The President of Lagos State Cooperative Federation, Mr. Oriyomi Ayeola, has revealed that LASCOFED CONNECT would make communication easier and cheaper for cooperators and their families.
The special closed-user-group (CUG) project which was launched recently at the LASCOFED Multipurpose Hall was conceived out of the need to further improve the welfare of Lagos cooperators. Also, it was identified that ineffective communication is one of the major causes of misunderstandings and misgivings within a cooperative society, which often result into crisis.
While giving his welcome address at the launching, Mr. Ayeola reminded the audience that when he took the reins of LASCOFED administration in 2012, his foremost purpose was ensuring the unity of the Cooperative Movement. He said that this was achieved and he still believed that such unity could be solidified and strengthened when communication is enhanced. Thus, this necessitated the CUG line.
He informed cooperators and guests at the event that LASCOFED partnered with Globacom Ltd while FOJANS Ltd. interfaced between the two parties to provide the CUG lines to cooperators in Lagos State.
Mr. Ayeola explained that the choice of Globacom was due to the antecedents of the communication network and being an indigenous communication outfit that prides itself in developing home-grown communication solutions.
The Public Sector, Head of Department of Globacom Ltd., Mr. Mansur Kayode Opakunle, said that the CUG, LASCOFED CONNECT, is different from the conventional CUG because the package was painstakingly designed for the Cooperative Movement and highly competitive advantages were injected into it. He said that the package has bundled free calls to all networks, monthly free data and some novel Value Added Services.
He further noted that the partnership between LASCOFED and Globacom is geared towards enhancing the efficiency of cooperative societies.
Some of the benefits accrued to the CUG line at a monthly rental of N1000 (One Thousand Naira) includes:
Free CUG calls and SMS
500MB monthly data
Expandable 50minutes on-net calls
50minutes off-net calls
Value Added Services
According to Mr. Opakunle, “The (lines) have been designed to accommodate the use of our generic recharge cards which (are) available all over the state and country for reloading and payment for the monthly service rentals.