Cooperative societies in Lagos under the aegis of the Lagos State Cooperative Federation (LASCOFED) are to benefit from a special voice and data package designed by leading telecommunications firm, Globacom.
Under the partnership arrangement known as Lascofed Connect, a first batch of 5000 public and private sector workers, including those from the Small and Medium Scale Enterprise(SME) sector, will be connected to the communication facilities.
Globacom said that, with the special Closed User Group (CUG) scheme, LASCOFED members will be able to communicate with one another and with members of their families effortlessly and at zero cost free of charge through voice calls, SMS, bundled data and bundled voice minutes for calls outside the group. They will also be able to enjoy the rich bouquet of value added services available on the network, the company added.
Globacom’s Acting Head of Public Sector Department, Mr. Mansur Opakunle, who presented the package to the cooperative society in Lagos, said that the scheme was designed to enhance the communication functions of LASCOFED. The package, he explained, comes with free SIMs to all identified LASCOFED members, free calls within the group, bundle calls to other Glo and non-Glo lines and SMS, free upon the payment of a low monthly service rental.
He added that each beneficiary would receive an attractive amount of free data bundle every month, and that the offer of free data in the package makes it a unique kind of CUG. To make communication easy, a directory of all members' names and numbers along with a dedicated call centre is included in the package.
Said Opakunle, “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”.
Also speaking at the launch of 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 emphasized.
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.