By Emma Okonji
Globacom has rewarded 270 officers in the Nigerian Police Force (NPF) Cooperative Society with various life-transforming prizes in a promo it powered under the Police Closed User Group (CUG) Account. This included the star prize of N500,000 each for twenty of the officers.
At a presentation ceremony held at the Police Force Headquarters, Abuja, last week, seven out of the 20 who won N500,000 each were presented with their cheques. They were Rabiu Hussaini, Olasunbo Tokunboh-Ajayi, Sunday Edoka, John Otame, Abiodun Mudasiru, Sikiru Opakunle and Thankgod Esechie.
Two of the winners, John Otame and Abiodun Mudashiru, personally collected their cheques from the immediate past Inspector General of Police, Mr. Solomon Arase.
Others who won the N500,000 star prize but were absent at the event will collect their cheques from Globacom’s Abuja office. They are Umar Bala, Kenneth Enumaje, Dickson Solomon, Ikechukwu James Nwogu, Rasheed Aliu, Toba Ajayi, Alli Bello, Roseline Iriemivbor, Emmanuel Gabriel, Saheed Ganiyu, Rasheed Sanni, Calunun Kemuel and Thomas Saleh.
Also, 250 other members of the Police CUG won items including deep freezers, 5KVA Generators, Water Dispensers, Home Theaters and Smart Phones.
Mrs. Olasunbo Tokunboh-Ajayi , who is bursar at the Police Children School, Ado Ekiti, said after receiving her cheque that the prize was like a dream come true. She urged other police officers and civilians in the service of police formations across the country to join the Police CUG.
“When I was contacted to come for the prize I won, I told the Customer Care person that Glo was already doing a lot for us and that I was already enjoying the network, I did not know that I could still receive more from Globacom”, Tokunboh-Ajayi said.
Another winner of N500,000, Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Rabiu Hussein, who is Police Area Commander of Railway Command, Zaria, said it was a big surprise to him. He said: “What Globacom has done is new and wonderful. I wasn’t expecting this…, honestly I wasn’t expecting it.”
The first set of winners, who qualified for the prizes by using a minimum of N1500 within a month, emerged in a draw held at the Zone Force HQ Annex in Ikeja, Lagos, earlier in May 2016. Members of the CUG were required to dial *200*01*1# to participate in the promo.
Presenting the gifts to the winners at the Force Headquarters in Abuja, Globacom’s Coordinator, Enterprise Sales, Folu Aderibigbe, said the prizes were provided by the company as the company’s way of giving back to the Nigerian Police and motivating them in the performance of their jobs.
“In Globacom, we believe in rewarding the various segments of the Nigerian society who form our customer base. We also believe that organizations such as the Nigerian Police Force should be encouraged and motivated as they perform the onerous task of safeguarding lives and property,” he noted.
According to him, the project was specially designed to make life easier for families of policemen across the country. “We have considered the rate at which officers of the Nigerian Police Force are transferred across the country, leaving their families behind at various commands. This scheme will certainly reduce the communication gap between the officers and their families while they are on such postings,” he said.
Also speaking at the ceremony, Arase, said the Glo CUG lines would enhance the ability of the force to fight crime. He also described the facility as affordable and secured. “This CUG is cheaper, faster, has a wider range and is secured because it is in-house,” he stated.