The The AFCON Organizing Committee have chosen three international singers to perform the #AFCON2019 official song in the opening ceremony :
“Femi Kuti” (English)
“Dobet Gnahoré” (French)#AFC
The lucky students included Famuyiwa Oluwaseyi of the Statistics Department; Nissi Emma-Adama of the Computer Science Department; Akinleye Enoch of Biochemistry Department; Oluwakorede Adedeji of Pharmacy Department and Abdullahi Adekola, of Medicine Department.
The outstanding students got free smart phones loaded with six months data by the telecommunications giant while the institution also got pre-loaded routers.
Deputy Vice Chancellor of the institution, Professor Bolaji Sule who represented the Vice Chancellor, Professor Abdukareem Age, gave kudos to Globacom for the kind gesture which he said, would empower the students to undertake researches as well as encourage other students to be more studious and diligent in their academic pursuits.
According to him, the institution selected the beneficiaries based on their outstanding academic records and sterling character on campus.
Professor Sule therefore encouraged other students of the University to maintain the reputation of excellence, integrity and diligence which the school has been known for since it was established in 1975.
Globacom’s State Manager in charge of Kwara State, Mr. Folarin Fafiyebi said Globacom has special interest in the academic development of the university, hence, the decision to contribute its quota to the institution’s ease of conducting researches and academic activities.
He stated that Glo 4G is available in most tertiary institutions in the country, thereby validating the claim that Globacom has the widest and most reliable 4G LTE coverage in Nigeria. He also encouraged the university community to upgrade to the technology in order to avail themselves of the new speed of life and enjoy memorable communication experience on the network.
A former employee of Sterling Bank, Chumwuemeka Ekwunife, has narrated how a businesswoman and oil marketer, Mrs. Ngozi Ekeoma used him to steal the sum of N168.5m from the Federal government of Nigeria using subsidy scheme.
Ekwunife made this revelation before an Ikeja Special Offences Court, Lagos where he is standing trial on an 8-count charge of stealing.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, had arraigned Ekwunife and Structured Energy Limited for stealing a total sum of N168.5m from several companies.
The EFCC alleged that Ekwunife, at different times in 2014, stole the said sum of money from, M.R.S oil and Gas, Exit Energy limited, Globin oil and Gas limited, Bond Energy, Greenage Energy Limited – all properties of Nepal Oil and Gas Limited.
The anti graft agency alleged that the defendant stole the money in tranches of N19m, N9m, N85m, N25m and N6.5m sometimes in August, October and November, 2014 from the complaint, Nepal Oil and Gas limited.
However, during proceedings, Ekwunife told the court that one Mrs Ngozi Ekeoma, owner of Nepal Oil and Gas Limited, used him to facilitate false documentations in Liberia in order to obtain money from the FG through subsidy scheme.
Ekwunife, while led in defence by his lawyer, Mr Eubena Amedie, said that he helped Mrs Ekeoma register several companies in Liberia to enable her carry out various importation of petroleum products particularly Premium Motor Spirit (PMS), under the petroleum scheme fund (subsidy scheme) with the FG.
The former banker, who was formerly a Credit Relationship Manager of Sterling Bank, said he resigned from the bank in 2014 after Mrs Ekeoma pleaded with him to join her business and help her provide credit facilities for her companies.
He said: “I met the Managing Director of Nepal Oil and Gas limited, Ngozi Ekeoma in 2010 while i was working with Sterling Bank as a Credit Relationship Manager. Mrs Ekeoma was a customer of the bank and so she came to me to help her provide credit facilities to various companies that she introduced to the bank.
“She introduced companies as Nepal Oil and Gas Limited, Dell Energy Limited, Carnival Energy Oil and Gas Limited.
“So I provided credit facilities for these companies that enabled her carry out various importations of PMS through subsidy scheme with the FG.
“This relationship lasted for four years. And in 2014, I voluntarily resigned from Sterling Bank after she pleaded earnestly with me to join her business.
“So I left my job in the bank to work for her in a contractor/staff arrangement.
“I helped her setup various companies like Structured Energy Resources Limited, Dexter Oil Limited, Ritrak Supply and Trading Limited, Gulf Trading and Shipping Limited – all registered in Liberia.
“These companies were used at various times to carry out trading and documentations related to subsidy by the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
“We produced supporting documents like Bill of Laden, the recertification of products, the certificate of quality and certificate of Origin.
“These documentation were done outside the shores of Nigeria and used for trades that never happened in Nigeria. The documentation were done in Liberia for trades that were not live (feasible).
“For instance, Mrs Ekeoma, in her stock of trade, would arrange documentations to convert dual purpose kerosene to aviation fuel.
“What I mean is that where dual purpose kerosene was supposed to be sold to households, Mrs Ekeoma would instruct us (Myself, Ugochukwu Onwuegbunam, Alexander Uwaezuoke to facilitate and get documentations that the products are jet fuel.
“We would facilitate the documentation and sell the product as Jet fuel, instead of kerosene, to aviation airlines.
“We used these documentations to carry out fraudulent activities by using documents formulated outside the country to perform trade in Nigeria that were not suppose to happen,” he said.
Justice Sherifat Solebo adjourned the matter till July 5, 2019 for continuation of trial.
Olufemi Anikulapo-Kuti, Nigeria’s Afrobeat singer, Hakim and Dobet Gnahoré, Egyptian and Ivorian stars, will all perform at the African Cup of Nations opening ceremony on Friday.
The three musicians will sing “Metgamaeen” (We Are Together) produced by Synergy together on stage in Cairo, Egypt.
The “Beng beng beng” crooner will sing the song in English, Hakim in Arabic and Gnahore in French.
African Football Community Tweeted this information on their official handle: “The AFCON Organizing Committee have chosen three international singers to perform the #AFCON2019 official song in the opening ceremony :
“Femi Kuti” (English)
“Dobet Gnahoré” (French)
Femi, born in London, raised in Lagos, is the eldest son of late Afrobeat legend Fela Kuti and a grandchild of Funmilayo Ransome Kuti, a political campaigner, women’s rights activist and traditional aristocrat.
Femi Kuti began his musical career playing in his father’s band, Egypt 80.
On 15 May 2017, Femi Anikulapo Kuti was referred to in the Guinness world records under the catalog of a single note held on a saxophone in a method called corcular breathing.
He set the records at 51 min 35 seconds.
Hakim is a famous “Sha’abi” [folk] singer in Egypt. With the help of Hamid el-Shaari, Hakim released his first album “Nazra” under the Slam Records label in 1992.
Ghanore an Ivorian singer who is the daughter of percussionist Boni Ghanore plays with the group Na Afriki, consisting mainly in French and Tunisian musicians, who accompany her with the guitar, sanza, the balafon, the calebasse and bongos.
Due to the civil war, she moved to France in 1999. In 2004, Ghanore released her debut album Ano Neko.
In 2006, she was a nominee at the World music Awards for Newcomer and shared an award for Best Urban/Alternative Performance with India Arie at the 52nd Grammy Awards.
The Executive Governor of Lagos State, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, on Tuesday charged Lagosians living in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, to reflect the spirit of Lagos and be law abiding as they live peacefully in the FCT.
Speaking to newsmen after a tour of the Lagos House, which has the staff of the State liaison office in Abuja, Mr. Sanwo-Olu urged Lagos citizens to be good ambassadors of the State.
He said, “I can only wish our people that reside in Abuja well, Nigeria is big for all of us. My advice is just for them to be law abiding, to continue to reflect the spirit of Lagos, continue to be good ambassadors of state.
“Our Government is open to them if they have good suggestions or ideas, I am in the liaison office they can drop whatever suggestions they have for us and certainly it will get to us and by the time they hear news about Lagos, it will be good news,” Sanwo-Olu promised.
On his visit to the Liaison Office, the Governor said it was imperative that he comes to the office to see his staff and have a firsthand feel of their working environment, feel their pulse and make them understand what the new government stands for.
According to him, “as a Governor I have got to see my office in Abuja, and also to know the staff and see the environment they work because they are part of us and they will reflect who we are and what we stand for as a state and as a government.
“The least I can do is to come around and feel their pulse to see the people that have my ears and listen to them. That is the least I can do,” the Governor added.
Mr. Sanwo-Olu is the first Governor to visit the State liaison office and this created excitement amongst staff and occupants of the four-storey building in the Central Area of Abuja.
Aliko Dangote, president of Dangote Group, says Nigeria is currently losing at least 300,000 tonnes of sugar to smuggling annually.
He also said the smuggling activities in the sugar industry has hindered the employment of at least 250,000 Nigerians, adding that it has also led to economic sabotage.
According to NAN, he made this known during the Dangote Sugar Annual General Meeting (AGM) in Lagos on Tuesday.
He noted that negative activities made 2018 a challenging year for the company while identifying the influx of smuggled sugar into key markets nationwide as one of such activities.
According to him, the Apapa gridlock also affected the evacuation of products from the refinery and constrained logistics operations, distribution, and delivery to customers.
He said that the performance of Savannah Sugar Company, a subsidiary of Dangote group, was impacted by communal clashes between the host community and herdsmen which led to the closure of the company for more than three months.
He, however, said despite the challenges, the company continued to post resilient performance.
He disclosed that the company achieved a group turnover of N150.4 billion, a 26 percent decrease over N204.4 billion posted in 2017.
According to him, the company made a profit before tax of N34.6 billion, and a profit after tax of N22 billion Naira.
Ravindra Singhvi, chief operating officer, Dangote Sugar Refinery, said that the future outlook for the company was to continue to leverage on its strength.
He said that the company would maximize the opportunity to generate sales, increase market share and create sustainable value for all stakeholders.
Singhvi said that though the terrain remains challenging, the company was committed to rapidly adapting to market changes and employ numerous levers to mitigate major effects on performance in the years ahead. (NAN)
You never see him coming. And you are never likely to run into him at social gatherings or where champagnes are being popped with school-boy abandon. Patently unobtrusive and easy-going, yet, Dr Abdul Wahab Awa Ibraheem, the CEO of ICMA (Integrated Consultancy Management Accountants) Professional Services, a leading public revenue consulting firm, is as wealthy and connected as they come.
Though he enjoys the good life that his connections and consultancy firm have offered him in bountiful bounds, Dr Ibraheem keeps a low profile, preferring to make money in tonnes and enjoy the comfort of his luxury cars; or the company of his two wives, one of who is OJ, theChief Executive Officer of Glamour Lounge Salon and Spa in Ikeja, Lagos. The other is Faridah and she is not doing badly in her own right. When not at work, you might find him on different golf courses around the world or watching his favourite team, the Manchester United Football Club.
For clarity, Dr Ibraheem’s company provides professional services to state governments and private organizations by bringing the benefits of private sector-efficiency to bear on the operations of the public sector while also supporting the former with cutting edge services. ICMA’s services are benchmarked on enduring quality and integrity of purpose while its core value hinges on the belief that success comes only when the client is satisfied.
To maintain the lead in today’s competitive environment therefore, the ICMA’s service delivery strategies are fashioned not only to meet the demands of the client, but to surpass the expectations thereby creating a long lasting progressive relationship. This is Ibraheem’s USP and he has penetrated several state governments where he is on partnership to drive their Internally Generated Revenues.
In the course of doing that, Ibraheem has made good for himself and his clients who trust him to always keep his side of the bargain with them and protect their interests for the future. Stories have been told about how he ensures that his client-governors benefit immensely from whatever accrues to him in their states, which ensures that every party is happy and feel secured about their money.
A 1982 First Class Accounting graduate of the University of Lagos, Dr Ibraheem, who turns 66 this year, has served on the boards of New Africa Merchant Bank, Lagos; Arewa Hotels, Kaduna; Nigeria Hotels, Lagos; Zaranda Hotels, Bauchi; Festac 77 Hotels, Lagos; Shiroro Hotels, Minna; Kwara Hotels, Ilorin among others. Dr Ibraheem who holds a Ph.D in Management Science from the University of Ilorin was also at various times the Chairman, Oak Pension Funds Administrators, Oceanic Health Management Organisation, Prime Metro Properties and Express Portfolio Services, among other blue-chip organisations. (The Capital NG)
The Lagos State Government has said that in spite of a letter of withdrawal by the complainant in a rape case, it was resolute to bring the two defendants to face justice.
The defendants are Don-Chima George, 25, and Olusegun Rasak, 28, both dropouts from Babcock University, Ilishan-Remo in Ogun.
The duo are facing trial before an Ikeja High Court for allegedly drugging and raping a 24-year-old woman at a hotel in Lekki Phase One, Lekki, Lagos.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that during previous court proceedings on June 13, the complainant via a letter of withdrawal, dated June 3, informed the court that she wanted the criminal case against the defendants withdrawn.
She said the reason for her intention to withdraw the case was due to “intervention of family members and for the sake of my integrity”.
However, at the start of proceedings on Tuesday, Mr Akin George, a Deputy-Director in the Directorate of Public Prosecutions, informed the court that Lagos State would continue the prosecution of the defendants.
“At the last adjourned date, my lord said that the state should get feedback from the ministry of justice on how to proceed with this case.
“The instruction from the solicitor-general and the permanent secretary of the ministry of justice is that we should go ahead with the prosecution.
“The witness is already in the box and she should continue with her evidence,” he said.
Following George’s submission, Justice Abiola Soladoye informed the court that she had received an affidavit from the complainant and her two friends, stating that they did not want to testify in the trial.
“Notwithstanding the receipt of the affidavit, the case before the court is between the state, the victim and the defendant.
“The court will proceed with the case,” she said.
Following Soladoye’s pronouncement, the complainant was invited to the witness box to continue being cross-examined by Mr Tunji Ayanlaja, the counsel to the defendants.
Under cross-examination, the complainant denied that she, her father and her two friends demanded N50 million from the defendants’ parents to withdraw her allegations of rape.
She denied wanting to sign a Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA), regarding the alleged N50 million.
She also denied making false allegations against the defendants when payments for the alleged N50 million were not met.
Recalling the events of the morning of the day she was allegedly raped by the defendants, she said: “I had half a medium sized glass of Hennessey and Coca-cola.
“I had a clear head to take care of Foluso my drunk friend.
“It was surprising that I slept thereafter as I knew I was not going to sleep because I had slept earlier during the day.
“Like I said during the last court proceeding, I went upstairs to take my friend Foluso from the reception to Chima’s room upstairs,” she said.
Recalling when her friends confronted the defendants at the De-Lankaster Hotel over the rape allegation, the complainant denied seeing her friends beat up Don-Chima and Rasak.
She said that before the confrontation, she did not report the alleged rape at the reception because when leaving the hotel after she woke up from her induced sleep, there was no staff at the reception.
“I know the gravity of my allegations. On Feb. 3, it was reported to the Maroko Police Station and on Feb. 5 it was transferred to the Gender Unit of the Nigeria Police Command.
“There was a police personnel who was with us at the police station and there were several cars driven to the hotel.
“The police were not in the car with me. I’m aware there are charges in court against my friends for allegedly beating up the defendants,” she said.
Following the completion of her evidence, the court proposed adjourning the trial to October.
Upon hearing this, Ayanlaja, Ccounsel to Don-Chima and Rasak sought their bail, noting that there were new circumstances to warrant them being bailed by the court.
“My lord, I respectfully submit that these are young people and I respectfully submit that the long adjournment should be a new circumstance that would weigh on the mind of the court as to the need to grant bail.
“It is the discretionary power of the court to either grant or withhold bail.
“The only condition is that your lordship will be satisfied that they will be available in court to hear the case against them.
“They are first offenders. It is the power of the court to reform and accused persons should not be put in a place they will become hardened criminals,” he said.
George, however, vehemently opposed Ayanlaja’s application.
“With heavy sense of duty and respect to the SAN and this honourable court, the state submits that this application after the close of the witness’ testimony is an abuse of court process.
“This court is functus officio (given a decision that cannot be re-examined) in regards to the application for bail. The next bus stop available to canvas this kind of argument is a superior court.
“My lord, application for bail is by a written application and a court cannot sit upon an appeal against its own ruling.
“A plethora of decisions consider such a move as judicial rascality.
“We are ready to proceed expeditiously in this case. I urge the application for bail to be trashed,” George argued.
Soladoye in a short ruling, refused Ayanlaja’s request to consider granting the defendants bail.
“I have carefully listened to both the defence and prosecution counsel.
“A ruling denying the defendants bail was delivered on April 29.
“This can never be reversed by this court.
“There are no new grounds or circumstances in this case.
“This case is adjourned to Oct. 9 for continuation of trial,” she said.
NAN reports that Don-Chima and Rasak are alleged by the prosecution to have committed the offence on Feb. 3, from 5.00a.m. to 7.00a.m. at De-lankaster Hotels in Lekki Phase One.
While at a nightclub, the defendants allegedly spiked the complainant’s drink with a substance that allegedly rendered her unconscious.
The prosecution alleges that they took the complainant to De-Lankaster Hotel, which belongs to Don-Chima’s father, where they allegedly took turns to rape her while videotaping the sexual offence.
According to the prosecution, the offences contravene Sections 258 and 409 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015. (NAN)
Officials of the Lagos Building Control Agency, LASBCA and the Taskforce on Tuesday dislodged labourers, shut and partially demolished some buildings worth millions of Naira for flouting building regulation guidelines in Victoria Island and Lekki area of Lagos, Southwest Nigeria.
One of the buildings sealed and partially demolished was a six-floor building named “Pinnacle” house located on 6 Samuel Manual Street, Victoria Island. The building owner, identified as retired military officer, was accused of broken the seals on several occasions after the agency sealed his structure for failing to get approval.
LASBCA said when the owner eventually got approval for a residential building, he converted the building to a commercial one, an offence punishable under the building regulation laws of Lagos State.
Director of Enforcement Unit, LASBCA, Oyewole Ganiyu, said the owners of the sealed buildings were guilty of deliberate violation of building laws in the state, adding while some of them refused to get approval before erecting the structures, others deliberately contravened the approval given.
Oyewole said that the state government would continue to enforce the law by demolishing and toking more buildings to serve as deterrent to others.
According to him, some areas were strictly designed for residential buildings according to the master plan, saying that only residential approval could be given in such areas, and that property owners must meet all the building regulation requirement.
On the four-storey building complex on 17 Ester Adeleke Street, Lekki Phase 1 where about 100 labourers and artisans were dislodged before the building was partially demolished, Oyewole said that owner of the building was yet to get any approval at all before putting up the structure.
“It is forbidden for anyone to build without approval according to the Urban and Renewal Planning Law of 2010.The property was initially sealed but the owner continued the construction illegally, that was why we toked the building from the ground floor to the top most floor,” he said.
However, a mild drama played out at the scene of one of the buildings as a suspected security officer attached to the building threatened LASBCA officials with gun for daring to seal the building belonging to his boss.
The suspected security personnel who threatened to shoot building agency officers was however overpowered by armed taskforce operatives who also confiscated the pistol with which he threatened the officials.
Media mogul Mo Abudu will chair the 47th International Emmy Awards Gala in New York.
The International Emmy Award is an award that bestows recognition to the best television programs initially produced and aired outside the United States.
In 2018, Abudu was elected as a director of the International Academy of Television, Arts and Sciences, the organisation responsible for the Emmys.
News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the honour was announced by the Emmys @iemmys on Instagram and reposted by Abudu @moabudu.
The International Emmys wrote, “EbonyLife TV (#Nigeria) CEO, Mo Abudu, will Chair the 47th International Emmy Awards Gala on November 25, in #NYC. #iemmys
“As producers, we are in a unique position to share fresh, authentic, and original stories with a global audience. Our content is not limited by language or culture.
“Viewers want to see stories that reflect their everyday lives—which can be found everywhere.
“At EbonyLife, we believe in changing the global African narrative. And like many, we connect the world with our stories.
“As a Nigerian television producer, I am honored to chair the 47th International Emmy Awards and be part of an organization that celebrates extraordinary television producers from all over the globe – Mo Abudu.”
Responding to the honour, Abudu wrote on Instagram, “I am honored to chair the 47th International Emmy Awards Gala that celebrates extraordinary television producers from all over the globe.
“I would like to thank the International Emmy Awards for this honour and opportunity.”
NAN reports that in April, Abudu became the first African to be honoured with the MIPTV Médailles d’Honneur.
Abudu has been described by Forbes as “Africa’s Most Successful Woman”. She launched Nigerian broadcaster and producer, EbonyLife TV, in 2013, producing over 1,000 hours of original programming each year.
She went into filmmaking with the creation of EbonyLife Films. She is the Executive Producer of ‘Fifty’, ‘The Wedding Party’ (2016), the most successful Nollywood film ever at the Nigerian box office.
She also produced ‘The Wedding Party 2: Destination Dubai’ (2017), the highest grossing Nollywood film of all time; and ‘Chief Daddy’ (2018), the third-highest grossing Nigerian film.
In March 2018, Sony Pictures Television (SPT) announced a three project deal with EbonyLifeTV, the first of its kind between SPT and a Nigerian television company.
Nigeria we hail!!
If you remember that famous line from the award-winning television commercial released last year by Union Bank, then you’ll be excited to learn that spin-offs have been released as part of a follow-up campaign. This should come as no surprise, after the short film emerged the most watched Nigerian ad on YouTube in 2018!
This time, the TV and radio ads follow the lives of the main characters from the original commercial – the photographer, ‘keke’ driver, and the mother – who represent relatable characters in our daily lives. Union Bank salutes their focus, tenacity and drive as they hustle and grind to make ends meet in Nigeria of today.
The ‘grind’ is something we all identify with. Every day, it’s a struggle to rise above the challenges of erratic power supply, insecurity, bad roads, corruption and poor governance.
To make things even worse, the average Nigerian is unable to access loans or credit facilities that could help them break out of the vicious cycle. Loans seem to be reserved for the already well-to-do who can provide collateral to back their applications, and for salaried workers who can show pay slips as proof of income.
However, a recent Future of Work report, states that only 25% of Nigeria’s 85 million workforce are in paid employment. How do the other 75% support their hustle?
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