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Senate summons Fayemi over Zamfara lead poisoning

Blame Fayose’s recklessness for UBEC’s sanction – Fayemi

Reacting to the Ekiti state government’s allegation, Mr Yinka Oyebode, Special Assistant on Media to Dr Kayode Fayemi, the Minister of Solid Minerals Development,...
Fayemi’s misappropriation of N852.9m SUBEB counterpart fund costing Ekiti N2.8bn UBE fund – Govt

Fayemi’s misappropriation of N852.9m SUBEB counterpart fund costing Ekiti N2.8bn UBE fund –...

Ekiti State Government has said that the misappropriation of N852.9 million State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) counterpart fund by the immediate past All...
Buhari appoints Aghaeze‎ as State Photographer

Buhari appoints Aghaeze‎ as State Photographer

President Muhammadu Buhari has appointed, Mr Sunday Aghaeze, as Personal Assistant to the President, State Photographer. The appointment according to a letter signed by the...
'True patriotism will encourage more foreign investment in Nigeria'

‘True patriotism will encourage more foreign investment in Nigeria’

President Muhammadu Buhari on Sunday in Doha, Qatar charged Nigerians to rekindle the spirit of patriotism and selfless service to encourage more foreign investment...
Nigeria, Qatar sign pact on bilateral air services

Nigeria, Qatar sign pact on bilateral air services

Both countries also signed an agreement to avoid double taxation and tax evasion on the sideline of President Muhammadu Buhari’s state visit to Qatar. The...
Buhari calls for cooperation among OPEC members to stabilise oil market

Buhari calls for cooperation among OPEC members to stabilise oil market

President Muhammadu Buhari on Sunday in Doha emphasised the need for member states of Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and non-OPEC members to...
NDLEA arrests mother of 7 with 40kg of cannabis

NDLEA solicits support of Osun Assembly to curb illicit drugs

Members House of Assembly in Osun State will lead in the fight towards the eradication of menace of drug abuse in their respective constituencies...
Ogun maiden edition of Nigerian drums festival's logo unveiled

Ogun maiden edition of Nigerian drums festival’s logo unveiled

The Ogun State Government has unveiled logo and launched the raffle draw of the maiden edition of the Nigerian Drums Festival holding between April...
Rev. King, the law and king’s supporters By Reuben Abati

Supreme Court upholds Rev King death sentence

Supreme Court has okayed the convicted General-Overseer of the Christian Praying Assembly, Chukwuemeka Ezeugo, a.k.a Rev. King to die by hanging. In a unanimous judgment...
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.

Anti-corruption war, panacea for development – Lai Mohammed

The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, on Thursday said that the Federal Government's war against corruption was a panacea for development. Mohammed...