Nigerian mobile phone users will for the first time be able to port their mobile phone numbers to a different network without losing their current number. Nigeria's mobile phone market has been at the receiving end of constant complaints about Quality of Service, and the number portability service will sure shake up the industry. "We have made all the necessary investment in infrastructure and manpower to make MNP a reality. We are confident that at the commencement date, we will be absolutely ready," said MTN's Corporate Services Executive Akinwale Goodluck before the launch. Mobile Number Portability will initially be available among the GSM mobile operators such as MTN, GLOBACOM, ETISALAT, and AIRTEL, but a number of other providers are expected to join the service in the near future.
Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama has refuted reports that 1,000 Turks will be extradited from Nigeria on the request of the Turkish government.
Onyeama was said to have told journalists, weekend, in Istanbul, Turkey that Nigerian government was considering deporting the Turkish nationals suspected to belong to the Gulen movement.
The Turkish government said the movement was responsible for the last year's botched coup in that country, an accusation the Gulen movement denied.
The minister was quoted as saying: "There was the request for the extradition of some of the Turks in Nigeria who have been given asylum and recognized by the United Nations as political refugees and the Turkish government requested that we extradite some of them.
"There was also the request that the schools and hospitals established by Gulen Movement should be closed in Nigeria. They now labelled Fethtulah as a terrorist organization".
Reacting via a statement by his media aide, Sarah Sanda, the minister insisted there was no agreement between the two governments to extradite certain Turks.
Onyeama assured all foreign nationals, including Turks resident in the country legally, of full protection under Nigerian and International Laws.
"Every individual of whatever nationality, legally residing in Nigeria is guaranteed full protection under Nigerian and International Laws," he said.
Head of FIFA stakeholders committee Victor Montagliani confirmed they are looking into the rule, which currently forbids players who have played a competitive international for one team from switching to another national side even when they hold dual nationality. Already the Cape Verde football federation has proposed for the rule to be relaxed especially when the player has only featured in few games, say one or two games for his original side, but has no chance of earning a recall. However, FIFA only allows players to represent a country with no blood relation if they have played and lived there for five years, a rule which Montagliani said could be reviewed into changing the period probably extending it. The other option the Montagliani lead committee are looking at is a compensation scheme in cases where a player goes through the training system of one country and represent it at youth level before switching to another.