Buhari Approves New Board For NTA, Others

Buhari at his office The Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) has a new board led by a former Newspaper Editor and former Presidential Spokesman, Mr Duro Onabule.

President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday approved the new board which consists of six other Executive Directors.

They are: Dr. Steve Egbo, Administration and Training; Abdul Hamid Salihu Dembos, Marketing; Mohammed Labbo, News; Fatima M. Barda, Finance; Stephen Okoanachi, Engineering; and Wole Coker, Programmes.

Some other appointments were also announced in a statement issued by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina.

“At the Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria (FRCN), Aliyu Hayatu is new chairman, while Buhari Auwalu and Yinka Amosun, are Zonal Directors, Kaduna and Lagos, respectively.

“Under the Ministry of Information and Culture, the following agencies have new appointees: Nigerian Film Corporation, Dr. Chika Maduekwe, General Manager; National Theatre and National Troupe of Nigeria, Comrade Tar Ukoh, Artistic Director; National Council for Arts and Culture, Mr Olusegun Runsewe, Director-General; National Film and Video Censors Board, Folorunsho Coker, Director-General,” the statement read.

The Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, will also serve as the Chairman of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), while Mr Mustapha Maihaja is to serve as the agency’s Director-General.

According to the statement, other members of the NEMA Board are: “The Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr David Babachir Lawal; Captain Talba Alkali, representing Ministry of Transport and Aviation; Ambassador Rabiu Dagari, Ministry of Foreign Affairs; Dr. Ngozi Azadoh, Ministry of Health; Mr Muhammadu Maccido, Ministry of Interior; Mr Ajisegiri Benson Akinloye; Ministry of Water Resources, Air Vice Marshal Emmanuel Anebi, Nigerian Armed Forces; and AIG Salisu Fagge Abdullahi, Nigerian Police Force”.

The President’s spokesman said the appointments are to take immediate effect.

Ambassador Explains Nigerians’ Deportation From Saudi Arabia

This edition of Channels Television’s Network Africa looks at the repatriation of some Nigerians living in Saudi Arabia.

Nigerians living illegally in the Kingdom Of Saudi Arabia have been advised to regularize their stay or return to the country to avoid being arrested by the Saudi authorities. 80 out of the 508 Nigerians, who voluntarily submitted themselves for repatriation, arrived in the country during the Christmas holiday.

We seek to find out how these Nigerians got to Saudi Arabia without the knowledge of the Nigerian Embassy in Saudi Arabia. Nigeria’s Ambassador to Saudi Arabia, Abubakar Bunu, was on the programme to shed more light on the real situation.

Amongst other things, he said that these Nigerians had the chance to legalize their stay in the country, with his office also putting efforts into enlightening them on the need to do so. He blamed the deportation on the nonchalant attitude of Nigerians.

Watch this video for the revealing interview.

FG Receives Repatriated Nigerians From Saudi Arabia

Nigerians living illegally in the Kingdom Of Saudi Arabia have been advised to regularize their stay or return to the country to avoid being arrested by the Saudi authorities.

The Director, Consular and Immigration Services, Mister Abdulazeez Dankano who gave the advice in Abuja while receiving 80 out of the 508 Nigerians who voluntarily submitted themselves for repatriation to Nigeria, said that the Federal Government will continue to assist Nigerians who are stranded in other parts of the world.

“These are the ones that volunteered to leave before they are arrested, and they requested government to come to their assistance for they don’t have the means to return home, so government has answered their request by providing aircraft to bring them back to Nigeria.

“Some of them are coming for the first time because they have been there (all their lives), they were born there by first generation Nigerians; some are the ones that went for Hajj and Umrah and overstayed…Some we have to go into the details of tracing their relation and integrate them with their families”, Dankano said.

Officials of the Nigeria Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, were on hand to receive the 80 Nigerians who were later handed over to State Emergency Management Agencies from Kano, Borno, Bauchi, Jigawa, Katsina, Yobe, Plateau and Nasarawa states.

Rita Dominic, others speak on new movie – The Meeting

In this interview with the anchors of Channels Television’s programme, Sunrise, Nollywood stars – Rita Dominic, Nse Ikpe-Etim, Linda Ejiofor and Femi Jacobs speak on the recently released movie – The Meeting.

The movie, produced and directed by Rita Dominic and Mildred Okwo, tells the story of how difficulty it can be to have a meeting with a government minister in Abuja.

A Lagos-based corporate executive, Makinde Esho who works for The Audrey Silva Company (TASC) and finds himself at the mercy of political patronage, trying to adapt to the culture and routine, falls in love with a Youth Corp member when he embarked on a one day business trip to Abuja to secure a government contract.

He meets the Minister’s Secretary (Rita Dominic) who frustrated his attempts to see the Minister thereby extending his stay in Abuja from one to five days.

In the interview below, some of the casts in the movie speak on how the challenges in interpreting their roles:

Boko Haram: “The concomitant effect of corruption”- Dino Melaye

Former member of the House of Representatives, Mr Dino Melaye on the state of  the nation, claimed “the country is suffering from perilous times and it is a demonstration that we are not only sick but equally suffering from what I call a dreadful continental abnormality.”

Mr Melaye, who is the executive secretary, Anti-corruption Network, stated that the emergence of fundamentalist sect, Boko Haram is the concomitant effect of corruption by the ruling class that has emasculated Nigeria.

The former legislator made this known on our daily breakfast show, Sunrise Daily  discussing  the state of the nation and the recent massacre in his state, Kogi state which is one of the state that has suffered series of attacks from the sect.

On his beloved Kogi state, Melaye said “what is being seen in Kogi state is not different from what is being seen in Borno state and other parts of the north.”

“It’s unfortunate that there’s been very serious violence and attack in Kogi state, but the difference between ineptitude in leadership, maladministration and insecurity in Nigeria is the difference between six and a half and a dozen”He said.

According to him, “it is the negative concomitant effect of corruption that we are experiencing and that if the country starts to experience good governance then the insurgency will stop.”

Watch interview for more details.

Capital Market Probe: House of Reps. were on a mission for vengeance – Analyst

Looking back at the Capital Market Probe that was held some time ago in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja to deal with issues surrounding the near collapse of the NSE/SEC.It was full of drama and one which took the center stage was the allegation levelled against the former Chairman of the probe panel, Herman Hembe by the D.G. SEC, Arunma Oteh which led to the removal and prosecution of the former chairman of the panel, now the issue is that can the probe panel chairman who took over from Hembe deliver?

A lawyer and Capital Market analyst; Zik Obi on the Capital Market said the report released by the probe panel on Capital Market was greeted with mixed reactions, in that some people were disappointed while some were not but in his own view, the House of Representatives did not do a good job as it was as if they were on vengeance mission, that is to deal with the SEC D.G., Arunma Oteh.


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