Saturday, 24 September 2016
Friday, 23 September 2016
The Nigerian Senate has heard how South African telecom giant, MTN, allegedly laundered billions of dollars over a number of years, failing to pay necessary tax in the country.
Dino Melaye, representing Kogi West, raised the matter on Thursday. He accused MTN of removing $12 billion from Nigeria illegally.
Members of the upper chamber were clearly angered when the revelations were made on the floor that the company connived with four commercial banks and a serving minister to ferret out money from Nigeria.
Mr. Melaye, representing Kogi West, said on Thursday in Abuja at the senate that MTN, has been involved in gross money laundering.
Mr. Melaye said, “Between 2006 and 2016, the MTN, in collaboration with four commercial banks and with the help of a serving Minister, has moved over $12bn out of this country”.
He made the revelation under order 42 of the Senate rule and said it was particularly painful that the company was involved in illegal money movement at a time Nigeria was in economic mess.
“All hands must be on deck to recover every loot in the country. We are in a precarious situation and now is the time to recover every stolen money in the country,” he said.
The Senate president, Bukola Saraki, approved Mr. Melaye’s request that the matter be formally tabled with necessary prayers on Tuesday, an indication the senate is likely to launch full investigation into the scam.
The Senate is hearing the case nearly a year after a Premium Times’ investigation exposed how MTN for several years, sidestepped Nigerian laws to ship billions of dollars abroad — in so doing, paid less tax in Nigeria.
The 11-month-long investigation showed that the company had been running circles around Nigerian revenue authorities using a complex but noxious tax avoidance scheme called Transfer Pricing.
Thursday, 22 September 2016
Dr Lanre Teriba's Mountain of Praise and Prayer to Celebrate 1st Year Anniversary
All machinery to celebrate the one year anniversary of Oke Sioni, the mountain founded by God Almighty through Dr Lanre Teriba to Praise and Pray to HIM has been set in motion. Information emanating from the inspirational music act who is currently on a musical trip to the United States of America (USA), is that come Wednesday 28, it will have been a year that the sacred place of praise and prayer was founded.
Explaining on the reason behind the need for such place Dr. Lanre Teriba popularly known as Atorise informed that he was inspired by God to start a place deliberately set aside to praise God, he explained further that because there's supplications in songs which is also prayer, that is the reason Oke Sioni mountain of praise and prayer was found.
The activities to mark the anniversary will be made known before the set day as the inspirational musician is currently on his American tour, he had cut short his London trip days back to entertain his numerous fans, only to return to continue with his annual musical tour.
At the end of its meeting today 21st September 2016, the Bauchi State Executive Council has approved contracts for the rehabilitation, expansion and construction of roads across the State.
The projects, spanning between 12 to 18 months duration, include;
1. Dualisation of Miri-Zaranda-Gidan Mai-Awalah roundabout, Bauchi.
2. Dualisation of Awalah-Giwo Academy, Bauchi.
3. Repair & resurfacing of Awalah to Central Market, Bauchi.
4. Repair & resurfacing of Kofar Gombe to House of Assembly, Bauchi.
5. Construction of Tafawa Balewa Housing Estate roads, Bauchi.
6. Construction of Ibrahim Bako Housing Estate roads, Bauchi.
7. Construction of Entrance & other link roads at Abubakar Tatari Ali Polytechnic (ATAP), Bauchi.
8. Rehabilitation of Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University's Permanent Site link road, Bauchi.
9. Construction of Eight (8) Intra-City roads in Misau.
10. Dualisation of Jama'are road and the rehabilitation of Sule Katagum road in Azare.
11. Rehabilitation of Udubo-Gamawa (Federal) road.
Other Service Roads;
12. Design & Construction of Itas-Atafowa-Magarya road in Itas/Gadau LGA.
13. Design & Construction of Hanafari-Jurara-G/Babani-S/Kafi-D/Jeji road in Jama'are LGA.
14. Design & Constitution of Darazo-Gabchiyari road in Darazo LGA.
15. Design & Construction of Maraban Ganye-Jajuwal-Ganye-Gwalfada-Dokayel-Bakin Kogi road in Toro LGA.
The projects will be funded from, partly, the CBN Infrastructure Intervention loan of N10bn which was recently accessed and also from other inflow sources of the State Government.
Shamsuddeen Lukman Abubakar
Special Assistant to His Excellency the Governor of Bauchi State on Communications
Following the successful release of the full Nominees List for the 2016 All Africa Music Awards, AFRIMA, the African Union Commission, AUC, and the International Committee of AFRIMA have entered into partnership with Felabration 2016, the annual festival organised to celebrate the late music maestro and Afrobeat creator, Fela Anikulapo Kuti.
According to Ms Niyi, AFRIMA will be fully involved with Felabration 2016 from the first event, the Senior Secondary Schools Debate, which holds on Wednesday, October 5, and from Monday, October 10 when the week-long festivities commence.
The Associate Producer stated that in keeping with the objectives of the CSR to raise the standard of education in Africa and create conducive learning environments for African children, participating schools and winners at the school debate would benefit from the Educate-A-Child endowment.
“We are set to replicate this commitment to education in Nigeria by donating prizes in the form of educational materials and equipment to both participating schools and winners at the Felabration 2016 Schools Debate. Our goal is to encourage young people that education is rewarding and to show that learning will help them understand and take pride in their cultural heritage. Remember Fela won the 2016 AFRIMA Legend Award which tells you that we are proud of Fela Kuti’s achievements and legacy as a music composer and artiste. Naturally, we are excited to be associated with a brand that celebrates artistic excellence as AFRIMA does.”
Responding, Yeni Kuti thanked AFRIMA and the AU for the gesture and urged more organisations to emulate AFRIMA.
“We are delighted that AFRIMA will be participating in Felabration 2016 starting with the school debate; it’s been a challenge hosting this school debate and to have AFRIMA come in through the Educate-A-Child CSR is a relief. Each year, the debate has been very interesting and the schools and students benefit greatly in terms of exposure to new knowledge and the opportunity to increase the educational materials available for learning.” Ms. Kuti added that the topic for this year’s debate, “Reparation: Yes or No?” will challenge the students to delve into African history and learn new things about their heritage. “We want to keep Fela’s love of culture and learning alive among young people,” she said.
While concluding the discussion, Adenrele Niyi urged the Fela Foundation to also get involved in the AFRIMA 2016 programme of events from November 4-6, 2016 which includes the Africa Music Business Summit on Friday, November 4 and the AFRIMA Music Village, an open concert-style festival featuring nominees and other top billed music stars, also on Friday, November 4.
In partnership with the AUC and the Official Host City, Lagos State, AFRIMA 2016 grand awards ceremony holds on Sunday, November 6 with thousands of guests expected in Lagos for the various events.
The Lagos State Government has called for caution by all parties as it relates to the interpretation of the Appeal Court ruling over the use of hijab by female Muslim students in the State’s public primary and secondary schools, advising that the relative religious peace enjoyed in the State should not be sacrificed on the altar of religion.
A statement issued on Tuesday by the State Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Adeniji Kazeem, stated that it was misleading and an attempt to misrepresent the general public that the right to wear hijab has been granted in Lagos State-owned public schools when the appeal process has not been exhausted.
The statement emphasized that while it is an indisputable fact that the Court of Appeal in its judgment of 21st July, 2016 upturned the judgment of the High Court of Lagos State, which had inter alia ruled that the use of hijab is not part of the school uniform in public primary and secondary schools in Lagos State and the rights of the Applicants under Sections 38 and 42 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999, as amended has not been violated, the State Government had since appealed the ruling of the Appeal Court to the Supreme Court.
According to the statement “It is not in dispute that the Court of Appeal, Lagos Division on 21st of July, 2016 upturned the judgment of the High Court of Lagos State which had inter alia ruled that the use of hijab is not part of school uniform in public primary and secondary school in Lagos State and the rights of the Applicants under Sections 38 and 42 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999, as amended has not been violated.”
‘’Just as the Applicants counsel exercised the constitutional right of appeal by appealing against the judgment, the state government has also appealed against the judgment of the Court of Appeal to the Supreme Court,” the statement concluded.
The statement added that it was the position of the State Government that the issues that arose from the judgment of the Court of Appeal touches on the interpretation of the provisions of the Constitution and it is for the purposes of clarity that the Notice of Appeal together with the Motion on Notice for injunction pending appeal were served on the counsel to the applicants.
It therefore enjoined all those involved to allow the legal process to take its course on the matter and await the determination of the appeal lodged at the Supreme Court emphasizing that it was in the best interest of all parties and jurisprudence that the matter be given final interpretation by the Supreme Court.
The State Government however acknowledged the position of the Muslim Lawyers Association of Nigeria and other segments of the Muslim community while urging understanding and restraint on their part, pending a final determination of the matter in the Supreme Court.
The legendary juju musician, King Sunny Ade has been described as one of the greatest musicians that Nigeria has known.
The immediate past governor of Ogun State, Otunba (Engr.) Gbenga Daniel stated this in his congratulatory message to the king of world beats on the occasion of his 70th birthday anniversary.
According to the former governor, "with a career spanning over five decades and unparalleled honours, awards and encomiums garnered both locally and internationally, KSA, as he is fondly called, remains one of the most influential musicians of all time.
As he steps into the Septuagenarian Club, Daniel and his family join others to felicitate with him while wishing him many more years of positive contributions to the growth of the entertainment industry the world over.
Wednesday, 21 September 2016
Leading African bank, Guaranty Trust Bank Plc, has announced the debut of the GTBank Fashion Weekend which will hold in Lagos on the 12th and 13th of November 2016. The two-day consumer focused event is themed “Promoting Enterprise” and is set to create an ultimate fashion experience, where the most promising and talented retail brands will showcase the latest fashion trends and products to a large and diverse audience of consumers, fashion aficionados and industry professionals.
Positioned as a sequel to the GTBank Food and Drink Weekend, the GTBank Fashion Weekend is part of the Bank’s initiative to strengthen small businesses in key economic sectors through non-profit consumer-focused fairs and capacity building initiatives that serve to boost their expertise, exposure and business growth.
The Weekend will be headlined by top fashion industry experts,trend setters as well as locally renowned designers and style authorities. Attendees will be treated to a series of fashion events such as Entrepreneurial and Fashion MasterClasses and Retail Exhibitions.
At the heart of the GTBank Fashion weekend are the fashion Master classes facilitated by renowned local and international fashion experts. This year’s Master Classes will cover relevant topics addressing challenges and opportunities across the entire industry value chain including: Fashion Entrepreneurship; Perfecting Design; Brand Positioning, Growth & Profitability; Product Development; The e-Commerce Leap and several others.
The Retail exhibition will showcase dozens of leading Small Businesses within the fashion and beauty industry, offering a diverse range of affordable and luxury apparel, footwear, accessories, beauty items, and much more. As part of the exhibition experience, there will be a craft section, featuring handcrafted indigenous garments and accessories. Culminating each day will be a series of Runway shows featuring collections by renowned Nigerian and African Fashion brands.
Commenting on the GTBank Fashion Weekend, Mr Segun Agbaje, the Managing Director of Guaranty Trust Bank plc, said; “We are thrilled to be the first in the Nigerian financial sector to pioneer an initiative that will assist in unlocking growth opportunities for businesses in the fashion industry. We believe we have a fundamental responsibility to ensure that our customers have all the necessary tools to achieve success within the global economy. We will use our strength, global reach, expertise and relationships to make a positive impact for our customers and invariably our communities. We are committed to growing SMEs in a sustainable manner that is not driven by profits but focused on empowering our customers and growing our economy collectively.”
GTBank has consistently played a leading role in Africa’s banking industry. The GTBank brand is regarded by industry watchers as one of the best run financial institutions across its subsidiary countries and serves as a role model within the financial service industry due to its bias for world class corporate governance standards, excellent service quality and innovation.
Tuesday, 20 September 2016
The Ogun State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) under the leadership of Hon. Sikirulahi Ogundele has commended the move by the factional leaders of the party, Senators Ali Modu Sheriff and Ahmed Markafi to end the crisis which has been plaguing the party for some months now, saying this has proven that the PDP is one indivisible entity that is ready to re-position to take over the leadership of the country at the centre.
In a statement signed on behalf of Ogundele by the Publicity Secretary of the party in Ogun State, Alhaji Malik Olamilekan Ibitoye and made available to the media, the party Chairman said the reconciliation was long expected, but that it came at the most auspicious time.
"We are really impressed by the meeting between the foremost leaders of our great party. It is the best thing that has happened to the country at this time that she is experiencing the most difficult economic situation occasioned by directionless and ruderless leadership being provided by the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).
"The PDP is now battle ready to contest the next general elections and it is certain that this is what the teeming population of the country was waiting for as our party has the solution to the myriad of problems confronting the nation at this material time. We have gone through the process of rebirth and millions of our members across the nation are ready to Change the negative change that has been fraudulently foisted on Nigerians," the statement read.
Ogundele also enjoined the PDP in the 36 states of the federation to join hands together to move the country forward, adding that the Muhammadu Buhari-led federal government does not understand the dynamics of governance.
Ibitoye further quoted the state party chairman appealing to the leadership of state chapters of the PDP, where factions exist to borrow a leaf from the exemplary and selfless display of political maturity by leadership of the national organ of the party, and join hands to reclaim the position of the party in the country.
The statement added that the trust reposed in the party by majority of Nigerians is indisputable and that the party has put the past behind it and is set to continue from where it stopped in 2015 by the year 2019 "when we are sure that the people of Nigeria would do the needful and return us to power at the federal level and in many states of the federation."
The two leaders of the PDP, Senators Ali Modu Sheriff and Ahmed Markafi had earlier today met at an undisclosed location where they agreed to resolve all the issues affecting the party.
At the end of the meeting, representatives of each faction had jointly addressed a press conference where they said their leaders were working together to reposition the party.
While the Secretary of the National Caretaker Committee, Senator Ben Obi represented Makarfi, Dr. Cairo Ojougboh, represented Sheriff at the briefing.
In the joint statement, which was read by Ojougboh and corroborated by Obi, the two leaders said that their meeting was without prejudice to all outstanding matters in court.
The statement said, “This is without prejudice to all outstanding matters in court. At a meeting held this morning between the two of us, a holistic review of the state of affairs of our great party, PDP, was deliberated upon.
“In reviewing the crisis that has engulfed our party since the loss of the 2015 general elections after 15 years of uninterrupted leadership at the centre, it became obvious to both of us as principal actors that it is time to heal the wounds and bring about a united, focused and constructive opposition party that can bring sanity to our democratic process.”
Theatre and Motion Picture Practitioners of Nigeria (TAMPPAN) South Africa a.k.a TAMPPAN-SOUTH AFRICA is one of the international state branches of the Theatre and Motion Picture Practitioners of Nigeria (TAMPPAN) established and incorporated in Pretoria, South Africa. The branch was formed based on the need for the body representing professionals of the second largest entertainment industry in the world (Nollywood) to bring into the body’s fold members off the shores of Nigeria, thereby taking the professional body, to an international level.
TAMVAAS AWARDS, is initiated by Nollywood veteran act, Olamilekan Ojo popularly known as Gbatami who see need for actors and actresses as well as personalities behind the scene to be recognized both within and outside the shore of Nigeria.
In his words "It is the platform for the promotion of entertainment excellence through recognition of professional entertainment artworks in theatre and motion pictures of Nigerian and South African origins."
The brains and hands behind this innovative project includes; Otunba Wale Balogun, Victor Okafor, Prince Fube Danor, Adekunle Adebowale, Emiola Afolabi, Friday Eromosele, Reinett Mahlodi Ekoh, Otunba Olufemi.
Meanwhile, there are other African entertainment award events recognizing performance in Africa, TAMVAAS is specifically designed to recognize the input of professionals in the Nigerian and South African entertainment industries:
However, this maiden edition will witness the presence of; Dele Odule as Guest of Honour, Speaker of the Day - Taiwo Abdulrasheed Abdullah - Hon House of Assembly Kwara State, Father of the Day - Otunba Olufemi Luliluli - CEO Luliluli Hotel SOUTH Africa and many more notable personalities from different works of life.
Date is 1sr of October, 2016 at The New Maroela Hotel, Pretoria North, South Africa, time is 2pm - 9pm.
Based on this, TAMVAAS has created awards for the following categories:
DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY
MOST PROLIFIC ACTOR (MALE)
MOST PROLIFIC ACTOR (FEMALE)
BEST ENTERTAINMENT MAGAZINE
BEST ACTOR (MALE)
BEST YORUBA MOVIES MARKETER
BEST TV PRESENTER (MALE)
BEST IGBO MOVIES MARKETER
BEST TV PRESENTER (FEMALE)
BEST HAUSA MOVIES MARKETER
BEST YORUBA TV PROGRAMME
BEST MUSICAL VIDEO PRODUCER
BEST IGBO TV PROGRAMME
BEST HIPHOP ARTIST
BEST HAUSA TV PROGRAMME
BEST ACTOR - COMEDY
BEST MUSICAL PROGRAMME
BEST YORUBA ACTOR (MALE)
BEST MUSICAL SHOW PRESENTER
BEST YORUBA ACTOR (FEMALE)
BEST FUJI MUSICIAN
BEST IGBO ACTOR (FEMALE)
BEST ISLAMIC MUSICIAN
BEST HAUSA ACTOR (FEMALE)
BEST GOSPEL MUSICIAN