Lonestar Rewards Mobile Money Subscribers with Big Prizes

first_imgMassa Dennis, head of the Mobile Money Department.Lonestar Cell MTN is driving hard is Mobile Money platform in Liberia through great prizes, the latest of which was the awarding of L$1 million to one of its subscribers, a resident of Paynesville, outside Monrovia.Prizes awarded included bags of rice, television sets, generators, blackberry phones and modem, Argo-oil, but the most memorable prize of all is the one million Liberian dollars, the grand prize. The amount is equivalent to US$8,300 from its Mobile Money Raffle draw.The draw, which was held recently at Lonestar’s Congo Town offices, was named: “September to Remember,” celebrating the 6th anniversary of the company’s Mobile Money service, which was launched in September 2011.The raffle required customers to register their Sim cards with mobile money and transact services, including sending money, buying LEC tokens and paying DSTV bill, among others.Massa Dennis, head of the Mobile Money Department, said the draw was meant to identify with subscribers who have been active using their mobile money accounts to transact.Ms. Dennis said, “As you may be aware the month of September marked our sixth anniversary of mobile money service in Liberia and we decided to use this opportunity to say thanks and give back to our many loyal subscribers for trusting the service and using it over the years.”She added: “‘September to Remember’ was intended for active mobile money subscribers who have used the services for the last four weeks. Every week we select 25 lucky winners who partake in the draw and win valuable prizes.”Ms. Dennis said as part of the company’s corporate social responsibility, the management cares for its many valued customers and remains committed to changing their lives through value-added services.According to her, the company is not only limited to telecommunications but is also engaged in Mobile Financial Services that benefit subscribers.She said the management decided to make the exercise an annual celebration of Mobile Money Liberia, because of its impact on the lives of the public, and as a way of saying thanks to subscribers.According to the head of the Mobile Money financial services, September is not for profit making, but a period to express thanks to the thousands of subscribers across the country.“We care about our valuable subscribers, therefore, we always think about the best promotion that will benefit them whenever they participate,” she added.She stressed that Lonestar Cell MTN is in the business of changing lives, “and we want our customers to put their trust in us that we are here to give them the best services they deserve.”The winner of the grand prize, Mr. Cyrus N. Paye, expressed delight with services being offered by Lonestar Cell MTN, saying, “I am proud. I just started using mobile money, but all in all, I am grateful to God, and Lonestar Cell for providing this opportunity to our country.”Cyrus said he was little doubtful when he received a call that is the lucky winner. “When I received the call that I won, I was in the midst of some colleagues, and I showed them the numbers, they couldn’t believe it because there are lot of fake guys in town calling people to inform them that they won something. But I looked at the number and decided to give it a try; and it’s a reality, so the service is unique. I want to encourage others to see the reason to use it.”Meanwhile, there were many numbers that won the raffle draw at the start, but some of them were off, and some couldn’t pick up their phones, while others took it as a joke saying they were busy after they were called by Lonestar MTN staff.The live draw was also held over Power FM and was witnessed by officials from the Liberia National Lottery Authority and Lonestar employees.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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LNP ‘Invites’ Rebel General Power

first_imgFlashback: Ex-rebel General Power (a.k.a. Augustine Nagbe) leads riot police and government sympathizers to rescue Freedom FM, following the shutdown of Roots FM.After weeks of public outrage against terroristic threats to public safety and against an elected official spoken by ex-rebel fighter Augustine Nagbe, alias ‘General Power’,  the Liberia National Police said it has invited the man for “questioning.”General Power fought under the banner of the Liberia Peace Council (LPC), a rebel faction run in the 1990s by current Grand Gedeh County Representative, George Boley.In a press statement issued by the LNP on Wednesday, November 27, 2019, Police Spokesman, H. Moses Carter, said by directive of the Justice Ministry, the LNP “has invited Augustine Nagbe, alias ‘Ex-Rebel General Power’ to clarify his statements about the formation of a Kru Defense Force” to defend President George Weah, claiming that the national security is ineffective to defend the President.Augustine Nagbe, alias General Power, who is named in the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) report as  the rebel fighter who forced a woman at gunpoint in the West Point community, outside Monrovia, to eat a whole can of human feces, has promised to organize what he called a ‘Kru defense force’ to defend President George Weah.President Weah is also a member of the Kru ethnic group, who hails from Grand Kru county, Southeastern LiberiaGeneral Power added, “I don’t trust personnel of the state security, therefore, I will form a Kru Defense Force to protect ethnic Krus and the President.”The notorious ex-general, on a local radio talk show in Monrovia on Thursday, November 21, 2019, threatened that his ethnic group will form a force that would rise in defense of President Weah if anyone tries to attack him.General Power, who boasted of being a proud Kru man, said he is prepared to use his military training to defend the Kru people, who include President Weah.He is reportedly assigned with the National Security Agency (NSA), but has in recent months allegedly coordinated operation of LNP.General Power said he is a Kru warrior, and does not care how anybody takes his position, but said inasmuch as there is a Kru man in power, “I will not allow people to talk to him anyhow.”He maintained: “President Weah is the Commander-in-Chief of Liberia, so I will defend him, and if anybody tries to molest him, the way they had Lofa Defense Force, you will see the Kru Defense Force.”“The LNP will also investigate allegation that Augustine Nagbe is impersonating, as a member of the joint security forces in the country,” Carter said.Carter said that the joint security has warned all citizens, and other nationals residing in the country to desist from engaging in acts that undermine the peace and stability of the state, as anyone caught will face the full weight of the law.While the three-paragraphed press statement said what the LNP intends to do with Nagbe, there are concerns over the multiple cases of harassment and terroristic threats that have come from the mouth of Nagbe, and a number of other ex-rebel generals.It can be recalled that on October 10, 2019, the Daily Observer and several print and electronic media outlets reported that General Power was at the center of the operations that led to the closure, and forceful confiscation of Roots FM broadcast equipment.Roots FM 102.7 was the radio station owned and operated by Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC)’s controversial critic, Henery Pedro Costa.General Power led a group of ex-rebel generals in a press conference, giving Representative Yekeh Kolubah a 72 hour ultimatum to turn himself over to them for question on why he was reigning insults and other inflammatory remarks on President Weah.He, too being an ex-rebel, general Rep. Kolubah, defied General Power, and his colleagues by not showing up to their invitation, but in a short while, pickups of armed Police officers stumped the home of Rep. Kolubah in an attempt to arrest him and take him away for questioning on allegation that he ordered the flogging of a young man believed to be his neighbor.Prior to the arrival of the LNP and the representatives from the office of the Economic Community of West (ECOWAS) in Monrovia, Rep. Kolubah’s supporters barricaded his residence in resistance of any attempt to arrest him.By the intervention of the ECOWAS office in the country and fellow Lawmakers, Rep. Kolubah accepted an invite to answer to questions relative to the allegation that he ordered the flogging of Emmanuel Freeman at 2:00 a.m. on June 5, 2019.The invite by the LNP was later followed by a search and seizure warrant from the court, which instructed claimed that there were weapons in the Lawmaker’s home he intended using against his opponents.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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