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Airtel, HNI to offer free public service messages

By Editor
16 November 2016   |   3:10 am
The 3-2-1 Service provides public service information, on-demand, to mobile phone users in English as well as in Yoruba, Hausa, Igbo and Pidgin English.
 Human Resources Director, Airtel Nigeria, Gbemiga Owolabi; Country Manager, Human Network International, Harriet Blest and Vice President, Digital, Data & VAS, Airtel Nigeria, Nitin Anand at the launch of Airtel 321 Service in Lagos.

Human Resources Director, Airtel Nigeria, Gbemiga Owolabi; Country Manager, Human Network International, Harriet Blest and Vice President, Digital, Data & VAS, Airtel Nigeria, Nitin Anand at the launch of Airtel 321 Service in Lagos.

Airtel Nigeria has partnered with global development organisation, Human Network International (HNI), to unveil The 3-2-1 Service, a call-in system that provides free, on-demand information – ranging from healthcare to good governance – to Nigerians, including those in rural communities.

The 3-2-1 Service provides public service information, on-demand, to mobile phone users in English as well as in Yoruba, Hausa, Igbo and Pidgin English.

Using recorded messages by indigenous speakers, the 3-2-1 Service is convenient for all Nigerians, regardless of age, education and literacy.

By dialing 321 on their Airtel prepaid lines, users will connect the caller to voice prompts in any of the aforesaid indigenous languages or in English.

Speaking, in Lagos, at a formal ceremony to announce the call-in system, Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, Airtel Nigeria, Segun Ogunsanya, said the telco is committed to creating platforms that will empower Nigerians as well as uplift telecoms consumers in the various communities where it operates.

“As a major stakeholder, we are excited to partner with HNI to create a huge platform that offers a plethora of opportunities to enable millions of Nigerians across various communities to lead better and healthier lives. We are confident that the 321 initiative will help transform lives in many locations across the country,” said Gbemiga Owolabi, HR Director, Airtel Nigeria, who represented the CEO.

“By turning simple mobile phones into search engines, Human Network International and Airtel are giving Nigerians an entirely new way to access information using technology they already own,” Said Harriet Blest, HNIs Country Manager in Nigeria. “Nigerians with little or no literacy can still leverage the service, and that makes it an incredibly powerful tool. We are delighted to have partnered with Airtel on this and look forward to reaching millions of Nigerians.”