Heritage Bank Plc, Nigeria’s Most Innovative Banking Service Provider celebrated International Men’s Day 2019 themed: “Making a difference for Men and Boys”, with event held at every Experience Centres- ECs (branches) of the bank across the country.
The financial institution leveraged on this theme and coined a personal theme, which is “Break the Ice; Inspire another Man”.
To help chart a path that will champion gender parity in grand style, the male staff had engaging activities which include a men’s bonding/mentorship session with various appealing subject of discussions in the ECs, where the senior colleagues initiated the talks alongside other male staff contributed freely to break into the parity ice; pry into how to excel in their homes, career, mental health, politics, family, education, sports and other endeavours of life. Also, as part of the activities are a themed dressing for the men (Club Jerseys or Polo Shirts on Jeans or Beige Chinos) and a celebration of the men by their female colleagues.
Commemorating the International Men’s Day celebrated annually in various countries around the world, the MD/CEO of Heritage Bank Plc, Ifie Sekibo emphasized that its serves as an opportunity to highlight the issues affecting the male gender and to also appreciate the men around us.
“At the core of our services, we recognise the need for gender equality. As we know that International Women’s Day is observed on 8 March globally. In the same way, there is a day for Men’s on 19th Novembers, which is also observed worldwide. This day highlight the positive difference that men bring to the world, communities and to their families. It also raises awareness about men’s well-being and issues that men face on a global scale,” he explained.
Addressing the Management and staff of the institution, Sekibo who recognised the immense contributions of the male counterparts, noted, “we are proud to affirm that having you men in different capacities working to imbed a difference in this organization have proved you worthy to be celebrated.
“Strong yet supportive, tough yet so kind…You sacrifice all your life for the family to bring a smile on their faces…You toil in the office just to support your colleagues and the organization.”
He, however, assured the staff, “we also understand that having a family and a career can be a balancing act and strive to support all our staff to ensure that each person is able to reach their full career potential while maintaining a good work-life balance. Maintaining a fulfilled workforce is important to us, whilst we conversely ensure that all our clients have the best possible experience.
“So, here’s a special thank you to all our male brilliant staff who are helping to create a more gender-inclusive world.”
Heritage bank did not fail to celebrate its loyal male customers with the bank helmsman, Sekibo via deploying special messages acknowledged their positive contributions to society, community, family, marriage, childcare and to the environment.
VFD Group has recognized education as one of the building blocks of any nation as it renovated administrative block and provided some educational materials for Uga Boys Secondary School, and Dennis Memorial Grammar School, Anambra state, respectively.
The financial institution, which donated the educational aids to mark its 10th anniversary on November 13th and 14th, used the initiative to emphasised that education is a priority area in its CSR activities. Its aim is to nurture young minds and educate them, so that they contribute to the nation’s development.
Realising the importance and relevance of education, VFD renovated an administrative block with tables, chairs and donated other educational materials to Uga Boys to benefit the community by boosting literacy levels in the state.
Group Managing Director, VFD Group Plc, Nonso Okpala, explained that when he visited the school and found that the facilities are not suitable and conducive for learning, he decided to convince the management of the institution that the project, if approved, could enable the students to compete favourably with their counterparts in the state.
He said, “We pen down the project idea and I went to convince my colleagues on how important it is for us to contribute to the uplift of the school. The difference between an advanced society and an unadvanced is education.
“If Uga is to do well, we must make education a cardinal point of our programme. I understand that there are huge challenges the student face in their daily lives, it should not hold them back in progressing. If Prof Charles Soludo graduated from this school and succeed, I believe nothing can hold anyone back from attaining great heights in life.
“I know that the school may still lack certain things but I also urge the students not to be held back by the challenges they face, believe in yourself and study like there is no other way to success. VFD contributes to a number of initiatives, funding and building schools. All these initiatives have been undertaken to benefit communities by helping increase the literacy levels.”
Principal, Uga Boys Secondary School, lauded the efforts of VFD to transform the school that has produced several successful Nigerians.
The elated principal said, “VFD is a great company. It has done a great thing for us, deeming it fit to give back to a school that had fed great Nigerians. The company has fulfilled the dreams of JF Kennedy when he encouraged us to ask what we can do for our country and not what the country can do for us.
“The era when our student tried to avoid dripping water falling from the roof of the hall while writing examinations has gone with this development. We assure VFD that the infrastructure development will help towards improving teaching and learning in the school.”
He added that the school still need the intervention of all stakeholders on perimeter fencing to check influx of trespassers including human and animal; renovation of its science laboratory, security personal, ICT complex, renovation of the principal house and provision of library shelves and current books among others.
While presenting some educational materials to the school authority of Dennis Memorial Grammar School, Managing Director, VFD Microfinance Bank, Azubike Emodi, said, “I am excited to make a little donations to the school like Education materials and we hope that it makes a lot of impact in the lives of the students. We will be back and do a lot more.”
While at DMGS, Nonso Okpala in his personal capacity made a promise to sponsor the University education of the best student in the upcoming Senior WAEC Examination, leaving the principal, teachers and administrative staff members delighted.
Commissioner for Basic Education, Anambra state, Prof. Kate Omenugha, also urged other institutions to emulate VFD to lift the faces of schools in the state and across Nigeria.
She said, “When I was coming here, I didn’t know what to expect. I salute VFD as the new examination hall dazed me, with amazing flat tables. It is beyond our expectations. The borehole and toilet facilities are amazing.
“With this development, the students would be able to know what it takes to learn in a serene environment and we must thank the VFD family for the lovely gesture.”
The most explosive puncher in boxing will be showcased on SuperSport this weekend when Deontay Wilder defends his WBC heavyweight championship against dangerous Luis Ortiz in Las Vegas in the early hours of Sunday morning.
SuperSport 1 and SuperSport 5 will broadcast the action starting at 03:00am WAT on DStv.
Wilder, with an astonishing 40 knockouts in 41 wins, will face a man who almost beat him 18 months ago. In their first fight, Ortiz rocked Wilder in the seventh, but the champion roared back to force a stoppage in typically dramatic fashion.
In the interim, Wilder burnished his reputation with a war against Tyson Fury and a blowout of Dominic Brezeale. Ortiz himself scored three solid wins, but more notable has been his trimming down and getting into the shape of his life for the rematch.
It’s a high-risk challenge for American Wilder, not least because his big-money rematch with Fury in February will likely implode in the event of him losing to Ortiz.
Even by heavyweight standards, Ortiz is a big man whose southpaw style and heavy hands make him a difficult proposition for any of the elite heavyweights.
Said Wilder: “Luis Ortiz is a smart fighter, he moves strategically in the ring, he’s a great counter-puncher as well. I like his style as a Cuban. Nobody in the top 10 wanted to fight Ortiz and they still don’t ‘til this day. But I’m giving him the opportunity and we about to do it again.”
Ortiz believes he will be facing a better fighter than the one he fought last March.
“When you watch videos online from Wilder, there are definitely things he does better now. But he still doesn’t have the experience of taking that from training into the fight. He’s got to have a plan B and C. If he doesn’t, it will be a mistake. I have a plan for everything. This fight is personal because I want to erase the loss and that thorn in my side.”
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President Youweri Kaguta Museveni of Uganda, Mr Tunde Fowler and Logan Wort, Chairman and Executive Secretary respectively of the African Tax Administration Forum (ATAF), have shared the thoughts on how Africa can increase its revenue yields gain freedom from dependence on foreign aids, loans and handouts.
The trio spoke on Tuesday in Kampala, the Ugandan capital, during the fourth International Conference of Tax in Africa.
Speaking at the conference, which was attended by over 500 taxation specialists, Museveni called for an end to the taxation of production. The Ugandan leader urged African countries to tax consumption, property pay and greater attention to integrity in recruiting tax agencies’ staff.
On his part, Fowler called on African countries focus more on how to stem Illicit Foreign Flows (IFF), taxing rights of African consumers of goods produced in different parts of the world as well as tracking such transactions online and paying sustained attention to expanding the capacity of tax authority staff towards curtailing financial haemorrhaging.
Fowler, who is also Chairman of the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) and Joint Tax Board (JTB), also called for support from African leaders on how to influence, global discussions through policy formulation, technical inputs and how the continent can navigate new technologies to increase efficiency in tax administration.
Wort, ATAF’s Executive Secretary, noted that Africa will continue to lose huge slices of the revenue if it fails to pay attention to over 139 million Facebook and 500 million mobile phone users as well as online transactions, which are estimated to contribute $110 billion to the continent’s GDP next year.
The trio and a Professor Anne Ogutu of the African Tax Institute, who spoke on the challenges of taxing the digital economy. They warned that in a world in which the economy is no longer obeying the tax rule of where you reside as a basis for levying tax, one in which consumers and, at times, taxpayers and businessmen are stateless, there has to be a radical review of tax policy and practice in Africa. Otherwise, they said, the continent will miss out on the revenue from the global digital economy.
“We should know what to tax and why. I don’t support taxation of production. The point is that if production is not taxed, people will have more money in their pockets to spend. I know that if Ugandans have money in their pockets, in the evening or at weekend, they will go and relax. You can then collect tax when they go and take some drinks,” Museveni said.
He disagreed with his Minister of Finance, Matia Kasaija, that those carrying out electronic transaction or even cryptocurrency cannot be traced.
“It is not difficult to trace electronic transaction. When you do any transaction, you leave some traces. Once you go electronic, it is very easy to trace you. If you don’t want to be traced, you better don’t go electronic,” said the Ugandan President.
He urged tax practitioners to determine how Africa can harness the footprints which exist online for tax purposes.
Fowler, who is serving a second term as ATAF Chairman, said the emergence of ATAF as a distinctly African tax intellectual and professional house has been yielded quantifiable returns for the continent.
“ATAF Council consciously and consistently encourages active participation in standard setting. ATAF regularly participates in OECD and technical committees’ work.
“We believe that this engagement not only ensures that solutions relevant to the continent are adopted, but that the subsequent delivery of tailor-made programmes to members help customise these.
“At the end of 2019, ATAF has 24 active programmes across our membership. They report that these programmes led to the collection of over USD300 million additional tax over the past two years, with additional assessments of over $1 billion.
“The Council will therefore continue to actively support the secretariat to acquire sufficient human and other resources to sustain these gains going forward,” he said.
Africa’s leading video entertainment company, MultiChoice, is making the upcoming festive season a truly ‘HAPPIER’ one for customers in Nigeria with the expansion of its DStv and GOtv package offering to deliver more quality content at great value for customers this festive season and beyond.
On Sunday, 1st December 2019, DStv & GOtv customers will have more entertainment options to choose from with the introduction of three new DStv packages: DStv Confam, DStv Yanga and DStv Padi while GOgetters will also get two new GOtv packages: GOtv JOLLI and GOtv JINJA! These new packages are exclusively and specially-curated for the Nigerian market and come upgraded with new channels, fresh content and Naija-centric names that contribute to a more enhanced viewing experience. In addition, the GOtv Max package will be revamped to include more channels, thus offering more value at an affordable price.
Chief Executive Officer, MultiChoice Nigeria, John Ugbe speaking on this milestone said the introduction of the new packages customized for Nigerians will unlock a new level of entertainment and value for customers, giving them improved choices and a brand new DStv and GOtv experience.
“We are constantly driven to ensure that customers are satisfied with the overall quality of our services. The new packages are exclusively curated from Naija and for Nigerians, driven by great programing and affordable prices,” said Ugbe. “With improved package options available to our valued customers, they can choose a subscription plan that best fits their needs and budget. We remain committed to give millions of television viewers in Nigeria the opportunity to enjoy world class entertainment.”
The new packages come loaded with the recently-launched channels – Da Vinci, TNT Africa and Real Time – as well as other top local, sports, movies and general entertainment channels.
To ensure that customers get a glimpse of the exiting entertainment lined up on these exciting new packages, MultiChoice will give customers with active subscriptions on DStv Access, DStv Family, GOtv Plus and GOtv Value a two-week preview from Sunday, 1st December, till Sunday, 15th December 2019 at no extra cost!
About the New Packs:
|DStv Confam||N4,500||A brand-new package designed for the whole family. Confam is the home for BET, Da Vinci Learning, TNT Africa* and more. With over 120 channels, DStv Confam guarantees the best of family time with international entertainment, kids, news and sports.|
|N2,500||Step into a world of EXTRAtainment to show yourself with over 94 channels to choose from on DStv Yanga. Enjoy all things Nollywood on amazing channels such as Africa Magic Epic, ROK 2 and Ebony Life. Keep up to the date with lifestyle shows on Real Time and great local and international music on MTV Base.|
|N1,800||DStv Padi is your reliable world of entertainment. It’s the package that’s got you covered, anytime with over 51 exciting channels. It’s quality entertainment that is right for you.|
|The brand new GOtv JOLLI offers you 68+ world class channels for family entertainment from top Naija and international channels. Treat your family and friends to exciting Naija drama, reality shows, news, kid’s shows on brand new channels such as ROK2, CBS Reality, FOX, TNT Africa*, and Davinci Learning
|Your springboard into the world of entertainment. Get to choose from 47+ exciting local and international channels specially packaged for you. Step into the JINJA world of entertainment with FOX Life and Real Time; educative kid’s channels like PBS Kids, local drama on Africa Magic Epic and lots more.|
For more information about the new packages and how to upgrade, visit www.dstvafrica.com and www.gotvafrica.com from 1st December 2019. Download MyDStv or MyGOtv app from your mobile app store to manage your own account or join any of the new packages available on your platform when they become available from 1 December:
[Mr Bigg’s Idiroko]
Mr Bigg’s, the Quick Service Restaurants (QSR) being run by UAC Restaurants Limited is raising the bar of Customer’s lifestyle experience and excitement, as it has gone ahead to activate more contemporary restaurants in Lagos and other states.
Mr Bigg’s launched its model restaurant at Northwest Filing Station at VGC, Lagos in a grand event which took place in July, this year.
[Mr Bigg’s Northwest VGC]
The store which houses both Mr Bigg’s and Debonairs Pizza counters is exquisitely designed with great interior finishing, which is an embodiment of taste, class and convenience, with wooden wall features, suspended pendants lightings, floral arrangements and wall paintings, all conveying a strong desire to offer their customers high level of class and comfort.
With ample space in the downstairs and upstairs lobby which offers the coziest setting, it’s tastefully finished with comfortable and relaxable sitting options in loosed seats, bunks and timber bench seats. The kids play area also offers the perfect fun experience for children.
[Mr Bigg’s Northwest VGC]
The vibrancy of the model restaurant is seen in all of Mr Bigg’s new outlets in different parts of the country including Challenge in Ibadan, Onisha, Owerri, Idiroko and outlets in Amuwo Odofin, Ijeshatedo and Abule Egba in Lagos State.
The new outlets, according to Mrs Ethel Mba, Marketing Manager, UAC Restaurants, depicts excellence, offering a wide variety of meals ranging from local to continental dishes, which according to her, is the heritage of Mr Bigg’s.
[Mr Bigg’s Northwest VGC]
Many customers who have visited the new restaurants are impressed and excited with the excellent service experience which they say largely addresses their eating needs.
Mr Bigg’s, with over 75 restaurants in Nigeria, is a response to consumers’ need for quick, fresh and tasty meals as they become increasingly busy and less time for cooking.
[Mr Bigg’s Ijesha]
Mr Bigg’s specialties include Meat pie, Scotch egg, Doughnut, Peppered and Barbeque Marinated Chicken, Celebration cakes and different types of confectionaries, while Nigeria delicacies include soups like Efo riro, Edikiakong, Fisherman Soup etc.
[Mr Bigg’s Ibadan]
While the customers are excited by this new development, Mr Bigg’s Management has expressed commitment to passionately drive the business objective of growing and sustaining a positive image for the brand and building consumer loyalty.
Chairman, Senate Committee on Finance, Senator Solomon Adeola, has stated that contrary to popular sentiment about the Executive Finance Bill 2019 being about increase in Value Added Tax (VAT), the bill is a composite one seeking amendment in seven Acts of the National Assembly with removal of taxes in some economic sectors.
Adeola, according to a statement signed by his Media Adviser, Kayode Odunaro, spoke ahead of a Joint Public Hearing by the Senate and House of Representatives Committees on Finance on the Finance Bill slated for Tuesday after its referral to the Finance Committee.
Adeola stated that the bill, which aims to reform the country’s tax regime, will involve amendments of seven Acts of the Parliament. These are Petroleum Profit Tax Act, Customs and Excise Tariff Act, Company Income Tax Act, Personal Income Tax Act, Value Added Tax, Stamp Duties Act and Capital Gain Tax.
“Studying the executive bill that was referred to my Committee after passing second reading on the floor of the Senate, I realized that there is a lot of ignorance and limited knowledge of the content and import of the Finance Bill targeted at not only increase in revenue for the government, but removing some conflicting and confusing aspects of our laws that had given rise to legal disputations in the past leading to huge loses of revenue for government,” he said.
Senator Adeola explained that the public hearing will enlighten the public on the import of the bill as well as allow interested parties to express their views on the amendments to the various laws governing different aspects of our tax legislations and the need to clarify grey and conflicting clauses in the laws.
“Beyond the 2.5% increase in the VAT, there are equally changes in the Value Added Tax Act 2004 that increase the number of items exempted from VAT to the extent that Nigeria may have the highest number of such exemptions in Africa and beyond. Also the amendment of the Company Income Tax Act, if passed, will favour Small and Medium Scale Enterprises (SMEs) by a reduction in applicable taxes with first four years robust incentives,” Adeola stated.
He argued that there is need for the country’s tax laws to take cognizance of the new digital economy that was not in place when they were passed as well as tax foreign based companies with partners in Nigeria making profit in Nigeria without payment of taxes.
MultiChoice Nigeria has announced the launch of a brand-new reality TV show titled ‘Ultimate Love’ and is calling for auditions this November. The show will air live, 24/7 on all DStv and select GOtv packages starting February 2020.
A first-of-its-kind reality TV show format, Ultimate Love is centered around single male and female strangers living together in an isolated location with the hopes of finding life-long love. They are paired based on their mutual attraction to one other as they compete to emerge the ultimate couple of the competition. The winning couple is rewarded with a lavish traditional wedding ceremony, a fully furnished home amongst other prizes. The couples, who are continuously monitored by live television cameras and personal audio microphones, will interact daily with a counsellor fondly referred to as ‘Auntie’ as they embark on their journey to love.
Chief Executive Officer, MultiChoice Nigeria, John Ugbe said: “Reality TV shows are immensely popular because they showcase real people experiencing real life happenings and situations, thus connecting with viewers and fans on a personal and relatable level. There are fewer things realer than love, and Ultimate Love, our new and exciting reality show celebrates this.”
“We are excited to have developed this new reality TV format which further reiterates our position as Africa’s biggest storyteller and custodians of premium and quality entertainment in Africa. Our viewers can expect the very best production values and a show experience unlike anything ever seen on African television.” he added.
For this first season, a total of 16 individuals comprising 8 males and 8 females will be selected through careful auditions and screenings to live together for 8 weeks. They will engage in a series of locally inspired activities as couples with viewers voting off their least favorite couple on a weekly basis.
Online auditions open Friday, 22 November and will run for one week till Saturday, 30 November 2019. All intending participants are to log on to www.africamagic.tv, to fill out the registration form and upload a short introductory video. Ultimate Love is open to males and females aged 23 years and above, who are single and open to the adventure the show presents. Participants must also have an active subscription on DStv or GOtv to qualify.
For more information, please visit www.africamagic.tv, and follow the social media updates on Ultimate Love @ultimateloveng on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook using the hashtag #UltimateLoveNg. You can also get more information when you follow DStv, GOtv and Africa Magic on all verified social media pages.
The Honourable Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami FNCS, FBCS, FIIM has stated that the Ministry under his watch will prioritize Digital literacy with a view of ensuring that by the year 2022- 2023 all Federal Public Servants are computer literates.
The Next Level prime mover made this known last Friday while delivering the keynote address during the closing ceremony of the capacity development program for eGovernment in Nigeria and the official Hand-Over of the eGovernment Training Centre to Nigeria. Both projects were executed by the Korean Government through its representative in Nigeria (KOICA).
The Minister also appreciated the Republic of South Korea for sponsoring Nigerian students to the Country for both MSc and Ph.D. programmes, stressing that capacity development is essential to economic development.
The Federal Executive Council member highlighted that training and retraining are essential components in the Economic Recovery and Growth Plan (ERGP) of His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari led administration.
Dr Pantami further disclosed that he has granted approval for an auditorium in the $1million project to be renamed after Dr Jeong Kuk Hwan, the former Director for e-Government who passed away early last year.
On his part, Ambassador Lee of South Korea appreciated the Ministry and the Management of Public Service Institute of Nigeria, Abuja for the support rendered in actualizing the projects.
The ambassador further pledged the Korean Government’s full commitment to partnering with Nigeria in the area of capacity development.
Highlights of the day were the official sign off and Hand-Over of the eGovernment Training Centre to Nigeria, presentation of certificates and prizes to deserving participants.
The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, on Monday declared the All Progressives Congress, APC, governorship candidate, Yahaya Bello as the winner of the governorship election in Kogi State on Saturday.
Bello polled a massive 406,222 votes to defeat his contestant, Musa Wada of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, who scored 189,704 votes to emerge second.
With the result, Bello has been re-elected for a second term in office.
INEC’s Returning Officer for the election and Vice-Chancellor of Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria, Professor Ibrahim Garuba, said Bello had been declared winner, having scored the highest number of votes during the poll conducted on Saturday.
Umar said the total number of cancelled votes were 149,576 and that the margin of lead was 216,518.
Also, Mrs. Natasha Akpoti of the Social Democratic Party SDP came third in the exercise with 9,482 votes.
INEC had on Sunday evening suspended further collation of results till today. 19 Local Governments had been collated yesterday while results for Ibaji and Lokoja were being awaited.
When collation resumed on Monday morning at about 9.30am, the Returning Officer for Dekina made clarifications on why votes were cancelled in certain poling units in the Local Government.
After the clarifications, Garbadeen Olugbenga, the Returning Officer for Ibaji gave the result of the LG. According to him, the APC won in the Local Government, having polled 12,682 votes while the PDP polled 10,594 votes.
He said the total registered voters were 66,675 but that only 25,598 of them were accredited, as the total votes cast in the area were 25,258.
In Lokoja, the Returning Officer said there were 137,301 registered voters, but that only 34,897 voters were accredited. In Ibaji, APC scored 19,451 votes while PDP garnered 11,059 votes.
During the collation, INEC announced cancellation of votes in many Polling Units and many Local Governments across the state. Ballot box snatching, violence, over-voting and fighting were among reasons preferred for the cancellation. 25 political parties participated in the election.
Meanwhile the PDP and Wada at a media briefing on Sunday rejected the result, describing it as a ruse that would be challenged at the tribunal. The party alleged widespread violations of the Electoral Act. Also, the party, through its agent, Capt. Joe Agada refused to sign the final copy of the result as a protest against its outcome.