Covid-19: Minister urges MTN, Glo, Airtel, others to give freebies

The Minister of state for Labour and Employment, Festus Keyamo, has appealed to MTN, Airtel, Glo and other telecommunication companies to consider giving out free airtime and data to Nigerians, as the nation continues to battle the novel coronavirus.

He also appealed to Dstv and Star Times to offer Nigerians at least one-month free subscription.

Keyamo made the appeal on Monday via a Twitter post.

He said such gesture should be a contribution from the service providers “to ease the pains of Nigerian workers at this time of lockdown”.

He said free airtime and data would help Nigerians communicate with one another and the authorities during an emergency “especially when toll-free numbers are busy”.

Most Nigerians, restricted to their homes, are struggling to cope with the lockdown occasioned by the outbreak of the coronavirus.

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