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Gov. Ikpeazu Dangles Film Makers with N10m to Shot Films in Abia

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As part of the efforts to develop tourism sites and promote tourism potential in Abia, the state Governor, Okezie Ikpeazu, has pledged N10 million as grant for any film shot in the state. Ikpeazu made the pledge when he received Dr. Chidia Maduekwe, the Managing Director, Nigerian Film Corporation (NFC), in his office in Umuahia.

A statement signed by Mr. Brian Etuk, Head of Public Affairs, NFC, in Jos on Friday, quoted the governor as saying that the production `should be 100 per cent shot in Abia.’

The statement said the governor charged film practitioners to improve on the quality of their production so as to compete with the global market. It stated that Ikpeazu promised that his administration would participate in the capacity building offered by NFC, saying that Abia played a key role in the revolution of the market and sales of Nollywood movies which has had multiplier effects on the nation economy.

“We have a policy to open up our market to genuine investors, private and public agencies amongst others through promoting `Make in Abia` instead of Made in Abia, proliferating more industries in the state,’’ the statement quoted Ikpeazu.

The statement said, Maduekwe had commended the governor for approving office accommodation for the organisation’s South-East Zonal office in the state.

It noted that Maduekwe said the gesture would create more employment opportunities for the youths, saying that corporation was also working toward establishing two more zonal offices in the North-East and South-South.

NFC currently has three zonal offices in Lagos, Kano and Abuja with headquarters in Jos, Plateau State.

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NBC Warns Ekiti Broadcasting Service, May Impose Higher Sanctions

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National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) says it will impose a higher sanction on the Ekiti State Broadcasting Service (EBS) if it fails to pay N500,000 fine within the stipulated period.

 

Mrs Maimuna Jimada, NBC Head of Public Affairs,  made the disclosure in a telephone interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).

 

“Time frame to pay up a national broadcasting fine is 14 days. If they don’t pay within that time, they will get a higher sanction.

 

“Meanwhile, the station remains closed till further notice,” she said.

 

According to the official, EBS on July 11 breached Sections 5.2.7 and 5.2.8 of the Nigeria Broadcasting Code and was reprimanded and fined N500,000 by the commission.

 

NAN reports that NBC also shut down the station on Sunday for infractions on the code and the Electoral Act.

 

The commission said on its website that it shut down the station following unauthorised declaration of Saturday’s Ekiti governorship election results by Gov. Ayodele Fayose on the station.

 

The commission added that Fayose made malicious and unsubstantiated claims against the Independent National Electoral Commission, the police and the Department of Security Services.

 

The NBC said that it had, on June 5, queried the station’s Acting Director-General, Mr Lere Olayinka, over breach of Section 5.2.18 of the code, and the query ignored.

 

It said that all broadcasters must adhere strictly to the ethics of the profession in conducting all programmes on their stations in respect to the code, the National Broadcasting Act, 2004, and the Electoral Act.

 

According to the NBC, social media is not an official source for the release of election results.

 

It said that broadcasting stations must ensure proper gatekeeping and professionalism in all programmes transmitted on their stations, warning that the commission would impose severe sanctions for any breach of the code.

 

NAN reports that Section 5.2.15 states that a broadcaster shall broadcast election results or declaration of the winner only as announced by the authorised electoral officer for the election.

 

Section 3.1.2 of the code states that materials likely to incite or encourage the commission of a crime or lead to public disorder shall not be broadcast.

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MultiChoice Signs Iwobi, Arsenal Star as DSTV Ambassador

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l-r: Alex Iwobi and John Ugbe, managing director, MultiChoice Nigeria

MultiChoice Nigeria has signed on Nigeria’s wonder boy, Alex Iwobi, as its latest DStv brand ambassador.

 

This was announced at an autograph signing event with the striker at the MultiChoice head office in Lagos on Wednesday.

 

According to a statement from the video entertainment company, Iwobi will be the new face of DStv Compact, a value for money package that showcases the best football leagues in the world and general entertainment content at the most affordable price.

 

Speaking at the event, John Ugbe, managing director, MultiChoice Nigeria, said the company is excited to have Iwobi on board even as lovers of football get ready for the new season.

 

“We are pleased that we are bringing the excitement of the new football season even closer to our customers. Iwobi’s energy and the passion he displays on the pitch is what endears him to fans across the world and as such, makes him a good fit for our brand”, said Ugbe.

 

He further said that the endorsement is a way the company is showcasing and rewarding African and Nigerian talents in football.

 

Also speaking, Iwobi, who plays as a forward for Premier League Club, Arsenal and the Nigeria national team, said: “It’s an honour to be an Ambassador for DStv. Their passion for promoting sports is unrivalled across Africa. It has shown over the years that it is committed to bringing the highest quality of sporting programmes and entertainment to millions of Africans.

 

“I’m looking forward to the launch of our first project and the many more to come in the future. I’m thankful to everyone who has made this possible and excited to be part of the DStv family.”

 

Similarly, Frederik Obasi, Commercial Agent for Alex Iwobi said: “It’s been a pleasure putting this exciting partnership together with MultiChoice. They have demonstrated their commitment to empowering the new generation of African talent.

 

“With the new football season only a few weeks away, MultiChoice promises to deliver the best football experience on its SuperSport channels live and in HD glory to all DStv and GOtv football fans all over the continent!” the statement added.

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Nigerians Protest DStv Tariff Hike, Urge Govt to Intervene

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Many Nigerians on Monday decried the announcement by Multichoice that it would increase its subscription rates for DStv packages from August 1.

 

Multichoice in its messages to its subscribers recently, said that it would, however, reduce its rates for Gotv on its satellite platform.

 

The company which recently announced the proposed increment said that its rate for the Dstv Premium package would be from N14, 700 to N15; 800; the Compact Plus would be increased to N10, 650 from N9, 900.

 

It added that the Compact package would be from N6,300 to N6,800; Family package would be increased from N3,800 to N4,000, and Access package would be from would be from N1,900 to N2,000.

 

It, however, said that each of its subscribers on Gotv Max package would begin to pay N3,200 instead of the previous N3,800.

 

It added that each of its subscribers on Gotv Plus, Gotv Value and Gotv Lite subscribers would be paying N1,900, N1,250 and N400, respectively, on monthly basis.

 

Some Nigerians condemned the proposed new rates in their posts on their social media platforms.

 

They said that it would amount to ripping them off of their hard earned money as well as wondered what was responsible for the sudden increase.

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The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reported that a Twitter name Mazi Ubadire was quoted as saying: “I just saw a message on my DStv explorer about an upgrade of subscription from high to higher.

 

“What is the rationale behind this increment of subscription fees on DStv, the company needs to explain.”

 

Akinlade tweeted: “These DStv guys are not ready to do business. After showing the same programmes repeatedly till the subscriber gets tired, they are increasing their subscriptions.”

 

Abiodun Bukola said: “DStv has increased the price for premium again. These guys are bold.

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“The question we must ask DStv is how come they cannot change their subscriptions to Pay as you use?

 

“If not for the football channels my husband watches, I would have thrown that decoder in the bin.”

 

Olamipekun Adeshina tweets: “DStv has increased their subscription again, why are these people ripping us off like this and more importantly, why are we quiet? This madness has to stop.

 

“I just received a message from DStv about decreasing my channels by 15.8 (%) per cent. Is it with the new tariff or the old tariff? I don’t understand them.

 

“Is this how DStv will be reaping us up in our own country? Is this obtainable. in other countries where they exist? What happens to our consumer rights?”

 

Zoba Okorie tweeted: “DStv is a liability not an asset. It takes money off your pocket and doesn’t bring back cash flow. So, if you genuinely can’t afford it for now and pay comfortably, don’t get it.

 

“Don’t be pressurised by the internet people. Don’t try to fit in, just be you and leave within your means.’’

 

Blessing Nwanze tweeted: “Even with everyday repeat of movies and programmes, DStv is still increasing the amount of their brochure effective 1 August, 2018.

 

“This is really more money for nothing. Do we have a government? Can this be regulated or the government is on free subscription.”

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