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The Kwara State House of Assembly has summoned MTN to appear before its Committee on Public Petition over alleged wrong installation of its mast on Judges Quarters’ Road (Budo Egba), Ilorin, the Kwara State capital.

The committee, according to a statement by the media aide to the assembly’s speaker, Alhaji Sanni Abdulrahman, alleged that the erection of the mast was causing environmental hazards to the people of the area.

The assembly’s summons followed a complaint by a resident of the area, Chief Oladele Olanrewaju, through his counsel, Mr. Teju Oguntoye.

The Chairman of the committee, Mr. Adebayo Mohammed, expressed displeasure over the alleged non-appearance of the MTN at its sitting.

He claimed that the assembly had sent a letter of invitation to the communication outfit, dated February 17, 2017.

The chairman, who said the assembly would give a fair hearing to all parties concerned before taking a definite position, urged MTN and other stakeholders to attend the rescheduled meeting slated for

Friday, March 3, 2017.

Meanwhile, MTN Nigeria, in collaboration with Lumos, has launched an  alternative electricity solution called Mobile Electricity Service.

“The mobile electricity solution is a unique innovation that combines the efficiency of the mobile revolution with reliable solar energy to provide modern electricity to millions of Nigerians through an affordable pay-per-use functionality and simple installation,” the telecoms company said in a statement.

Speaking on the rationale behind the partnership, the MTN Nigeria Chief Executive Officer, Ferdi Moolman, said, “The MTN and Lumos partnership is poised to scale clean and affordable, off-grid power across Nigeria. With the backing of OPIC and Power Africa, MTN and Lumos plan to bring electricity to over one million Nigerians this year.

“The solar technology of Lumos and the easy payment process with MTN airtime provides a seamless customer experience for Nigerians looking for modern clean electricity.”

He said, “We have always ensured that our subscribers constantly enjoy our innovative products and services, as we continue to engage them at their passion points with life-enriching experiences. Now, everyone can enjoy 24/7 access to noise-free, fume-free reliable electricity, every day for as low as NGN150 per day.

“We believe that this solution will help to improve the lives of our subscribers especially because it empowers them to do more for less with electricity at their convenience and pace.”

The Chief Executive Officer and Co-founder, Lumos Global, David Vortman, said, “We are very excited about this major milestone, which will enable us to accelerate our growth in Nigeria and improve the lives of millions.”

He said, “Having the backing of institutions such as OPIC and Power Africa provides a vote of confidence in our plans and helps spread our service across Nigeria.”

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