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Davido not giving out airtime, data, NCC warns

By Adeyemi Adepetun (Lagos) and Cornelius Essen (Abuja)
24 November 2021   |   4:05 am
Telecommunications regulator, Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), has warned over a message currently circulating, mainly via WhatsApp, claiming that a musician, David Adeleke...

• Stakeholders decry lack of statistics, information management

Telecommunications regulator, Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), has warned over a message currently circulating, mainly via WhatsApp, claiming that a musician, David Adeleke (better known as Davido), is giving out airtime and data as part of his birthday celebration.

It said this is a ploy by fraudsters to rip-off Nigerians. A statement, signed by NCC Director of Public Affairs, Dr. Ikechukwu Adinde, yesterday, said the commission “discovered, while undertaking online social listening, that an ostensibly syndicated group is on the prowl to swindle unsuspecting members of the public, particularly millions of Nigerian telecom consumers, by capitalising on the generosity of David Adedeji Adeleke.

The Nigerian-American music star, songwriter and producer recently announced he would donate N250 million to various orphanage homes across Nigeria.

“Exploiting Davido’s benevolence, a group of scammers rolled out an advertorial titled, “Davido Airtime and Data Giveaway”, which went viral, claiming Davido is ‘giving out free 5k airtime and 10gb internet data of all networks’ to celebrate his birthday.

“In the advertorial, the general public is urged to hurry and get the gift by clicking on the links that supposedly redirect them to network sites, where they will be credited with airtime and data. This is a scam.

“NCC wishes to advise our teeming telecom consumers to have nothing to do with the advert or any similar bogus enticements. The adverts are what they are – social engineering rip-offs designed to get people’s Mobile Station Integrated Services Digital Network (MSISDN) number and other information that fraudsters can use later to defraud unsuspecting telecom consumers and members of the public.”

MEANWHILE, stakeholders have expressed dismay over absence of data, saying it could hamper efforts aimed at combating environmental challenges.

They made this known at the 15th National Forum, organised by National Environmental Standards and Regulations Enforcement Agency (NESREA) in Abuja.

Minister of State for Environment, Sharon Ikeazor, noted that in any nation of the world, when data and information are effectively used, citizens come to terms with issues that influence policies, and evaluate their risks.

Director of Legal Services, Helen Obayagbo, who represented Ikeazor, said information plays a significant role in environmental management and governance.

Director General of NESREA, Prof. Aliyu Jauro, said the forum was designed to critically look for accurate, timely and accessible data, to deliver environmental governance, as practiced in other countries of the world.

He added: We have developed a compliance monitoring information system, which is dedicated to ensuring that records generated over the years are organised to produce useful environmental information for proper administration.”

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