Telecommunications’ giant Airtel Uganda, the official telecom partner of the Papal Visit, has today announced a countrywide acquisition campaign where new subscribers will be given free blessed rosaries with the purchase of a new SIM pack.
This announcement comes a few weeks after Pope Francis, leader of the worldwide Catholic Church, visited Uganda to grace the 50th anniversary celebration of the canonization of its 22 Martyrs- among the 45 Christian converts who were executed in the 19th Century.
In a bid to raise more money to complete the construction of the shrines, Airtel Uganda will be selling SIM packs with a rosary – each at 4000 shillings with a percentage of the money being donated to the Catholic Church as proceeds towards the reconstruction and renovation of the Namugongo and Munyonyo shrines. In addition to the free rosary, the SIM card will have 20 minutes free talk time, 20 SMS and 20MB of free data.
Speaking at the press conference to announce the partnership, Airtel Uganda Marketing Director, Prasoon Lal thanked the Uganda Episcopal Conference Finance and Constructions Committee, the Kampala Arch Diocese and all Ugandans for their contribution towards the Pope’s visit and the completion of the shrines.
“On behalf of the customers and staff of Airtel Uganda, I would like to thank the Uganda Episcopal Conference Finance and Constructions Committee, the Kampala Arch Diocese as well as all Ugandans for their various contributions towards the preparations for the Pope’s visit and the renovation of the shrines,” he said.
Lal added that this is an opportunity for the Airtel Uganda customers to come in and contribute to this noble cause by buying these SIM packs and being part of the blessings that come with the rosary attached.
10 Weeks of cheer campaign was a huge success — Shell Bugolobi station manager
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The Shell 10 weeks of cheer campaign which was concluded last month was a huge success. This is according to Ronald Ngobi, the station manager of Shell Bugolobi who says the volume sales at the service station increased immensely during the duration of the campaign.
“The promotion was a huge success and helped us increase our volume sales. We hit our target over and beyond,” Ronald Ngobi revealed. “For example for the month of February our volume target was 600, 000 and we hit 750,000.”
Ngobi who rewarded over 1000 customers during the campaign attributed its success to the easy to understand mechanics of the campaign.
“Our customers were so happy with the promotion reason being that they were rewarded instantly by just presenting a message showing how much fuel they had won. I was also pleased with the promotion because it was run online which made tracking very easy.” He added.
The promotion targeted all motorists including boda riders, taxi drivers, private motorists and truck drivers that use Shell fuels, lubricants or shop services.
To participate, customers simply had to spend UGX 50,000 in the case of general motorists or UGX 10,000 for riders to get a draw entry coupon at participating Shell service stations. They were then required to enter the competition by sending a unique code and their license registration number to 8008 by SMS.
In addition to the instant rewards, 10 weekly draws were also held across the country that saw customers win jackpot prizes of fuel worth UGX500,000 and UGX50,000 for motorists and riders respectively.
“The promotion has not only rewarded customers but it has also helped build loyalty.” He concluded.
University students to be equipped with financial literacy skills at 2020 NSSF Career Expo
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The National Social Security Fund (NSSF) in partnership with Daily Monitor has kicked off a month-long career expo for university students countrywide. The expo, now in its 9th year, is intended to prepare students for the work place, equipping them with skills and knowledge to increase their employability.
Addressing media at the launch of the expo at Makerere University Business School, NSSF Managing Director, Richard Byarugaba said that this year’s expo will focus on entrepreneurship and financial literacy to prepare them to be financially independent.
Under Financial literacy, students will obtain knowledge on Personal finance management with topics that include Debt Management, Positioning oneself for higher Pay, and Habits of the financially intelligent.
“This is in line with the NSSF’s overall Financial literacy program, where we offer professional financial and investment advice to our members to enable them make better decisions when they get their retirement funds. We have therefore tailored the program to be relevant to university students during the expo.” Byarugaba said.
Other topics for discussion at the expo will include Self-start ups, a session on today’s job market and career advice from the best employers in the country.
The Expo will be held in 11 universities countrywide including Makerere University Business School, Kyambogo University, Makerere University, Ndejje University, Nkumba University, YMCA, Uganda Martyrs University Nkozi, IUIU, Gulu University Mutesa 1 University and Bishop Stuart University.
The Nation Media Uganda Managing Director, Tony Glencross said, “The expo gives us an opportunity as media to bring to life the career advice we give weekly through our Friday paper. Through this platform, we are able to have an interactive session with our readers, especially the university students, to prepare them for the job market and life after university.”
Speakers lined up for the interaction with the students include financial literacy experts, employers from top organizations, and proprietors of successful local investments.
Over 10,000 university students are expected to attend the expo countrywide this year.
MTN Uganda contributes Ugx 20 million towards boosting palliative care in Busoga region
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The MTN Uganda foundation has boosted Palliative care activities in Busoga sub region with a shs 20million cash donation.
The donation was handed over to the Executive Director Rays of Hope Hospice Jinja by the CEO MTN Uganda Wim Vanhelleputte during a brief ceremony at the MTN Uganda offices at Nyonyi gardens.
Rays of Hope Hospice is a nongovernmental organisation that provides palliative care to improve the quality of life for people with life threatening illnesses and their families in Busoga region and the neighbouring districts.
“In 2019, 33% of our enrolled women with cancer suffered from cervical cancer and 21% had breast cancer so we started education and screening for early diagnosis and treatment for these two most common cancers in Uganda, but we are limited by financing a the need is very great. So we are grateful to MTN for coming to our rescue and call on others to join the struggle not just in Busoga but the whole country,” explained Sylvia Nakami, the Executive Director Rays of Hope Hospice.
“The absolute poverty and last mile isolation of our clients means ray of Hope Hospice is often our patients last hope for treatment and care making our work immense and a crucial challenge. We can’t do this all on our own but with support from everyone, we can save several lives,” Nakami further explained.
According to the lady, many of the victims are mothers or sexually active people. “If a mother dies leaving her children that will be another problem, that’s why we do everything we can to save the mother or if they don’t make it, at least it will be more dignified.”
Vanhelleputte said he was delighted to work with a partner that puts every cent they get into good use and promised to continue supporting the work of the NGO.
Huawei applauded for contribution towards improving ICT and innovation in Uganda
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The Speaker of Parliament of Uganda Hon. Rebecca Kadaga, has applauded Huawei for their efforts in improving ICT and Innovation in Uganda.
The speaker who was the chief guest made these remarks at a donation ceremony that happened at Kamuli where Huawei handed over assorted equipment.
The donation was handed to Hon. Rebecca Kadaga by Mr. Liujiawei, Huawei Uganda’s Managing Director, in the presence of the LC1, LC5, and the area member of parliament among other leaders.
“On behalf of the government of Uganda, I continue to commend you Huawei for your great contribution to I.C.T and Innovation of this nation. We have indeed proved you as an industry leader because of your efficiency and timely implementation of the various projects and as a government we have a special relationship with you (Huawei). We thank you for your corporate social responsibility initiative that you have exhibited today,” said Hon. Rebecca Kadaga, The Speaker of Parliament of Uganda
“I commend you for the Huawei ICT Academy that skills Ugandans and your intentions to take this program in Busoga University, I encourage you to keep going. I believe that this initiative is not only going to equip I.C.T skills but also create employment, innovation and general economic development,” she added.
Speaking at the ceremony, Mr. Liujiawei, Huawei’s Managing Director expressed his deepest pleasure for the opportunity to give back to the people of Busoga.
“We hope to bring Uganda not only these specific materials, but also, more importantly, the development opportunities for the every Ugandan; Digital skills that bring capabilities
and seize opportunities; the connectivity and a better life for the future,” Mr Liu Jiawei said.
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