The latest Glo-made landlord, who was called up earlier after the draw on Thursday and told about his new fortune, had refused to show up for over three hours, thinking it was a scam.
It took the intervention of officials of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) and the National Lottery Regulatory Commission (NLRC) to convince the 28-year-old Mathematics graduate of Ekiti State University that he had indeed won a house in the Glo promo.
Several Glo officials, Adekanye Sunday and Iheanachor Chikodi of NLRC as well as Ibrahim Mahmud of NCC all took turns speaking to the subscriber on phone to persuade him to come over to Globacom office.
Scores of Glo subscribers, including the Chairman of ThisDay Editorial Board, Mr. Segun Adeniyi, who was at the shop to transact business, stayed back to see if the “doubting Thomas” would eventually show up.
When Bello finally arrived at Gloworld on Aminu Kano Crescent, he spent some time prostrating and apologizing for keeping everyone waiting. “Please forgive me. At first, it was difficult to believe. You know how these days we have a lot of people claiming to be what they are not, all kinds of scam calls. But when I started getting calls from different people from Glo and then the NCC and NLRC people also speaking and asking me to come to Globacom office, I now thought that this could actually be my lucky day. I thank Glo for this opportunity, it’s beyond what I can express”, Bello stated.
At the presentation event at the location of the house in the Galadimawa area of Abuja on Friday, he came with friends and family members to take possession of his house. He thus joins scores of other Glo subscribers who have emerged as winners of houses, brand-new cars, and other valuable prizes in the promotion in cities such as Lagos, Ijebu Ode, Ibadan, Benin, Enugu, Port Harcourt, Warri, and Jos.
Guests of honour at the ceremony, Senator Amos Bulus Kilawangs and former Director General of NLRC, Mr. Peter Igho, commended Globacom for showing a high level of integrity and transparency in the promo. “There are so many companies in Nigeria, but Glo has shown it is second to none in CSR. What I feel inside of me is beyond what I can express”, the Senator said.
Mr. Igho, on his part, said, “Glo has stood up as a true Nigerian champion. I commend the company for putting a roof over the heads of so many Nigerians.”