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2020 Children’s Day: Monarch’s wife donates palliatives to school for blind in Ekiti

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2020 Children’s Day: Monarch’s wife donates palliatives to school for blind in Ekiti

The traditional ruler of Apomu in Osun’s wife, Olori Janet Afolabi, has donated face masks and noodles to the children of Government Special School for the blind, Ikere-Ekiti.

Presenting the items on Wednesday in Ikere-Ekiti, Ikere Local Government Area (LGA), Afolabi said many families find it difficult to feed their children following the effect of the COVID-19.

Olori Janet said the reason she focused on the children was because of their plight, especially at this time of the COVID–19 pandemic, ravaging the world.

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Her Royal Highness said that many communities in Apomu Land, in Isokan LGA of the state had benefited from the gesture.

“I decided to extend the kindness to students of the School for the Blind, Ikere-Ekiti because of their special needs.

“We have distributed cartoons of noodles to indigent children in Apomu community. The packages were given to the children in their various suburbs.

“We are also extending act of kindness to some blind children in Ekiti today by donating 100 face masks and cartoons of noodles to Government Special School of the Blind in Ikere Ekiti,’’ she said.

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She, however, assured the school that the gift package was not a one-off exercise, adding that it would be done intermittently.

“As we celebrate 2020 Children’s Day, we should remember children in need and put a smile on their faces. We should give them hope for a greater tomorrow,” she added.

She also tasked parents and caregivers on the need to keep their children safe during this pandemic, urging them to educate their children on regular hand washing and social distancing.

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Receiving the items on behalf of the students, Mr Funso Olajide, the Secretary of People Living With Disabilities (PLWD), Ekiti chapter, thanked the donor for the gesture.

Olajide, who is also the Coordinator of an NGO, Disability Not A Barrier Initiative (DINABI), promised that the items would be used for the purpose they were meant for.

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FG moves to end DSTV’s monopoly, says Multichoice is cheating Nigerians

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The South African Broadcasting group is about to see a big decline in their market as the Federal Government has revealed plans to end the monopoly enjoyed by cable television service providers.

The FG has especially pointed out Digital Satellite Television, owned by MultiChoice, a South Africa-based company.

The plan is said to include ending exclusive rights to sporting events.

Only DStv currently broadcasts major football competitions in Nigeria, especially the English Premier League.

The government said it had amended Nigeria’s broadcasting code to prevent DStv and others from monopolizing their channels and contents.

The House has been probing DStv for allegedly cheating its Nigerian subscribers by restricting them to prepaid plans and increasing its subscription rates on June 1, 2020, despite the economic impact of COVID-19 pandemic lockdown on the people.

At the continuation of the investigative hearings organized by an ad hoc committee of the House on the matter in Abuja on Tuesday, Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, had dismissed claims by DStv that pay-per-view was not proper for the Nigerian market.

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Mohammed noted that StarTimes, the cable arm of the Nigerian Television Authority, was already operating for some years.

In an audio recording obtained by our correspondent, Mohammed could be heard responding to questions from the lawmakers.

The minister said,

“On the issue of increase in price for subscribers, with the onset of COVID-19, one of the first things we did in the ministry with the NBC (National Broadcasting Commission) was to provide succour to broadcasters.

“We suspended payment for the initial two months to all broadcasters so that they would be able to absorb the impact of COVID-19. Therefore, it will be unfair for those for whom we have suspended payment to also at the same time increase their own fees. And I’m sure that the DG of NBC will take up this matter.”

On the issue of monopoly, Mohammed stated that the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), had in 2019 set up a board of inquiry to look into the activities of broadcasting stations, to ascertain the potency of the broadcasting code and broadcasting act to curtail and regulate the industry against excesses.

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He added,

“We took that opportunity also to make the right recommendations to Mr President, including the breaking of the monopoly of the various giant operators. It is to the credit of Mr President that he did approve those recommendations.”

Mohammed noted that some recommendations would require that the National Assembly amend the provisions of the Nigeria Broadcasting Act.

The minister said,

“You will notice, in recent weeks, a lot of attacks on the ministry as a result of these amendments. These amendments have actually struck at the heart of monopoly. These amendments are, for once, giving back to Nigerians their own industry.”

Earlier, Chairman of the committee, Mr Unyime Idem, asked Mohammed and the acting Director-General of the NBC, Armstrong Idachaba, to order DStv to suspend its recent rates’ increment.

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Mohammed immediately ordered the Idachaba to issue the notice.

Idem had stated that the minister and all stakeholders present should ensure and commence full implementation of its directives.

The House committee’s order included

“a marching order to the service providers, particularly Multichoice’s DStv, to reverse the recent June 1, 2020 price hike and revert to the old price as this is not the best of times to increase the prices of services, no matter the reasons for such increase, taking into consideration the ravaging effect of COVID-19 on the economy of Nigerians.”

It added,

“Come up with a robust strategy to break the monopoly and open up the industry for larger participation. PAYG regime for digital TV broadcasting in Nigeria, with particular reference to DStv, GOtv, StarTimes, and Kwese TV.

“Deregulation of content right by DTH (direct-to-home), DTT (digital terrestrial television), and IPTV (Internet Protocol Television) operators. Encouraging local content participation through content sharing.

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’50 and stunning’, Woman shocks social media users with beautiful birthday photos

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A  woman has taken to social media to upload some beautiful photos of herself as she clocks 50 today.
The beautiful woman identified as O̧lájùmò̧kȩ́ Fásùnló̧rò̧ stunned social media users with her age-defying photos as most complimented her for her adolescent looks.

Sharing the photos, she wrote ;

It’s my Jubilee and I am thankful for the half C E N T U R Y!

 

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See some of the reactions her photos garnered;

 

 

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Imam of peace, Mohammad Tawhidi, drags Buhari on Twitter, calls him ‘Hushpuppi Senior’

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The globally renowned Islamic cleric, Mohammad Tawhidi, popularly known as ‘Imam of Peace’, has branded President Buhari as ‘Hushpuppi Senior’  in a tweet made on twitter.

According to the Imam, there is no difference between the embattled Instagram big boy, Ramon Abass, a.k.a Hushpuppi and President Buhari as both play the same role but reside in different countries.

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He said this through a tweet he made on twitter where he shared photos of the duo with the caption;

“Hushpuppi Senior and Hushpuppi Junior”

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According to social media users, the Imam’s tweet is related to bad governance under the Buhari led administration which has seen many businesses fall and lives lost.

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If you recall, a few months ago the Imam alleged that the president has been enabling terrorism in order to remain in power, while also stating that the West African country will be more beautiful if it were not for Buhari.

 

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