With the rate of unemployment increasing yearly in Nigeria, MultiChoice, owners of DSTV, pay TV has introduced a palliative measure by training 500 installers, who in turn, would employ others.
The training, according to the company would also improve the quality of DStv installations, and offer superior after-sales services. These installers will join the existing base of installers and will be responsible for new installations, as well as the provision of maintenance services to existing subscribers.
General Manager, Marketing, MultiChoice Nigeria, Mr. Martin Mabutho said the introduction of the tricycle-scheme is MultiChoice’s way of stretching its economic empowerment drive by engaging Nigerian youths through a private sector entrepreneurial scheme. “We are helping to create a new pool of expertise through these MultiChoice trained satellite television installers and engineers which will consequently grow the nation’s economy” Mabutho said.
He explained that the tricycles will be used by a select team dubbed “Elite Installers”. The first recipients of the pilot phase of the nationwide scheme are six installers but before the end of the year, more beneficiaries will be selected from major cities across the country. In addition, 125 installers in Lagos, Abuja and Port Harcourt have undergone a refresher training courses this month. The six beneficiaries of the tricycles are Stanley Nwachukwu, Ameen Adesola, Micky Joe, Tope Adeogun, Ibrahim Akinsemohin and Chima Igwe.
MultiChoice Nigeria has also introduced tricycles that have been stocked with high quality installation equipment. Upon completion of their training, the installers will be handed the tricycles to ease their travel logistics.
Speaking on the criteria for selecting the beneficiaries of the tricycles, the General Manager Marketing said, MultiChoice selected the installers based on commitment, dedication and diligence.
This initiative is aimed at providing the best service to our customers. We train and certify installers, and also ensure that they are equipped with high quality installation tools that will guarantee reduced hitches and minimize repeat installer visits to our customer’s homes. He remarked.”
Besides the tricycles, each accredited installer will also get a well-equipped tool kit to enable them provide quality installation to subscribers. Also speaking, Monitoring, National Broadcasting Commission (NBC), Mrs. Ijeoma Theo-Obodo, Assistant Director, commended MultiChoice for organizing the training programme.