I own just one phone and I use only one Mobile Network. Recently, I realized that my internet subscription which usually lasts for a month, now barely lasts for 2 weeks. The idea of getting a new phone and trying out a different Network provider or porting to another network became increasingly necessary. I tried to find out the rates per kilobyte or megabyte for other networks for comparison and was shocked that there was no information concerning that anywhere on their sites. The only information available was the amount of data, duration, and price. So, I called up a few friends and asked what their internet subscription experience was like and I got mixed responses which left me confused. Continue reading “Porting Dilemma.”
My journey back home usually includes a stop at Yaba. This evening was no different from the ones before it. I strolled down to the bus park at Yaba Market where I board a bus home, trying my best to move away from traders who attempt to grab my arm or thrust their wares at me. As I moved towards the gutter, I caught a familiar stench of stale urine that stretches down to the end of the road. I walked really fast to escape the stench. I didn’t go too far when I noticed the side of the gutter messed up with watery stool. I was in immense disgust as I looked away from it at the speed of light. It raises the question, “Why would someone do that?”
One would think that by now the Nigerian Postal Service (NIPOST) would have phased-out especially with the advent of the digital age and the availability of better but pricier alternatives like DHL, UPS, etc. Although they provide an important service, this service is plagued by the lack of right tools, poor remuneration, infrastructure, confusing street numbering system, and poorly motivated staff who seem to have contributed to its ineffectiveness. But as problematic as it is, the Postal Service is one of the most important institutions in this country, and they deserve appreciation for their scale, reach, and affordability.