As the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations kicks off in Egypt this weekend, the pursuit of glory for Uganda and Zimbabwe, deemed to be underdogs, will be live on DStv and GOtv.
All the games involving both countries will be broadcast live on all DStv and GOtv packages.
Uganda qualified for the 32nd edition of Africa’s football showpiece competition after finishing top of their Group L qualifiers comprising Tanzania, Cape Verde and Lesotho. The Cranes, as the team is popularly known, lost only one game en route Egypt. Coach Sebastien Desabre will bank on the likes of his experienced goalkeeper and captain, Dennis Oyango and striker Farouk Miya, who was the team’s top scorer during the qualifiers, to improve on their 2017 AFCON showing when they went out of the group stage.
They would also like to better the record of their 1978 team, which finished as runners-up of the competition to hosts and eventual champions, Ghana.
The Eastern African begin their Group A campaign on Saturday when they face the Democratic Republic of Congo (showing at 3:30pm on Supersport 7 and Supersport Select 4).
They will then be up against Zimbabwe (showing on Wednesday, 26 June at 6pm on Supersport 7 & 10 and Supersport Select 2 & 4), before concluding the group phase with a mouth-watering encounter against hosts Egypt (showing on Sunday, 30 June at 8pm on Supersport 7 and Supersport Select 4).
Zimbabwe, on the other hand, also surprisingly emerged top of their Group G qualification group ahead of more illustrious footballing nations; DR Congo, Congo and Liberia. The Brave Warriors, who will be at their second successive AFCON and fourth overall, scored a total of nine goals, with five of them scored by the 28-year old Knowledge Musona.
Coach Sunday Chidzambwa can also call on the likes of skilful winger, Khama Billiat, to lead the team to glory and more importantly, qualify from the group stages for the very first time in the competition’s history.
The Southern African team, however, start their campaign with a tricky opening game on Friday against the hosts Egypt (showing at 9pm on Supersport 7 &10 and Supersport Select 2 & 4). They then face Uganda (showing on Wednesday, 26 June at 6pm on Supersport 7 &10 and Supersport Select 2 & 4), before coming up again against DR Congo in their final group game (showing on Sunday, 30 June at 8pm Supersport 8 and Supersport Select 5).
For more information on the 2019 AFCON on DStv and GOtv, visit www.supersport.com
The two labour unions at the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) have reassured Nigerians, the Federal Government and FIRS management that they will ensure that the N8.8 trillion revenue target for 2019 is realised.
Comrade Okere Samson, Chairman, FIRS chapter of the Association of Senior Civil Servants of Nigeria (ASCSN), and Comrade Idris Hassan of the Nigerian Civil Service Union, NCSU (FIRS chapter), gave the assurance during the week after their meetings with FIRS Chairman, Tunde Fowler. According to public notices circulated by the unions to FIRS staff, the FIRS Chairman has raised the level of staff welfare and unfolded a slew of pro-staff decisions that will enable staff to realise their individual and organizational goals.
Fowler jerked up subsistence allowance from 20 per cent to 30 per cent, (it was 10 per cent before the Chairman’s appointment in 2015), pegged payment of Key Performance Indicators at 70 per cent instead of 80 per cent for non-oil tax receipts, directed expedited payment of first 28 Days Movement Allowances to staff on transfer, approved meal, children education and maintenance grants –once staff meet target and attain some consensus on the vacancies for 2018 and 2019 promotion exercises.
Apart from increase of subsistence allowance, staff have also been paid wardrobe allowances, while quarterly bonus on met or exceeded target in revenue collection, 13th month salary and payment of equity contribution to benefiting staff of the FIRS Mass Housing Scheme have also been approved. An amount has been provided in the 2019 budget for to this effect.
In the two documents circulated to all staff titled “Update on Staff Matters, signed by Comrade Samson, and another co- signed by Comrades Hassan and Jimoh Idowu, the two unions rededicated their commitment and that of their members to the realisation of the N8. 8 trillion target of the Service.
The documents detailed staff welfare issues discussed at a meeting between the two unions and FIRS Management held on 6th June and another held on 10th June 2019 as well as resolutions reached.
Comrade Hassan said: “This is to inform FIRS Staff that following continuous engagement between Nigeria Civil Service Union, (NCSU) and Management of the FIRS, Management has been able to address most of the issues raised like increment of subsistence allowance to 30 %, reduction of KPI (Key Performance Indicators) benchmark from 80 % to 70% of non-oil, and payment of terminal benefits to staff among others,” he said.
In another document titled “Matters Arising from the NCSU Meeting with Management”, Comrade Hassan said “Based on the above, the Union hereby implores all staff to be of good behaviour, remain dedicated and hardworking in order to achieve the set revenue target for the Service. We, the Executive of NCSU assure our members and entire staff of the Service of our support and also continue to engage Management for better welfare and reward hard work. We equally assure Management of our continuous support as partners in progress towards the actualisation of the goals and objectives of the Service.”
Chairman of the Association of Senior Civil Servants of Nigeria (ASCSN) counselled the staff to work harder towards ensuring that the Service realises its 2019 revenue target, while the union keeps engaging the Management to always appreciate and reward staff for hard work.
On proposed staff grants such as meal subsidies, children’s education and furniture maintenance grants, Samson said that the FIRS Chairman has directed the Director Human Capital to implement the payment of the grants once the FIRS attains 70 per cent of its non-oil revenue target after the third quarter of the year.
All outstanding severance benefits to retired staff have been approved for payment to staff that exited the Service since November 2018, while the FIRS Chairman directed that more working tools such as printers, laptops and furniture be provided by Directors in charge of Facility and Efficiency to ensure timely distribution of such tools to field offices.
On the 2018 and 2019 promotion exercise, the FIRS Chairman, Mr. Tunde Fowler, stated Samson, directed the association to meet with the Director, Human Capital Management Department for a review of the promotion vacancies and revert to the Management for approval. Specifically on those who passed but were not accommodated on account of vacancies, the NCSU Chairman, Comrade Idris Hassan said the “Chairman (Fowler) directed the Union to liaise with the Director Human Capital and Director, Legal to work out modality on how to resolve the issues within the ambit and provisions of the laws and the HRPP, (Human Resources Policies and Processes).
The FIRS Chairman assured staff that all outstanding severance benefits to retired staff have been approved for payment to staff that exited the Service since November 2018.
The son of the immediate past Minister of Health, Isaac Adewole, Dayo, has regained his freedom. This comes 24 hours after he was abducted at his poultry farm in Iroko, a surburb in Ibadan, the Oyo state capital.
According to family sources, Dayo was released this evening and is currently in his family home in Ibadan.
Three persons including a staff of the poultry and also Dayo’s driver who was employed a few days ago, have been arrested and are now being interrogated.
Justice Okon Abang of the Federal High Court, Abuja, has adjourned till July 2, for continuation of hearing in the case involving the former Director General, Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria (SMEDAN), Bature Masari.
Masari is being prosecuted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on a 17-count charge, bordering on money laundering to the tune of N107.7million (One Hundred and Seven Million, Seven Hundred Thousand Naira) before Justice Abang.
Masari’s initial arraignment by the Commission was on May 27, 2019.
One of the charges reads: “That you Bature Umar Masari on or about the 27th November, 2014, at Abuja within the jurisdiction of the honourable court did transfer the sum of N9, 000,000 (Nine Mllion Naira) only, to one Benjamin I. Aboho, from your Diamond Bank Account No.0041899190, when you reasonably ought to have known that the said money formed part of the sum of N50,000,000 (Fifty Million Naira) only, paid to you as gratification by Hamshakin ventures Ltd and you thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 15(2) (6) of the Money Laundering Prohibition Act 2011 as amended by Act No. 1 of 2012 and punishable under Section 15(3) of the same Act”.
At the resumed hearing yesterday, Justice Abang asked the defence counsel, Abubakar Mogaji to furnish the court with the document upon which he relied to object to the evidence of the prosecution at the last hearing, but Mogaji disclosed that he had unfortunately misplaced it and therefore withdrew his objection.
He however, pleaded with the court to move a motion on the abuse of court process which the judge had already ruled on, but the prosecution counsel, Iheanacho Ekene, objected to the plea, arguing that the matter had become “functus officio.”
Justice Abang adjourned the case to July 2 and October 8, 2019 for continuation of trial.