MTN Nigeria has revealed its willingness to collaborate with cloud technology service providers in order to provide support for small business enterprises in Nigeria as part of its response to the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on the economy.
This was made known recently by the Chief Enterprise Business Officer of MTN Nigeria, Lynda Saint-Nwafor, while addressing SME business owners at The Revv Programme masterclass themed: “Setting Up Your Business for Success: The Technology Advantage.”
Saint-Nwafor who affirmed that SMEs remained the bedrock of the economy, said: “We have the interest of SMEs at heart and whilst we do not provide all the services that are applicable, we are willing to partner with organisations that provide access to technology tools that are relevant to SMEs on a platform that makes it is easy for them to access at the right price.”
She stressed the need for stakeholders to align and find ways to close the gaps that currently exist for SMEs and assist them in this transformational journey from being digital migrants to becoming digital natives.
According to her, “The Revv Program is an initiative from MTN Nigeria to aid small businesses rethink and relearn their operations to enable them mitigate the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic using a four-pronged approach that includes masterclasses, access to market, productivity tools support and advisory initiatives.”
She advised that SME owners should leverage available opportunities to be acquainted with technology because every segment that will control a high percentage of consumption in the future will be online.
Panelists at the virtual masterclass session included other business leaders such as the Chief Executive Officer, Plentywaka and Farmcrowdy, Onyeka Akumah; Chief Executive Officer, Clane, Ibrahim Babalola; Founder, CWG and Ausso Leadership Academy, Austin Okere; and Chief Digital Officer, MTN, Srinivas Rao. It was moderated by the Associate Director, PWC Nigeria, Ada Irikefe.