Monthly Archives: November 2016

Data Tariff Hike: ‘we won’t allow Nigerians to be milked’- Buhari

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Some hours before the data tariff hike could be implemented the Chairman of the Senate Committee on ICT and Cybercrime, Senator Fatai Buhari was the guest of the South West Group of Online Publishers, SWEGOP, at its maiden Breakfast Media Chat on Wednesday, November 30, 2016 where he answered questions bordering on the matter, cybercrime and the plans of the government to control it…

Members of the group took him on, on a number of issues, especially bordering on ICT, cybercrime and why the Senate had to wade into the proposed data tariff hike.

The NCC has issued a directive that data tariff should rise from tomorrow. We know the future of almost every business is online. Is this tariff increase properly timed and what do you think it portends for ICT in Nigeria?

I must be honest with you, on the issue of tariff, the National Assembly has not been consulted about it. I think it is a policy issue for them. However, I absolutely agree with you that if we say we are in recession, the purchasing power of the people has gone down, this is not the time to milk them. I absolutely agree with you on that.
I will call a meeting of my members next week, we will review it. We will not sit down and allow Nigerians to be milked and sucked.
However, we are not in the position to dabble into the policy making of an organization but we are there to what is called check and balance. So when there are policies like that, the moment it goes inimical to the wish of the people and it is going to affect our society; that is when we should come in. We will now ask them, why did you do this? That is with the populace. On the economic part of it, we have already agreed that we have to look inwards to make ICT one of the centres of revenue generation for the system.

GROUP CAUTIONS BUHARI OVER NNPC POSTING

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The Association of Online Media Practitioners of Nigeria, has called on the Minister of Petroleum Resources, President Muhammadu Buhari and the Board of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, which is headed by the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu, to quickly review the recent movement of Management personnel in the organization because it contains palpable cases of vendetta and injustice..

This was contained in a release signed by its National President and Secretary and made available to newsmen in Abuja. The association made particular reference to the NNPC spokesman, Mallam Garbadeen Muhammad who was given an ambiguous posting that leaves him in limbo.

Until the recent postings, Muhammad was the Group General Manager, Group Public the NNPC. But in a very curious action, he was moved to the position of ‘General Manager Communication and Strategy’ while still retaining his GGM position.

The organization said this is “enough to destabilize anyone and kill their morale”. The online publishers also queried the rush with which the GMD went about the posting. They observed that if Baru’s motives were sincere and in the interest of the corporation, he would have waited another couple of days when the NNPC Board would be inaugurated and then run the process through the board. “That way, he would have avoided the suspicion and errors that normally accompany a one-man know all decision.. But as it were, Baru can hardly defend himself against the accusation of carrying out a personal vendetta against his perceived enemies. “It is very possible”, says the online publishers that “Muhammed who joined the NNPC only about 6 months ago is a victim of Baru’s hate and vendetta, who has never hidden his disdain for so called outsiders joining the NNPC”.
The group described the attitude as being “particularly dangerous”

Examining Mr. Garabadeen’s case, the online body of publishers noted that “Garbadeen was invited by the Minister of State for Petroleum, Dr. Kachikwu who then doubled as GMD to come and serve his country. Garbadeen accepted to serve out of a sense of national duty. He left a flourishing media practice, a respectable job as Editor at Large with The Sun Newspapers, a popular and respected columnist and at the time the prestigious position of the President of the Nigerian Guild of Editors (NGE) to serve his country, only for him to be treated shabbily and wickedly.

This injustice is unacceptable under any guise. It is in this light that we call on President Buhari, whose sense of justice is not in doubt to intervene and salvage the reputation of a honest and patriotic citizen whose only crime was that he answered the national call to serve his country at the expense of a brilliant career that he built painfully over the past two decades”.

The association further said that “apart from discouraging competent Nigerians at home and abroad from making sacrifices for the country, such inexplicable inconsistency, coming less than six months after a similar exercise will spook investors and stun the growth of the oil and gas industry.

The online media practitioners further averred that if indeed the President granted approval for this injustice, it must be because he was misled by Dr. Baru, and that is why the President and Board of the NNPC have a moral obligation to review the exercise and wherever infractions are detected, they must be redressed.

Recalling the role Garbadeen played during the fuel subsidy standoff with Labour and other stakeholders, the online publishers maintained that “humiliating Garbadeen so cruelly for the personal satisfaction of the GMD is sad and a depressing indicator of why Corporation has been going down over the years. The NNPC is bigger than the interest of any individual and injustice to one is injustice to all”, the association stated.

Surebet In N1.8M Scandal: Lotto Winner Drags Company To Court (‘report me to Lottery board’ -Surebet CEO)

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Popular lotto company in Nigeria, Surebet247 is recently enmeshed in a scandal where a winner is fighting the company over a betting he won which the company refused to pay.

Kunle Asulegan narrated how he placed a bet at the Blue Cottage, Oke-Ado, Ibadan on the 27th of September, 2016 and valid receipts of the receipts of the games he placed was issued to him, but to his utmost surprise when he got there to check the results the second day, the computer showed ‘bet won’ an when he went to the centre to redeem his money the Surebet agents told him they have contacted their headquarters.

Asulegan expressed his disappointment when he got to the headquarters and he was told there was a mistake on the system.

A depressed Asulegan stated that all his efforts to redeem his money or talk to someone in position of authority in the company was blocked and he had to ask his lawyer to write the company which since then has refused to reply to the letter.

The lotto player explained to Papermacheonline that this wasn’t the first time he was placing bets at Surebet, in his words ‘I usually win some and lost some, but now that I won big why are they finding it hard to give me my money?’.

Asulegan provided Papermacheonline the receipts of the games he played and allegedly won and also showed a copy of the letter his lawyer sent to Surebet’s head office in Lagos with a threat that he would toe all legal means to redeem his money.

The CEO of Surebet247, Mr Sheriff Olaniran while responding to a text message from papermacheonline about the story said ‘tell him to report to lottery board if he feels cheated…we all have a choice to make’.imag2897imag2893