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Yuletide: Aminu Gwadabe Greet ABCON Members, Nigerians

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Yuletide: Aminu Gwadabe Greet ABCON Members, Nigerians

“allow ourselves to be infected by the spirit of joy this beautiful season.” – ABCON President

Olushola Okunlade Writes

The National President of the Association of Bureaux De Change Operators of Nigeria (ABCON), Alhaji Aminu Gwadabe, has urged members to use the yuletide season to extend kindness to members of the society, to reflect on and embrace tolerance, which is one of the attributes of Jesus Christ.

He said yuletide season is a reminder that we are our brother’s keepers, urging Christians and Muslims to “allow ourselves to be infected by the spirit of joy this beautiful season.”

Gwadabe, in a goodwill message sent to BUSINESS ECHO MAGAZINE, identified the love of God towards mankind as care, selflessness, and compassion for people, especially the weak, the vulnerable, and the underprivileged despite we have experienced most tough year.

He said, “This is a season that explains the depth of God’s love for mankind and exemplary sacrifice that we should emulate in our relationship with our neighbors, irrespective of status and creed.

Yuletide: Aminu Gwadabe Greet ABCON Members, Nigerians
ALHAJI AMINU GWADABE, ABCON PRESIDENT.

“This season is another opportunity to increase our acts of kindness and touch the less privileged in our society.

“Therefore, this yuletide means so much more than just mere merriment. It is a veritable avenue to extend love to the underprivileged who are disadvantaged in several ways.

“In this special season, therefore, I urge ABCON Members to spread love and be our brother’s keeper. Let us reach out to those who struggle to provide for their families. Let us put smiles on the faces of the weak and the vulnerable. This is the real essence of Yuletide season.”

He said his leadership is committed to religious tolerance, just as he urged all members to continue to pray for peace of the country.

Gwadabe, in a goodwill message on Saturday, noted that “Jesus Christ was an embodiment of peace, love, tolerance and sacrfice in his entire lifetime.” He said all ABCON Members, Nigerians needed to emulate these qualities in the quest to build a great nation.

“As we move towards the year 2022, we must remain united and refrain from actions and utterances that can lead to violence and chaos,” he said.

“The Yuletide season commemorates every good, precious, and pure ideal that we share. I encourage each and every one of us to allow ourselves to be infected by the spirit of joy this beautiful season as you mark the birth of Christ.

“It is important that we all remember that behind yuletide is the idea that we are to be our brother’s keeper and our sister’s keeper; that we should treat others as we would want to be treated and to share the love with all and sundry.”

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Owo Attack: Sanwo-Olu Commiserates With Akeredolu, Ondo People

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Owo Attack: Sanwo-Olu Commiserates With Akeredolu, Ondo People

Olushola Okunlade Writes

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has commiserated with his Ondo State counterpart, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi (SAN), and the State Government, over the attack and killings of worshippers at St. Francis Catholic Church at Owa-luwa Street, Owo in Ondo State by unknown gunmen on Sunday.

Governor Sanwo-Olu, who described the attack as a callous, inhuman, and despicable act, also sympathized with the people of Ondo State, especially the residents of Owo, Governor Akeredolu’s hometown, and members of the St. Francis Catholic Church, Owa-luwa.

Sanwo-Olu in a condolence message issued on Sunday by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Gboyega Akosile, condemned the attack by the gunmen, saying it is crime against humanity to open fire on worshippers on Sunday morning killing scores of people.

The Governor, who also commiserated with the Catholic Church of Nigeria and the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), expressed deep sorrow over the loss of lives in the ugly incident. 

He said: “On behalf of the government and people of Lagos State, I commiserate with Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, Ondo State Government, and the entire people of the State over the tragic loss in the state caused by the attack and killings of worshippers by the evil men this morning.

“Attacking a congregation and shedding innocent blood during a divine service in the temple of God is condemnable as it is a crime against humanity. It is a barbaric, callous, and despicable crime for any man to attack and kill worshippers or fellow men in a manner the yet-to-be-identified gunmen carried out the heinous crime in the Catholic church this morning.  

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims, families, and the Christian community and the people of Owo as well as the entire people of Ondo State, who are affected by this unfortunate incident.”

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Court Nullifies 6th NBC Code

Olushola Okunlade Writes

On Thursday, the Federal High Court sitting in Lagos declared illegal the 6th edition of the National Broadcasting Code issued by the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC).

In reaching his decision Justice Ambrose Lewis-Allagoa said the proposed amendments 6th Edition of the National Broadcasting Code is ultra vires, incompetent null, and void and perpetually restrained the NBC from implementing the document.

The court equally declared that NBC does not have the power to prohibit exclusivity on and compel sub-licensing of privately acquired rights to television content as such is against the constitution and the copyright act.

The ruling was in a suit filed by a Lagos-based journalist and movie producer, Mr. Femi Davies, who had approached the court contending among other things that the amendment sought by the NBC to the 6th edition of the Code violates his rights to own intellectual property and exercise exclusive rights on such.

Davies also contended that the amendment, if allowed, will negatively impact business and the development of the country, as it disincentivizes investment and discourages hard work.

On its part, NBC had submitted that the amendment to the 6th broadcasting Code was done to protect local operators, promote creativity and maximize local content via the anti-trust provisions contained in the amendment. The Commission also claimed that the amendment to the Code was aimed at stimulating growth in the broadcasting industry by attracting foreign investment.

But Davies argued, among other things, that if allowed, the amendment would greatly violate his right to a fair hearing and asked the court to uphold his six reliefs as set out in his originating summons.

The reliefs include “a declaration that the NBC lacks the requisite vires to prohibit exclusivity on privately acquired intellectual property right in program content of a right-holder viz-a-viz the salient provisions of the constitution and the Copyright Act.

“A declaration that the commission acted ultra-vires in so far as it sought to regulate the practice of advertising in Nigeria contrary to the provisions of the extant Advertising Practitioners (Registration, etc) Act, 2004.

“A declaration that the commission acted ultra vires when it sought to retroactively compel right holders of programme content to compulsorily share extant rights acquired under existing license under the proposed amendment to the 6th Edition of the NBC Code.

“A declaration that the commission acted ultra vires when it sought to retroactively compel right holders of programme content to compulsorily share extant rights acquired through a partnership and /or joint venture with an investor under the proposed Amendment to NBC Code.

“An order setting aside the amendment of the NBC Code and an order of perpetual injunction restraining the NBC from implementing the Amendment to the NBC Code.

In his judgment, Justice Lewis-Allagoa held: “I agree with the submission that acquisition of exclusive rights to Broadcast a particular program is an investment for returns and by virtue of the above-stated provisions, no one should be forced to surrender the same when it is lawfully acquired…

“I am in agreement with the plaintiff counsel that the said proposed amendment is a violation of the principle of fair hearing and natural justice. The proposed amendment purports that the defendant NBC shall without any fact-finding or recourse to the other party place the advertising agency on its black list, solely based on the complaint of a media house to the defendant and the defendant acting has the authority to itself shall pass its verdict without hearing the other parties.

“I have determined the questions in the originating summon in favor of the plaintiff.

“For reasons hereinbefore given, consequently, all the reliefs sought by the plaintiff are granted as prayed. That is the judgment of the court.”

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CMS Girls’ Alumnae Tasks Females On Building Purposeful Future

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CMS Girls’ Alumnae Tasks Females On Building Purposeful Future

Olushola Okunlade Writes

Young girls in secondary schools and females in general – in the academic environment – have been challenged to remain focused and ensure that they build and maintain a purposeful future that will allow them to stand out as leaders of tomorrow.

The admonition was given at the 42nd Anniversary Celebration of the CMS Girl’s Grammar School Akoka, Bariga, Lagos, with the theme: ‘Strengthening The Bond: Past, Present, And Future’.

The event, which was held on Saturday, May 21, 2022, brought together all past graduate students of the school from 1985 to 2020, and equally served as a platform to reunite the former students with their old principals and teachers; both serving and retired.

Speaking at the event, the National President, CMS Girl’s Grammar School Akoka Alumnae Association, Mrs. Adeola Adetugbobo, explained that education is the passport to the future and every necessary arrangement must be made to get prepared for the tasks ahead.

Adetugbobo said that a conducive learning atmosphere is one of the key ingredients to improving quality education and such provision is sacrosanct within the academic environment.

“Because we know the benefits of providing a good atmosphere of learning and augmenting the existing infrastructure of the school, today, as part of our mission, we will be donating 100 chairs and desks for the classrooms, as part of our gift to our beloved Alma Mater.

“To the young, charming, brilliant, focused girls and ladies out there, I urge you to devote all your time and energy to your studies, to sustain the academic excellence for which CMS Girls is known. Remember to always keep your face towards the sunshine, and with time, shadows will face behind you.

“You must always be of good character, both at school and at home, even as you uphold the legendary high moral values of our school, as good ambassadors. Remember, you are the future of this school, and will in the course of time, take the baton of leadership. Therefore, follow your dream and pursue your vision with purpose and tenacity. A positive mindset brings positive things.” she said

High Standard; Adetugbobo stressed that the school has always set very high standards and goals for itself, by involving in various competitions and extra-curricular activities; stressing that this boosted their morale and confidence to give back to the school.

She added that the wide range of work done by different sets of Alumnae, rekindled their sense of responsibility to the school and the society at large, promising to continue to walk on that path of greatness.

Appreciating Gestures; The principal of the school, Mrs. Florence Bolodeoku, appreciated the members for their consistent gestures to the school and for the donation of the chairs and desks to the pupils.

Bolodeoku described the donation as cogent, stating that it will further boost learning within the school; while adding that the students will have more chairs at their disposal to seat and get impacted.

The principal, who stated that the school had functional toilets and other facilities provided by the state government to ease learning for everyone, however, appealed to the former students to assist with the completion of the abandoned school hall in the school.

According to her: “The hall would complement the existing hall and provide alternative facility for students to write the examination and other co-curriculum activities. We will also urge that the ex-students assist with giving the laboratories a face-lift- with adequate equipment that could aid students’ ability to become great scientists.”

Morale Booster; A final year student of the school Ms. Ifeoluwa Modebeodero, who was visibly elated to witness the occasion, stated that the gathering of the past students of the school since it was founded in 1980, had boosted the morale of the present students and would make them follow that same path of giving back to the school and society.

Besides the donation of chairs and desks, the Association also promised a cash reward of N100,000 for the best student in the ongoing West Africa Examination Council (WAEC), examinations, as well as the donation of the first-aid box, jerseys for sporting activities, among others.

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