The call by the Minister of State, Labour, Mr. Festus Keyamo, to telecommunication companies and Pay-TVs in Nigeria to come up with a social safety programme for the masses to ease the Covid-19 pains, has began to yield results with a swift response from one of the telecommunication giants.
MTN Nigeria reportedly responded to the Keyamo’s call via exchange of tweets by promising its subscribers free 300 sms to all networks of their choice.
Concerned with the plights of the masses amidst the federal government’s compulsory stay home order on the Covid-19 plague, the Minister had released series of messages from his Twitter handle urging Pay-TVs and telecommunication companies to gift free data, call credits and at least 1-month subscription to their numerous customers.
This, he said, would allow them stay in touch with the world and their relatives with ease while the lockdown lasts.
“We understand how important it is to keep in touch with loved ones during this period. Now you can with 300 SMS to all networks. #staysafe#connected”, MTN had responded via its Twitter handle, @MTNNG.
As a way of appreciating their reaction to his tweets, Keyamo thanked the MTN management but not without playing Oliver Twist.
”Thank you@MTNNG for responding to my plea, especially for the hard-hit workers this time. We really appreciate. But I believe you can still do more. Specifically, we politely ask for some token data and airtime. Nothing is too small. Other networks should kindly follow suit,” the minister tweeted in reply.