Thursday, 23 August 2012

Consumer Protection Council raises concern over MTN’s “Recharge And Win Aircraft” Promo

The Consumer Protection Council (CPC) has expressed its concern over telecoms service provider, MTN‘s ‘Recharge and Win Promo’ where the winner is promised a brand new aeroplane or the cash equivalent.
To this effect, the CPC has planned to meet with MTN to discuss consumer’s concerns over the promo.
Mr Abiodun Obimuyiwa, the Deputy Director, Public Relations, CPC, informed the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja on Wednesday about the meeting but did not disclose the date of the proposed meeting.
MTN had on August 17, in Lagos, launched the Ultimate Wonder, a new customer-based ‘recharge and win’ promo.
Customers are expected to win weekly cash prizes while the ultimate winner would go home with a Cessna 182TAeroplane in a grand prize presentation in October.
Obimuyiwa said the issue had agitated a lot of minds, adding that the council was concerned about it.  He disclosed that the CPC had sent a letter to MTN “and they have agreed to come for a meeting.”
According to him, reports from the Advertising Practitioners Council of Nigeria (APCON) showed that there was a 400,000 dollars invoice from MTN meant for the winner of the aircraft.
The deputy director however, said that “there is a pending court case on sales promotion between MTN and CPC as a result of which MTN did subject its promotions to CPC.”
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