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NBC urges newly licenced television outfit to abide by broadcasting codes


The Acting Director-General of the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC), Prof. Amstrong Idachaba, has urged operators of the newly-licensed free television station to abide by the nation’s broadcasting codes.

Idachaba spoke on Friday when the management of the station known as ‘Our TV’ paid him a courtesy visit and formally presented the station’s set-up box to the commission in Abuja.

He said broadcasting in Nigeria came with responsibilities of abiding by the broadcasting code and carrying contents that were devoid of divisive tendencies.

Idachaba thanked the management of ‘Our Tv’ for demonstrating an uncommon commitment to the promotion of local content in Nigeria.

He assured the station of the support and cooperation of NBC management in making sure it succeeded.
He encouraged the organ to be focused and dedicated to the promotion of unity among Nigerians and to ensure that they represented Nigeria well at the global stage.

‘‘We commend you for your continued commitment to the broadcast industry. I am quite sure you have invested your resources, time, and energy in promoting broadcasting in Nigeria.

‘‘We are glad that part of what you are putting up is largely indigenous, production line for set-up boxes. I take cognizance of the fact that you are already creating jobs for the Nigerian youth.

‘‘Be sure that whatever contents you carry must promote the image of Nigeria, culture, and conditions. You must bring Nigerians together; you must not bring hate or divisiveness.

“We hope you become good ambassadors representing us at the international hub.

“When you do that I can assure you that the current management of NBC and even in the future will give you all the support that you require,” Idachaba said.

Earlier, Mr. Onochie Amasiani, the Managing Director, Trefoil Networks, Owners of Our TV, said they were at the commission to formally inform the management about the station and present the set-up box to the commission.

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Amasiani solicited for NBC’s support and promised to partner the commission to meet with the company’s corporate social responsibilities as guided by the enabling Act and regulations.

He described ‘OurTv’ as an expression of local content, adding that the TV was fully integrated in Nigeria by Nigerians, transmitted on the Nigerian satellite Nigcomsat1R, received by set-up box made in Nigeria, and managed by a Nigerian company.

‘‘We are here to present the baby that NBC licensed to us a couple of years back and to inform the commission that it is alive and kicking and healthy and ready to go.

‘‘We are the pioneer users of NigComSat because we believe in Nigeria and confident that this has come to stay.

“The local content and progress made so far have reinforced our belief that this is the way to go,” Amasiani added.


Stop blaming Igbo parents for rejecting inter-tribal marriages, Nigerian man gives reasons



Stop blaming Igbo parents for rejecting inter-tribal marriages, Nigerian man gives reasons

A Nigerian man has taken to the microblogging platform, to defend Igbo parents who don’t support inter-tribal marriages.

He waded into a conversation ignited by a Twitter influencer who disclosed that her marriage plans crashed because her Igbo boyfriend’s mother  didn’t like the fact that she was Yoruba,

@urchilla01 claimed that these Igbo parents are the ones who experienced the civil war and the deep hatred and divide which was fostered by other tribes after the war.

He also pointed out that there is a lot of difference in traditional beliefs and practices between the different tribes in Nigeria.

“I’m tired of seeing people express disgust when they read stories about igbo parents rejecting marriages for their children to other tribes! I’m really tired of it! These parents are the ones that experienced the civil war!” he tweeted.

“These parents are the ones that grew up in the deep hatred & divide that followed the war, fostered by other tribes!”

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“Stop blaming them for rejecting inter-tribal marriages! They have the right to the paranoia that they express! If you’re lucky to have an igbo person whose parents don’t mind, or who’s strong enough to fight for both of you, then thank God for you; but by all means stop blaming these parents!”

“Again, it’s obvious there’s a lot of difference in traditional beliefs & practices between the different tribes of Nigeria! The way marriage is patterned in Nigeria, you’re not only getting married to your spouse, you’re also getting married into or to their family!”

“Don’t blame them for taking care to ensure they have in-laws who have the same values as them! Please dead this criticism, it’s all so cliche now! Also, if you’re dating someone, discuss these things!”

“Don’t wait till after 6 years of courtship & realise the family don’t want another tribe! Stop shooting yourselves in the damn foot! Urrggghh!”

“A lot of comments here just show that you people don’t understand that marriage is an “institution”. You think it’s just to find one person your heart is doing kikum kikum for & rush to altar E go shock you.”

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Merkel allies criticise Trump decision to cut U.S. troops in Germany



Senior lawmakers, from German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s ruling conservative bloc, on Saturday, criticized President Donald Trump’s decision to order the U.S. military to remove 9,500 troops from Germany.

The move would reduce U.S. troop’s numbers in Germany to 25,000, from 34,500.

“The plans once again show that the Trump administration is neglecting an elementary leadership task: the involvement of alliance partners in decision-making processes,’’ Johann Wadephul, foreign policy spokesman for the CDU/CSU parliamentary group, told Reuters.

All NATO partners benefited from the cohesion of the alliance, and only Russia and China gain from discord, Wadephul said, adding: “This should be given more attention in Washington’’.

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Wadephul also spoke of a “further wake-up call” to Europeans to position themselves better in terms of security policy.

The German Foreign Ministry declined to comment.

Andreas Nick, like Wadephul a member of the parliamentary foreign relations committee, told Deutsche Welle the indications were that “the decision was not a technical but a purely politically motivated decision’’.

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A U.S. official, who did not want to be identified, said on Friday the move was the result of months of work by the top U.S. military officer, General Mark Milley, and had nothing to do with tensions between Trump and Merkel, who thwarted Trump’s plan to host a G7 meeting this month.

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The withdrawal, first reported by the Wall Street Journal, is the latest twist in relations between Berlin and Washington, which have often been strained during Trump’s presidency.

Trump has pressed Germany to raise defense spending and accused Berlin of being a “captive” of Russia due to its energy reliance.

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Nigerian sailor emerges ‘Best Masters Student’ in Rwandan University



Nigerian sailor emerges Best Masters Student in Rwandan University

A Nigerian woman has graduated as the Best Masters Students in Arts from the University of Rwanda.

The woman, whose Instagram handle reads “thesailorchic” and name, Anabelle Kemmy graduated with a distinction in the Master of Arts in Security Studies. She also won the Best College Research Paper and was third-best in the merit of the Senior Command and Staff Course.

A sailor, she expressed her delight to have flown the Nigerian flag proudly in the East African country.

“So today marked the end of another chapter in my life. This was by far one of the most exciting for me as I got to acquire 2 very important qualifications. My joy was however in the fact that I got to make my beloved country, Nigeria proud,” she wrote via her Instagram handle.

She has been seen to have always celebrated Nigeria in Rwanda from her previous posts, with videos of her celebration of Nigeria’s Independence Day in 2019 on her page.

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See her post below;


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So today marked the end of another chapter in my life. This was by far one of the most exciting for me as I got to acquire 2 very important qualifications. My joy was however in the fact that I got the opportunity to make my beloved country, Nigeria 🇳🇬 proud. Best student with a Distinction in the Master of Arts in Security Studies (University of Rwanda). Best College Research Paper and third best in merit of Senior Command and Staff Course 08 (Rwanda Defence Force Command and Staff College). Nigeria my beloved country, I feel honored to have represented you this past year in Rwanda. As I flip this book to another hopefully exciting chapter, I look forward to more opportunities to serve. I dedicate my awards to the Nigerian Navy. 🇳🇬❤️ #navy #university #military #college

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