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FG to Monitor Exclusivity of TV Programme

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The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has said that the federal government was setting up an audience measurement system to be able to facilitate its decision to fight exclusivity of programme to any cable TV.

The minister, who appeared (Tuesday) before the Senate Committee on Information and National Orientation, said it had been discovered that there was no scientific measurement system to know the number of viewing eyeballs glued to television per time or its content.

This, he said, prompted the government’s decision to guide advertisers and manufacturers seeking to promote a product.

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He said it was also observed that exclusivity of programme that was limited to one organisation, thereby shutting out Nigerians who are not on that platform from having access to the same popular content on their platforms.

However, in a bid to ensure that there is access to same content, the ministry has carried out some amendment of the broadcasting code and compelled the organisation to carry out negotiation between platforms so that in spite of their purchase of television content from the UK and Italy they are compelled by the code to negotiate with other cable platform to allow them use it.

Speaking further, the minister said the rollout of the Digital switch over which will begin April 29 has challenged many artistes to improve on their game because the use of the boxes will create millions of jobs in the industry.

He said the move had promoted local content of programmes and challenged creative directors to double their efforts to man prime time on broadcast stations.

According to him, ‘’the law was made to make for 60 per cent of producers and casters during the prime time between 7pm and 11 pm. There is also the amendment regarding production of advertising for local goods and services. In order to stimulate growth and investment in the advertising sector, the code was further amended to the effect that airing television and radio advertisements for airing on all broadcast platforms, pertaining to products and services manufactured, grown, processed, developed, created and originating from Nigeria, shall be wholly produced in Nigeria.

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“Also, under the new amendment for a programme to qualify as local content, it must be authored, directed and produced by a Nigerian. In addition, at least 75 per cent of the leading actors and major supporting cost must be Nigerians, a minimum of 75 per cent of its programme expenses and 75 per cent of post-production expenses paid for services provided by Nigerians or Nigerian companies. This initiative will considerably develop the skills, expertise and industry of the local content market.’’

The minister said the deployment of DSO to parts of the country has improved local content and promoted jobs and creativity among programme directors.

He added that adverts and shots were done in Brazil, and Germany, adding that part of the amendment compels organisations who want to do such adverts to source for actors, producers and location locally especially as the consumer of the adverts are Nigerians.

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Ganduje Commiserates With AIG Bello Over’s Death

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Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje of Kano state condoles with the Assistant Inspector General (AIG) Zone One, Sadiq Bello over the death of his father, Alhaji Muhammad Bello Jega (Maikaji).

In a statement by Abba Anwar
Chief Press Secretary to the Governor of Kano State said ” When the information about the death of the father of AIG Zone One reached us, we received it with shock. A real community leader, whose good name was a true blessing to his people and all other neighbouring communities, has passed away,”

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He sympathised that, “Ours is to now pray for Allah’s Blessing and Forgiveness for the soul of the departed gentleman. His was indeed a good and exemplary life.”

Governor Ganduje said, “It is therefore on behalf of the government and good people of Kano state, that I am commiserating with the families of Alhaji Bello, whose good training and unrelenting commitment in raising good family, saw AIG Sadiq Bello, coming from this respected and respectful family.”

Closing t

hat, “May his gentle soul rest in perfect peace. May Allah forgive all his shortcomings and reward his good deeds with Jannatul Fiddaus. May his family follow his footsteps in their endeavours.”

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Governor Ganduje has since sent a powerful delegation to Jega to officially commiserate with the family of the deceased. The delegation has Hon Nura Muhammad Dankadai, Commissioner for Budget and Economic Planning, Hon Musa Iliyasu Kwankwaso, Commissioner for Rural and Community Development, Alhaji Abubakar Sahabo Bawuro and Engineer Shehu Fari.

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Job Scam: Court Sentences Kano Civil Servant to 1 Year in Correctional Center.

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The Kano State Senior Magistrate Court presided over by Haulatu Magaji has convicted Kano Civil Servant Abubakar Jibril to 1 year in Correctional Center with an option of fine to the tune of N50,000.

Arraigning the suspect before the court, the prosecution counsel Barrister Halliru Isa told the court that Jibril was found to be collecting money under the pretence of providing jobs to applicants.

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He told the court that the offence against Abubakar Jibril contravenes section 342 of the penal code.

After reading the charge on him, he pleaded guilty and sought for leniency, stressing that he was first time offender.

Prosecution Counsel prayed the court to try the defendant summarily acccording to section 151 of Criminal Procedure Code.

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Consquently, Magistrate Haulatu Sentenced Jibril to 1 year in Correctional Center. Her words ” Having admitted with the content of the charge I here by sentence you to 1 year in Correctional Center with the option of N50,000 as fine. Similarly, you are to pay the complainants N700, 000 or to spend 6 months in Correctional Center in case of any default”.

It could be recalled that the convict who is a staff with Kano State Agency For Mass Education was apprehended by the operatives of NSCDC while selling appointment letter of NSCDC to public.

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Recall that when he was paraded to Journalists by NSCDC, the convict confirmed that he downloaded referee form from the Corps’ website and selling it to his victims under the pretence that he will secure job for them.

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NDLEA Bursts 3 Indian Hemp Production Hubs in Kano

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Isah Likita Muhd Commander NDLEA, Kano

The Kano Commander, National Drug Law Enforcement Agency ( NDLEA), Isah Likata Muhammad has said that the Agency discovered Three Farms where cultivation of Indian Hemp is taking place in different locations of the state.

Likita disclosed this to Justice Watch News in his office.

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He said the Farms were located at Gwarzo, Danbatta and Ungogo LGA,s respectively

The Commander further said Operatives of the Command have uprooted over 375 plants of Indian Hemp at Gwarzo Farm alone.

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” Since I came on Board as a commander of the Agency in the last 2 to 3 months in Kano, we were able to discovered 3 Farms where cultivation of Indian Hemp is taking place.”

He said the command apprehended suspects in connection to the farms and investigation is on going

” This is an indication that cultivation of Indian Hemp has been going on in several parts of the state.

He noted that investigation has already begun to find out if cultivation has been taking place in the State.

He enjoiyed  public to provide useful and timely intelligence on any drug farm and trafficker with a view to curtailing the menace of drug abuse in Kano and Nigeria as a whole.

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Likita stated that no security agencies can succeed without getting intelligence from public.

” We are not spirit, we are not everywhere but collaborate with Sister Security Agencies, Traditional and Religious Leaders, Members of the Civil Society Groups, Non Governmental Organization, NGO,s other key relevant stakeholders, and our collaboration is yelding a positive result”.

The Commander assured that who ever provide information to the agency will be treated in confidence, stressing that his door is always open for receiving Information from the public.

Isah consquently, urged people of Kano to cooperate with the personnel of the Agency to achieve a desire goals.

He described drug abuse as a monster that affect the social, economy and political wellbeing of a nation.

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