The introduction of GOtv Boxing Night Mini, which debuts on 16 November at the Rowe Park Sports Complex, Lagos, has sparked excitement among boxers. The decision to introduce GOtv Boxing Night Mini was announced on Monday by the organisers, Flykite Productions.
According to the organisers, GOtv Boxing Night Mini, which will hold more frequently at various venues, will give boxers more opportunities to fight and build their fight profiles to increase their eligibility for international titles.
Speaking in separate interviews, boxers commended the sponsors for increasing the opportunities to fight, saying many talented ones seeking avenues will benefit from GOtv Boxing Night Mini.
Kamaru “Slow Poison” Aremu, a boxer yet to make his professional bow, said he believes that his chances of getting an opportunity to fight have been boosted with the introduction of GOtv Boxing Night Mini.
“I like GOtv Boxing Night and I have tried to be on the bill a few times, but I have not succeeded. With GOtv Boxing Night Mini, which will hold more regularly than the big ones, I believe that boxers in my shoes will have opportunities to fight and also feature at the main event,” he said.
A similar sentiment was expressed by Sikiru “Omo Iya Eleja” Shogbesan, who has had one fight at GOtv Boxing Night, but is seeking more to boost his fight profile.
According to him, the competition for spots on the bill at the main event is stiff, making it tough to be selected.
“GOtv are about the only serious sponsors of boxing in Nigeria. It means getting to fight at the main event is tough. But with the mini edition, boxers stand to have more opportunities, as GOtv Boxing Night Mini will hold more frequently,” he said excitedly.
Rilwan “Real One” Oladosu, West African Boxing Union (WABU) lightweight champion, who is billed to fight at the maiden edition, said the tournament will provide him an opportunity to keep in shape for the African Boxing Union lightweight title bout against incumbent champion, Oto “Joe Boy” Joseph, in December. Both boxers were billed to clash for the title at GOtv Boxing Night 20. The bout had to be postponed, following a shoulder injury suffered by Joe Boy.
Aside from Oladosu, boxers scheduled to fight at the maiden edition of GOtv Boxing Night Mini are Rilwan “Baby Face” Babatunde, West African Boxing Union (WABU) welterweight champion; Waheed “Skoro” Usman, former African Boxing Union (ABU) featherweight champion; Kabiru “KB Godson” Towolawi and Opeyemi “Sense” Adeyemi.
Babatunde, a graduate of GOtv Boxing NextGen Search, thanked the sponsors for the initiative, saying the tournament will help keep boxers in good shape.
A former Lagos State Commissioner for Economic Planning and Budget, Olusegun Banjo, said on Tuesday that ex-governor Akinwunmi Ambode sidelined his ministry in the controversial purchase of 820 mass transit buses for N45bn.
Banjo said this during his appearance before an ad hoc committee set up by the Lagos State House of Assembly to probe the immediate-past governor over the purchase of the buses.
Ambode was expected to appear on Tuesday before the 16-man committee chaired by Fatai Mojeed, but he did not show up.
The immediate-past Commissioner for Finance, Mr Akinyemi Ashade; and ex-Commissioner for Special Duties, Oladejo Seye, also failed to appear but they both wrote to the committee explaining that they were out of the country.
Banjo, who served under Ambode as Commissioner for Economic Planning and Budget, however, said his former principal shunned the procurement tradition he met on the ground and did not carry his ministry along as regards the purchase of the mass transit buses.
Banjo said, “The way the ministry was structured (under Ambode), it did not allow us to function well.
“The N24bn did not come to my ministry. We didn’t have a running system. As a commissioner, I could not approve one naira. All the MDAs approached the governor directly.”
The ex-commissioner said Ambode’s administration “was not transparent,” adding that “a lot of things could be done without the knowledge of the commissioners.”
“I don’t know what happens to unbudgeted funds when it comes because the Ministry of Finance does not inform my ministry; we don’t have a running system,” Banjo said.
But, the Accountant-General of Lagos State, Mrs Shukrat Umar, when asked if the budget for the purchase of the buses was approved by the State Executive Council, said, “The State Treasury Office acted on Exco’s approval. The buses were in line with Exco’s approval. I would not know whether the Paris Refund Club was discussed or not.”
The Speaker of the Assembly, Mudashiru Obasa, said the House would invite Ambode through a newspaper publication.
He said if the ex-governor failed to show up then, the Assembly would resort to issuing a warrant for his arrest.
Fifty-six aggrieved ex-Niger Delta militants, who were beneficiaries of the Amnesty Programme, have dragged the Federal Government to court over four-year unpaid entitlements.
The amnesty beneficiaries prayed the Federal High Court sitting in Port Harcourt to compel the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, and the Special Adviser to the President on the Amnesty Programme, Prof. Charles Dokubo, to re-enrol them in the programme and resume the payment of their entitlements, which was stopped in 2015.
The counsel for the plaintiffs, Asobiyata Ojenamah, told journalists outside the courtroom that his clients approached the court after exhausting several avenues to address the situation proved abortive.
He added that his clients had been receiving their entitlements since 2009 when they were enrolled in the programme, but added that the payment was suddenly stopped in 2015, hence their decision to approach the court to order the continued payment of the stipends.
Ojenamah stated, “We brought the matter before the court, because our clients had been denied their entitlements as beneficiaries of the amnesty programme since 2015 after they were enrolled in the programme in 2009 after successfully concluding their rehabilitation and other requirements; but in 2015, their names were removed from the payroll in a most bizarre fashion.
“Since then, several letters and appeals had been transmitted to the Amnesty Office, but no response was given to them; so, it is high time they approached the court to enforce their rights.”
The presiding judge, Justice I. N. Sani, adjourned the matter till November 28, 2019, for hearing.
Nigeria’s premier and leading financial services provider, First Bank of Nigeria Limited hosted the third edition of its annual Fintech summit themed “Banking + Tech = Solving Real Problems”.
The event held on Wednesday, 16 October 2019 in Lagos with a conference and panel sessions comprising tech experts, start- ups, regulators and other stakeholders to deliberate pressing issues, trends and upgrades in the application of technology in the financial services industry. Victor Asemota, Founder, Swifta Systems & Services was the Keynote Speaker at the event.
With the evolution that has taken place in the financial services industry in recent times, especially through the advent of technological inclusion in business operations across all industries, this year’s event focused on how technology can aid the solving of large scale societal problems within the context of financial services in Nigeria.
The event cuts across multiple panel sessions to deliberate issues and prospects in the business management across the financial technology ecosystem with a view to having participants exposed to the trajectory of current and future opportunities in the Fintech ecosystem.
According to Gbenga Shobo, Deputy Managing Director, First Bank of Nigeria Limited, “Our Fintech Summit 3.0 was convened to set the tone for discussions that promote disruptions in the digital space, especially in the financial industry, as we recognise the opportunities for inclusive growth and influence of FINTECH not just in banking but also business operations across all industries. The 2019 edition of our FINTECH summit would build-up from the successes achieved in the last two editions.”
He added: “FirstBank, in the last few years, has used technology to deliver solutions to promote financial inclusion. With over 33,000 Firstmonie Agents in 36 states doing over N2 trillion worth of transactions, we are reducing poverty with our Agency Banking footprint. Our Firstmobile application has become the foremost mobile banking application in the country with over 3 million users doing over 14 million transactions monthly. It is one of the major gateways for Financial Inclusion where everyone can download the app and open an account at their own convenience! This was not the case a few years ago. Our USSD channel, *894#, is also solving Financial Exclusion problems for those who do not have easy access to internet data. With over 8 million users today, transactions worth over N4 trillion have been consummated using this channel.’’
The panel sessions comprised experts with over two hundred combined years of experience in the Financial and Technological Industry space to deliberate on topical issues in today’s technologically driven business world. Topical issues to be discussed are: Solving Business Problems; Solving Regulatory, Security & Legal Problems and Solving Lifestyle Problems.
Amongst the FirstBank team of speakers and moderators are Folake Ani-Mumuney, Group Head, Marketing & Corporate Communications; Olayinka Shittu, Chief Transformation Officer, Oluwatoyin Aina, Group Head, Energy Downstream & Int. Oil Trading; and Taiwo Shonekan, Head, Customer Experience & Value Management.
Debo Odunlana, CEO, Doctoora Health; Damilola Emuze, COO/Co-Founder, Scholarx; Edward Popoola, CTO/Co-Founder, Cowrywise and Chinedu Azodoh, Chief Technology Officer, Max.Ng are the panelists in the Solving Lifestyle Problems session.
The Solving Business Problems panel session include Victor Asemota, Founder, Swifta Systems & Services; Lola Ekugo, Head, Digital Innovation Lab, FirstBank; Akindele Phillips, CFO/Co-Founder, Farmcrowdy; Deepankar Rustagi, CEO/Founder, Vconnect & Omnibiz and Dayo Ademola, Head of Innovation, EFInA.
The panelists in the Solving Regulatory, Security & Legal Problems are the Sam Okojere, Director, Payment System Management Dept, CBN; Tosin Faniro-Dada, Head, Startups (Lagos Innovates), LSETF; Odunoluwa Longe, Co-Founder, DIY-Law & The Longe Practice; Bunmi Akinyemiju, CEO, Venture Garden Group and Harrison Nnaji, Chief Information Security Officer, FirstBank.
Viewers on DStv and GOtv will need to gear up for a thrilling week of football action, as we bring you the ‘Beautiful Game’ from the Premier League, La Liga and Serie A.
The pick of Premier League matches this weekend is definitely the meeting of Manchester United and Liverpool at Old Trafford on Sunday evening. The Red Devils went into the international break on the back of a dispiriting 1-0 loss away to Newcastle United – a new low for a club which has been on the decline for years.
By contrast, Liverpool beat Leicester City 2-1 at home in their last outing to make it eight wins from as many matches and open up an eight-point lead at the top of the log over champions Manchester City.
Jurgen Klopp’s team will also have the all-time Premier League record for consecutive wins in their sights: the Reds have racked up 17 straight victories from last season into this, and equalling Manchester City’s record of 18 at the home of their hated rivals the Red Devils will be the sweetest achievement for the Merseyside club.
DStv subscribers from Premium to Family will have font row seats to all La Liga games, while on GOtv, Max is the home of the Spanish league and all the best games will be available on the package, while Plus customers can tune in twice a week for selected matches.
The pick of La Liga games for this round comes from Estadio Wanda Metropolitano on Saturday afternoon, when Atletico Madrid host Valencia. The Rojiblancos have won just once in their last five league outings, playing out a goalless draw with Real Valladolid before the international break to sit in third place on the log, three points adrift of leaders Real Madrid.
Valencia, meanwhile, are unbeaten in their last four La Liga outings and claimed back-to-back wins over Athletic Bilbao and Deportivo Alaves before the international break, moving them up to eighth spot and within striking distance of the Champions League berths.
DStv Family customers have a boosted offering of Serie A and will see all the matches, while Access customers will be able to catch two games a week. GOtv Max and GOtv Plus customers will enjoy our coverage of the best action from Italy.
The headline match from Serie A this weekend is the opening clash between Lazio and Atalanta from Stadio Olimpico. Le Aquile have struggled for consistency in the league thus far, with a 2-2 draw away to Bologna in which they twice had to come from behind to salvage a point summing up the difficulties of their campaign thus far. Lazio, nonetheless, have risen to sixth spot and are optimistic of further improvement.
Atalanta, meanwhile, have really hit their stride in Serie A. A 3-1 home win over Lecce extended their unbeaten run to five matches, a sequence of results in which they have claimed 13 points from a possible 15 to rise into third place behind the leading duo of Juventus and Internazionale. Le Dea will hope to continue their momentum with a win in Rome and lay down a marker as potential title hopefuls.
Don’t miss the 2019/2020 football season on DStv and GOtv. Visit www.dstv.com and www.gotvafrica.com to subscribe or upgrade, and join in on the excitement. And while you’re on the move, you can stream matches on DStv Now.
Premier League fixtures, 19-21 October
Saturday 19 October
12:30pm: Everton v West Ham United – LIVE on SuperSport 3
3:00pm: Chelsea v Newcastle United – LIVE on SuperSport 3
3:00pm: Leicester City v Burnley – LIVE on SuperSport 6
3:00pm: Tottenham Hotspur v Watford – LIVE on SuperSport 4/SuperSport 10 & Select 2
3:00pm: Wolverhampton Wanderers v Southampton – LIVE on SuperSport 5
5:30pm: Crystal Palace v Manchester City – LIVE on SuperSport 3
Sunday 20 October
4:30pm: Manchester United v Liverpool – LIVE on SuperSport 3
Monday 21 October
8:00pm: Sheffield United v Arsenal – LIVEon SuperSport 3/SuperSport 10 & Select 2
La Liga fixtures, 18-20 October
Friday 18 October
8:00pm: Granada v Osasuna – LIVE on SuperSport 7/SuperSport 10 & Select 2/Select 4
Saturday 19 October
12:00pm: Eibar v Barcelona – LIVE on SuperSport 7 & Select 4
3:00pm: Atletico Madrid v Valencia – LIVE on SuperSport 7 & Select 4
5:30pm: Getafe v Leganes – LIVE on SuperSport 7 & Select 4
8:00pm: Mallorca v Real Madrid – LIVE on SuperSport 7 & Select 4
Sunday 20 October
11:00pm: Deportivo Alaves v Celta de Vigo – LIVE on SuperSport 7 & Select 4
1:00pm: Real Sociedad v Real Betis – LIVE on SuperSport 7 & Select 4
3:00pm: Espanyol v Villarreal – LIVE on SuperSport 7 & Select 4
5:30pm: Athletic Bilbao v Real Valladolid – LIVE on SuperSport 7 & Select 4
8:00pm: Sevilla v Levante – LIVE on SuperSport 7 & Select 4
Serie A fixtures, 19-21 October
Saturday 19 October
2:00pm: Lazio v Atalanta – LIVE on SuperSport 8 & Select 5
5:00pm: Napoli v Hellas Verona – LIVE on SuperSport 8 & Select 5
7:45pm: Juventus v Bologna – LIVE on SuperSport 8 & Select 5
Sunday 20 October
11:30am: Sassuolo v Internazionale – LIVE on SuperSport 8 & Select 5
2:00pm: Sampdoria v Roma – LIVE on SuperSport 8 & Select 2/Select 5
5:00pm: Parma v Genoa – LIVE on SuperSport 8 & Select 2/Select 5
7:45pm: Milan v Lecce – LIVE on SuperSport 8 & Select 5
Monday 21 October
20:45: Brescia v Fiorentina – LIVE on SuperSport 8 & Select 5
Stanbic IBTC Holdings PLC, a member of Standard Bank Group, won three awards at the All Africa Employee Engagement Awards held recently in Sandton, Johannesburg, South Africa. The All-African Employee Engagement Awards rewards individuals and businesses for contributions to the development of employee engagement and the future of work on the African continent.
Stanbic IBTC Holdings emerged winner in three of the 12 categories. The organisation won in the Customer and Employee Experience and Major Corporate Engagement Company of the Year categories. Mrs. Olufunke Amobi, Country Head, Human Capital at Stanbic IBTC was also awarded the 2019 Employment Engagement Professional of the Year.
The All Africa Employee Engagement Awards attracted entries from companies across the African continent.
Mrs. Amobi described the awards as a testament to the fact that Stanbic IBTC is a great place to work and provides a conducive environment for employees to thrive and excel. She said: “The awards recently won by Stanbic IBTC is a reflection of the values which we represent. We are very much interested in the growth and development of our employees; we promote respect for each other and we uphold the highest levels of integrity. We also encourage the culture of team bonding in addition to inspiring our employees to constantly raise the bar.”
She added that the awards would spur the Human Capital team of Stanbic IBTC Holdings to achieve more successes in the coming years.