N3 BILLION FIF NOT LARGESSE, OKONJO-IWEALA TELLS FILMMAKERS

Dr. Okonjo-Iweala

Dr. Okonjo-Iweala

Minister of Finance, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala has said that the N3 billion Film Intervention Fund which President Goodluck Jonathan pledged for the Nigerian Film Industry is not largesse to be shared out as grant or loan.

The minister who spoke at a meeting in Lagos explained that contrary to understanding among   stakeholders the money is intended to set up something solid on which the industry can leverage on for advancement.

“The N3 billion which the President promised is meant to be a catalyst which will help the industry leverage other sources of funding and expertise and grow to a new level. The money will not solve every problem but it’s a good beginning. We need to use it well for the benefit of this important industry and the benefit of the country,” she said

She noted that government  is committed to ensuring that the intervention fund leads to sustainable benefits for the industry adding that  that the new grants will not override the earlier $200 million fund presently being disbursed by both Nigeria Export-Import Bank, (NEXIM) and Bank of Industry, (BoI).

Okonjo-Iweala addressed the Lagos gathering along with her colleague, Chief Edem Duke, Minister of Culture and Tourism. Duke told the stakeholders that they need to reach a common position on key issues affecting practitioners, stressing that hostility and bickering among film practitioners in Nollywood is an obstacle to sustainable growth of the industry.

He explained that Nollywood has become an important vehicle for the propagation of a positive image for Nigeria and that the intervention fund underscores government’s appreciation of the platform and its great potential to contribute significantly not only to the economy but also to a better understanding of Nigeria by the world.

9, 660 TEST HIV POSITIVE IN LAGOS, SHARE 520,000 CONDOMS

Dr. Jide idris, Commissioner for Health, Lagos State

Dr. Jide idris, Commissioner for Health, Lagos State

Lagos State government has said that a total of 9,660 patients tested positive out of the 102,279 Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) test carried out in 2012.

Commissioner for Health, Dr. Jide Idris who made the revelation in Lagos said 36, 269  patients were treated in 24 anti-retroviral treatment sites adding that the state procured and distributed a total of 520,000 male and female condoms in 2012.

The commissioner said the State Health Service Commission will investigate allegation of increment in the cost of having babies in government hospitals as well as scarcity of drugs in some.

On alleged commercialisation of motorpark at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, the commissioner the parking fee of N300 charged per park is to enable the authorities to be able to provide certain services in the park. He said it is not sin to charge for parking since that is the norm in all hospitals abroad.

On the last strike embarked upon by resident doctors, the commissioner explained that the state government has not penalised any doctor for embarking on strike adding that both those  sacked initially and those recruited to enable the state provide hitch-free services during the strikes are all working with the state government.

He said that the state government is working to improve of its relationship with medical personnel. Idris said that the fact that it has trained health workers on post-abortion management but that the state government has not legalised abortion, stressing however that abortion remains the major cause of high maternal death.

 

CHRIS BROWN, RIHANNA TANGO AGAIN

 

Rihana and Chris Brown

Rihana and Chris Brown

Chris Brown is back in romance with his girl friend, Rihanna. The duo were spotted at a public gathering  recently in public display of affection for each other even though Clinton Brown, father of Chris will  be a happy man if  the relationship crashes like many others.

Brown was recently convicted of assaulting the Rihanna on the eve of the 2009 Grammy which initially halted what has been a beautiful relationship. Clinton Brown said he fears his son’s tumultuous relationship with Rihanna may not only end in tragedy, like those of many other pop stars’ stories but would be toxic to his son.

“I hate to use examples, but Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston and Amy Winehouse –  I mean I could go on and on! You have to have a balance in a relationship. You have to have someone who is spontaneous and whimsical but you also have to have someone who is grounded and logical,” he said, adding that he would prefer it if his son dated one of the other ladies in his life.

“I personally liked Jordin Sparks. She’s a wholesome young lady, very pretty,” he said.

 

FROM DSTV NIGERIA

A scene from Rafters

A scene from Rafters

So much has been lined up for your enjoyment this week on DStv beginning from Tuesday, April 30, 2013.

MASHARIKI MIX

Tuesday 30 April 2013 20:00 | AfricaMagic Entertainment (151)

REPO GAMES

Wednesday 01 May 2013 21:00 | SONY MAX (128)

SECRET HISTORY OF UFOS

Wednesday 01 May 2013 21:00 | National Geographic (181)

PHONESHOP S2

Tuesday 30 April 2013 21:15 | SONY MAX (128)

THE 5 BRIDES

5 brides

5 brides

Tuesday 30 April 2013 21:30 | AfricaMagic Entertainment (151)

PACKED TO THE RAFTERS S5

Wednesday 01 May 2013 08:40 | SONY (127)

HEROES OF HELL’S HIGHWAY

Thursday 02 May 2013 19:30 | Discovery Channel (121)

MASTERCHEF S7

Tuesday 30 April 2013 19:00 | BBC Lifestyle (174)

ORIGINAL AFRICAN STORIES

Wednesday 01 May 2013 19:30 |Channel O (320)

HUNTED

Wednesday 01 May 2013 20:00 |M-Net Series Africa

JARA

Jara

Jara

Wednesday 01 May 2013 20:00 | AfricaMagic Entertainment (151)

THE ACCUSED

Tuesday 30 April 2013 19:30 | M-Net Movies D&R (107)

Sarah is just a girl out for a night of fun at a poolroom. Before she knows what’s happening, the men she’s been flirting with gang raped her.

A scene from Accused

A scene from Accused

ILEKUN

Wednesday 01 May 2013 20:30 | Africa Magic Yoruba (157)

Martins

Martins

When an hardworking married man is confronted with a tragic situation involving his brother’s dying wife, he is compelled to help them financially.

KICK-ASS

Thursday 02 May 2013 18:30 | M-Net Movies Action (110)

kickass_lrgKick-Ass tells the story of average teenager, Dave Lizewski, who takes his obsession with comic books as inspiration to become a real-life superhero.

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LAGOS SHUTS 30 MEDICINE STORES IN LEKKI

Fashola

Fashola

Not less than 30 illegal patent medicine stores were shut down in the Ajah-Lekki axis at the weekend by the Task Force on Counterfeit, Fake Drugs and Unwholesome Processed Foods in Lagos.

Special Adviser to the State Governor on Public Health, Dr. Yewande Adeshina who disclosed this said the state government was not only worried by the dangers posed by illegal drug hawkers but also by the nefarious activities of illegal operators of patent medicine and pharmaceutical stores in Lagos hence the clampdown.

“The drug distribution system in Lagos would get worse if the activities of illegal drug operators are allowed to continue unchecked as more people will get harmed by their nefarious activities. The Victoria Island-Ajah-Lekki raid was necessitated by the excesses of illegal drug operators in that axis and the resolve of government to streamline activities of operators in the drug sector.”

Adeshina vowed that  government will do all it can to stop the inherent dangers associated with drugs from unauthorized outlets by undertaking periodic raids adding that government recognizes the menace of fake drugs and the attendant influence of open drug markets which play the dangerous role of reservoir of spurious and dangerous drugs.

She listed the affected drug stores as including Jott Care & Drug Store by Lawyer’s Bus Stop Ado Badore, Chimako Drug Store at No 9, Ado Badore Road, Folarin Bus Stop, St. Michael Plaza, Papa Bus Stop Badore road, Mokolade Pharmacy, Jemivida Healthway Pharmacy, Unity Road, Ado Badore and Okonkwo Chidiebere Pharmacy at No 26, Baale Street, Igbo-Efon Lekki.

Others are a Chemist located at No 45, Baale Street, Igbo-Efon Lekki; Blenco Supermarket Ekere Bus Stop, Ajah; Precious Investment of E.O.L.G 9, Ajah market Block O; Joe Drug at E.O.L.G 3, Ajah market Block M and an unnamed shop at E.O.L.G 1 Ajah market Block NI amongst several others.

“The shops were sealed off for offenses ranging from sales of drugs without license from the regulatory authority to failure to relocate from a market area/adherence to the mandated distance between a patent medicine shop and market place as stipulated by the law; and sales of counterfeit and fake drugs amongst others”, she said.

EDO LG POLLS: PDP DEMANDS RESULTS IN ESAN NORTH-EAST

The ruling People’s Democratic Party(PDP) has demanded immediate release of results of re-run elections held in Esan North East Local Government in Edo  State, noting that the results were declared credible, free and fair by appropriate government agencies.

Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Chief Olisa Metuh who made the demand while  at a  press conference on the local government elections held in Edo State said Action Congress of Nigeria(ACN) pose real

Olisa Metuh, PDP publicity secretary

Olisa Metuh, PDP publicity secretary

Edo State Governor, Comrade Adams Oshiohole

Edo State Governor, Comrade Adams Oshiohole

threat to Nigeria’s democracy. Metuh said elections were concluded adding that presiding officers declared results in their wards and declared PDP councillors duly elected.

“After two days the governor ordered the EDSIEC chairman to announce the cancellation of the elections. A new date of Wednesday, April 24 was fixed. On the new date, a peaceful election was held under the direct supervision of the State Commissioner of Police and the Director of SSS, the PDP candidates again won overwhelmingly and results duly declared by presiding officers in the wards. However, the Returning Officer under the directive of Governor Oshiomhole absconded and refused to officially declare the results.

“The people waited for two nights but the officer was nowhere to be found. Shamelessly, EDSIEC annulled the elections again and fixed a new date. The charade and mockery on democracy in Edo state have clearly shown Nigerians what to expect from the ACN which is championing the merger in the yet to be registered and largely inoperable All Progressive Congress (APC) if for any reason they get into power at the federal level or in any state.

“A terror state where a governor brazenly attacks his people is a clear example of what to expect from ACN and APC if they are given any opportunity”, he said.

Metuh called on all Nigerians to observe, witness and comment on what he described as yet again dangerous and undemocratic tyranny of the ACN.

“The threat to democracy is real. We expect all civil societies, social critics, elders of this nation and other lovers of democracy to join in this just fight against the wicked acts of the ACN on the innocent people of Edo state. We as a party cannot witness the enthronement of free and fair federal elections by President Goodluck Jonathan only to become victims in elections in states controlled by the opposition. We will not accept this”, he said.

INEC APPOINTS 19 DIRECTORS, 36 ADMIN. SECRETARIES

Professor Attahiru Jega

Professor Attahiru Jega

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has appointed 19 directors and 36 administrative secretaries as part of ongoing reorganisation of the body.

The directors are Mr, Arabambi, A.D., Voter Education, Publicity, Gender and Civil Society and Liaison;  Musa H. Adamu, Human Resources Department; Salamatu G. Ibrahim (Mrs), Finance & Accounts Department; Akem Emmanuel, Voter Registry Department; Chidi P. Nwafor., ICT Department;  Oladimeji Kayode O., Electoral Operations Department; Bala I. Shittu, Election and Party Monitoring Department; Ogakwu C. Augusta, Legal Services Department; Engr. Moses Udoh, Estate, Works & Transport Department;  F.E. Tobi, Audit Directorate; Irene Ngozi Oghuma, Alternative Dispute Resolution Directorate and Ngaladar Shettima, Security Directorate.

Others directors are  Ndeche Okechukwu F., Planning & Monitoring Directorate; Isma’ila Moyi Kaura, Stores Directorate; Ishiaku A. Gali, Commission’s Secretariat Directorate; Isa Lawal Wase, Procurement Directorate;  Usman F. Usman, Administration Directorate; Osaze O. Uzzi, International Cooperation & Protocol Directorate; and Dr. Ajoku G.N., Health Services Directorate (Ag).

The rest  are administrative secretaries.  They are Mbanaja, Charles N., Abia; Dominic E.A. Sambo, Adamawa; Uluocha Obi Brown, Akwa-Ibom; Oscar Lee Charles Amaechi, Anambra;  E.I. Umenger, Bauchi;   Edor Abuon Ofono, Bayelsa; Takumbo Gudu G., Borno;  Umobong Okope Debe, Cross River; Owhor Nathan Oviri, Delta;  Obijuru Chika R., Ebonyi; T.O. Ongele, Edo; Okore Irokwe, Enugu;  Mr. Agboola E.O., Ekiti; A.A. Adamu, FCT; Abdulhamid Buba, Gombe; Dr. Aniemena Chukwudi, Imo; Abubakar Imam M., Jigawa; Nafiu Yusuf Hadejia, Kaduna; Abdurazaq Tukur Yusuf, Kano; Umar Ado Gwaram, Katsina and Bello Magaji Isa, Kebbi. Others are Edwin Ene, Kogi; Nwosu Christain, Kwara; I.J. Itegboje, Lagos; James Dakop D., Nasarawa; Paul Atser, Niger;Atiba D.A., Ogun; Fakorede Ebenezer Ojo, Ondo; Oladapo B. Oladipo, Osun; Mr. Adegbola Rafiu Adebisi, Oyo; Usman Baba Bukar, Plateau; Evuruobi Chinedu, Rivers; Adamu Usman, Sokoto; Salihu M. Yau, Taraba; Ibrahim H. Biu, Yobe; and Ahmed Zogirma, Zamfara.