The Governor of Anambra State, Willie Obiano; CEO of Channels Media Group, Mr John Momoh and others have bagged the 2015 Zik Prize award.
Governor Obiano bagged an award for Good Governance under the auspices of Public Policy Research and Analysis Center (PPRAC).
He said that the award would be an inspiration to him towards realizing the vision and mission of the state in being the first choice investment destination, and a hub for industrialization and commercial activities.
This, he said, would be achieved through the four pillars and 12 enablers of his administrative policy.
He gave the assurance that he would continue in the leadership ideals of Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe, both in decision making and in implementation.
The Chairman/CEO of Channels Media Group, Mr John Momoh, picked up the award in the Professional Leadership Category.
He was represented by the Assistant General Manager, International Operations and other members of staff of Channels Television.
The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Honorable Yakubu Dogara, also got the Public Service Prize.
The Zik Leadership Award was set up in 1994 in honour of Nigeria’s first civilian president, Nnamdi Azikwe. It honours those in positions of authority who display exemplary leadership in Africa.
The 2015 edition honoured seven eminent personalities in different categories, including Public Service, Political Leadership, Good Governance, Professional and Business Leadership.
The Chairman of the occasion, Retired General Ike Nwachukwu drew the attention of all and sundry to the leadership ideals of the founding fathers of Nigeria.
The award ceremony took place at the Civic Center, Victoria Island Lagos.
The Minister of Finance, Mrs Kemi Adeosun, and several other dignitaries graced the occasion.
Channels Television and the PeaceTech Lab of the U.S. Institute of Peace have signed an agreement to pursue joint initiatives using media in combination with data and technology to foster long-term peace and prosperity in northern Nigeria and the surrounding region.
The agreement’s implementation will begin immediately with the joint development of Nigeria’s first, independent Hausa-language television news network to serve northern Nigeria.
After the agreement was signed, the CEO of PeaceTech Lab, Sheldon Himelfarb, said both organisations believed “media could prompt and accelerate peace building in an environment of intensified terrorist activity carried out by extremists who threaten Nigeria’s political stability and social compact with the Nigerian people”.
“The Lab welcomes Channels as a partner in our expanding media practice,” Himelfarb said.
Expressing his delight with the agreement, the founder and CEO of Channels TV, Mr John Momoh, said: “Channels is very pleased to be associated with the PeaceTech Lab.
“We value its commitment and sophisticated approach to conflict resolution. We also welcome its development support as we seek to make our new Hausa service a sustainable business”.
The PeaceTech Lab (www.peacetechlab.org), created by the U.S. Institute of Peace, is a non-profit organisation working at the intersection of data, technology, and media to help reduce violent conflict around the world.
It is the first of its kind to bring together engineers and activists, MBAs and conflict experts, social scientists and data scientists to develop new ways of amplifying the power of media, tech and data to both save lives and invite private sector investment.
Channels Television is in a partnership with AudioNow to increase mobile audience by expanding access for its audiences in the U.S. and the U.K.
Through the partnership, diaspora listeners can access the live audio feed for Channels Television through a simple telephone call from any mobile phone.
Audience in the U.S. can listen to Channels TV by calling: 605.475.4550 while UK audience can listen by calling 0330.332.6369.
The partnership was signed by the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Channels Television, Mr John Momoh and the Chief Executive Officer of AudioNow, Mr Elan Blutinger.
Listeners calling in will connect immediately to Channels TV’s live broadcast and have the option to hear popular programmes they may have missed due to the difference in time zone.
Popular on-demand are Sunrise Daily, Business Morning, Network Africa and Politics Today.
Calls use mobile minutes with no extra cost. No Internet or smartphone is required.
In his comments after the partnership was sealed, Mr Momoh said: “At Channels TV we are continuously working to expand our reach globally. Now with the help of AudioNow we can more easily reach our diaspora audience through a simple telephone call”.
AudioNow® is the world’s largest Call-to-Listen platform and a leading provider of interactive mobile applications for broadcasters. With its proprietary “HD” voice technology AudioNow® connects over 3,500 radio and television broadcasters around the world, including industry leaders the BBC, VOA, Deutsche Welle and CCTV, to audiences representing 140 different nationalities and ethnic groups and speaking more than 100 languages.
About the partnership with Channels Television, Mr Bluntinger said: “We know Channels TV is a trusted news source for Nigerians. The AudioNow platform will help increase access to this programming for people outside of Nigeria eager for news from home”.
Channels TV, an independent channel founded in 1995, became the first 24 hour television channel in Nigeria and today reaches an audience of over twenty million people throughout Africa and the world. Dedicated to national news and current affairs programming the station has received the ‘Best Television Station of the Year’ award from the Nigerian Media Merit Award Trust 10 times in the last 14 years.
The FMDQ OTC Securities Exchange in collaboration with Channels Television has launched the FMDQ OTC-CHANNELS TV Ticker Tape in Lagos.
The launch, which was attended by officials of the FMDQ OTC Securities Exchange and Channels Television, seeks to increase the coverage of Business and Market News especially Bonds, Treasury Bills and Currency Trading amongst other things.
The Managing Director and Chief Executive of the FMDQ OTC Securities Exchange, Mr Onadele Koko, the Executive Chairman/ CEO Channels Media Group, Mr. John Momoh believed that the partnership would deepen Nigeria’s financial market.
Mr Koko explained that it was important to pick Channels Television to partner with because “Channels Television has a reach of over 20 million viewers and international coverage.
“Channels Television has been awarded best television service in Nigeria, 10th time in a roll.”
In terms of coverage, Mr Koko noted that Channels Television has a wide reach in Business, Politics and Entertainment.
“We are happy with this partnership and believe its going to grow stronger, we are starting with this Ticker Tape, but we believe over time, we will extend it beyond the Ticker Tape”.
The Executive Chairman and CEO, Channels Media Group, Mr John Momoh expressed appreciation for the partnership. In his remarks, he said that “Over the past 20 years, Channels TV has established itself not just as a news leader, but also as a leader in Business News.
“We believe that business, investments, economy, finance and the financial markets are all parts of the news universe, but all human activities revolves around money, the only language that cuts across tribes, culture and national boundaries”.
Mr Momoh noted that Business and market news analysis have always been a critical components of Channels Television’s programme offerings.
“Indeed we are pioneers and remain number one in terms of the volume, consistency and the quality in this specialised field of news and information.
“Our business, market news and programming have contributed in no small measure to the growth and development of Nigeria’s financial servicing sector.
Mr Momoh added that since inception in 1995, Channels Television has continued to design niche business programming which includes News Track, Business Morning, Capital Market and Business Incorporated.
“All of them characterised by excellent guest features, robust and informative discussion and a depth of knowledge, insight and scale.
“We are excited today that we are expanding our coverage footprints to the FMDQ OTC Securities and Exchange, the home of listed governments, cooperate bonds, treasury bills, currencies trading and other financial derogative.
“From now on, viewers can get information about the FMDQ OTC market prices on Nigeria’s number one station, on our flagship Business Morning, Business Incorporated and throughout the day join News Track in the business segment.
“This would include daily analysis, prospective and insights from treasury managers, market dealers and research analyst.”
Mr Momoh further noted that it is a unique service offering, a novelty that would go a long way in deepening the volume and value of market information on debts and derogatives that are available to millions of Nigerians.
He said the Ticker Tape, reports and analysis would strengthen and further promote transparency, price discovery and integrity of Nigeria’s financial market as keenly watched by investors around the globe.
“This partnership comes at a time when the government is focusing intensely on how to make investment flows come into Nigeria, domestic, overseas finance and offerings to revitalise the economy, so we are right on queue.
“In closing, I will like to thank the board and management of FMDQ OTC PLC for this epoch making event and assure you of our commitment to the project.
“To all our viewers on this very special day, be rest assured that Channels Television would continue to strive to cover more grounds in the world of business, here at home, the African Continent and around the world.
“Channels Television is your home for the News, it is also your home for Business News.”
It was a friendly atmosphere as the Institute of Directors (IoD) marked the end of another successful year on Sunday, December 6 with the prestigious IoD dinner at the Eko Hotel and Suites, Lagos.
As explained by the President/Chairman, Mr Samuel Yemi Akeju, it has been a busy year for members of the organisation who for one night every year, come together to honour service to the institute, and excellence in their various establishments.
The Guest of Honour, Chief Phillip Asiodu commended the Directors for keeping the institute alive, asking them to be contributors to the change they want to see in the country.
“We must reintegrate Nigeria amongst the best in the worlds,” he said, adding that Nigeria, with its natural and human resources as well as geographical position, has the potential to improve the lives of all black people globally.
The keynote address was by the former Ogun State Governor, Gbenga Daniel. He drew his address from his personal experience doing business in Nigeria which he said is dependent on government and vice versa.
“There is a particular level of synergy expected between government and the organised private sector in order to ensure a positive economic development.
“The duty of government is to provide enabling environment for private businesses so that they will prosper and catalyse the operating environment for a profitable and sustainable economic growth and development,” he said.
It was also an evening to honour outstanding members with prestigious awards in various categories. The recipients of the Honorary Fellowship Investiture, include Nigeria’s first female lawyer called to the bar, Mrs Folake Solanke, who seized the occasion to restate her belief in the Nigerian constitution.
The Chairman/CEO of Channels Television, Mr John Momoh, received the Entrepreneurial Award in acknowledgement of his contributions to the development of Nigeria from the private sector.
Other recipients are Apostle Fodalile for Good Governance, Mr Jacob Ajekigbe for Director Development and Nestle Nigeria for Corporate Governance.
The Nigerian High Commissioner to the UK, Ambassador Dalhatu Sarki Tafida, has blamed the indifference of Nigerians to registration with the High Commission in the UK or any other country for the lack of a comprehensive data base for Nigerians abroad.
Speaking while receiving a delegation from Channels Television in the UK, Ambassador Tafida called on Nigerians not to live in isolation when they are abroad but admits a database will be impossible if there is no change in mind-set.
Ambassador Tafida was speaking at a meeting between diplomats and staff of Channels Television.
The Channels TV, team headed by the Chairman CEO, Mr John Momoh, are in London for the official launch of the station on B-Sky-B platform.
Mr Momoh, told the diplomats that this is a defining moment for Nigeria and the rest of Africa, adding that with Channels TV in the UK, on an international platform such as Sky, an opportunity has emerged to tell Africa’s story and showcase the good news that hitherto has been obscure.
Ambassador Tafida couldn’t agree more. He maintained that for him, it is imperative to have an alternative narrative to the myths and stereotypes about Nigeria and Africa.
The meeting also provided the opportunity to engage with the High Commission on issues that many Nigerians abroad have expressed concern about.
The meeting precedes the official launch of Channels 24 on B-Sky-B UK on Friday, May 15 at the prestigious Café Royal in the heart of London.
The Chairman/Chief Executive Officer of Channels Television, Mr. John Momoh has urged the Nigeria media to take pride in discharging its foremost role in nation building by taking the forefront of agenda setting.
He said this while delivering a keynote address; titled; ‘Mass Media; Setting The Nigerian Agenda’ at the 1st Distinguished Lecture Series, organised by the University of Lagos Mass Communication Alumni Association.
The event took place at the Afe Babalola auditorium within the school premises.
“Media attention can shape public opinion” Mr Momoh said.
He further noted that “Without media attention, policy needs generally have slim chances of garnering public endorsement, financial support or legislative action.
“So, if media attention is important, the question then is, by which mechanism does media attention gets distributed such that some stories get the five star treatment, while others receive a scant amount of front page coverage or in most cases, no coverage at all”, Mr Momoh asked.
At the lecture, which was well attended by members of the academia, several other speakers stressed the need for media practitioners to remain faithful to their roles as watch dogs in the society.
In their submissions, Professors Ralph Afinfeleye and Wale Omole noted that some media practitioners have abandoned their posts as watch dogs and have been infected with ‘rabies’.
Channels Television and three other stations, African Independent Television, Sliverbird TV and the Nigerian Television Authority, have been made official media partners to promote Bayelsa State to the rest of the world.
The four stations sealed the partnership on Friday during the grand finale of the maiden edition of the Bayelsa Economic and Investors Forum.
Presenting the signed Memorandum of Understanding to the State Governor, Seriake Dickson, the Chairman/CEO of Channels Television, Mr John Momoh said that the deal would ensure that millions of people around the world get to know more about the activities of the Bayelsa State Government and its investment initiatives.
He said that the partnership did not preclude the media from performing their watchdog role, but showed that the media were interested in rising with Bayelsa.
“In any case, we have often been criticised as playing up a lot of the negative news on our TV stations. This is an opportunity for us to accentuate that aspect of developmental journalism that people say are in short supply and are not being carried by the news stations,” he said.
Mr Momoh explained that the partnership would enable the people of Bayelsa hear more about the activities of the Governor who he said was doing a lot for Nigeria.
The State’s Commissioner of Information and Orientation, Deacon Markson Fefegha, said that the robust partnership would bring a turnaround in the investment opportunities in the state.
“We cannot have development unless you advertise to the world. It is the beginning of a turnaround of a definite partnership with the media houses that have been partnering with the state. It has been made official with the signing,” he said.
The governor of the state had said that the investment forum was aimed at bringing more investments into the different sectors of the state.
It was a dramatic end to the 2014 edition of the Channels National Kids Cup with Toyibat Primary School, Gbagada, Lagos, emerging champions 8-7 on penalties.
It was tough for the kids after the game ended in a 0-0 score line and it dawned on the players that they were heading for penalties and all their efforts during regulation would not count anymore if they failed to convert their spot kicks.
Both teams converted 3 of their 5 regular spot kicks and it was an avalanche of nerves for the players, their coaching crew and spectators when it became a sudden death situation.
The Toyibat goalkeeper produced moments of heroics, denying the boys from Ebutte Meta from clinching the glory twice when they had the opportunity to seal it.
In tears both teams’ supporters prayed, yelled and mustered the little energy left in them to encourage their players to go for it, but in the end, after looking dead and buried on two occasions, Toyibat Primary School got lucky with the final pair of spot kicks.
“With faith there is no mountain that cannot be moved” were the words of an elated Toyibat Coach, Godwin Peters, who had earlier predicted a regulation time victory for his team during the half time.
Likening them to the Rock of Gibraltar, he admitted that the Ebutte Metta Primary School boys were indeed hard nuts to crack, as both teams played quality football but divine help brought the victory.
Ibukun Adetoro of Dr Teslim Elias Primary School emerged as the Golden Boot winner, while the Most Valuable Player was Ayomide Adesina of IMG Primary School from Oyo State.
Other individual awards were also presented to outstanding talents during the tournament with Jude Ibe of 12 Apostles Primary School, Ebonyi State, emerging as the Best Goalkeeper and the Coach of IMG Primary School, Seyi Adewunmi, deservedly named Coach of the Tournament.
The Lagos State Governor, Babatunde Fashola, and his Delta State counterpart, Emmanuel Uduaghan were present at the stadium to support the kids, alongside the Initiator of the competition, the Chairman of Channels Television, Mr John Momoh.
Other State Governors were also represented at the event with several dignitaries from the public and private sector showing their support for the developmental project.
The Channels National Kids Cup competition is sponsored by Channels Television, with the support of the Lagos Football Association, the Delta State Government and Golden Penny, a pasta company.
Practitioners and professionals have defined the role of the media at the National Conference as that of a public representative and observer with the power to shape public opinion.
Speaking at the 4th convocation lecture of the Nigerian Institute of Journalism, in Lagos, the speakers outlined the expected roles of the media as the conference begins.
The event, which held at the school auditorium in Ogba, Lagos, presented the graduating students of the institution with an opportunity to get valuable tips from veterans, as they prepare to render services to the society as professional journalists.
The guest lecturer and Chairman/CEO of Channels Television, Mr John Momoh, who was represented by the Head of Legal Department at the station, Mrs Adeola Olumeyo, said that the media would not be objective and may be forced to choose sides if it becomes a participant in the discussions.
He urged media organisations to focus on driving support for issues that affect the Nigerian people as a unit.
The Publisher of Vanguard Newspapers, Mr Sam Amuka-Pemu, however, was of the view that the cause of last Saturday’s Immigration job test tragedy, which claimed the lives of young job seekers in different stadia across the country should form part of the discussion at the conference.
The National Conference is meant to address all matters on how to resolve the country’s constitutional challenges, except issues bothering on the indivisibility and indissolubility of Nigeria as a nation.