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EXCLUSIVE: How AIT Pocketed N28m For a 9- Hour Live Coverage of Vote Counting in Taraba.

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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.

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Inside The Sleaze Called AIT By A Staff

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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
Pity.

An anonymous staff of DAAR Communications sent us this and used here advisedly.

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Exclusive : How N500m License Fee , Other Debts Led to AIT’s Woes

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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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1.2m Candidates May Not Gain University Admission-By Ambrose Bernard Gowong

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Past Saturday, the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board JAMB released the much awaited Unified Tertiary Matriculations Exams (UTME) which was written in April this year. A breakdown of the figure indicated One million, eight hundred and eighty six thousand, five hundred and eight students (1,886,508) sat for the exams but JAMB only released results of one million, seven hundred and ninety two thousand seven hundred and nineteen (1,792,719) withholding the results of over thirty thousand candidates.

While the action of JAMB in releasing the results may relaxed some nerves especially parents and candidates who sat for the mandatory entry point exams into any Nigeria tertiary institution, a deeper and careful analysis of the figures indicate over 1.2million qualified candidates may not after all gain admission into Nigerian University.

According to the National Universities Commission (NUC), Nigeria presently has 43 Federal Universities, 48 State Universities, and 79 Private Universities. These 170 ivory towers has a combined carrying capacity oscillating between 520-540,000 slots. What this portray is, the balance of university admission seekers from the 1,886,508 million that sat for JAMB in April this year will be distributed to the various polytechnic/Monotechnic and colleges of education spread across the country. Some will out rightly remain at home for want of space. This elimination process is aside post-JAMB some universities do require.

Above portrait may seem like a dashed hope to some but it is not completely gloomy, this is where the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN) steps in to mop up the excesses.

With the amendment and eventual presidential assent of the NOUN act in December last year, graduates of the University can now attend law school and the mandatory youth service which hitherto an exemption certificate from NYSC suffice.

With the evolution and revolutionary overhaul carried out by the Vice-Chancellor Prof Abdalla Uba Adamu, little wonder why both local and foreign universities in Africa are feasting on NOUN course materials to get rich educational nutrients.

Aside posting it’s study materials online for free download which by the way is a measuring gauge for quality of materials, the University may pass as the only internationally connected university in the country. Partnership with open University of UK, Sussex University, Commonwealth of Learning (COL) Canada, Indrah Ghandi open university of India, Open university of South Africa (UNISA), African council for Open and Distance Education (ACDE) and International Council for Open and Distance Education (ICDE). These partnerships brings in global best practices and as well sets higher academic benchmarks.

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