Nigerians have requested free subscription from DStv after the cable-TV company donated N1.2 billion towards the fight against the spread of the Coronavirus disease.
DStv had announced that from the N1.2 billion, FG would be given N500 million while Lagos State would receive N50 million. The company also stated that it would provide N400 million to cover the remuneration of engaged producers, actors and other technical professionals in the creative industry, whose production was disrupted by the Coronavirus pandemic.
Nairametrics had reported that Nigeria recorded its first case of COVID-19 late February 2020, but the figure has since risen to 174, with two people dead, while 9 people have been discharged after treatment.
— DStv Nigeria (@DStvNg) April 1, 2020
Chairman, DStv Nigeria, Adewunmi Ogunsanya, said, “We recognise the impact that the COVID-19 pandemic has on Nigerians and the economy.”
However, Nigerians protested this decision, asking for free subscription and better service.
Nigerians are not impressed: Despite being a worthy course, some Nigerians believe the donation would be of no use as the people would not feel the impact.
While the fear of a possible price hike after the pandemic clouded the announcement, many suggested that the donation should be used to offer free subscription for one or more months.
One of them, simply known as Nnaemeka @thisisemeka on Twitter, expected DSTV to reduce its tariff and not make such donations. He said,
“All these audio money we no go see or feel”. @okiezeokieze supported Emeka’s opinion, stating that, “Better use money to extend subscribers subscriptions for one month instead of giving to government that will not release it.”
Better use money to extend subscribers subscriptions for one month instead of giving to government that will not release it
— Okezie Azuma (Obed) (@OkezieOkezie) April 1, 2020
@sonic30465927 said, “Give all your subscribers 2 months free view” while @Maybyshantel1 responded, “Don’t mind them, ordinary 3days free view they won’t give…rubbish”.
Don't mind them, ordinary 3days free view they won't give…rubbish
— Shantel (@Mabyshantel1) April 1, 2020
Another user @Vicente tweeted, “Hope our subscription fees is not hiked after the pandemic is over” Reacting to her statement, @OmnIkhine said, “Don’t mind them instead of them to auto renew all subscriptions then dey dash govt money help me ask them if na govt dey pay our subscriptions.”
Don’t mind them instead of them to auto renew all subscriptions then dey dash govt money help me ask them if na govt dey pay our subscriptions
— magnus omon ikhine (@omonIkhine) April 1, 2020
You have not fulfilled any of your obligations to your customers and then you are making this announcement. Definitely audio money
— Ayatutu Retail (@AyatutuRetail) April 1, 2020
I wonder where all this money is going to…. reduce tariff or give us free subscription..donation one rubbish audio money mshwww
— 🧠Dãńiellå🦄 (@Mo_Daniella) April 1, 2020
Giving us one month free subscription would have made more sense, they will loot this money, you just made one or two politicians richer….
— Onyeka John CFC (Nwa wa wa) (@onyeka18) April 1, 2020
You guys should support Nigerian directly, all these governments are not really representing us. Give us full subscription for one month to enjoy staying at home
— Dont Dull 🌍😷 (@Alembio_A) April 1, 2020
Who send una work??🙄 Nigeria government tell @DStvNg say Dem need money?
We no even need free subscription all we want na make our subscription end one month of usage not one month after subscribing… Sometimes we pay for what we don't use
— Nuelontop (@ENuelontop) April 1, 2020
That one na government go chop am,do what will affect you customers directly.
— olalekins (@lekan_ogunleye) April 1, 2020
Just reduce price for subscriptions this period and forget committing any amount to assist FGN they're have all it takes but embezzlement will never allow them.
— ClementAEse (@ClementAEse2) April 1, 2020
Buhari reappoints Bala Usman as MD of NPA, reconstitutes the Board
President Buhari has approved the reappointment of Hadiza Bala Usman as the MD of the NPA for another term of 5 years.
President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the reappointment of Hadiza Bala Usman as the Managing Director of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) for another term of 5 years.
This follows the expected expiration of the tenure of Usman, who was first appointed as the Managing Director on July 12, 2016.
This disclosure is contained in a series of tweet posts which was issued by the Presidency on its official Twitter handle on Thursday. January 21, 2021.
The Presidency in its statement also announced the approval of the reconstitution of the Non-Executive Board of the NPA, with Emmanuel Olajide Adesoye (representing South-West zone) as Chairman.
The statement from the Presidency partly reads, ‘’President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the re-appointment of Hadiza Bala Usman as Managing Director of Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), for an additional five-year tenure.
‘’Also approved is the reconstitution of the Non-Executive Board of the NPA, with Emmanuel Adesoye (from South-west zone) as Chairman.’’
Other members of the reconstituted Board include Ekenyem Nwafor-Orizu (representing South-east zone), Akinwunmi Ricketts (representing South-south zone), Ghazali Mijinyawa (representing North-East zone), Mustapha Dutse (representing North-West zone), and Abdulwahab Adesina (representing North-Central zone).
What you should know
- Hadiza Bala Usman was born on January 2, 1976, in Zaria, Kaduna State and has a B.Sc. Business Administration from Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria and a Post Graduate in Development Studies from University of Leeds, the UK in 2009.
- She worked at the Bureau of Public Enterprises (BPE) from July 2000 to August 2004 as Enterprise Officer and hired by the UNDP for the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) from October 2004 to January 2008 as Special Assistant to the Minister on Project Implementation.
- Ms Bala Usman worked, between 2011 and 2015) as Director of Strategy of the Good Governance Group, a non-governmental organisation founded by Kaduna State State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, and his friends.
- Ms Bala Usman, one of the founders and conveners of #BringBackOurGirls, a campaign group pushing for the rescue of the abducted Chibok schoolgirls, was also a member of the Presidential Advisory Council on Anti-Corruption.
- Prior to her appointment as the Managing Director of Nigerian Ports Authority, she was the Chief of Staff to Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna, apposition she was appointed to in 2015.
Also approved is reconstitution of the Non-Executive Board of the NPA, with Mr Emmanuel Olajide Adesoye (South-west zone) as Chairman.
— Presidency Nigeria (@NGRPresident) January 21, 2021
Covid-19: Africa records higher death rate than the global rate
Africa’s coronavirus death rate is now higher than the global average according to Africa CDC.
Africa’s coronavirus death rate has been reported to be higher than the global average as the continent struggle with a shortage of oxygen and other resources during this second wave of the coronavirus pandemic.
The continent’s fatality rate currently stands at 2.5%, which is higher than the global rate of 2.2%, a departure from earlier in the pandemic, when the death rate in Africa was lower than that at the global level.
According to a report from Reuters, this disclosure was made by the Director of Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), John Nkengasong, on Thursday, January 21, 2021, during a press conference.
While describing the trend as alarming experts, the continent’s CDC boss pointed out that earlier in the pandemic, Africa’s death rate had been below the global average.
He said, “The case fatality rate is beginning to be very worrying and concerning for all of us.’’
Nkengasong also said that 21 African countries are now recording Covid-19 death rate of above 3% as the number of countries in the continent with a higher fatality rate than the global average continues to grow.
Some of the countries include Egypt, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Liberia, Mali, Sudan and a host of others.
What you should know
- Africa has so far recorded 3.3 million cases of the coronavirus infections with 82,000 fatalities as at Thursday.
- These figures represent a small fraction of the global total, but cases have been reported to have increased by 14% each week in the last 1 month.
- According to data from Africa CDC, over the past week, cases decreased by nearly 7% compared to the previous week while deaths increased by 10%.
- The continent reported 207,000 new cases in the past week, with South Africa alone reporting 100,000 of those new cases.
Ex-Real Madrid Striker, David Barral becomes first-ever footballer to be bought with Bitcoin
Former Real Madrid Striker, David Barral has become the first-ever footballer to be bought with Bitcoin.
Former Real Madrid striker, David Barral, makes transfer history as he became the first-ever professional player to be bought solely with virtual currency, Bitcoin.
Spanish third division side, DUX Internacional de Madrid, simply known as Inter Madrid, has officially signed the 37-year-old after teaming up with their new sponsors, Criptan that deals in cryptocurrency, The SUN reports.
Inter Madrid who are part of DUX gaming, eSports club owned by footballers Borja Iglesias and Real Madrid star, Thibaut Courtois, is yet to disclose the total value of the deal.
The Segunda Division B club went to Twitter to welcome their new signing and thank their sponsor.
“David Barral new player of DUX Internacional de Madrid, welcome to the infinite club! He becomes the first signing in history in cryptocurrencies. Thanks to Criptan, our new sponsor, for making it possible,” the club tweeted.
The 37-year-old, who made over 50 appearances playing in the Real Madrid reserve side, expressed his delight at his latest move. Barral has also played for Spanish La Liga clubs Sporting Gijon, Levante, and Racing Santander.
“Glad to join the project of @interdemadrid with eager ambition and responsibility to continue competing and achieve important challenges in my sports career,” he wrote on his official Twitter handle.
What you should know
- A similar deal was when a Harunustaspor, Turkish amateur side, paid 0.0524 Bitcoin (£385) plus 2,500 Turkish Lira in cash (£841) for Omer Faruk Kıroğlu in 2018.
- Back in December, Carolina Panthers offensive tackle Russell Okung became the first high-profile athlete in the United States to be paid in bitcoin.
- Similarly, the Mark Cuban-owned Dallas Mavericks became the second NBA franchise to accept Bitcoin as a means of payment for both game tickets and merchandise.