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Paris Club refund: Kwara releases N1b to LGs for salary arrears

Paris Club refund: Kwara releases N1b to LGs for salary arrears

Kwara Gov. Abdulfatah Ahmed has approved the release of N1billion to local government councils in the state to offset part of their salary arrears. The...
The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, says the Federal Government will amend the Nigeria Broadcasting Commission (NBC) Code to compel brands to sponsor Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL). The Minister made the assertion at the close of the “Two-Day Creative Industry Financing Conference’’, sponsored by the ministry in conjunction with “Think Tank Media and Advertising’’ which closed on Tuesday in Lagos. “We will amend the NBC code to ensure that our Premier League improves. “We will make sure that in the Code, if you spend one million dollars to support a foreign football club like Manchester United in Nigeria, you will not be allowed to air that programme unless you spend 30 per cent of that money to promote Nigeria’s league. “Some beverage companies in Nigeria support Manchester United (Man U), Arsenal and others and spend about six million dollars a year,’’ he said. “I then asked the question, how much of their products are being consumed over there? “I was also told that a particular brand of Nigeria Beer is supporting several premier league teams to the tune of seven million dollars a year. “We can imagine if they give us just 30 per cent of that, we will fix our stadia. “I know they are going to attack me on this but I am not made a minister to sustain the economy of other countries.’’ He said the government could no longer tolerate the situation where people continue to develop the economy of other parts of the world from the sweat of Nigerians and at the expense of Nigerian economy. The minister also clarified an earlier statement credited to him on the amendment to NBC Code to discourage production of Nigerian movies and music abroad. “At that meeting, I said that I will work to amend the NBC code to ensure that if a product is designated a Nigerian product; it must be produced in Nigeria. “I didn’t say that henceforth, all music and films will be produced in Nigeria. “All I said was that if a programme is designated as a Nigerian content programme, we will amend the code to ensure that it is produced in Nigeria,’’ he said. He added that if the law says that a programme shall have 60 per cent Nigerian content, the producer could not go ahead to shoot such outside the country for Nigerian viewers. “Of course, they will come and say that you do not have infrastructure and that is why they went outside to shoot. “I asked if it is not the same programme you went to shoot outside Nigeria because we have epileptic power that you will bring back to show to us in Nigeria. “Then, with which power are you showing the programme? “I promised Nigerians that I am going to create one million jobs in three years and I can’t do that if they start exporting jobs to other countries,’’ he said. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that participants at the forum, mainly stakeholders in the creative industry, welcomed the clarification by the minister and the position of government.

FG to amend NBC Code to promote local leagues — Minister

The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, says the Federal Government will amend the Nigeria Broadcasting Commission (NBC) Code to compel brands...
2019 General Elections: NLC urges workers, pensioners to obtain voters’ card

2019 General Elections: NLC urges workers, pensioners to obtain voters’ card

As part of preparations for the 2019 general elections, the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has urged workers and pensioners in the country who are...
UN urges international community to scale up support for Nigerian women, girls

Amina Mohammed, 3 UN envoys to visit Osinbajo

Ms Amina Mohammed, the UN Deputy Secretary-General, has begun a trip to Nigeria and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) on Tuesday, the...
Multiple powerful explosions rock Maiduguri

Multiple powerful explosions rock Maiduguri

Powerful multiple explosions rock Maiduguri on Tuesday night, our correspondent reports. At least six powerful explosions occurred between 10:45 and 11:00 PM. About four explosives were...
FG releases details of Paris club payment to states

FG releases details of Paris club payment to states

The Federal Government has released details of payments to the 36 states as refund of “over-deductions on Paris Club, London Club Loans and Multilateral...
Customs boss directs e-auction committee to resolve JTB tax number with FIRS

Customs boss directs e-auction committee to resolve JTB tax number with FIRS

The Comptroller-General of Customs, retired Col. Hameed Ali, on Tuesday directed the e-auction committee to work with Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) to resolve...
Nigeria must define foreigners’ business dealings – Dambazau

Nigeria must define foreigners’ business dealings – Dambazau

The Minister of Interior, Dr Abdulrahmam Dambazau, on Tuesday urged the National Assembly to come up with legislations that would define businesses foreigners living...
Nigeria aiming to be among 16 largest economies - Osinbajo

Nigeria aiming to be among 16 largest economies – Osinbajo

The Acting President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, has said that ‘Nigeria is fast moving toward becoming one of the 16 largest economies in the world. Osinbajo...
FRSC frowns on attack on personnel, says enough is enough

FRSC frowns on attack on personnel, says enough is enough

The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) has vowed to bring perpetrators of unprovoked attacks and molestation of its men to justice. The Corps Marshal,FRSC, Dr...