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HURIWA Calls Out Kawu over Alleged Ethnic Cleansing at NBC

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Human rights Writers Association of Nigeria (HURIWA), has accused Modibbo Kawu, director general of the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) of exhibiting extreme Igbo phobia and for waging a relentless but illegal campaign of Ethnic cleansing through subterfuge of top Igbo born public servants in that federal government’s publicly funded institution.

 

The prominent pro-democracy and civil Rights advocacy, said that from available information and from investigations it carried out it has found out that the DG is systematically destroying the NBC which was built and nurtured by his predecessors over the years.

 

HURIWA has therefore asked President Muhammadu Buhari to relieve him of this appointment because he is not a fit and proper person for such a technically oriented position or suspend him for the time being pending the determination of the criminal suit against him which the government is pursuing.

 

The Rights group said the report which we compiled from our close monitoring of affairs at the NBC has revealed that Modibbo Kawu does not miss any opportunity to tell the world that he is an Hausa-Fulani apologist, and never relents to trace his ancestral origin to a place he fondly calls ‘Wurno’ in either Yobe or Sokoto State.

 

HURIWA therefore expressed shock that the current administration sits by and allow the National Broadcasting Commission to be reduced to an Ethnic platform by the current DG.

 

It said that “Soon after he was appointed DG of NBC, he set out to accomplish what can be styled an Ethnic agenda of political and religious victimization of his perceived enemies as well as ethnic cleansing.

 

He did not waist time to replace the heads of both the Internal Audit and the procurement units, all Igbos.

 

According to the group, “We have it on good authority that he allegedly told the staff of the NBC on assuming duties, that the president has personally sent him to the Commission to rid it of corrupt licensing practices with regard to license procedures which he called ‘black market’ licensing procedure, and that he was directed by Mr. President to make NBC a world –class Regulatory Agency.

 

But instead of elevating the Commission, Kawu has eventually brought down the Commission with his allegedly unwholesome and substantially unethical practices. Since he took over the running of the Commission, Modibbo Kawu cannot lay claim of any tangible achievement he has recorded.

 

He has polarized the agency; the digitization project has gone into comatose. In his pursuit of vainglory he is alleged even on the basis of a public document before the Competent court of law that he allegedly squandered funds meant for the digitization project for which the anti-graft agency- ICPC reportedly instituted a case.

 

“He also allegedly boasted that it was his writing prowess that earned him his appointment as the DG, NBC. Therefore HURIWA has been informed that he sees every other staff as a threat and a supporter of PDP. He started immediately dislodging whatever jobs or contracts that were carried out by his predecessors and allegedly replaced them with his friends and family members. We will be asking the relevant committees of the National Assembly to investigate these damaging allegations which we gathered authoritatively from our discreet investigations. We want the Senate to interview the staff in camera so it can get the whole gamuts of the mounting allegations against Modibbo Kawu who left to run for Apc’s governorship ticket and returned to still continue the very sensitive job of the chief regulator of the nation’s broadcasting industry in a field the requires the highest standards of global best practices and professionalism devoid of party politics.”

 

“It was said that immediately, the ICPC started investigation into the N2.5 billion he allegedly paid to a private firm and the winner of a bidding round to join the publicly owned affiliate of NTA as one of the two national Digital Switchover Operator- Pinnacle Communication, claiming he had ministerial approval, he is alleged to have resorted to name calling through his alleged pseudo names, allegedly using the social media to attack his perceived enemies including the HURIWA for daring to probe into the alleged misappropriation of N2.5 billion which was later uncovered by the ICPC. He allegedly made serious effort to blackmail the ICPC, the Vice President, the Minister of Information and Culture, the APC Leader, Ahmed Bola Tinubu and the Yorubas, claiming that they wanted him removed from office”.

 

“As soon as the case was mentioned in court and witnesses were called by ICPC, he allegedly swore that he was going to deal ruthlessly with the witnesses called by the ICPC from the office to testify what they know about the transaction.”

 

HURIWA was informed after the last court hearing on July, 2019 and another date fixed for the continuation of the case in October 2019, he fired his first Salvo to his perceived enemies from a particular tribe: the IGBOS, by transferring three very senior officers of Igbo extraction, two of them on Directorate cadre from headquarters, to zonal offices.

 

“One of the officers he transferred to Enugu was the Secretary to the Management Board who was one of the witnesses in the court case. The DG was said not to be happy about his testimony and swore to deal with him. Ironically, he could not do anything to the other key witnesses who are Directors. One of the key witness in-charge of legal services has already retired. The other is the Director, Engineering/Technology, somebody Kawu cannot do anything against because he is reportedly afraid of him. He is said to know quite well that the Director is very ‘stubborn’ and a no-nonsense person, who says things the way he sees it and is ready to say more, according to sources”.

 

“HURIWA has been told that another key witness Kawu cannot touch is the Deputy Director of Finance and accounts who authorized the payment.

 

Our sources said he could not summon enough courage to transfer him after allegedly boasting that he was going to deal with those that testified against him.

 

He learnt that the Accountant will make so much noise that could attract sympathy from his tribesmen in authority, like the Vice President, the Speaker House of Representative, Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu and the ICPC. He reportedly chickened out.

 

Rather, he transferred another Igbo man, a chief accountant to Sokoto zone. His alleged grouse against this man is that he did not allow him to have his way while he served as the Head of Procurement, consequently, he redeployed him to Finance and Accounts and thereafter transferred him to Sokoto. We are demanding thorough probe of these allegations.”

 

HURIWA said it will also petition the relevant government agencies to find out if the complaints and accusations/allegations of sexual harassment of female staff is true and then take action against the DG of NBC because HURIWA was told the DG recently transferred a lady lawyer who allegedly refused every advances he made on her, on the allegation that she leaked the list of approved broadcast licenses to the press, where he substituted some names and allocated six licenses allegedly to himself, which ICPC is presently said to be investigating. ”

 

HURIWA has been told that in the history of the NBC, no past Director General has ever allocated any broadcast license to himself, but Kawu within just three years in Office as the DG, has allegedly allocated six broadcast licenses to himself which is why we are asking the Senate to carry out thorough investigation of all the allocations of licenses made so far since the allegations against the DG are not subsiding.

 

The Rights group said it will be asking the National Assembly to investigate the recent transfers which included some names from the North within their region, because those few Northerners sent to their region is just a mere smokescreen and just a cover up to show some semblance of general transfer.

 

“The main target is just one tribe, the IGBOS. We tried to find out what admin officers of Directorate cadre will be doing at the zone with officers of the same grade levels heading the zone. Suggestions have been made in the past to redeploy an officer who has been promoted to Directorate cadre at the zone to Headquarters, but he refused. Only to engage in wanton transfer of particular ethnic group from Headquarters to the zonal offices to be redundant and to frustrate such officers out of service. Among those transferred by him recently are two Christians who made their contributions during a general staff meeting held at Headquarters. He did not like the way they presented their contributions during the meeting,according to allegations reaching us.”

 

“In saner climes, this man (Modibbo Kawu) should have been suspended by the government that appointed him because of the ongoing court case against him. And in some other instances, officers that have court cases would have been interdicted, pending the determination of their cases. This is to avoid any interference whatsoever with the ongoing court case. But he is left by Government to use government money to allegedly prosecute his case against the same government that appointed him, thereby fighting this same government with government money. Using government money since he has not been suspended and therefore getting his juicy payments and using office paraphernalia to fight government by allegedly paying his lawyers with government money is highly unethical. This is very unfortunate and we thereby ask President Buhari to suspend the DG pending the determination of the suit against him by ICPC”.


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UBA Launches ‘RED Radio’, New Online Entertainment Platform

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United Bank for Africa, (UBA Plc), Pan- African financial institution, has continued to lead in innovation with the launch of its dynamic and creative Online Radio channel – RED Radio.

UBA Launches ‘RED Radio’, New Online Entertainment Platform

RED Radio, powered by UBA is a lifestyle web platform that has been set up to inform, educate, entertain and to bring to the fore, the best of Africa.

Much like its sister platform, REDTV, RED Radio is expected to showcase the best in lifestyle, entertainment, music, news, comedy and fashion.

Speaking on the launch of RED Radio, Tony O. Elumelu, group chairman of UBA,  applauded the creative initiative, emphasising that UBA is a financial institution always ready to support  creativity and entrepreneurship. The 2020 Time 100 most influential person in the world who has committed USD100 million to empowering young entrepreneurs across Africa said about RED Radio, “Creativity and innovation are a powerful combination and every detail in an art piece is important and meaningful. This applies to growing businesses and budding entrepreneurs. You will encounter challenges, like I did, but each experience is a lesson that brings you closer to your goal. That is the beauty of creativity.”

Continuing, Elumelu remarked, “There are many ways to make something beautiful, to make a sound interesting or to bring a story to life. You can define your expression, and today, as UBA’s RED Radio launches, I wish Bola Atta and her enterprising team many successes through this beautiful medium of expression.”

In appreciation of the support of UBA Group Chairman for the exciting creative initiative, Bola Atta, UBA’s group head, Corporate Communications, said ‘just like, REDTV which is Africa’s leading  online entertainment network, RED Radio is positioned to fast become the foremost online radio platform in Africa’.

Also expressing his delight, UBA’s Brand Ambassador and star boy, Wizkid, said, “I am never too busy for my UBA family as he granted an exclusive interview on one of the station’s flagship shows ‘On the Street’ where he spoke extensively about his upcoming album and what his fans should expect from him in the coming weeks.

RED Radio promises to bring rich and engaging content that will keep its audience coming back constantly for vibrant and robust entertainment. Listeners can tune in to www.itsredio.com 24/7.

 

 


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Battle of The Reds As Liverpool and Arsenal face off at Anfield

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It’s another weekend of football and football fans can look forward to the best football action from the Premier League, La Liga and Serie A on SuperSport.

 

In the Premier League this weekend, Liverpool and Arsenal will face off at Anfield on the evening of Monday 28 September, at 8:15pm on SS Premier League. The Reds and the Gunners are set for an explosive encounter which will feature prolific African goal scorers such as Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

 

Liverpool will be looking for revenge against Arsenal, given that the teams’ last two meetings have both gone the way of the London side: 2-1 in a Premier League clash in mid-July and a penalty shootout triumph in the Community Shield late last month.

 

Other picks for Premier League this weekend are Crystal Palace vs Everton at 3pm, Brighton & Hove Albion v Manchester Unitedat 12:30pm, West Bromwich Albion v Chelsea at 5:30pm and Burnley vs Southampton at 8pm all on Saturday 26 September, live on SS Premier League.   On Sunday 27 September EPL fans will watch Sheffield United vs Leeds United at 12pm, Tottenham Hotspur vs Newcastle United at 2pm, Manchester City vsLeicester City at 4:30pm and West Ham United vsWolverhampton Wanderers at 7pm all live on SS Premier League.

 

The top clash for this La Liga round sees champions Real Madrid head to Estadio Benito Villamarin to face Real Betis. This will air on Saturday 26 September at 8pm on SS La Liga and SS GOtv La Liga. Los Verdiblancos have been a bogey team for the capital side in recent times, notably defeating Zinedine Zidane’s side 2-1 in their last meeting in March (prior to the season suspension) to extend their unbeaten run in the rivalry to three matches. SuperSport is the only place to get English commentary from the legendary La Liga.

 

Barcelona will face Villarreal at 8pm on 27 September while Sevilla will face Cadiz on Monday 18 September at 8pm both on SS La Liga and SS GOtv La Liga.  Barcelona and Cadiz are back after being given the first two match days off to have extra recuperation time from last season’s UEFA Champions League and Europa League campaigns.

 

More on La Liga this weekend will see Eibar meet Athletic Bilbao at 8pm on Friday 25 September. While on Saturday at 12 pm Deportivo Alaves will clash with Getafe, Valencia will also clash with Huesca at 3pm and Elche will face Real Sociedad at 5:30pm all airing live on SS La Liga and SS GOtv La Liga. Sunday 27 September SS La Liga and SS GOtv La Liga will air Osasuna vs Levante live at 11am, Athletico Madrid vs Granada at 3pm and Real Valladolid vs Celta Vigo at 5:30pm.

 

The headline match from Serie A for this round is the Sunday night clash of Roma and Juventus at the Stadio Olimpico in the ‘Eternal City’. This will air on SS Football and SS GOtv Select 1 at 7:45pm. Other matches on Sunday 27 September includes,Spezia vs Sassuolo at 11:30am, Napoli vs Genoa at 2pm and Crotone vs Milan at 5pm also live on SS Football and GOtv Select 1.

 

Elsewhere, Internazionale will have their first match of the season when they host Fiorentina at the San Siro in the late kick-off on Saturday evening at 7:45pm. Also on Saturday 26 September at 2pm, Torino will face Atalanta while at 5pm, Cagliari will face Lazio. Both Live on SS Football and SS GOtv Football. The weekend will conclude for Serie A with Bolongna vs Parma on Monday 28 September at 7:45pm live on SSFootball, SS GOtv Football and SS GOtv Select 1.

 

SuperSport promises the best of football this season as viewers on DStv and GOtv can see all their favourite stars from the African continent dominating in leagues across Europe.

 

Don’t miss the 2020-21 football season on SuperSport on DStv and GOtv.  For the full football experience, reconnect or subscribe to any of these packages; DStv Premium, Compact Plus, Compact, Confam & Yanga and GOtv Max & Jolli for selected matches.

Also, visit www.dstvafrica.com and www.gotvafrica.com and download the MyDStv app or MyGOtv app from the iOS and Android store to upgrade, reconnect or select the Auto-Renewal option to stay connected to quality football entertainment without interruptions and for other self-service options. And while you’re on the move, you can stream matches on DStv Now.


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Yobe Gov Approves Employment of Staff @ State Owned Broadcasting Stations

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Mai Mala Buni, governor of Yobe State has approved the appointment of experienced casual staff working at Yobe Broadcasting Corporation (YBC) and Yobe State Television (YTV).

Yobe Gov Approves Employment of Staff @ State Owned Broadcasting Stations

This is as part of efforts to ensure enough manpower for the on-going digitization of the two stations.

Abdullahi Bego, commissioner for Information, Home Affairs, and Culture revealed this when the officials of the Radio, Television and Theatre Art Workers Union (RATAWU) paid him a courtesy visit at the office in Damaturu.

Bego said the governor had after approving millions of naira for the total overhauling of the two stations directed for formulation of all strategies that will ensure effective implementation of the digitization process.

The commissioner also said, “His Excellency Hon. Mai Mala Buni is passionate about the digitization process of the media organizations in the state especially when it comes to equipment, staff strength and capability.

“The next step is the training and retraining of the staff of the two media organisations for efficiency in the execution of their job,” Bego disclosed.

He said the casual staffs billed for employment were serving at the stations for more than eight years while others five to six years without permanent appointment letters.

“We feel it is good to employ them taking into cognizance their experience in the system and dedication to duty.”

Bego commended RATTAWU among other members of the organization for their effort in informing, enlightening, and entertaining the public at all times.

Comrade Nasiru Illiya, chairman of RATTAWU, while speaking, said they were at his office to register their gratitude to the giant stride of Governor Mai Mala Buni, especially on the digitization of the two media organisations in the state.

“Sir, we are equally very grateful to note that within your short stay as commissioner of Information, we have started witnessing a positive transformation in the sector through the award of contracts worth millions of naira for upgrading YBC and YTV from analogue to digital transmission

“As I am speaking to you now, YBC is online transmission live,” Illiya disclosed


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