The Director of Mobilization, for the National Youth Service Corp, NYSC, Mr Anthony Ani, believes that the decision of the NYSC to introduce online registration and delivery of Call Up letters for prospective corp members had been misinterpreted.
Mr Ani was a guest on Channels Television’s youth conversation programme, Rubbin Minds on Sunday.
He explained that the need to reduce the stress and risk of making prospective corp members travel to their schools to collect their call-up letters informed the introduction of the digital process of registration.
Taking show host, Ebuka Obi-Uchendu, through the old process of mobilization, Mr Ani explained that the new online system would totally eradicate the process whereby graduates have had to go back to their schools to collect call-up letters and also get to the orientation camp to continue another process of registration.
He debunked the view that the 4,000 Naira fee being charged the corpers is for the call-up letters or that they were being charged to serve their country.
The online mobilization fee of 4,000 naira, according to him “is for the entire hardware and software that has been provided” explaining that the NYSC had gone into a public-private partnership agreement to achieve the new system and the entire project went through due process.
He, however, explained that for those who still consider the N4,000 to be a rip-off, they would still have the old system in place, whereby they can choose to travel back to their schools to pick up call-up letters and also get to the orientation camps to continue the usually long process of signing different documents.
He added that those who find the new online system that enables them register and fill all the forms via the web and have their call-up letters downloaded in the comfort of their homes before travel directly to their camps without hassles can embrace the new system.
Reminding the prospective corp members that Government has never been responsible for their transport fare back to school and the cost of other activities involved in their old mobilisation processes, he stated that the fee of 4,000 for the service provided in the online platform should be seen as a dynamic innovation by the “proactive” NYSC management.
He revealed that while some have been of the view that they were being ripped off, more than 8,000 incoming corpers for the 2014 Batch C have already gone on the online platform with a little over 4,000 of them having already paid the fee of 4,000 Naira.
On the core values of the National Youth Service Corp, he said that it would remain social service rather the clamour for a militarised Youth Service, as he believes that the level of insecurity and the proliferation of small arms in the country makes exposing young people to military activities a risky venture.
He also decried the kinds of jobs given to corp members when posted to different organisations. He urged corporate organisations and public institutions to realise that the corpers are graduates who should be given challenging jobs and not “turned into tea boys”.
The Sunday July 13 edition of Rubbin’ Minds on Channels Television fell on the eve of the show host, Ebuka Obi-Uchendu’s birthday and it turned out the way he never planned.
Celebrated radio girl, Toolz, stormed the Channels Television studio midway into the live programme on the covert invitation of the producer when Ebuka had just announced that he was about to have his second guest.
As the show host, Ebuka had been accused of being mean to guests with his consistent probing, and it was time for him to have a feel of what he had put several celebrities through with Toolz bombarding him with daring questions about his career and private life and of course relationships with women.
Although his explanations would not save him from Toolz’ well planned payback, he explained why he took the daring path as he was tired of the regular interviews that celebrities grant where they answer the same set of questions. He believed it made more impact asking celebrities what people are really asking on the streets and on social media.
The good looking presenter who clocks 32 on July 14 confessed to being nervous as he was bewildered by the pleasant coup by his colleagues and the demand for honest answers to questions thrown at him.
He revealed his untold opinions about some of the celebrities he had interviewed; the best, the worst, the ones he underrated but wowed him and the ones who disappointed. From Tonto Dike, to Davido, Reminisce, Toke Makinwa, Omawunmi, and May-D, he had a thing to say about them all.
He also revealed that the one person he was dying to interview was the Nigerian President, Goodluck Jonathan. He stated that he felt the President had not been asked the kind of questions he should be asked and also the ones he would love to be asked.
Getting personal, Ebuka could not count the number of tattoos on his body but he disclosed where some of them are placed, what they mean and what next he would be putting up on his body, yes he loves tattoos that much.
He tried hard to put up an act he had been faced with from several guests when the issue of women came up but Toolz wouldn’t bend. Eventually, he admitted – probably for the first time in the media – having dated TV presenter, Lamide Akintobi.
Genevieve Nnaji, Rita Dominic, Omawunmi are among female celebrities Ebuka considered special and attractive but his special closeness to Rita Dominic would not be swept under the carpet by the ceremonial host but Ebuka maintained that they were just friends, adding, “If I wanted it to be more, it would have been more since.”
Then came the moment for Toolz’ set of mean questions just the way Ebuka dished them out to celebrities on the show and with his answers he got some of the crew members shaking their heads.
On his several confessions, Ebuka spoke about how he had managed to stay on the minds of Nigerians after breaking through via a reality TV show, considering how many of such persons have gone quiet over the years.
He also gave his own clarification between arrogance, self-confidence and self-worth, the last two being what describes him, contrary to what some people might think.
The few minutes of the exciting interview which forced Ebuka unto the hot seat on his own set might just be one of the most memorable birthday surprises Ebuka would ever experience. He took a deep breath as the show ended.
Nigerian comedian, Bright Okpocha, popularly known as Basketmouth on Sunday expressed gratitude to the rape joke he shared on his Facebook page which brought about so much criticism from female and male fans as it helped sell out his show in London.
Basketmouth however noted that “if I had said the joke on stage, it would have been more receptive” and added that “I am happy that controversy came out, it helped me sell my tickets.
“My show was sold out big time”, he said revealing that it prompted the sale of standing tickets at a higher price than the regular tickets.
He explained that those who bought the standing tickets paid 75 pounds sterling while the regular ticket of the show sold for 25 pounds sterling “because of the controversy”.
He further noted that the controversy prompted an article on the “London Guardian” where he was “compared me with Jimmy Carr”. He also added that “I am looking for another controversy but definitely that one”.
Despite apologising earlier for the joke, the award-winning comedian once again apologised to those who felt offended by the joke and promised not to say the word again “because I have learnt my lesson and I am not going to go through that part ever again”.
He however noted that comedians also joke about imbeciles and poor people who hardly have food on their tables, insisting that “if you want to go through that angle, it means there shouldn’t be any joke that should be said” and made comparisons with the western world where “there are no limits” adding that “there shouldn’t be any limit to a joke”.
Basketmouth, who was speaking on Channels Television’s youth talk show, Rubbin’ Minds, also praised some upcoming rib crackers and urged them to “never want to be like somebody” because that will limit the level they can attain in the rib cracking industry.
He also spoke about his career and explained why he went low for four years after nine years of his Basketmouth Uncensored Show.
“I went on the low with it and came back with a new style, new delivery and I have been touring. I have been to South Africa, Ghana, UK and I will be in the United States next month” insisting that “I am just trying to celebrate comedy; celebrating the talent God blessed me with” he said.
He also gave a hint on how he intends to be organising his next show in Nigeria, which comes up on the 29th of June at the Eko Hotel, noting that the sitting arrangement “ is going to be a theatre style” where “no big man” will be given preferential treatment.
This according to Abia-born comedian “is the same way it is done abroad”.
Nigerian celebrities trooped out in their numbers for the launch of a popular TV show, “The Juice” hosted by Nigerian On Air Personality, Tolu ‘Toolz’ Oniru.
Guests included Osas Ighodaro, Ebuka Obi-Uchendu, Gbemi Olateru-Olagbegi, Tomi Odunsi, Toke Makinwa, Adebola Williams, Noble Igwe, Sasha P, Kemi ‘Lala’ Akindoju, Yemi Black, Vector, Tunde Demuren, Niyola, and others.
Performers included hit artistes Kcee, Seyi Shay and Yemi Alade. It was a fun-filled evening of surprise guests interviewed live and a dance competition anchored by Kcee with 1000dollars for the best dancer.
Celeb contestants were Noble Igwe, Toke Makinwa and Ebuka Obi-Uchendu.
The winner of Nigerian Idol Season 3, Moses Obi Adigwe has said that he is currently in the studio working on the release of his ‘single’ which he said would be released soon.
Speaking as a guest on Rubbin’ Mind, a programme on Channels Television, Moses assured his fans that unlike other winners of such reality shows, who fade away as soon as they collect their prizes, he plans on launching a lasting career in music.
Moses, fondly known as Teddy Bear had last week claimed the grand prize of N15 million and a brand new SUV at the 3rd edition of Nigerian Idol.
He is the first male to win this reality television and has joined Timi Dakolo (West Africa Idol, 2007), Yeka Onka (Nigerian Idol, 2011) and Mercy Chinwo (Nigerian Idol, 2012) in becoming musical idols winners.
In this interview, Moses speaks on his life, family and career.
Former child star, Tosin Jegede and the Principal of Nigerian Premier College, Daniel Taiwo have urged the Federal Government to focus on improving the standard of education in the country rather scrapping institution as cost saving measures.
Speaking as guests on Rubbin’ Mind, a programme on Channels Television, the panelists both agreed that the current education system is not producing the right results and needs overhauling.
The Nigerian entertainment industry is arguably the most vibrant sector in the country’s economy. The Industry recorded some milestones in 2012 with the several designers, musicians and artists making headlines.
In this discussion with Rubbin Minds, Beat Fm presenter, Gbemi Olateru-Olagbegi, stylist and editor of onobello.com, Ono Bello, and a television presenter, Ariyike Akinbobola predicts some of the events and highlights to watch out for in 2013.
In this week’s edition of Rubbin Minds, the panelists examine the political and socioeconomic situations in Nigeria and make projections for 2013.
Some of the issues, the panelists consisting of a lawyer, Tobe Atiba, a Financial analyst, Ugodre Obi-Chukwu and a journalist, Adedunmade Onibokun, discussed issues of security, corruption, infrastructural development, job creation and the strength of the Goodluck Jonathan-led government to deliver on the promises made.