Globacom has partnered with the Lagos State Cooperative Federation (LASCOFED) to connect an initial 5000 workers both in the public and private sectors including the Small and Medium Scale Enterprise(SME) sector through an enhanced communications platform including both voice and data facilities .
LASCOFED is a conglomeration of all cooperatives in Lagos State with over 20,000 members.With the Globacom-built communications platform which operates as a Closed User Group (CUG), members will be able to communicate with their colleagues and family members seamlessly and free of charge through voice calls, SMS, bundled data, bundled voice minutes to call outside the group and value added services that will enhance communication amongst co-operators real time.
The package known as Lascofed Connect, according to Globacom, is different from the conventional CUG. While presenting the package to the cooperative society on Thursday at the headquarters of the federation in Lagos, the Acting Head of Public Sector Department of Globacom , Mr Mansur Opakunle said that the project has been painstakingly designed to empower LASCOFED in her cooperative development activities and to cushion the effects of the current economic challenges. According to him, it offers free SIMs to all identified LASCOFED members, free calls within the group, bundle calls to other Glo and non-Glo lines, as well as SMS, free at the payment of unbeatable monthly service rental.
Opakunle also disclosed that each member will receive a handsome amount of free data bundle every month. He emphasised that the inclusion of free data in the package makes this Closed User Group package the first of its kind in Nigeria.The project also will be backed up with a directory of all members’ names and numbers along with a dedicated call centre.“The various advantages embedded in this package is so enormous that members and families of the Cooperative will, for sure, soon realize that Globacom truly is a very socially responsible organization with the interest of Nigerian people and environment at heart. Indeed, in this venture, we have gone beyond mercantile considerations to development support for the good of Nigerians and the boosting of enterprise in the Nigerian economic space,” Opakunle said.
Also speaking at the launch of the Lascofed Connect, the President of the Federation, Mr. Oriyomi Areola described the project as landmark.“It is the easiest and affordable means of communication for our members and their friends, families and extended families.” Areola said. He explained that LASCOFED took into consideration the antecedents of Glo in network provision before choosing it as its preferred network. “We also considered that Glo is an indigenous firm with all it takes to compete with any telecoms firm in the world,” he emphasised
The Director, Cooperative Services in the State Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Cooperatives, Mrs. Zhulikha Ibrahim said communication was very important in the life of an organisation and that Lascofed Connect will help to ease communication at an affordable rate leveraging on the numerical strength of its membership. “It will enhance efficiency, productivity and improve on deliverables”, she said, adding, “it has set LASCOFED apart from other Federations”, she concluded.
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