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Helping Hands International increase raise protest

*Prospects, clients complain of too high increment

By Olayinka Elebute

Prospects and subscribers of the Helping Hands International (H2i) have protested the increment in the one-off registration to the network programme which was increased from N6,600 to N9,900 without any corresponding increment which they get.

www.gongnews.net was bombarded with e-mails, sms, calls and physical representations from hundreds of the followers of the programme. A lot of the people already on the programme protested and wanted to know if “my monies invested can be returned. I no wan do again. Them don turn the thing to a new source of income for themselves wey dey organise the thing. That N6,600 difficult and now dem turn am to N9,900. Dem papa. Dem dey

Helping Hands International...increment spark protest everywhere
Helping Hands International…increment spark protest everywhere

craze” said a woman, Hajara Ahmed, a resident of Warri who just joined about six weeks ago.

When asked on a WhatsApp group meant for the network programme, a lot of the people on the platform agreed that the increment was too much. Truly, they did not increase the returns for the people involved.”

Adeniyi Kagbo, an Abuja-based NYSC member who just heard and had scraped up his N6,600. He came to a centre with three of his friends only to find out that the entry rate has been increased. They were so disappointed and left.

Mrs Victoria Ekwo who called from Alaba in Lagos said, “It is very sad that this stupid increment is coming now. I wish it came about a month ago I would have walked away. Even now, I am not sure I want to continue. In seven weeks I am now in stage two of the programme. It takes about two people responding from about 21 prospects. Many struggle so hard to raise the N6,600 and now they have turned it into an elite programme increasing it to N9,900. I have been cursing them since I realized it,” said the restaurateur mother of three.

Ibrahim Shehu, who sent an SMS from Ilorin wrote: “they are sick. It is my N66,600 I used in registering for 10 accounts that is my pain. This is not better than the dreaded MMM. I am angry. I am not happy. I wish I did not enter this rubbish. I just joined about a week ago.”

On the website of the organisers of the Helping Hands International there was just a notice informing their clients of an increase from the 15th January without any reason.

Calls pulled through to the two telephone lines of their customer care were not answered. An email sent to the group was not replied after five hours.


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