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Western Lotto Brings Int’l Lottery Brands to Nigerian Market

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(L-r): Paul Obazele, Tuface Idibia, Elvis Krivokuca, AY, Ramsey Noauh, Zack Orji and Alex Usifo, present at Western Lotto launch.

With the support of a UK firm, entertainment and gaming company Western Lotto Nigeria Limited entered the Nigerian market July 10 with five international lottery games and pledged to change the landscape of gaming in the country.

Western Lotto is offering well-known European and American gaming brands on its platform. It is also luring customers to go entirely online, unlike the many other players in the land who offer sports betting on improvised boards for the urban poor.

Games on offer at Western Lotto include Powerball, Euro Millions, Euro Jackpot, UK Lotto and Mega Millions. Powerball is an American lottery game played every Wednesday and Saturday.

Euro Millions is a transnational lottery played across Europe. The Euro Jackpot similarly plays across Europe. UK Lotto is also known as the National Lottery. It has served good causes in the UK.  Draws for MegaMillions hold on Tuesdays and Fridays.

Western Lotto secured the exclusive franchise to operate the games in the Nigerian market. It claims to be the biggest, most equipped and most capitalised gaming company in Nigeria.

Elvis Krivokuca, the Croatian who is managing director, speaks excitedly about the initial response to the brand.

It has hired over ten stars from the Nigerian entertainment industry, including well-known music acts Tuface Idibia and Olamide as well as key players from Nollywood, the Nigerian film industry.

Firms offering lotto and lotteries have grown in Nigeria and other parts of   West Africa. There are no fewer than eight companies in the Nigerian market, each offering a mix of games. There is a strong pull as many of the urban youth play the games. They also create jobs through the many agent locations.

Mr Elvis Krovokuca, managing director, said Western Lotto seeks through its products “to create employment opportunities, wealth and empowerment for people in Nigeria and across Africa.”

He added, “Our mandate at Western Lotto is to bring both fun and hope to the people who choose to play our games. For a few Naira,  we deliver excitement and the possibility to change the story of your life radically.”

A particularly resonant message is the company’s pledge to contribute to the right causes, such as a campaign against rape and support for education, as lotteries elsewhere do.

A Croatian, Krivokuca studied Hotel Management with emphasis on gaming casinos and entertainment business, at the University of Rijeka, Croatia and completed a General Management Programme at the Harvard Business School in 2012. Fluent in German, English and Italian, he has been in Nigeria doing business for over five years.

The technical partnership is with Lot.To, a British company that avers its mission to “change the way people play the lottery”.

A galaxy of stars from three arms of the Nigerian entertainment industry formally endorsed Western Lotto, as it entered the market.   The stars come from Nollywood, music and comedy.

Present at the unveiling of the brand were Olu Jacobs, Jide Kosoko, Zack Orji, Aki and Pawpaw, and Ramsey Noauh. Also present were Paul Obazele, Alex Usifo and Lanre Anjola. Musicians included Tuface Idibia and Olamide while there were also comedian Ayo Makun, popularly as AY.

Present also at the launch were Senators Ben Murray-Bruce, Magnus Abe and Fatima Raji Rasaki. Honourable Segun Oni and Abdulmojeed Adekoya came from the House of Representatives.

Nollywood great Olu Jacob was one of the endorsers at the launch. He recalled playing the lottery during his 20-year sojourn in the UK. “Usually, you play with small stakes with hope in your heart for big winnings. It’s your game, people. Play to win. Play to support good causes. Play for recreation”.

As Tuface Idibia, one of the brand ambassadors stated, “Tell a friend to tell a friend. Let’s have fun. And let the lucky people be lucky. Let us play the games.”

 

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FG Warns of High Increase in Illegal Kidney Harvest

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The federal health ministry has written the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) to warn all doctors in relevant specialties to “be aware so that Nigerians will be circumspect while embarking on medical tourism in Egypt

 

The memo is to create awareness to Nigerians intending to travel to Egypt for medical attention. Patients stand the risk of getting their organs illegally trafficked or losing their lives to the growing trade in illegal organ harvest and transplant.

 

It raises concern about patients possibly seeking treatment abroad and their doctors referring them to any complicit hospital.

 

Dr Wapada I. Balami, director for Hospital services, in a statement for the Minister of Health entitled, ”41 Suspected illegal human kidney traffickers on the trail in Egypt” revealed that there is an increase in illegal harvesting and transplanting of human organs in that country.

 

It was also gathered that 41 human kidney traffickers have been arraigned by Egypt’s prosecutor Generals and the hospital in which these atrocities were committed were listed.

 

Nigerians are, however, advised to be aware of the said issue while embarking on medical tourism in Egypt.

 

The office of Egypt’s prosecutor-general has issued names of private hospitals in Giza area of Cairo complicit in the trafficking of human kidneys.

 

  • Dar al-shefa in Helwan, Cairo
  • Al-Bashar Specialist Hospital in Faisal, Giza
  • Al-Amal Centre for General Surgery in Maurinteya, Giza
  • Dar Ibn Al-Nafis Hospital, Giza

 

 

“If some of our colleagues are in that trade, that is very disheartening,” Mike Ogirinma, NMA president.

 

“For us as an association, we may not have such powers to stop it but we can investigate.”

 

But NMA is handicapped to sanction erring doctors.

 

The regulatory body, the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria, which hosts a tribunal to try erring doctors and dentists cannot constitute a board since it was dissolved in 2015.

 

“The organ left for us is the regulatory body, MDCN. Professional misconduct or negligence are taken before it. Unfortunately that council was dissolved immediately this administration came in, and NMA has been pushing for it to be reconstituted.”

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MainOne Pledges Support for Host Communities, Renovates School in Lagos

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MainOne's staff in group photographs with pupils of Ilasan Primary School, Jakande-Lekki.

By peter oluka

MainOne, West Africa’s leading connectivity and data center solutions provider, has once again proven its continued Corporate Social Responsibility commitment in its host communities by renovating the Ilasan Primary School, Jakande-Lekki.

According to the Company, the CSR was in a bid to provide the students with a conducive learning environment.

Led by Mrs. Oluyomi Johnson, MainOne’s Health, Safety and Environment Coordinator, the company renovated all 14 dilapidated classroom blocks within the school premises and decorated the classrooms with learning materials.

Speaking on the Company’s CSR initiative themed “Changing Lives, Impacting the Future (CLIF)” at the launch of the newly refurbished classroom blocks,  Mrs. Johnson stated, “MainOne prides itself on being a relevant and integral member of its host communities and as a socially responsible organization, we believe it is important to give back to our community. We will continue to provide support in every way we can including volunteering the service of our employees as we seek to change lives and impact the children – our future.”

Mr. Kayode Olutayo, head Teacher, Ilasan Primary school, commended the company for its support in renovating the school which had been overrun by bushes, suffered severe flooding and dilapidated classrooms, making for an unsafe learning environment for students.

“This project is a welcomed development in our community. We thank MainOne for their efforts in refurbishing our school and making it a conducive environment for our students.  However, like Oliver Twist, we still ask for more. We need teachers, more learning materials and funding to keep our school running. We therefore call on the government and other organizations to take initiative from MainOne and come to our aid,” Olutayo said.

Congratulating the company on a job well done, Chairman Eti-Osa Local Government, represented by the HOD Education, Eti-Osa LGA, Mr. Oshin applauded the company’s initiative in improving the standard of education in the school and community. He also pledged the government’s support in working with the school to ensure all their needs are met.

Speaking on behalf of MainOne, Mr. Kasope Akindele, manager, Legal & Regulatory Services, thanked the school and the Ilasan community for their warm welcome. “MainOne will continue to play its part in contributing to the development of its host communities. We also urge the government to push policies that will improve the standards of education both in the community and state,” he added.

Since 2011, MainOne has made supporting educational institutions in Nigeria a priority through yearly donations of learning materials including text and exercise books, writing materials as well as renovation of critical infrastructure facilities.

The contributions of the company towards the development of these learning institutions forms a part of its Corporate Social Responsibility focus in Education and Information and Communications Technology.

 

 

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Ogundare, Newcross CEO Donates Digital Library To LUTH

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(L-r): Professor Afolabi Lesi, provost college of Medicine University of Lagos Idi-Araba; Dr. Bolaji Ogundare, Ceo Newcross Petroleum; Professor Oyinkan Sofola, dean, Faculty of Dental Science, College of Medicine University of Lagos and Professor  Akinbo, deputy provost, College of Medicine University of Lagos, during the handing over of a Library built by Dr. Ogundare for the Faculty of Dental Science, College of Medicine University of Lagos Idi-Araba

By peter oluka

As part of efforts to expand access to global information and aid learning in medical education, Dr Bolaji Ogundare the chief executive officer (CEO) of Newcross Petroleum, has donated a digital library to the Faculty of Dental Sciences, College of Medicine, University of Lagos Idi-Araba, Lagos.

During the handing over ceremony held recently, Ogundare called on the private sector players to consider urgent and massive investment in health education as that will tremendously improve capacity and competencies for Nigerian hospitals and aid availability of world-class healthcare services locally in the country.

During his address, the Dental Surgeon remarked that the library which he donated to his alma-mata was built in memory of his late father, Mr Samuel Olatunji Ogundare, describing the project as his contribution to health education in the country.

Ogundare said he was challenged to take on the project due to the low level of infrastructure in the College, appealing for urgent private sector intervention for infrastructure upgrade at the Faculty of Dental Sciences.

“Infrastructure upgrade and personnel motivation can help this College a great deal. If the private sector invests more in healthcare services, capital flight will be prevented and many healthcare services for which Nigerians travel abroad can be accessed at affordable rates and convenience locally. I urge all well-meaning citizens and business interests to urgently intervene.”

Commending Ogundare for his contribution to the college, the provost of the College of Medicine, Professor Afolabi Lesi said the library mirrors the core of the educational institution. This project has touched on the essence of this institution of learning.

Prof Lesi urged other alumni of LUTH in public and private sectors to emulate Ogundare by investing in healthcare services and educational development. He therefore promised that LUTH management will maintain the project maximally.

 

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