Leading digital-to-home pay-television operator, GOtv, has announced an exciting line-up of programmes for subscribers.
From 14-19 March, subscribers will have access to exciting telenovelas, movies, documentaries, sport, children and general entertainment programmes.
On the programme menu is another delightful episode of Women of Steel (showing on March 14 at 9pm on Telemundo), which depicts how love co-exists with rancor and friction. In the new episode, Pepito bids Carmencita a symbolic farewell. Indira is locked in a dungeon, where she attacks Tecolote and tries to convince Indio to release her.
Also, on offer is the soap opera, My Perfect Family (showing weekdays from Thursday 14 March at 4:00pm on Telemundo). This series tells the story of Los Guerrero, the five siblings struggling to achieve the American dream, get ahead after the death of their father and the deportation of their mother to Mexico. Los Guerrero must demonstrate that they are a very united family to face different obstacles and situations faced by immigrants in the United States.
Gangaa (showing weekdays at 8pm on Zee World) is at the point which Sagar prepares to fight his first case in court, but things do not go according to plan. In the meantime, Sagar assures Gangaa that he will win his case and get Yash punished. Subscribers will find out whether Sagar will make good his promise.
Exciting times await movie fans, as they will be served a variety of genres spanning comedy, thriller, and romance. These include The Big Wedding (March 17 at 6:30pm on M-Net Movies Zone; The House Bunny (showing 13 March at 7:00pm on M-Net Movies Zone channel 3); and The Taking Of Pelham 123 also showing March 17 at 7pm on BET channel 23.
Football fans have a vast array of fascinating games, including Italian Serie A matches between Cagliari and Florentina (showing on Friday 15 March at 8:30 pm SuperSport Select 5) as well as the La Liga match between Real Sociedad and Levante (showing on Friday 15 March at 9 pm on SuperSport Select 2 and 4).
Also, to be broadcast are live matches of the CAF Champions League game between Horoya and Orlando Pirates as well as Simba and Vita Club (showing on Saturday 16 March at 2pm and 5pm on SuperSport Select 3 respectively).
Subscribers with interest in general entertainment can catch shows such as; Jude Judy (showing on March 16 at 10:55am on CBS Reality) and Dance +4 (showing on March 16 at 6pm on Africa Magic).
The kids have also an array of shows to keep them happy. There is Welcome to Wanye (showing on March 18 at 5:50pm on Nickelodeon); Rainbow Ruby (Sunday 17 March at 12:00pm on Jim Jam); Paprika (Weekdays at 10:20am on Disney Junior)
Subscribe to GOtv Plus or take advantage of the “Top Up” campaign and upgrade to GOtv MAX by paying a reduced fee of N2, 500 and gain access to all the exclusive football and entertainment programmes on GOtv.
A Federal High Court in Lagos has ordered O & O Networks Limited, a special purpose vehicle owned by Ecobank Transnational Incorporated, to pay the sum of N22.5billion, being proceeds of the wrongful sale of shares in Airtel Networks Limited by Ecobank to Bharti Airtel, into the court’s account.
The decision is a fallout from the long-standing legal dispute between Mr. Oba Otudeko, a founding shareholder and former Chairman of Airtel Nigeria; his company, Broad Communications Limited; another founding shareholder of the company and O & O Networks now owned by Ecobank Transnational Incorporated.
Otudeko and Broad Communications Limited had instituted a legal action in 2006 challenging Delta State Government’s acquisition of O & O network’s shares in Airtel Networks (formerly Econet Wireless Nigeria).
From the facts of the case, Broad Communication’s main contention is that the transaction was unlawful and a breach of the Shareholders’ Agreement executed by the shareholders of Airtel Networks.
According to the said Shareholder’s Agreement, the shares should have been offered to the existing shareholders first as their right of “First Refusal” (pre-emptive right), as mandated by Clause 17.2.1 of the Shareholders’ Agreement, before being offered to Delta State Government
Following the institution of the suit, O & O Networks purportedly bought back the disputed shares from Delta State Government.
Beneficial ownership of the Airtel shares was subsequently transferred to Oceanic Bank, which is now owned by Ecobank Transnational Incorporated.
In 2015, following information received that the disputed shares were being offered for sale, Broad Communications published a “Buyer Beware” notice advising interested parties of the existing dispute on the shares.
On February 5, 2015, Justice John Tsoho of the Federal High Court also gave an order restraining all parties from dealing or tampering with the shares in the custody of Ecobank, and that all parties must maintain status quo until the final determination of the suit.
However, sometime in July 2018, and in disregard of the existing orders of the court, O & O Networks/Ecobank, entered into an arrangement with Bharti Airtel, the parent company of Airtel Networks, for the sale of the disputed shares to Bharti Airtel for the sum of N22.5billion.
Further findings revealed that as a condition of the sale transaction, Bharti Airtel, being previously aware of the dispute and court orders on these shares, extracted an indemnity from O & O Networks/Ecobank, the sellers of the shares, against any exposure to any liability.
In a ruling delivered on March 7, 2019, in respect of Broad Communication’s application challenging the recent sale of shares to Bharti Airtel, Justice Mojisola Olatoregun held that the order to maintain status quo earlier made by Justice Tsoho on February 5, 2015 still subsists and that O & O Networks should not have entered into the agreement with Bharti Airtel.
The judge stated that this was tantamount to disobedience of a subsisting court order and an affront to the court’s authority.
She submitted that any sale of the disputed shares was done at the seller’s risk. Consequent upon this, the judge ordered O & O Networks, owned by Ecobank Transnational Incorporated, to pay the sum of N22.5billion being the proceeds of the unlawful sale into the custody of the Federal High Court within seven days from the date of the court ruling.
The suit was adjourned to May 28, 2019 for continuation of hearing.
After three stellar exposés of the biggest culinary experience in Africa, the GTBank Food and Drink Festival is getting bigger for the 4th edition, which will hold for 4 days from Sunday, 28th April, to Wednesday 1st May 2019 at the GTCentre, Plot 1, Water Corporation Drive, Oniru, Lagos.
Created in 2016 by leading African financial institution, Guaranty Trust Bank Plc, the GTBank Food and Drink Festival has become the premier culinary event in Africa, bringing together tens of thousands of people from across the continent and beyond to support and celebrate Nigeria’s vibrant and burgeoning small businesses in the food retail sector. Over the last three years, the event has hosted more than 450,000 people, featured dozens of entrepreneurial masterclasses by international chefs and food business experts and launched or propelled the businesses of hundreds of entrepreneurs in the food retail industry. To watch some of the testimonials of these small business owners, please visit
This year, alongside adding an extra day to the event, the GTBank Food and Drink Festival will offer free Retail Stalls to over 300 small businesses, more than double the number from the previous year. The event will also feature a series of masterclasses and cookery classes facilitated by renowned food and drink experts from around the world. In addition, there will be a farmers’ market for the sale of fresh and organic produce as well as a showcase of some of the finest street foods in Africa’s largest city. In line with its family theme, the 4-day event will also feature exciting games and fun exercises designed to thrill and entertain children all day long.
Commenting on the 2019 GTBank Food and Drink Festival, the Managing Director and Chief Executive Office or Guaranty Trust Bank Plc, Segun Agbaje, said; “We are delighted to bring to our customers, small business owners and food lovers across the continent and beyond, another edition of an event that is second to none in delivering the finest culinary experience in Africa. This year, we are taking our commitment to promoting enterprise in the SME sector further by giving small businesses more opportunities to connect with consumers and business experts from around the world.”
He further stated that, “At GTBank, we will continue to focus on promoting enterprise in food and fashion, because we know that by investing in both sectors, we are propelling local entrepreneurs to dominate two critical sectors of our economy.”
Guaranty Trust Bank Plc 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. The Bank is also intervening in key economic sectors to strengthen small businesses and recently launched the GTBank Food Industry Credit and Fashion Industry Credit, unique loan products designed specifically for small businesses in the food and fashion industry, and offered at a repayment rate of 9 percent per annum.
The 9th national assembly to be inaugurated in June will definitely come with a lot of surprises, intrigues and power play. The two prominent leaders of the legislature are most likely not returning to their positions. This leaves room for speculation over who presides over the two chambers. Senate President Bukola Saraki lost his reelection bid, while Yakubu Dogara, speaker of the house of representatives, now falls within the minority, having defected to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
The current composition of the lower chamber shows that the All Progressives Congress (APC) has 211 seats, while the PDP trails with 111 seats. The race for the speakership has begun, undoubtedly and all eyes are on Femi Gbajabiamila, majority leader of the house. In 2015, Buhari and Bola Tinubu, a national leader of the party, favoured the lawmaker representing Surulere 1 federal constituency of Lagos, for the position. But Dogara secured just eight votes ahead of him to emerge speaker.
With his reelection on February 23, the 56-year-old lawmaker may emerge as the next helmsman, considering his pedigree and experience.
Below are five reasons why Gbaja, as he is called in the political circle, might succeed Dogara:
16 YEARS OF LEGISLATIVE EXPERIENCE
Gbajabiamila assumed office in 2003 – making him a four-time returnee to the green chamber. He was the deputy minority leader in the 6th assembly and emerged as the minority leader with the 7th assembly. Aside his eloquence and tactical approach to issues in the house, Gbajabiamila maintains an enviable track record.
Having sponsored a myriad of bills in the national assembly, he is seen as one of the brilliant minds to have graced the chamber. He initiated a motion in the house for the invocation of the doctrine of necessity while former President Musa Yar’adua was critically ill and absent from the country. This led to the emergence of Goodluck Jonathan as acting president.
In 2011, Gbajabiamila rejected his nomination for a national honours award of the Officer of the Federal Republic (OFR), citing that he wasn’t qualified for it given that the award was no longer achieving its original intent.
PROTECTED THE INTEREST OF THE PARTY
The Lagos lawmaker played a pivotal role in protecting the interest of the APC, positioning it as a strong force, especially in the eight assembly where the party suffered internal crisis that led to gales of defection.
While 37 members of the caucus dumped the party during plenary on July 2018, Gbajabiamila led the remaining members to reject the defection, while he hinted at taking “necessary steps” over the move which he described as illegal.
“People elected you on a particular platform to represent them. That seat does not belong to you; it belongs to the political party. Not only does APC remain the majority in the house it is still a clear majority. This leaves APC over and beyond what is required for majority,” Gbajabiamila had said.
A LAWYER LIKE PREVIOUS SPEAKERS
Gbajabiamila’s legislative know-how might have stemmed from his experience as a lawyer and strong academic records. Interestingly, the house has recently been headed by lawyers: Aminu Tambuwal and Dogara.
A law graduate from the University of Lagos, he started his career with the Bentley, Edu and Co law firm in Lagos before he established his own firm, Femi Gbaja and Co. where he was principal partner. Gbajabiamila later returned to John Marshall Law School in the US and was said to have graduated top of his class, earning himself a juris doctorate. He set up a law firm and had a brief stint of practice in the US after he passed his Georgia bar exams in 2001. Later, he returned to Nigeria to join politics.
One thing that might work for Gbajabiamila is the undeniable fact that he is a loyalist of Tinubu, the Lagos-based political kingmaker. In his bid to clinch the speakership seat in 2015, Tinubu pushed for his endorsement in the party. In fact, he won the mock election conducted by the party for the seat and was widely accepted before he was narrowly trounced on the floor of the house.
In Dogara’s biography written by Dele Momodu, Ovation publisher, the speaker narrated how Tinubu begged him to drop his ambition for the speakership to support Gbajabiamila.
“He appealed to us and said what he only wanted, as a leader, as a political father, was for us to please collapse our campaign into Femi’s and declare our support for him. Asiwaju maintained that, as a matter of fact, support for Femi was a support for him. He said if we supported Femi by extension we were actually supporting him and reciprocating the work he did to ensure APC won the Presidency,” Dogara said.
Tinubu has also played key roles in the political career of the lawmaker.
LED APC CAUCUS FROM MINORITY TO MAJORITY PARTY
As the APC maintains its majority control of the house in the 9th assembly, one cannot divorce Gbaja’s role in the transition of the party to its present domination. He was the minority leader when the PDP maintained hegemony. When APC flipped the script and had the domineering figure, he stepped up to become the majority leader. With the present vacuum in the leadership of the next assembly, he’s could just to leap to the “next level”.
Apart from Gbajabiamila, another top contender that could be considered is Abdulmumin Jibrin from Kano state.
The lawmaker, who was elected to represent Kiru/Bebeji federal constituency in 2011 also appears to be a top contender for the seat he eyed in 2015. He dropped his ambition to sponsor and support Dogara but the duo later fell out.
Aside having limited experience in the house compared to Gbajabiamila, having come from the north west, the same zone as the president, may not work in Jubrin’s favour. (The Cable)
Kogi West Senator, Dino Melaye, has picked holes in the 2019 budget of the federal government saying the dollar may soon trade at N500 if the right measures are not emplaced.
Mr Melaye while contributing to a debate on the N8.83 trillion budget on Wednesday said the appropriation is unrealistic by many indications.
The lawmaker said the budget is one Nigerians should be ‘sorry about’ as it does not bear any plan for the poor.
“This budget is what Nigerians and the parliament need to be sorry about,”he said.
“We have to look at the state of the economy and provisions of the budget there in. Federal Government spent $41 billion to cushion and stabilise the naira. How long can we continue to live in sin and grace continue to abound?
“We do not have any reserve to continue devaluation of naira. Oil price has dropped to 50 from 60 (dollars per barrel). This is very significant and makes the projection of the 2019 budget unrealistic.
“There is a drop in Internally Generated Revenue and the revenue of customs. Federal government has no money to subsidise fuel. In the midst of this calamitous situation, how do we now finance the 2019 budget? Are we going to fund the budget based on daily contribution? Are we going borrow again? These are questions begging for answer. I want to announce to Nigerians, despite the hypocrisy of the federal government, despite the lies, I prophecy to you that the federal government will soon deregulate. Inflation is on the rise, unemployment in on the increase, yet we have a budget that has nothing for the poor masses of this country,” he said.
Top of his criticism is a prediction that the Naira to Dollar rate will rise to N500 to one Dollar in the next two months.
“There is no longer foreign investments. I announce to you that with all these indices and yard sticks, by the end of May, except there is a miracle, dollar will rise to N500 to 1 dollar. Because we have depleted our foreign reserve. We are a borrowing nation.”
The Senate on Wednesday opened deliberations on the 2019 budget.
The budget is expected to be passed for second reading after another day of deliberation on Tuesday March 19. (Premium Times)
At least 18 Nigerians die from Tuberculosis (TB) every hour, a TB expert, Lovett Lawson, has said.
Mr Lawson, the Board Chairman of Stop TB partnership Nigeria, disclosed this at a pre-World TB Day press conference in Abuja on Thursday.
The World TB Day is celebrated March 24 to raise awareness about the health, social and economic consequence of the disease and to step up efforts to end TB epidemic.
According to the Global TB report, the disease causes ill health for approximately 10 million people each year.
Mr Lawson said Nigeria has the highest burden of the disease in Africa and the third highest burden in the world after India and Indonesia.
This, he blamed on the lack of awareness about the disease among the communities and the social stigma attached to those diagnosed with the ailment.
He said though, in recent times, Nigeria has been improving its efforts in finding the missing cases, those cases yet to be detected are more than those reported.
Detecting all cases, he said, is very important because the missing cases are a risk to those who are not infected.
Mr Lawson advised Nigerians who have been coughing for more than two weeks to visit health facilities because an infected person can infect 10 to 15 persons if not quickly treated.
“We also want to use this opportunity to call on the president, Muhammadu Buhari, to accelerate TB response and keep the promise made on TB at the UN meeting in New York last year.”
The president had joined other Heads of states at the first ever UN high-level meeting in September 2018 to accelerate TB response in countries to end TB. At the event, Mr Buhari pledged his commitment to ending TB in Nigeria.
In a similar vein, Adebola Lawanson, the National Coordinator of National Tuberculosis Buruli Ulcer and Leprosy Control Programme, said the disease is one of the leading causes of death worldwide.
Mr Lawanson, who was represented by Emperor Ubochioma, lamented that Nigeria still ranks among countries with the highest burden of the diseases. He said Nigeria has so far been able to detect only 25 per cent of people with the disease.
With this low rate of detection, Nigeria is classified among countries with a high burden for TB, TB/HIV and MDR-TB and currently ranks sixth globally and first in Africa.
Mr Lawanson said the country contributes nine per cent to the global 3.6 million missing TB cases, coming behind only India and Indonesia with 26 per cent and 11 per cent respectively.
He said an estimated 418,000 new TB cases occur in Nigeria in 2018.
“The country notified 104,904 (25 per cent) and 106,533 cases of TB in 2017 and 2018 respectively giving a gap of 314,712 and 319,599 cases yet to be notified respectively. This implies that a large number of TB cases are still undetected/missing thereby constituting a pool for continuous transmission of diseases in the community.”
He said the missing TB cases can be found among men, women and children with different forms of TB, including drug resistance TB.
“TB remains a major global problem. It is one of the leading causes of death worldwide and the leading cause from a single infectious agent, ranking above HIV/AIDS.
“In 2017, there were an estimated 1.3 million TB deaths among HIV negative people and an additional 300,000 deaths among HIV- positive people.
He said the major challenges identified for the high missing cases of the disease are the low case detection and low level of awareness among the populace.
“As a bold step in finding missing TB cases in the country, the Federal Ministry of Health in support of partners is rapidly expanding TB diagnosis and treatment services to more sites across the country.”
He, therefore, urged Nigerians to always visit health facilities when they have a cough for over two weeks.