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Excitement as Glo Everyday Bonanza Winners Smile Home with Car, Other Prizes



It was an excitement galore at the on-going Glo Everyday Bonanza held on Monday at the Gloworld office in Victoria Island, Lagos, as the first set of winners received their mouth-watering prizes including winner of a brand new Hyundai Accent.

The event started at Globacom retail outlet by 8 a.m when the lucky winners began to troop into the venue of the event with enthusiasm, accompanied by their friends, to claim their prizes.

Mr. Shishi Tanini, a 44-year-old indigene of Takum Local Government of Taraba State, Led the pack of winners when he received a brand new Hyundai Accent Car.

There were many others who won Flat Screen LED TV sets, 4G-LTE phones, generators, refrigerators, Microwave ovens and 4G-LTE MiFis prizes received their prizes.

A total of 60 power generating sets, 60 refrigerators, 120 microwave ovens and 30 LED television sets were received by excited subscribers at the Lagos presentation.

In an emotion laden voice, Mr. Tanini, a father of three expressed gratitude to Globacom for making him a car owner, adding that he will henceforth promote the Glo brand across the nooks and crannies of the country.

He advised other subscribers who are not on Glo network to switch over to enjoy wonderful benefits on both voice and data. Glo truly rewards”, he stated.

Dignitaries that graced the event included  Deputy Speaker, Lagos State House of Assembly, Honourable  Wasiu Esinlokun Sanni; Chairman, Lekki Local Council Development Authority (LCDA), Barrister Mukundasi O. Ogidan; and National President of the Cooperative Federation of Nigeria, Mr. Oriyomi Ayeola.

Hon. Sanni , Speaking during the event, said that he was proud of Globacom for its unprecedented way of rewarding and empowering its customers. “Globacom is a truly Nigerian company, a pride not only of Nigeria, but of Africa. I congratulate the company for giving back to the society,” he enthused.

Mr. Folu Aderibigbe of Globacom, In his address at the ceremony, said Everyday Bonanza is a customer-appreciation offer to thousands of Glo subscribers to win over 17,000 mouth-watering prizes worth hundreds of millions in naira,

He added, that this was the first time telecom subscribers in Nigeria will be enjoying this kind of value from service providers in Nigeria.

Mr. Aderibigbe,noted that Globacom has consistently brought innovation, quality service delivery and unequalled benefits to its subscribers since 2003 when the company rolled out services.”We have adopted a resonant strategy of connecting our subscribers to the most innovative products and services which do not only empower them but also add significant value to their businesses and social lives, he explained.”

The presentation ceremony will be held in twenty cities across the country. Abuja will host the next edition on Nov 15. Other cities lined up include Benin, Enugu, Port Harcourt, Ikeja, Suleja, Warri, and Onitsha.

It will be the turn of Ibadan, Ikorodu, Kano, Lokoja, Asaba, Kaduna, Ilorin, Aba, Owerri, Calabar, and Ota.

Over 17,000 prizes will be won in  20 locations across the country throughout the lifespan of the loyalty reward scheme.




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NNPC, Marketers Stole N784Bn from Nigeria in 2017 – Senate



Revelations were made in the Senate on Wednesday that the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and Independent marketers  duped Nigeria to the tune of N784.700 billion on surplus volume of fuel importation of about 5.9bn litres in 2017 alone.


The sum, according to the Upper Chamber, was the excess of fund lost by Nigeria to the sharp practices by NNPC and other importers who claim volume of fuel imported in excess of what they actually brought into the country.


The Independent newspaper reported that in expressing disgust about the fraudulent act, the Senate mandated its Committee on Petroleum Resources (Downstream) headed by Senator Kabiru Marafa to carry out thorough investigation on the alleged fraud.


The Parliament also expressed disgust over claims that the NNPC has been paying subsidy on imported fuel with the lawmakers questioning the source of the money being used for the payment.


The Senate noted that no such money was voted for the payment in the budget and therefore described it as illegal just like other unapproved spendings by the Executive arm of government.


With a strong threat to sanction any infraction, of the Executive using the dictates of the Constitution, the Senate demanded an immediate stop to any unappropriated spending henceforth, particularly as regards the illegal subsidy regime of N26 per litre being effected on fuel sales in the country.


The N784 billion fraud, according to revelations made to that effect in the interim report of the Senate Committee on Petroleum Resources (Downstream), which investigated the lingering fuel scarcity in the country, came about through five days surplus importation at 35million litres per day by NNPC on monthly basis totalling 60 days surplus importation in addition to marketers 109 days surplus supply.


The Committee, in the report stated thus: “NNPC said it is importing 30 cargoes of 30,000meric tonnes (minimum) of PMS monthly through the Direct Sale Direct Purchase (DSDP) scheme.


“This means NNPC is importing 30x 30,000x 1, 341= 1, 206,900,000 litres of PMS monthly.


“Therefore, at an average consumption of 35million litres/day, NNPC said the country consumes between 27-30 million litres/day from January to September and 30-40 million litres per day from September to December.


“From the above figures, NNPC monthly supply is supposed to last the country for about 35 days at 35million litres per day.


“The marketers on the other hand received from government about N1.669,180,182 billion at CBN rate of N305 to a dollar to import PMS from January to August 2017. This means that marketers were supposed to bring into the country about 3.8bn litres of PMS at landing cost of N133.


“In other words, marketers supply were supposed to serve the country for about 109 days at 35million litres daily in 2017.


“The implication of the foregoing is that NNPC has five days surplus every month, 60 days surplus in a year, added to the marketers’ 109 days supply, totalling 169 days supply surplus at 35million litres /day or 5.9bn litres which when multiplied by N133 subsidised landing cost per litre amounts to N784.700bn”, the report read.


Senator Kabiru Marafa, who read the Committee’s report, alleged further that the fraud arose from emergence of subsidy regime in the sector again, similar to the sharp practices carried out in the past through bogus volume of fuel importation.


Though the Senate, based on observations made by senators that the report did not capture the subsidy fraud going on in the sector adequately, returned it to the Committee for more thorough job.


However, the Senate President Bukola Saraki praised the Committee for unearthing the 5.9 billion litres volume importation fraud.


“The biggest fraud in the oil sector over the years under subsidy regime is not even the subsidy itself but that of volume through bogus claims that will be increasing from year to year.


“It is in the light of this that I will ask that, in line with submissions made by many of the senators here today, that thorough probe should be carried out by the Committee on the 5.9 billion litres surplus supply while the Senate Committee on Public Accounts, SPAC, should investigate the illegal subsidy regime as regards its authorisation and appropriation,” he said.


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Gov. Ambode’s Phone Line Cloned, 2 Men Docked



Akinwunmi Ambode, Lagos governor

Two men, who allegedly cloned the official line of Lagos governor Akinwunmi Ambode, to defraud the State Government of N50 million, appeared before Justice Sedoten Ogunsanya of Igbosere High Court, Lagos on Tuesday.


The defendants – Rilwanu Jamiu and Balogun Oyewole – are standing trial on a three-count charge bordering on possession of fraudulent document and impersonation.


The first prosecution witness, Abimbola Umar, the State’s Accountant General, while testifying before the court, revealed how she received a text message from the suspects, on February 10, 2016.


She said that the text message, which seemed to be from Governor Ambode, directed her to transfer the sum of N50 million to a designated Keystone Bank account.


Umar, who was led in evidence by the State Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Adenijii Kazeem, said she found the message suspicious and highly irregular of the official accounting protocol.


She said: “I decided to bring the message to the attention of the Governor, who, after distancing himself from it, ordered immediate investigation into the matter.”


After Umar’s testimony, the prosecution called another witness, Wale Odu, Director State Service, Lagos State Command, to give evidence in the case.


In his testimony, Odu said that the investigation leading to the arrest of the defendants was conducted by his team at the DSS.


According to him, the investigation revealed that the second defendant (Oyewole), was one of the directors and shareholders of a firm, Clayder Ltd, into whose Keystone Bank account the N50 million would have been paid.


After listening to the testimonies, Justice Ogunsanya adjourned the case until February 14 for continuation of trial, and ordered that the accused be remanded at the Kirikiri Medium Security Prison.

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PTAD lauds Impact of Technology in Pension Verification



Mrs Sharon Ikeazor, Executive Secretary, Pension Transitional Arrangement Directorate (PTAD) says the deployment of technology has made pension verification seamless.

Few years ago, when PTAD was still doing manual verification of retirees many of them were dying in the process.

PTAD deployed 45 functional laptops, 20 scanners, 20 webcam cameras, 20 thumb-print capturing machines and five printers.

Ikeazor made this known to newsmen when he officially declared open the verification NITEL and MTEL pensioners in Enugu on Wednesday.

She said the directorate was fully automated, adding that PTAD staff had been well-schooled and vast on how to operate the new devices.

“As I speak to you, we have our internet server here and all its necessary attachment to ensure seamless exercise and to key- in information instantly.

“The directorate had over the years invested heavily on modern technology that will make our work and service to the people very seamless and real-time,’’ she said.

The executive secretary said that through the help of technology PTAD was now doing mobile verification for sick and incapacitated pensioners.

“We have collected the phone numbers of sick pensioners and their contacts; and our staff will do mobile verification for them by going to where they are to capture them electronically,’’ she said.

Sharing his experience, one of the pensioners, Mr Emeka Offor said that it only took him less than 10 minutes for his name and vital information; his picture and thumb-print captured and scanning of his document to be captured.

“I must commend President Muhammadu Buhari for his care for pensioners and equipping PTAD with modern gadgets to function optimally,’’ he said.

PTAD is verifying 22,000 pensioners of NITEL and MTEL in seven centres across the nationwide and at each of the centre, it will take eight days to conduct the exercise.

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