IN a bid to empower unemployed youth in Lagos, as well as create a conducive environment for commuters in the state,
MTN Nigeria has launched a new youth empowerment scheme known as the Bus Shelter Kiosks initiative. The initiative will see MTN construct 50 major bus-stops, fitted with modern sales kiosks where young people will retail phones and MTN products.
The bus shelter kiosks will also serve as touch points where MTN customers can access service offerings and query resolutions. Services like SIM Swaps and bill payments will also be added as soon as possible.
Concerning the objective of the project, Chief Operating Officer, MTN Nigeria, Muhammed Zia Siddiqui, said the initiative will not only serve as an empowerment platform, it will also positively impact the socio-economic status of the people of Lagos State.
He said: “We are committed to touching lives, and this initiative is a strong expression of that aspiration. The bus shelter kiosk project will serve as a platform for some of our unemployed youth to earn a living.”
Sales and Distribution Executive, MTN, Adekunle Adebiyi, said the kiosks will leverage cutting-edge technology to drive superior customer service just as is obtainable in other MTN Friendship centres across the country.
He added that the first phase of the project would kick-off with the roll-out of 10 kiosks strategically located around the Lagos Island and Mainland areas.
Managing Director, Touch Point Nigeria Limited, co-partners on the project, Mrs Taiwo Idowu, said the bus shelter kiosks will achieve the triple objectives of making public transportation more appealing for people of the state.
It will also provide an organised retail structure that will promote a clutter-free platform for the sale of products and services as well as encourage economic empowerment through youth employment.
The Lagos State Commissioner for Transport, Prince Olanrewaju Elegushi, stressed that the initiative complements the Lagos State Government’s goal of making transportation seamless in the state.