14. Gender equality and women empowerment require deliberate transformative shifts, new technological solutions and integrated approaches”, the group said.

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MTN ‘Extremely Sorry’ Over Network Outage

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One of Nigeria’s largest mobile telecommunications companies, MTN, has apologised for its service failures over the weekend.

Many MTN subscribers had been unable to make phone calls or access the Internet on Saturday.

“We are extremely sorry for the trouble you have faced in accessing our network,” MTN said in a statement posted on its Facebook page on Sunday.

“We understand how important remaining connected is for your personal and business needs and your frustration is completely justified.

“We are working tirelessly to restore all connection, as we have also made some progress. Kindly restart your phone if you’re still experiencing a downtime.”

Later, MTN said its “network is now restored.”

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