Our attention has been drawn, and we read with utter dismay, a publication on an online medium, Kwarafa Reporters, on 13th April, 2019, which claimed that “Lai Muhammed is reportedly fighting DG National Troupe and National Theater, Tar Ukoh. He has fought Folarin Coker of Tourism Commission; he has fought Dr Garba Abari of NOA; he has also fought DG of NFVCB!”
It is not conventional for us to give some mushroom media any cognizance, but we are compelled to respond to this publication as one of the government agencies at the forefront of tackling hate speeches and publications that could distort facts and send wrong signals to actors within the entertainment industry who are contributing assiduously to giving the industry its rightful position in the socio-economic scheme of the nation.
The National Film and Video Censors Board (NFVCB) has recorded numerous successes and attained many milestones since the appointment of Alhaji Adedayo Thomas as its Executive Director, which cannot be dissociated from the distinguished mentorship, leadership and guidance of the supervisory ministry, the Federal Ministry of Information and Culture (FMIC), ably superintended by the visionary and indefatigable Honourable Minister, Alhaji Lai Mohammed. We therefore believe the publication is a figment of the imagination of fifth columnists who must have misled the writer, as they cannot divorce politics from purposeful governance, and are bent on clogging the wheel of progress of the smooth sailing FMIC under the Honourable Minister.
It would be recalled that the Honourable Minister, working in concert with the ED, charted a course for tackling piracy by introducing security seals and labels in collaboration with De La Rue. The Board was also involved in the organization of the recently held Creative Industry Summit where the Honourable Minister announced the establishment of a One million dollar venture capital to boost the Nigerian Creative Industry. Pricewaterhouse Coopers (PwC) Nigeria also lately reported that “Nigeria’s movie industry is world’s 3rd most profitable after Hollywood and Bollywood, with 2018 revenues up 25.5% from 2017 to US$3.8billion.” The agencies under the FMIC also command mutual working relationship and inter-agency collaborations. The NFVCB staff welfare, training and conference attendance locally and international has been a great success owning to the concern of the Minister. The Board of recent passed a vote of conference on the ED, which is a manifestation of the Minister’s support for both the ED and the agency.All these and more are strides achieved with the support and leadership of the Honourable Minister.
It is plausible to admit that these fifth columnists feed on chaotic situations, thrive on rumour-mongering and are not favorably disposed to a peaceful and tranquil workplace and environment, having long carried the burden of an ulterior intention to gain some unpatriotic advantage. They feel threatened by the relative peace and the cordial relationship our ED enjoys with the Honourable Minister and abhor a sinister move to excite conflict where none exists. Unfortunately, they have failed, and will yet failed again, on this voyage as it really takes an unsettled mind to imagine such a fiction with a non-appealing storyline, and we advise they seek counseling as quickly as possible.
Signed: Alhaji Adedayo Thomas ( ED-NFVCB)
EXCLUSIVE: How AIT Pocketed N28m For a 9- Hour Live Coverage of Vote Counting in Taraba.
The African Independent Television (AIT) obviously made a killing in the last governorship and presidential polls.
A source told KWARARAFA REPORTERS that AIT collected a whopping sum of N23m (twenty three millions) to cover a nine hour duration coverage while the votes were counted in Jalingo.
The source lamented that AIT make such monies around the country and still owing staff salaries upward to three years. He noted that further that the relationship between AIT and Taraba state started under a different government when a sum of N45m was paid for retainership.
He stressed that the state has since spent “millions” in keeping AIT’s coverage of many of its live shows. He said, “I have all the receipts here with me. What pains me is that they are owing their staff and they are making these kind of money.
Can you imagine what they are making across the country? So why owe staff? I think this is why some staff are now helping themselves and also stuffing their pockets? One staff recently bought a N15m worth of a car.
How did he make the money? Yet, salaries are not paid and some staff don’t care.” AIT was recently shut down following disagreement with the NBC. KR can not independently verify the source’s claim who insisted he has photocopies of Taraba state Government receipts for monies paid.
Inside The Sleaze Called AIT By A Staff
The problem of Daar is bigger than this one. The operations of a company like Daar can only be allowed in a country where wickedness reigns supreme.
It’s unfortunate that outsiders can’t see the problems.
The NBC is a willing but unsuspecting tool in the hands of reckless and unserious Daar owners who are anxious to take the short cut, a painful exit from the piles of deadly challenges occasioned by wicked and reckless management. As an insider, I can only say a little.
But let it be known that the least problem of Daar is the NBC. The staff and other insiders understand better. They know why the number of its fully operating stations in the states have reduced from around 20 to only about 4 currently, why Ghana, Sierra Leone, and US stations commissioned with pump soon folded up and why the debt profile of the company is suffocating. No need to mention the accumulated unpaid salaries of staff running up to two years.
All the staff of Daar are in at least 12 months of arrears of salaries. Disengage staffers are in different stages of litigations against their former company to be paid their years of unpaid salaries and entitlement. Even those who died on duty, including former GMD Ladi Lawal had to use lawyers against Daar to seek redress.
So many former staff of Daar are currently in court seeking redress over unpaid salaries and entitlement ment. No one knows why they are all quiet about it.
Yet Daar in the face of Nigerians is a champion of the masses, a defender of human rights and a voice for the people.
At the hill-top home of the chairman, overlooking the offices of Daar lavish birthday parties are common, in extravagant lifestyle.
Shareholders who contributed N13.5 billion in 2008 to buy into Daar are all quiet over a scam that has become the biggest corporate scam in Nigeria history.
Defenders of civil rights will soon climb the rostrum to demand for the re-opening of Daar but no one including the NUJ has done anything over the suffering of the current and former staff of Daar
An anonymous staff of DAAR Communications sent us this and used here advisedly.
Exclusive : How N500m License Fee , Other Debts Led to AIT’s Woes
Many media stakeholders have continued to hail the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) over its decision to suspend, Thursday, the license of the African Independent Television (AIT), even as others hinted at an executive clampdown. But insiders insist it AIT’s fault entirely.
While some of those who spoke exclusively to KWARARAFA REPORTERS accused the management of AIT of owing its staff, others pointed to the station’s penchant for not paying up on its financial obligations to regulators. Bismarck Ola, who spoke on the matter, revealed that AIT is currently owing NBC a sum of N500m.
He said, ” how many Nigerians are aware that AIT owes NBC over N500m in license fees? The owner of the network is notorious for evading payments of any kind and displaying a nonchalant attitude to procedures.
The staff are unjustly owed their salaries and entitlements too.” Speaking on the matter too, an industry watcher, Mrs Salome Okorie, said the NBC had even delayed in putting a stop to AIT’s unprofessionalism. She said, “there is no country in the world that will not sanction a network like the AIT especially for its complete disregard for order and procedures.
But at the level of content and its entire editorial thrust, AIT has shown that it is biased and one sided. There has not been any attempt at fairness or balance as both the presenters and reporters engage in slanted products.”
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