Second National Operator, Globacom and Microfone Telecoms, a subsidiary of the Nigerian Capital Development Fund (NCDF), have initiated a partnership that will see 50,000 lines supplied to rural areas across Nigeria.
The project will also create thousands of jobs for Nigerians in the country side while increasing the tele-density of the nation.
Under the partnership, Microfone will establish Village Public Phone Centres to bring telephony to rural communities while Globacom will provide an initial 50,000 SIM cards with airtime riding on the Infinito platform of the network, enabling users to make calls at as low as 25k per second.
Globacom will also provide a customer service desk to cater specifically for the lines on the scheme.
Speaking at the agreement-signing ceremony at the Mike Adenuga Towers headquarters of Globacom in Lagos, the Group Chief Operating Officer of the telecoms firm , Mr. Jameel Mohamed, said the project will provide not less than 50,000 jobs for public telephone operators. “Other ancillary jobs will also spring up through this project thereby further enriching life at the grassroots”, Jameel said.
Executive Vice President of the NCDF, Mr. Babatunde Oralusi, confirmed that the partnership with Globacom will make greater impact on the grassroots “by accelerating the NCDF’s pro-poor empowerment programmes”.