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NCC, Leadership Bicker over Racketeering Allegations

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The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) frequency band racketeering allegations are taking yet another turn today as the upper and lower arms of the National Assembly committees indicated they may launch probes.

Leadership Newspaper had reported yesterday (Thursday) that the NCC has sold frequency band 450MHz occupied by the police since 2009 to Open Skys Ltd for a paltry $6 million instead of the over $50 million the spectrum is reportedly worth.

But the NCC insisted this morning in a statement by Reuben Muoka, head, Media & Public Relations that the sale was transparent and competitive.

“The Frequency spectrum allocated to the Police by the Commission is intact and has not in any way affected by the allocation” Mouka added.

In a seeming web of claims and counter charges, the Leadership Newspaper countered the NCC reporting that “in spite of the NCC’s denial Open Skys was issued frequency band licence without an operating licence, a condition forbidden by the Act setting up the NCC.

Though the NCC claimed its process was transparent and competitive, it did not provide the names of the companies that bid for the frequency ban with companies under reference. Its statement also failed to mention the date when the Board met to approve the allocations” the newspaper added.

The newspaper also reported that the National Assembly has waded into the racketeering scandal after being guided by its Thursday’s story.

According to the newspaper the Senate committee which met behind closed doors decided to write the commission to explain.

“But it was not so for their lower chamber counterparts as they expressly wrote the NCC executive vice chairman, Dr. Eugene Juwah, demanding explanations on the matter.

However, a source in the Senate committee who pleaded anonymity said the committee could not make a definite statement on the matter until the key actors explained their side of the story”

NCC has maintained that, “the story in its entirety lacks basic understanding of frequency allocation and its processes involved, resulting in unsubstantiated information capable of misleading the public and industry stakeholders.”


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Akwa Ibom Book Seller Jailed for Pirating Bible, Others

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Progress was made in the fight against piracy in the country as Federal High Court, Uyo, Akwa Ibom State has sentenced Mr. Chinonso Ugochukwu, a book seller to one year imprisonment for pirating The Holy Bible and other books.

Akwa Ibom Book Seller Jailed for Pirating Bible, Others

Justice F.O. Riman who presided over the case which was filed by the Nigeria Copyright Commission (NCC), found Ugochukwu guilty on two-count-charge, bordering “on pirating, being in possession and offering for sale, 578 copies of various literary works including The Holy Bible (Revised Standard version).”

A witness, Martins Umoh, a staff of NCC told the Court  that the Commission received complaints from copyright owners including The Bible Society of Nigeria alleging that their literary works were being pirated. As a result, they embarked on search in several local government areas of the state, that it was during the search that several copies of pirated literary works were found in Ugochukwu’s shop located at No 17 Grace Bill Road, Eket, in Akwa Ibom State.

Also testifying during the trial, a staff of the Bible Society of Nigeria, Oluwafemi Akindele told the Court that his office translates The Holy Bible, typesets it and sources for funds to publish it. He said that they observed that while the products were everywhere in the market, it never reflected in its official Bible distribution figures. According to him, that was when they observed that most of the products in the market were pirated copies and made formal complaints to NCC which led to the arrest, prosecution and conviction of Ugochukwu.

The offence contravenes section 20(2)(c) of the Copyright Act, Cap C28, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria which attracts one year imprisonment. The judge also gave the convict an option of N30,000 fine and to compulsorily forfeit the recovered materials to the Federal Government of Nigeria.

 

 

 

 


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Remita Enables Seamless Purchase of 2021 WAEC ePIN

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Prospective candidates for the 2021 West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) – First Series for Private Candidates (WAEC GCE) across Nigeria can now conveniently purchase their registration ePINs through any of the multiple channels available on Remita, a leading electronic payment platform in Nigeria.

This follows the recent announcement by the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) of the commencement of the sale of WAEC GCE registration PINs, which closes on January 29, 2021.

To obtain the ePIN, intending candidates are to visit the Remita website or download the Remita mobile app to make payment through their preferred payment channel which include USSD, ATM card, phone number, wallets, internet banking, account transfer, or designated agent locations across the country.

Once payment is confirmed, the exam registration ePIN is delivered to the candidate’s email and also displayed on the Remita payment receipt. The candidate is then expected to proceed to WAEC’s website or visit any authorised centre to complete the registration with the obtained PIN.

“Prospective candidates for the WAEC GCE have easy access to many convenient payment options when they buy their ePINs on Remita website or the Remita mobile app,” said Osinulu Kayode, Head of Value Added Services at SystemSpecs, providers of Remita.

Remita is a leading payment platform in Nigeria that helps individuals and businesses easily receive and make payment for everyday transactions.

The WASSCE for Private Candidates 2021 – First Series examination will be conducted in February 2021. Thirty-Six subjects will be available for the examination.


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Cars45, Gokada Announce Alliance to Drive Consumer Convenience

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Cars45, Nigeria’s leading tech-enabled automotive trading platform, and last mile delivery service provider, Gokada, have partnered to provide Lagosians with more options to get their parcels delivered across the state at a cheaper price within the same day.

This is in furtherance of Cars45’s mantra which is to build the commercial infrastructure that allows for speedy and efficient exchange of value across the automotive value chain.

This partnership was announced at a signing ceremony which took place at the Cars45 headquarters, Alausa, Lagos, on Thursday, January 21, 2021.

This new relationship will allow Cars45 to further improve its customer experience by enabling select retail outlets to serve as delivery or collections hubs for Gokada.

Gokada customers will, in turn, be able to access and enjoy a rich bouquet of Cars45’s services at select retail outlets.

It should be noted that the current spread of COVID-19 virus in Nigeria and the rest of the world necessitates more purposeful and deliberate movement, and delivery of products and services across the country.

According to Precious Adesina-Ola, national head, Center Operations, Cars45, “as a value-driven business, Cars45 has become synonymous with creating opportunities for stimulating economic development as well as delightful consumer experiences within the nation’s auto industry.

“This partnership reinforces the premium we place on continuously providing value and convenience to our customers.

“Our retail touchpoints provide a range of excellent products and services that we believe Gokada customers will take advantage of when delivering their parcels.”

Cars45 is present in over 50 locations across 11 states in Nigeria in addition to its operations in Kenya and Ghana.

On the reason behind the partnership, “We want to be closer to our customers and make our deliveries faster and accessible.

“At Gokada, we think about the convenience of our customers first and are constantly experimenting with new ideas to ensure maximum satisfaction.

“We are proud to partner with Cars45 and welcome them to the Gokada family. We hope to expand to other Cars45 centres across Lagos soon”, said Sanya Chawla, Head of Special Projects, Gokada.

Furthermore, Oluwashola Adekoya, group head, Marketing and Communications, Cars45 noted that “we are excited to work with one of Nigeria’s most efficient and trusted courier delivery solution providers to enhance last mile services. Transparency, Customer Satisfaction, and Innovation are engrained in our DNA therefore, we believe strongly that consumers will get the best of both worlds under this initiative as it leverages Cars45’s network of conveniently located retail outlets.”

Cars45 has been at the forefront of transformation in the Nigerian automotive industry, through customer-led and industry-driven initiatives.

Its over 6,000-member Autopreneur programme developed in 2019, is one of the factors contributing to increased car-ownership in Nigeria.

Also, Cars45’s Franchise programme is assisting dealerships across Nigeria generate more revenue.


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