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Hate Speech: FG Directs NBC to Sanction Erring Stations

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Federal government has directed the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) to sanction any radio or television station that broadcasts hate speech, as part of efforts to stem the growing tide of hate speech in the country.

Alhaji Lai Mohammed, minister of Information and Culture, issued the directive in Abuja on Thursday at the 3rd Annual Lecture Series of the NBC, which also coincides with the 25th Anniversary of the Commission.

“As a matter of fact, the challenges facing the NBC have never become more daunting, considering the increasing propensity of some radio and television stations across the country to turn over their platforms to the purveyors of hate speech. It is the responsibility of the NBC to put these broadcast stations in check before they set the country on fire.

“As the NBC celebrates what is a milestone – a quarter of a century – in its existence, I urge the Commission to redouble its efforts in discharging its mandate. The NBC must ensure a strict adherence to the Broadcasting Code, and errant stations must be sanctioned accordingly to serve as a deterrent. The nation looks up to the NBC to restore sanity to the broadcast industry. The Commission cannot afford to do any less at this critical time. It cannot afford to fail the nation,” he said.

Alhaji Mohammed, who cited the ignominious role played by a radio station in fueling the genocide in Rwanda in 1994, which led to the loss of over 800,000 lives in 100 days, charged the NBC not to allow the purveyors of hate speech to lead Nigeria to the path of destruction.

“If you tune into many radio stations, for example, you will be shocked by the things being said, the careless incitement to violence and the level of insensitivity to the multi-religious, multi-ethnic nature of our country. Unfortunately, even some of the hosts of such radio programmes do little or nothing to stop such incitements.  Oftentimes, they are willing collaborators of hate speech campaigners.  This must not be allowed to continue because it is detrimental to the unity and well-being of our country,” he warned.

The Minister re-echoed the recent position of the Vice-President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo “that it is the resolve of the government that none will be allowed to get away with making speeches that can cause sedition or that can cause violence, especially because when we make these kind of pronouncements and do things that can cause violence or destruction of lives and property, we are no longer in control.”

He said the purveyors of hate speech are also deliberately giving the impression that the Buhari Administration has not achieved anything since assuming office in May 2015, adding, however, that no amount of hatred by the naysayers will obliterate the solid achievements of the Buhari Administration, under a most difficult situation.

“Despite operating with just 45% of the funds available to the immediate past Administration, due largely to the fall in oil prices in our mono-product economy and the failure to save for the rainy day, this government has achieved so much more in so short a time. To put things in perspective, a country that has consistently produced more oil than Nigeria, despite having about one sixth of the Nigerian population, is today embroiled in the worst economic crisis in its history. There is shortage of food, medicine and everything, and there is hyper-inflation.

“With Nigeria being affected by the same downturn in oil prices, coupled with years of monumental mismanagement of the country’s economy and the mindless and maddening looting of its treasury by rapacious public officials, why is Nigeria not in similar crisis as the country in question? My answer is simple: Because Nigeria has a President like Muhammadu Buhari,” Alhaji Mohammed said.

While reeling out the achievements of the Buhari Administration, he said the Administration has brought transparency to governance, with the Treasury Single Account (TSA) enabling the government to monitor its revenue and spending; the modified tax system improving tax collection; the agriculture sector producing food in excess of what obtained one year ago, and the government spent 1.3 trillion Naira on Capital projects in the 2016 budget, the highest in the country’s history.

“Does anyone remember the scandalous fuel subsidies that failed to deliver fuel to filling stations? What about the fertilizer subsidies that never guaranteed the availability of fertilizer to farmers?

Today, fuel queues are gone with the phantom fuel subsidies. Also, thanks to the resuscitation of 11 of the country’s moribund fertilizer blending plants, fertilizer is now available to farmers nationwide. In fact, 6 million bags of fertilizers have been delivered at 30% below the market price, 50,000 jobs created and the 50 billion Naira saved with the stopping of fertilizer subsidy, all because of the revival of those blending plants. Six more are expected to come on stream soon.

“The government is not done. Despite the paucity of funds, the Federal Government’s Social Investment Programmes are being implemented. The N-Power Volunteers Corps created 200,000 jobs in the first batch and 300,000 more will follow shortly; the Homegrown School Feeding is spreading from state to state, providing nutritious food for school children and employing thousands of cooks; the Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) is providing N5,000 monthly to one million vulnerable and poorest Nigerians; while the Micro-credit scheme will provide over a million Nigerians with small loans at very low rates through the Bank of Industry,” the Minister said.

Alhaji Mohammed said despite the cowardly bombing of soft targets, the Boko Haram insurgency is not in resurgence; and that the fight against corruption is unrelenting, with alleged looters forfeiting the proceeds of their ill-gotten wealth, the corrupt being unable to sleep easy while critical infrastructure like roads and railways are being delivered.

Speaking further on the achievements in the economic sector, he said figures just released by the National Bureau of Statistics have revealed a growth of 95 per cent in capital importation/Foreign Direct Investment in the second Quarter of 2017, over the First Quarter and added that Year on Year increased by 43.6 per cent over the Q2 figure in 2016.

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Kwesé TV Opens Ultramodern Customer Experience Centre in Lagos

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(L-R)Ekeno Eyo, COO, Noah’s Ark Communications; Dare Kafar, Kwesé Head of Marketing; Busola Adeogun-Phillips, Kwesé Strategic Partner; Elizabeth Amkpa, General Manager, Kwesé TV; Helen Ofili, Business Development Director, Advapro Ltd, designer of the Kwesé Experience Centre; and Lanre Adisa, CEO Noah’s Ark Communications, Kwesé’s advertising agency at the opening of the Kwesé Experience Centre in Victoria Island, Lagos on Thursday.

Kwesé, Nigeria ‘s innovative and newest Satellite pay-TV network, has opened its first customer experience centre at Adeola Hopewell Street in Victoria Island, Lagos.

Mr. Zachary Wazara, Econet Media Executive, speaking at the opening of the ultramodern customer experience centre, said that the centre will enhance Kwesé retail footprint in the country.

 

He noted that the opening was appropriately timed to join over 600 Kwesé dealers’ outlets across Nigeria, to manage the frenzy that comes with the FIFA World Cup.

Wazara, said that their aim is to be the first choice for viewers all over Africa by bringing them the best in programming, at an affordable price.

 

He added that Kwesé is focused around sports and entertainment, stressing that their 24-hour sports TV station is part of Africa’s largest free-to-air network operating in over 25 countries.

 

He said, “Watch Kwesé Free Sports by tuning to UHF channel 32 in Lagos or on your FTA set-top-box (FreeTV channel 732) with no subscription.

 

“Enjoy the Premier League live, NBA, various FIFA tournaments and leagues, boxing and more.

He explained that, at the Kwesé Experience Centre, consumers can purchase Kwesé TV decoders, renew their subscriptions, get assistance with Kwesé apps’ download and resolve queries.

 

Elizabeth Amkpa, general manager, Kwesé TV, speaking at the unveiling ceremony, said: “Our Experience Centre is a one-stop shop designed to support our multi-platform offering delivered via satellite TV, mobile and digital platforms.

 

“Whether you are interested in purchasing a Kwesé TV decoder, renewing your subscription or downloading the Kwesé TV or Kweséiflix apps, we are here for you”.

She added that “the first 10 walk-in customers who make a payment will be rewarded with a one-month Kwesé TV subscription, adding that Kwesé also offers convenient online customer service via live chat on the Kwesé website and its social media pages”.

 

The Centre was designed by integrated marketing communications agency, Advapro Ltd.

 

The Experience Centre’s look and feel combines Kwesé’s signature purple which is symbolic for its premium quality, with a touch of orange to represent its Kwesé Sports’ brands.

Beyond the physical design of the customer experience centre, Advapro’s in-store branding solution incorporates a customer satisfaction tool called “Do You Like Us” (DULU®).

 

DULU® is a turnkey solution for retail and service chain organisations, that provides continuous customer satisfaction and intelligent reporting services.

 

The solution is built to give real-time customer feedback to Kwesé TV.

The Kwesé Experience Centre is also equipped with an interactive area branded “FreeZone” where subscribers can perform self-service.

 

Also in the FreeZone, prospective customers get a feel of Kwesé TV’s over 70 entertainment and sports channels as well as other Kwesé products namely; Kweséiflix and Kwesé Play.

Kwesé is the continent’s fastest growing media business with a diversified offering that includes, a pay TV satellite network, Kwesé TV, Africa’s largest free-to-air channel, Kwesé Free Sports, mobile services and digital all under one roof.

Kwesé launched in Nigeria in October 2017, disrupting the market with its flexible subscription plans which give customers the option to pay for 3 days, 7 days or 30days.

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FAAN says Nigerian Airports Recorded 3.4m passengers During the First Quarter 2018

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Report released by Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), says about 3.4 million passengers travelled through Nigerian airports during the first quarter of 2018 as against the 2.6 million passengers recorded in 2017 first quarter.
According to the First Quarter Report obtained on Wednesday, in Abuja showed a 28.25 per cent growth from the same quarter in 2017.
The report indicated that 2.4 million passengers travelled within the country (domestic passengers), while a total of 950,292 passenger traveled out of and into Nigeria (international passengers) during the period.
It also said that 1.6 million passengers were recorded at arrivals while 1.7 million passengers were recorded at the departures during the period under review.
The monthly breakdown showed that 1.1 million passengers comprising 800,609 domestic and 355,176 international passengers were recorded in the month of January.
In February, 1.05 million passengers comprising of 790,196 domestic and 267, 222 international passengers were recorded while a total of 1.2 million passengers comprising of 892,087 domestic and 327,894 international passengers were recorded in March.
On airport by airport basis, Murtala Muhammed Airport recorded the highest number of passengers during the period with 1.5 million passengers comprising of 890,716 domestic and 678,839 international passengers.
Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport recorded 1.02 million passengers comprising of 822,109 domestic and 199,875 international passengers during the quarter.
The report further revealed that there were 55,031 aircraft movements during the period compared to the 44,997 aircraft movements recorded during the first quarter of 2017, showing a growth by 22.31 per cent.
The report showed that a total of 44,250 aircraft movements were recorded on domestic route while a total of 10,781 aircraft movements were recorded on international route.
In January, there were 17,112 aircraft movements, 18,224 in February and 19,694 in March.
The report further disclosed that a total of 43.9 million tons of cargo was recorded on international flights comprising 28.4 million tons on arrivals and 15.5 million tons on departures during the period.
It also showed a 6.05 per cent growth from the 43.9 million tons recorded in the first quarter of 2017.

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Startimes Launches Video Streaming Service in Nigeria

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StarTimes, Africa’s leading digital TV operator has announced that its App video streaming service has been officially launched in Nigeria.

 

To mark  the  launch of the new service, the first 40,000 users can enjoy a very attractive pre-order offer for watching World Cup on StarTimes App.

 

From 7th to 13th June, the first 40,000 subscribers will only need pay N450.00(Four Hundred and Fifty Naira) only to subscribe to “ON Sport” on StarTimes App in order to watch all 64 World Cup matches Live and in HD, including battles of Nigeria on the pitch. The original price of the “ON Sport” service is N1,500.00.

 

Besides live matches, full highlights, build-ups, interviews, analysis and magazine shows will also be available with the 5 StarTimes sports channels in the StarTimes “ON Sport” service.

 

Speaking on the new innovation, Tony Tuo, StarTimes OTT Operation director, noted that, “It is impossible to miss any moment of the World Cup with our App. There is absolutely no need to worry about the weather condition, signal quality, electricity or being in transit. Wherever you may be, with just a steady internet connection, the StarTimes App will get you fully entertained”.

 

The App, he also noted can be downloaded from various app stores, including Google Play, iOS Store and StarTimes website while the Pay-TV subscribers can also check and recharge their subscription online through the App.

 

“Over 70 channels covering movies, series, documentaries, music and sports, are currently open to all users for free in a limited time on the StarTimes App. Video streaming service is a future trend and StarTimes hopes our service will pioneer for African digital TV industry”, he added.

 

 

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