MTN partners with Slot and Intelligra for a smartphone financing scheme for customers.


The telco announced this at a press conference on Wednesday in Lagos.

Speaking at the event, Adia Sowho, chief marketing officer, MTN Nigeria, said the scheme would enable customers to acquire quality smartphones without breaking the bank.

She said the smartphone will come with added benefits of monthly data allowance, voice call minutes and device protection against theft and screen damage.

The erosion in the area continues to threaten the existence of Olojoku’s house and many other buildings. The gully is creeping closer to residential apartments. The erosion now passes under a culvert to Kuntu/Isale-Jagun/Gaa Aremu’s road to connect with several communities like Isale Jagun/Kuntu, Abata-Suban and Itakudimoh communities. When it rains in these communities, houses, farmlands, schools and roads are overwhelmed with water, with residents having to stay indoors throughout. 

Just recently, Kwara state was listed among the highly probable flood risk states in 2022 by the Nigeria Hydrological Services Agency (NIHSA) in its 2022 annual flood outlook (AFO).

RUNNING FOR SAFETY 

When Olojoku moved into his house in 2013, he never thought that erosion would kick him out five years later. 

“I left the house to save my life. The flood was already consuming the land and then moving to the building. If it rains at night, the flood might wash away the whole building and we might be helpless. So, to avert such occurrence, I moved out, ” he said.

Speaking on the efforts made before finally leaving the house, Olojoku said aside from spending a lot of money to get things fixed, he had sought help from individuals whom he believed were close to Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq, governor of the state, who also hails from the LGA.

“I’ve used sand and rocks to fill the entrance of my house. We’ve met with the people who are working with the government in the community. They promised to help us at different intervals. Yet, we got no help,” he said. 

Olojoku said he had also spent resources to construct a makeshift bridge so he and other members of the community could use it; but again, the erosion took this bridge out. 

As it is now, Olojoku who owned a house is now back to renting one to keep his family. He is sad that his house has now turned into a corridor for “area boys to smoke weed”. 

“THERE IS NO PEACE WHEN IT RAINS”

The Abata-Suban area of Ita-Kudimoh in Ilorin West is another community where erosion has displaced many residents, while several buildings and properties were also affected. 

Idowu Maijidadi, a 32-year-old local weaver of aso-ofi (a traditional clothing material), while narrating his experience said it is an age-long problem and there is no peace of mind in the community during the rainy season. 

Maijidadi has lost count of his weaving equipment washed away by the recurring flood. 

“We’ve been facing this problem for more than 15 years without any help. Our minds are not always at rest during the rainy season,” he said. 

Whenever the sky turns dark and it is about to rain, Maijidadi said everybody gets into panic mode.

“Whenever it rains, we can’t stay here. We will starting leaving to save our lives and some properties,” he added. 

Hundreds of residents are now leaving the area, and no one seems interested in renting an apartment there. 

A few residents tried to build fences and made concrete walls around their buildings, but the erosion won’t let the structures stand. 

THECABLE