The NCC and it’s never-ending deadlines – and more, in today’s news roundup with Cheta Nwanze

by Cheta Nwanze

Telecoms

The killings of almost 100 of our security agents in Nasarawa is being swept under the carpet. And what will follow, is that the monies meant as compensation for the widows will find their way to, err, pockets that can put them to better use.

All through last month, I was harrassed, almost to death, by MTN. Text messages and calls threatening that I would be kicked off the network if I did not register my SIM. Problem is, I had registered my SIM aeons ago, so I did not feel the need to waste my time. Yesterday, I went to bed wondering if I would wake up this morning to no service. Then I woke up this morning, and found that my phone still works. Maybe thanks to the Association of Licenses Telecoms Operators of Nigeria who have asked the NCC to extend the deadline.

Onto another deadline of sorts, and the CBN’s Operation Cashless will be dragged out to other states today. Given that it has had quite a bit by way of “teething problems”, one can’t help but wonder what exactly will happen in Aba where the denizens love holding their coins. Well, hear from Chidi Opara, an Aba-based businessman: “Yes I have heard that they want to start it here from Monday and I can simply tell you that it is not feasible. They will just make people start carrying around more cash because business here is time based, no buyer or seller wants to waste time struggling with the machines.”

The price of progress…

Quote(s) of the Day

N26,000 is not enough to cover for the type of risk I face daily. There was a time when armed robbers came here, and they hit me with a gun when I told them I did not know where the money was.” — Isaac Fajaiye, a security guard, complains about the risks that follow his job.

“We don’t have weapons to defend ourselves if the need arises, so if a small boy comes here with a gun and asks me to open the door, I’ll do so or else he may shoot me,” Seun Oyeleye, a guard at a bank concurs and lets us know precisely what will happen to our money when they come for it.

Bits and Bobs

NEPA took light in the Abuja airstrip, and for three hours planes had to land by lantern light. “We had earlier informed members of the public about the maintenance FAAN was about to carry out,” moaned Henrietta Yakubu thinking that she still lives in the 1970s.

Inexorably, the killings of almost 100 of our security agents in Nasarawa is being swept under the carpet. And what will follow, is that the monies meant as compensation for the widows will find their way to, err, pockets that can put them to better use.

Prison Break Season 5 was acted out in Akure in the wee hours yesterday. 175 former inmates could not believe their luck. Wole Ogodo, Ondo state police parrot promptly opened the FGN book of phrases and read from Chapter 8 verse 17, “No stone shall be left unturned in getting to the bottom of this.”

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