MTN Nigeria Communications Plc and Pan-Atlantic University have announced a call for applications for the Media Innovation Programme (MIP) for the year 2023.
This is the second edition of the programme, launched in 2022, to support media practitioners and promote understanding of the rapidly changing media landscape.
Also, MTN Nigeria is seeking to merge its two businesses, MoMo PSB and Yello Digital Financial Services.
The company disclosed that the proposed merger would hold the Payment Service Bank (PSB) license granted by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and will also be capable of performing super-agent services and other permissible activities.
Speaking on the impact of the Media Innovation Programme, MTN Nigeria CEO, Karl Toriola said: “the media is a crucial contributor to a thriving nation. Enhancing their skill set will benefit society at large. Through the Media Innovation Programme, we want to continue empowering media practitioners. Enabling them to report at an elevated level combining innovation with solution-oriented media practice to benefit their readers.”
The vice chancellor, Pan-Atlantic University, Professor Enase Okonedo, said: “at the Pan-Atlantic University, we provide training that will enable our students to uphold the highest intellectual, ethical and professional values in their professional and everyday endeavours.
Following a review of applications, 20 professionals will join the 2023 MIP cohort. The multifaceted programme will give them a unique opportunity to explore Nigeria’s technology sector and the nexus between media and technology. It will also equip them with the skills to adapt to our changing realities.
Meanwhile, the proposal to merge the two businesses is set to be deliberated on in the company’s next annual general meeting (AGM) to be held on the 18th of April, 2023.