Channels TV Boss, John Momoh Tasks Africa On Climate Change

Climate ChangeThe Chairman/CEO of Channels Television, Mr John Momoh, has drawn the attention of African leaders to the serious dangers of climate change.

This came as the foremost television station affirmed its commitment to re-directing the mind-set of the government to guarding the environment jealously and reducing air and water pollution.

Mr Momoh spoke at the Transcorp Hotel in Abuja on Saturday during the launch of a joint production of an environmental programme by Channels Television and Deutsche Welle Television called [email protected].

The Chairman/CEO of Channels Television, in his short opening remark, emphasised the importance of putting more effort into protecting the environment from further degeneration.

“We are really excited today that we are expanding our coverage footprints to the subject of environment which we all know is under threat. We are also familiar with the issue of global warming which makes Africa’s future less green.

“Indeed Africa is facing a dramatic increase in air and water pollution, drought and wildlife extinction and unless immediate action is taken to clean up the continent’s environment, its future may be bleak,” he said.

Based on findings by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) that over the next 30 years, growing populations, wars, climate change and the introduction of alien plants and animal species will increase poverty, destroy the environment and spread disease, Mr John Momoh expressed hope that Nigeria’s Minister for Environment, would get the much needed political support of the government and wide engagement of public, private and civil society institutions and the public in general.Eco@Africa-launch-Channels-TV-DW

On the production of [email protected], he said, “This partnership couldn’t have been more timely. It comes at a time when the government is focusing intensely on taking decisive steps towards implementing our environment policy process.

“So we are right on queue with the launch of [email protected] and we are right on queue with DW.

“We at Channels are very proud to be collaborating with DW in this production and together we’ll use the programme to assist in providing direction on the continent’s intended action to address environmental issues affecting its people and the economy.”

The launch follows the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) by the Chairman of Channels Television, Mr John Momoh and DW’s Director General, Peter Limbourg in Paris in 2015.

Also speaking at the launch, the Director-General of Deutsche Welle Television, Mr Peter Limbourg, also expressed hope that the initiative would make a huge impact on Africa and Europe’s efforts on the environment.

He revealed that it was the first time that DW in over 60 years of its existence would produce a magazine with another TV channel in the world with both sides contributing.

He acknowledged the importance of Nigeria in the African continent in terms of its population, culture and wealth of human resources.

Speaking on the collaboration with Channels TV, he said, “What brings us together is that we both have high journalistic standards, we both are professionals and we are dedicated to the subjects; not only selling things, we are interested in the world.”

Meanwhile, Nigeria’s Minister of the Environment, who was represented by Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Environment, Bukar Hassan, said that the federal government has endorsed [email protected]

He said that with partnerships such as Channels TV and DW’s the country would do everything to have a more sustainable environment.

[email protected] will report on innovations and best-practice guidelines in Africa and Europe and will present ideas on environmental protection from all over the world.

It will focus on the preservation of biological diversity, the utilization of national resources, energy sources of tomorrow and the mobility of the future.

The magazine is designed to be interactive; readers will be able to contribute their own ideas by uploading stories, photos and videos to social media.

Channels TV, DW TV Launch Environmental Programme, [email protected]

Eco@AfricaChannels Television in conjunction with Deutsche Welle Television has launched a joint production of an environmental programme called [email protected] at the Transcorp Hotel in Abuja at 6:00pm on Saturday.

[email protected] will report on innovations and best-practice guidelines in Africa and Europe and will present ideas on environmental protection from all over the world.

It will focus on the preservation of biological diversity, the utilization of national resources, energy sources of tomorrow and the mobility of the future.

The magazine is designed to be interactive; readers will be able to contribute their own ideas by uploading stories, photos and videos to social media.

Today’s launch follows the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) by the Chairman of Channels Television, Mr John Momoh and DW’s Director General, Peter Limbourg in Paris last year.

Speaking on our breakfast show, Sunrise this morning, the Director General of DW, Peter Limbourg said that the programme is a massive one and the door is open for countries with like minds.

Join us on Channels TV on Saturdays at 16:30 WAT and on DW on Saturdays at 06:30, 14:30 and 20:30 UTC, Mondays at 11:30 UTC.

The presenter of [email protected] is Nneota Egbe, a graduate of geography, who has spent the past seven years as an anchor, reporter and producer for Channels Television in Lagos, Nigeria.

[email protected] Debuts On Channels Television

Eco@Africa[email protected], a new programme which showcases innovative environmental concepts from Africa and Europe is launching on Channels Television and Deutsche Welle.

Co-produced by Deutsche Welle in Berlin and Channels TV in Nigeria, [email protected] brings together two broadcasters committed to creating a platform to showcase cutting-edge green ideas from their respective continents.

The programme presents innovative and inspiring ideas from the fields of conservation, science, art, mobility and more.

It will also move viewers and users to get on board or launch an environmental project of their own.

Join us on Channels TV on Saturdays at 16:30 WAT and on DW on Saturdays at 06:30, 14:30 and 20:30 UTC, Mondays at 11:30 UTC.

The presenter of [email protected] is Nneota Egbe, a graduate of geography, who has spent the past seven years as an anchor, reporter and producer for Channels Television in Lagos, Nigeria.

He has worked on a variety of different shows covering current affairs, cultural and environmental topics.

He has long been concerned about the environment. As the face of [email protected], he believes it is important to live with an awareness of green issues and strives to ensure his actions help protect our natural world.

He greatly enjoys spending time outdoors, is an avid cook and photographer, and has even been known to turn his hand to making clothes. Besides his television work, he volunteers for several non-governmental and humanitarian organizations.

Kaduna Killings: Agwai Appointed Chairman Of Security Committee

kaduna governorKaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, has appointed the former Chief of Defence Staff, LT General Martin Luther Agwai, as Chairman of a security committee set up by the state government to recommend ways to stamp out attacks on communities in the southern part of the state.

According to a statement issued on Saturday by the Governor’s Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Samuel Aruwan, the committee is part of the government’s multidimensional approach in finding lasting solutions to the killings in the area, which have continued since the post-election violence of 2011.

The committee’s terms of reference are to identify the socio-political and economic factors that promote existing conflicts in Southern Kaduna and advise on measures to be taken by the government to address them,

The committee will also explore ways of finding mutual solutions that engender reconciliation between communities in Southern Kaduna and also advise the government on how the villages and communities of Southern Kaduna would be free from attacks bedevilling it.

It has 30 days to complete its assignment and submit its report.

The chairman of the committee, Mr Agwai, is presently serving as a United Nations envoy in Sudan.

On Thursday, 13 people were killed and 15 others critically wounded in separate attacks at two local government areas of the state.

The governor had earlier disclosed that a security committee which would include traditional rulers and other critical stakeholders would soon be established by the state government in order to work out the specific roles for traditional rulers towards the maintenance of peace and security in the state.

Lagos Has No Means To Relocate Badia Residents – Ipaye

The Lagos state Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Ade Ipaye has said that the state government does not have the means to relocate persons who were evicted from Badia East local government area, adding that, they were illegal residents of the swamp turned slum.

He said this on Sunrise while discussing about the alleged 9000 people who lost their homes as a result of forceful eviction and demolition by the Fashola led administration, in February.

A report by Amnesty International and the Socio Economic Right Action Centre stated that satellite pictures revealed a densely populated area containing concrete house and other structures razed to the ground but the Lagos State government denied this claim and said that the area was a rubbish dump.

A Nigerian representative of the Amnesty International, Oluwatosin Popoola confirmed that “approximately 36,000 square meters of high density structures were razed to the ground on the 23rd of February 2013”.

He further stated that the Lagos state government sent in bull dozers with the support of heavily armed police officers. Their research in May interviewed over 40 affected persons who testified to this.

“Several structures were demolished by officials of the Lagos state task force,” and “we were told the government didn’t come to mark any of their properties,” he added.

Their report also revealed that the residents were not informed beforehand and so were caught unawares by the eviction.

However, the Lagos state Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Ade Ipaye insisted that the 10 hectare area was an uninhabited swamp which ‘grew into a refuse dump’.

He said the government had projects it wanted to carry out on the land but before this could happen, scavengers came in and built wooden structures.

“The state governor had been there at least twice 2008 and in October, 2012, where “we made it clear that it was not permissible for people to build so called homes on refuse.”

He added that the area had harboured criminals who would carry out criminal activities in neighbouring communities.

A former resident of Badia who was born and bred in the area, Friday Ogunyemi, refuted the claims of the Commissioner, adding that the site was not a refuse dump.

He disclosed that the former state governor, Bola Tinubu had led a team of bull dozers in 2003.

He said their forefathers had been relocated from Oluwole Village (which was later called National Art Theatre) to the ‘back of Marble industry’ (now Badia east) which was owned by the Federal Government and not the Lagos state government.

Mr Ogunyemi also disclosed that the Federal Government in 2005 proposed a ‘slum upgrading’ project for the benefit of the residents. Lagos state was part of the technical committee.

Boko Haram Will Soon Be History – Tambuwal

The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, has condemned renewed killing of innocent Nigerians in Borno State by terrorist elements in the North East part of the country, assuring Nigerians that the insurgency will soon be history.

At least 44 people have been shot dead at a mosque in north-eastern Nigeria, officials in Borno state say.

Men dressed in military camouflage arrived in Konduga town on Sunday morning and shot or hacked to death dozens of people returning from morning prayers, two residents said.

The Speaker described as barbaric, the brazen attack on security operatives and killing of innocent worshippers in Konduga.

In a statement issued by his Special Adviser on Media and Public Affairs, Malam Imam Imam, Tambuwal charged security operatives to fish out the perpetrators of the dastardly act and bring them to justice.

He urged Nigerians not to despair, saying the dark period of wanton killings in the country will soon be a thing of the past.

While praying for the repose of the souls of those who died, Tambuwal prayed to God to give their families the fortitude to bear the losses.

Boko Haram Sponsors More Dangerous Than Members – Governor Aliyu

Governor Muazu Aliyu of Niger state has called on members of the Presidential Committee on Dialogue and Peaceful Resolution of the Security Challenges in the North to fish out the sponsors of the Boko Haram insurgency, stating that they are more dangerous than the members of the group.

Governor Aliyu told members of the committee who paid him a courtesy visit at the State House in Minna that “the sponsors of the sect are more dangerous than the people carrying arms”.

He challenged the members of the committee to go deeper in their attempt to resolve the security challenges in the northern part of the country.

The Chairman of the Committee and the Minister of Special Duties and Inter-governmental Relations, Taninum Turaki explained that the committee was in Niger state to interact with relevant stakeholders in its bid to bring a quick and peaceful end to the security challenges in the region.

He assured the governor that the committee will also look at the plight of the victims and also consider ways of compensating them.

Governor Aliyu said the activities of the insurgent group have taken a toll on the economy of the north; adding that the current security crisis is as a result of the problems faced by the region.

Meanwhile, the committee is expected to visit some victims of the 2011 Christmas day bomb blast in Madalla before leaving the state.

Food Will Get Boko Haram’s Attention – Analyst

“If we need to hold our sovereignty together, please let us approach amnesty from the agricultural perspective.”

These are the words of public affairs analyst, Mr. Shedrack Madlion who was a guest on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily; arguing in favour of amnesty for Boko Haram.

“The Boko Haram is as a result of young men not being busy, ” he said while advocating for a government funded initiative which will engage the youths who have nothing to do.

He added that if an agricultural programme is instituted to engage Over 60 million youths in the north, peace will be restored in 3 months.

Speaking about the security situation in the Northern part of the country, which security agents say is under control; Mr. Madlion said it is a lie.

He stated that security men in Nigeria are ‘human beings like us’ but they are overstretched as a result of the situation in the country.

“If anybody is telling you that there has been any improvement, tell him it is not true… We have some states in Nigeria where banks close by 1 O’clock or 2 O’clock.”

He also said  that it is not true that investors are coming into the country stating that no investor would invest in a distressed society.

“Who comes to invest in a place where in every three hours there is bomb taking off in some places?” He asked.

“87.6% of rural Nigerians in the north do nothing than agriculture.”

He stated that Boko Haram was birthed as a result of the youths not being busy.

BOKO HARAM: Without Amnesty, Nigeria Would Import Food – Analyst Warns

A public affairs analyst, Mr. Shedrack Madlion has warned that the Federal Government of Nigeria has no choice but to embrace amnesty initiated by the Sultan of Sokoto and other leaders from Northern Nigeria or face the option of importing food from other countries of the world.

Mr. Madlion, a businessman based in northern Nigeria, who was analysing the on-going controversy surrounding amnesty from an economic point of view, lamented the situation entrepreneurs are facing in the distressed part of the nation.

He added that the daily routine of the average entrepreneur in the north, for the past three years, includes: wake up in the morning to report themselves to EFCC, or go to court, or be with their lawyers who will help them reschedule their debts to the banks.

“The amnesty programme, at the moment, seems to be only solution for us to bring back the economy of Northern Nigeria that has totally nose-dived.” Madlion said, while speaking on Sunrise Daily.

He disclosed that farmers in Plateau, Kaduna and Sokoto states no longer go to farm for fear of what will happen to them and added that granting amnesty to the terrorist group will bring about increase in food production.

He said that if we don’t have peace, there would be a need to review the federal budget as Nigeria would be forced to import yam from Jamaica and enhance rice imports from Thailand and Cambodia.

He disclosed that N1 billion worth of rice is consumed in Nigeria every six hours.

“If giving amnesty will be the only way we can bring back the bubbling economy of Northern Nigeria, then let it be.”

“If anybody has any other suggestion towards amnesty, first of all I will ask him to stop the clock from ticking. The banks should no longer calculate interest for us anymore, our landlord should no longer check when the rent will expire… nobody should come to the office or farm to ask for tax … above all, they should provide me food I’ll be eating pending the time when they come with up with a solution.” He said.




God, My Godfather Will Make Me A Senator in 2015 Akpabio

Belling the cat amongst all elected political officers, the Governor of Akwa Ibom state, Godswill Akpabio has disclosed his intention to run for a seat in the Senate in the 2015 general elections.

The Governor stated that “the same Godfather who helped him become governor will help him again.”

While speaking on Channels TV’s breakfast programme; Sunrise Daily in an exclusive interview in Uyo, Mr Akpabio said, “I am definitely going to take up the challenged given by my people.”

“They are saying that I should not retire. Initially I was thinking of retiring after the stress of being a working governor for 8 years and then they called that I should go for the Senate so I have accepted to run for the Senate in 2015.”

“I believe that the will of God for us is development, the will of God for us is progress” he added.

He said that the same Godfather, God Almighty, who helped him in 2006/2007 will help him again in 2015 when it is time for the Senate elections.

Nigeria and Poland Call For Reform Of United Nations Security Council

The President of Nigeria, Goodluck Jonathan on Thursday held talks with the Prime Minister of Poland on promoting and further strengthening the bilateral relations between the two countries.

The talks which  lasted for over one hour in president  Goodluck Jonathan’s office is following an official visit to Nigeria by the Prime Minister of Poland Mr Donald Tusk.

The two leaders discussed political cooperation between both countries and welcomed the ongoing efforts aimed at reforming the United Nations in order to equip it better to meet the current challenges in the maintenance of international peace and security.

They called for the urgent reform of the United Nations Security Council to make it more democratic.

Briefing state house correspondents after the talks President Jonathan said that Poland is a very important European country  and that it is important to deepen trade relations with them.

Stop Meddling In Internal Affairs, Minister To U.S Spokesperson

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Friday sounded a note of warning to the spokeswoman of the United States of America Embassy, Deb MacLean over comments concerning the state pardon the National Council of State granted the former Governor of Bayelsa State, Chief Diepreye Alamieyeseigha.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs summoned the Deputy Chief of Mission of the Embassy to protest a statement credited to Deb MacLean on the Embassy’s Twitter account stating that it is ‘‘deeply disappointed’’ over the pardon granted to former Governor of Bayelsa State, Chief Diepreye Alamieyeseigha.

The Embassy of the United States of America is also reported to have described the pardon as ‘‘a setback in the fight against corruption’’ in Nigeria.

In the protest conveyed via a diplomatic note, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs strongly condemned the comment from the US Embassy in Abuja, which it described as undue interference and ‘meddlesomeness’ in the internal affairs of Nigeria.

The foreign Ministry pointed out that this was not the first time the Nigerian government or elsewhere would grant state pardon to individuals who have committed one crime or the other.

The Ministry further stressed that the pardon granted is entirely consistent with the provisions of the Nigerian Constitution.

The Ministry expressed the hope that the Embassy of the United States of America would henceforth desist from making unwarranted comments on Nigeria’s internal affairs which are capable of undermining the friendly relations that exist between them.