Friday, April 11, 2014

This is how compassion is dying in the world

This is how come compassion is dying in our midst.

Everyone who still believes in showing compassion should spare a moment to pray for this gentleman:

He headed an interview panel. One applicant in the course of the interview broke down in tears, narrating how he was an orphan with children to feed but no job for a long time. How life has been utterly unbearable, unfair and not worth living, etc.

Panel nonetheless went ahead to assess all applicants on merit. The crying applicant came third.
Head of panel was however so moved by his plight that he felt he deserved the job more than the others.

The snag however is, he only had one vote. He had to convince other panel members. They refused, but told him if he felt so strongly about it, he should write a motivation to the board stating why he felt the person who came third should be given the job. He wrote a strong motivation and the crying candidate got the job. That was about a year ago.

A few months into assumption of duties, it became apparent that the crying candidate was a poor fit for the job. He was lazy and completely irresponsible. After several warnings, his manager, who fought for him to come in, recommended that his appointment should not be confirmed after the one year probationary period which expires in a few days. Now, all hell is let loose.

The crying candidate has turned a tiger, and has shown his manager hell on earth. The poor man has gone from one crisis to another. The crying candidate has instigated hostilities and written petitions against his manager.

Thankfully, the manager has survived them all so far, but really fears for his life now, as at least one attempt has been made on his life.

This is exactly how come compassion is dying in our world. But, then, should we really stop showing compassion?

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Is she truly selling medications?

I’m queuing to buy fuel. 

A young lady walks up to me and tries to convince me to buy local medications from her. I tell her ‘No’. 

She persists, and pleads desperately. I tell her, sorry, miss, I don’t use it. I advise her not to waste her time with me and that she is bound to find others who are interested if she moves around.

She won't go away. She goes… “Please, buy from me. You can give it to your friends. And I can give you my number so you can call me any time to come and supply you anywhere.” 

I still say ‘No’. But now I’m wondering, is it really 'oogun jedi' that this young lady is supplying?

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

Glo unveils product to track and find people

Nigeria’s National Telecom Operator, Globacom, on Tuesday demonstrated a service that can be used to track your family and friends. With the service called Glo Family and Friend Finder, you can actually locate any member of your family wherever they may be in the country. (Bad market for kidnappers!)

It was part of the 10 new products and services demonstrated to the media at the company’s headquarters, Mike Adenuga Tower, Victoria Island on Tuesday. The demo was graced by Glo Ambassadors, WAJE, Naeto C, Bez, Chee, and Omawunmi, as well as a security chief, the Divisional Officer, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, Lagos, Mr. Sunday Olaiya.

Other products and services demonstrated include Glo Game Store, Glo Medicare, Glo Mobile Newspaper, Glo Directory, Glo Borrow Me Credit, Glo Security Tips, Glo Love Zone, Glo Property Tips, Glo Daily Inspiration and Glo Legal Adviser.

According to Globacom’s Marketing Coordinator, Mr. Adeniyi Olukoya, all a subscriber has to do to find someone is to send the text “find” followed by the telephone number of the person to be found to 5511. The platform will alert the person to be found also by SMS who will in turn reply “yes,” to give consent that he should be located and followed. Each request will be charged at N50 per SMS. The response is free.

As soon as the consent response is sent, the subscriber will immediately receive an SMS from 5511 indicating the location (relative to an existing landmark) of the person to be found.

An example of the SMS is: “0705******* is on Ahmadu Bello Way, near Nigerian Television Authority, Lagos.”

Commenting on the product at the event, NSCDC Divisional Officer, Mr. Olaiya, commended Globacom for introducing Glo Family and Friends Finder, noting that it will provide tremendous assistance to security officials tracking criminals, especially kidnappers in the country.

Another product, Glo Games Store, Olukoya said, enables the Glo subscriber to download and play any premium game on any kind of device on a mobile portal.  All a subscriber requires to enjoy the exciting offer is an active subscription to Glo Games Store. Everybody can use it as it is available on all types of handset.

Glo Medicare, he explained, is an SMS-based service wherein, subscribers are provided with regular information on a wide range of health and wellness issues, including how to manage various diseases or health conditions and how to prevent them.

Sharing the details of Glo Mobile Newspaper (Glo M-Paper), Mr. Olukoya said mobile phone users who subscribe to the service on the Glo network can access news as it is happening, while on the go through SMS news alerts.

Glo Service Directory on its part, is a service that offers subscribers access on the go to key information and contact details of millions of business organizations such as hospitals, restaurants, police stations, government offices, workshops, banks, schools, hotels, etc.

Glo Daily Inspiration is a service that uses an outbound dialer to call out to subscribers at a specific time each day to deliver fresh and invigorating content that edifies the soul and spirit. Some of the content available on the portal are Christian inspirational messages, Islamic Duaa, jokes and the Couples Arena.

Glo Legal Adviser, provides subscribers access to legal counsel and legal information via SMS at the touch of the phone through the short code:  4242.

Glo Borrow Me Credit enables prepaid subscribers to receive advance airtime during emergency when they have exhausted their airtime and they cannot easily replenish it due to non-availability of vendors. Subscribers can later pay back when they replenish their airtime.

Glo Property Tips and Glo Security Tips provide customers information on properties across the country and practical security information, respectively. Glo Love Zone affords subscribers opportunity to tap into a wealth of information on romance and relationships.