Month: August 2014
Amidst angry reactions trailing the unavailability of the N1.9 billion released by President Goodluck Jonathan for the management of Ebola, the Health Minister, Onyebuchi Chukwu, has denied the money was for the management of the virus. Mr. Chukwu’s denial came Tuesday despite an official statement from the federal government to the contrary.
On August 8, at the peak of the Ebola crisis, the president, in a press release signed by Reuban Abati, announced the release of N1.9 billion as a Special Intervention Fund for the management of Ebola.
“President Jonathan also approved a Special Intervention Plan and the immediate release of N1. 9 billion for its implementation, to further strengthen on-going steps to contain the virus such as the establishment of additional isolation centres, case management, contact tracing, deployment of additional personnel, screening at borders, and the procurement of required items and facilities.
“The President commends the vigilance of aviation and health authorities in Lagos who identified and isolated the index case in Nigeria, the late Patrick Sawyer, an American-Liberian who flew into the country,” the statement read.
On Tuesday, however, Mr. Chukwu denied that the money was released for the management of Ebola. The Minister of Health said the money was approved for the Ministry of Health.
“The N1.9billion approved by the president was for the federal ministry of health. It is not for Ebola fund. It will be used to procure more vehicles for working which have been ordered. It would be used to procure more drugs that have been ordered…and other items.
“In the case of Lagos state, after the president met commissioners of health, the president then asked the minister of health to discuss with the technical people and money has been approved for Lagos state,” he said.
He further stated that though the world is at risk, the federal ministry of health is ready to face any outbreak.
“Excellence is a journey, it’s never a destination. The federal ministry of health is ready to face any outbreak.
“Every country and every citizen of the world remains at risk but Nigeria is on top of the situation so we don’t want people to panic. We should be in charge but not panic” he said.
The Lagos State government had complained that it did not receive the funds released for the management of Ebola despite being the epicentre of the management of the infection in the country.
That the proliferation of reality shows in Nigeria over a decade ago has transformed the ever dynamic changing world of Reality Entertainment in Nigeria is stating the obvious, many would agree the entertainment landscape has enjoyed a land mark metamorphosis in all ramification.
While some of these shows have withered the storm, became mega brands and attracting worldwide corporate acceptance, others have disappeared into oblivion without trace.
Those that have survived these wind of change, have distinguished themselves by upholding the principle of sticking with the status quo of which they were created.
One of such reality shows is the Supermom Reality TV show a viewer interaction platform from the stable of Digital interactive Media Ltd a renowned content power house in Nigeria and across Africa, aimed at celebrating African mothers of all socio economic class for their unflinching love and uncompromising care for their children.
The uniqueness and newness of the format distinguishing it as one of the very few family shows on television, also endeared it to not only the viewing public but corporate organizations that saw it as an opportunity to connect with their target market.
The show since it berthed in 2010 has enshrined itself in the philosophy of true human interest values as evident in the emotional stories told by these mothers never seen or heard on any creative or broadcast platform not only in Nigeria but across Africa.
The Supermom Reality TV show, based on its antecedents has touched and transformed lives in all ramifications either directly or indirectly with all the dramatist personae involved i.e. participant, viewer and sponsors alike all having fantastic stories to tell on its impact in their lives.
The likes of Mrs. Nkechi Rapu and Mrs. Folajoju Adesona winners of the first two seasons of the show, have both become house owners’ while brand new cars have been dished out to Alhaja Muibat Adisa and Mrs. Blessing Nwaohu for the show of unflinching love and extraordinary sacrifice to their children.
The Participation of renowned celebrities on the show in the Celebrity edition in 2012 gives credence to the popularity the show enjoys and reinstating the fact even the elites have a story to tell and were not left out of the buzz the Supermom show brought into the entertainment landscape in Nigeria.
The 2013 show was considered a landmark edition as for the first time in the history of reality shows in Nigeria attention was given to orphanages in the Heart of Gold Edition. So Said Orphanage, Children Promises Ministry Orphanage (CHIPROM) and Vigilante Heart Orphanage are all beneficiaries of the millions in cash dished out during the show that year.
Millions in cash and consolation prizes have also been given out to deserving mothers who participated in the show since inception and were voted for by viewers from across the country as exceptional and worthy of emulation.
The anticipation that greets the emergence of every season of the show has been phenomenal as Nigerians always look forward to true life Reality Entertainment Drama displayed in a no holds barred manner never seen before on Television.
This year’s edition of the show tagged “My Dad, My Supermom” which also happens to be the fifth anniversary edition is not an exception riding on the dynamic nature that has become a norm with the show from previous seasons.
On this season the show is celebrating fathers that positioned themselves against all odds to give their children a lease of life by acting as mothers due to either the death of the mother, mother’s neglect of her children, or even death.
Recruitment has been done via the children’s entries. Interviews have been conducted and the stories have been scripted into docudramas and re-enacted by professional actors.
Twenty Unique stories of different fathers have been selected which includes Mr. Victor Ikechukwu Dozie, Alhaji Salaudeen Ajayi, Mr. Tony Peters, Pa Okunola Adewolu, Mr. Babatunde Fagbemi, Mr. Peter Edozie, Mr. Peter Eze, Mr. Abdulateef Adekanbi, Mr. Paul Ugbesia, Pa Ibrahim Seidu, Mr. Tajudeen Jimoh, Mr. Bababtunde Shomefun, Mr. Waheed Afolayan, Mr. Donatus Ikata, Pa. Samuel Adewuyi, Mr. Godspower Nwadidia, Mr. Michael Essien Udok, Mr. Abaniseloluwa Isijola, Mr. Isaac Foluso Okeya and Mr. James Okon Lewis.
Viewers can catch the show on different TV stations across the country which include AIT Network, Galaxy Network, CRBC Calabar, RSTV Port Harcourt, Kwara TV Ilorin, NTA Aba, ITV Abuja and broadcast kicking off on the 1st September on Africa Magic on DSTV.
Viewers are to send their votes for their favourite father after every episode by texting SM space NAME of Preferred father to 33140.
The winning fathers after the show stand a chance to go home with a Brand New Car, One million Naira or Five Hundred thousand Naira respectively.
The Supermom season 5 My Dad, My Supermom is proudly sponsored by Procter and Gamble who have consistently for the past five seasons spearheaded the corporate acceptance of the show and renowned to be makers of popular family brands Safeguard antiseptic soap and Oral B toothpaste and co sponsors Promasidor makers of family seasoning Onga.
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Tony Elumelu, the former Managing Director of the United Bank for Africa Plc (UBA) has been appointed by the bank board as its Chairman.
The appointment was made public on Monday in a statement released by the Bank’s MD/CEO, Phillips Oduoza.
Elumelu, who is the chairman/CEO of Heirs Holdings, the pan-African proprietary investment company, will be replacing the outgoing chairman of the Group, Ambassador Joe Keshi.
According to Oduoza, “Tony Elumelu’s track record at UBA speaks for itself.”
“His return to the board brings a depth of knowledge and experience in the African financial services industry that is second to none. We are privileged to have him lead the Board at this critical stage in our development.”
Elumelu reacted to the announcement saying he was looking forward to returning to the Pan-African Bank which he led until 2010.
“UBA represents a tremendous investment opportunity, and is at an inflection point in its growth path. We have an extremely powerful executive team and I am looking forward to bringing my experience and energy, to guide UBA’s long-term strategy. Financial services remain one of the key drivers of African growth, both in terms of social inclusion and regional integration, and the UBA Group provides a unique platform to deliver both extraordinary value and drive Africa’s economic success.
“I would also like to thank my predecessor, Ambassador Keshi and the entire board for their contributions to the growth and development of the bank,” he said.
Last weekend was one to remember as some of Nigeria’s favourite celebrities partied with premium brand, Hennessy at the Hennessy Sunsets cocktail event which held at 355 Lounge in Victoria Island, Lagos.
Chairman, Nigeria Social Insurance Trust Fund, Dr. Ngozi Olejeme Sunday opened up on her governorship ambition, stressing that she has the backing of God to be the governor of Delta State in 2015.
Speaking to journalists, Sunday, in ward 5, Unit 10, St Brigid’s Girls Grammar School, Umuaji, Asaba, shortly after collecting her Permanent Voter’s Card, Olejeme who is also banking on her knowledge of the state and ability to build bridges across the different ethnic groups in the state, urged the people to be wise and courageous in their choice. “I have done what the nation wants me to do by coming down. I have submitted my old voter’s card. This will bring me victory in 2015” she said.
On her chances of becoming the next governor of the state, Olejeme said they were very bright. “By the grace of God, I will be the next governor of Delta State. This is the era of women. God said women must rule in 2015”
Olejeme said she had acquired enough political structures to enable her become the next governor of Delta State.
On the issue of patriarchy in the country’s politics, Olejeme said “I am not afraid of the number of men in the governorship race. Women are getting extremely important and much more aware and active across the whole of Delta State. Their vote will count, my vote will count as well as the vote of other Deltans” she declared.
Olejeme praises Uduaghan
The Chairman, Nigeria Social Insurance Trust Fund, Dr. Ngozi Olejeme has praised the Delta State Governor, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan for setting high standards in sports, security and management of public finances, promising to continue where the governor will stop in 2015.
“I must thank His Excellency, Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan for a job well. I will bring my wealth of experience to bear in the administration and development of Delta State. I will also take Delta State to the next level” she promised.
Olejeme, who spoke in Asaba during a courtesy visit on a member of the Delta State House of Assembly, Hon. Pat Ajudua, described herself as a sellable candidate that will give the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) victory in the 2015 governorship election in the State.
Olejeme who also spoke on the moribund nature of the National Social Insurance Trust Fund in 2009, the number of workers then and social security issues in Nigeria, said NSITF would employ 6000 Nigerians before the end of 2014.
Praising God and the management team for the progress so far made, Olejeme said the organization under her leadership transited from its moribund nature to a desired state.
“Today, NSITF is having almost 6500 staff with offices in different parts of Nigeria”. She said the agency would continue to provide social security protection and safety nets for all Nigerians against deprivations and income insecurity.
Continuing on the achievements of NSITF, Olejeme said “The Fund has commenced the process of putting in place the necessary infrastructure to implement Social Security Benefit to the aged, unemployed, child welfare and the physically challenged. NSITF has also commenced putting in place the necessary infrastructure to ensure the collection of data of all the categories of those entitled to Social Security Benefit”.
“A bill for an amendment to the provisions of the NSITF Act to provide basic social security services to all Nigerians is before the National Assembly for passage into law” she disclosed . She commended Princess Ajudia for her courage. Earlier, Princess Ajudua praised Olejeme for joining the governor
Aziza served Nigeria with integrity – Olejeme
The death of Major Gen. Patrick Aziza (Rtd) has deprived Nigerians, particularly Deltans of the services of one of the most consistent administrators of this age, says Dr. Ngozi Olejeme.
“Aziza in his life career served Nigeria with distinction and integrity. He was a family man that radiated the best of family values and a public official whose wealth was measured from the indelible legacies he put in place for posterity” she said.
Olejeme who also described the death of Gen. Aziza as sad and painful, noted that the military officer proved to Nigerians and the international community that there was everything to gain from being principled.
A statement by the Deputy Director General, U and I Foundation, Barrister Raymos Guanah urged the younger generation of Nigerians to take a cue from the ideals that Aziza lived for- building a better Urhobo nation, Delta State and Nigeria.
“In Nigeria, Aziza stood out. He was a rare gem, a distinguished military officer, a community leader, an apostle of the enthronement of the rule of law and a visionary leader with the knack for identifying talents. As a military administrator, he brought together bright young men and women, some of whom are today in top leadership position in the country. As a minister, he demonstrated exceptional administrative prowess.
She urged Aziza’s immediate family and the Urhobo people at home and abroad to take solace in the belief that God’s will is unquestionable and must always prevail,”
“She prays that God Almighty will comfort them all and grant the late leader’s soul peaceful repose,” Guanah stated.