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Re: ‘The ABC of a Recalcitrant Debtor’: Shaka and Yellow Journalism

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Few things rival honesty as the primary characteristic of a reputable journalist. Fairness, objectivity and honesty are three key factors that every good journalist must not jettison in his/her stories. While every journalist works hard to ensure he earns the trust of his audience, it is worth knowing that dishonesty is the surest way to violate that trust, Danjuma Gogo writes.

I read on Friday, February 5, 2021 the story in ThisDay Newspapers written by my brother Shaka Momodu which he titled “The ABC of a Recalcitrant Debtor”. Only that headline caught my attention far away here, making me to go deeper into the article. No doubt I am not the only one who read it.

Just like every other reader, I have followed till date Shaka’s style of writing and will still be reading him even when he often writes what seems to please his personal interest and his paymasters than the desires of his audience he often claims to be writing for.

After reading Shaka’s ‘The ABC of a Recalcitrant Debtor’, what first came into my mind was how a renowned journalist Femi Adesina who is the spokesman of Nigeria’s President had described him in his article on January 13, 2020. Adesina had titled that piece “Shaka Momodu: A Columnist as Hater-in-Chief” … Sorry I wouldn’t like to deviate here.

I recall that my brother Shaka Momodu said in his February 5 write up that “The latest in the pantheon of bad debtors, who are either refusing or unwilling to pay back their loans, is the Chairman of Seplat Petroleum Development Company Plc, ABC Orjiako.”

Dear Shaka, I would have loved to read from your piece all the bad debtors you know and those who are either refusing or unwilling to pay back their loans because you wrote as if you have their list. So why single out one man? At that point, I didn’t need a soothsayer to tell me how Shaka will proceed and end the article knowing fully well that Access Bank Plc and Seplat Petroleum Company Plc have been entangled in legal tussle in the former’s misdirected efforts to recover an outstanding $85.8 million loan given in 2012 to Cardinal Drilling Services Limited by Diamond Bank (now Access Bank) which Cardinal was yet to offset.

Like every other public commentator, I have followed developments around the botched crusade on December 2, 2020 when the bank tried so hard to take aback the Nigerian corporate world using a team of fully armed policemen and lawyers, who in a commando approach took over and disrupted businesses and activities at the No. 16 Temple Road, Ikoyi Lagos corporate office of the Nigerian oil and gas giant, Seplat Petroleum Company Plc. Thanks to the Court as the last hope of a common man…

Like every other person interfacing with global investors, I became worried when Seplat’s application for the vacation of the orders was not ruled on by Justice Rilwanu Aikawa on December 24, even though it had been argued by both parties, thus halting corporate activities of the global brand.

My dear brother Shaka, you know how economical you were with the truth in that piece by describing ABC Orjiako as the sole owner of Seplat knowing fully well that the company listed on both Nigerian and London Stock Exchanges is a public company whose ownership is distributed amongst general public shareholders.

Shaka, as it has been reemphasized severally, aren’t you aware that as chairman of Seplat, Orjiako was not a party to the loan agreements or Deeds of Debenture, and did not stand as a guarantor or make any commitment whatsoever in respect of the loan at any point? Rather, Access Bank had filed action against him as the Third Respondent, which you know is in flagrant violation of well-established and universal principles of law.

The Appeal Court had on January 22, 2021 intervened in the miscarriage of justice, by suspending the interlocutory orders pending the determination of the substantive appeal brought by the oil firm. Expectedly, the Appeal Court’s ruling was predicated on public good and economic consequences of the lower court’s orders.

Shaka, please be fair to readers and ensure your personal feelings most time on any critical issue is put aside in order to unleash the truth –that is good journalism.

Danjuma Gogo, an economist and a public affairs analyst is based in Houston Texas (+1 832-774-2176)

CEO/Founder Investors King Ltd, a foreign exchange research analyst, contributing author on New York-based Talk Markets and Investing.com, with over a decade experience in the global financial markets.

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“In Less Than 24 Hours 2.3 Million Nigerians Registered to Receive COVID-19 Vaccination”- NPHCDA

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Over 2 Million Nigerians Have Self-registered for COVID-19 Vaccine on The NPHCDA Online Portal

On Wednesday, Nigeria’s primary healthcare agency boss, Faisal Shuaib, said that over 2 million Nigerians have registered to receive the Astrazeneca COVID-19 vaccine.

He said, “In less than 24 hours, 2.3 million Nigerians have registered to take the vaccines and the numbers keep increasing,”

According to the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) tweet on Monday, a healthcare worker, Osindeinde Ademilayo Abodede, was the first person to register for the vaccine. Her appointment has been scheduled for March 12 in Abuja.

The self-registration online portal was launched a day before the first batch of COVID-19 vaccines arrived in the country.

The agency said Healthcare workers will be given priority in the administration of the COVID-19 vaccine.

NPHCDA also stated that high priority will be given to “frontline workers” such as members of the military, police, Nigerians who are working at border posts, oil and gas workers, and “strategic leaders.”

Faisal Shuaib said, “As the vaccines arrive in batches due to limited supply we will inform Nigerians about who and where to receive the vaccine,”

“States without a functional airport will have their vaccines transported by road using vans with fitted cold cabins, from the nearest airport,” he added.

Boss Mustapha, Nigeria’s secretary-general urged traditional rulers, religious leaders, civil society groups, and the media to spread the message that vaccinations were needed. “This is a fight for everyone.” He said.

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How to Self-register For COVID-19 Vaccine in Nigeria

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COVID-19 Vaccine Self-registration Process in Nigeria

Following the delivery of the 3.92 Million AstraZeneca vaccine to Nigeria on the 2nd of March, Nigeria’s Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) has launched an online self-registration portal for COVID-19 vaccine registration.

How to register

Nigerians who want to self-register for the AstraZeneca vaccine can visit the NPHCDA’s portal for registration.

What do you need to fill the form?

To fill the vaccination form, you need your basic information: full name, contact phone number, email address, date of birth, sex, a form of ID, a residential address including states, LGA of residence, and ward of residence.

You are also required to select your preferred vaccination site from the listed available vaccination site in your area and upload a photograph. The form asks if you work in the health sector and if you have any medical conditions or a history of allergies.

Finally, you are required to type in a code and this completes your registration process.

You should receive a message that your registration has been completed. You will also be issued a vaccination ID. The message goes thus:

“Registration Completed! Your Vaccination ID is: XXXX

Your data is successfully received.

Thank you for taking the time to fill the form, you will receive an SMS and email shortly containing your Vaccination No. and other instructions.”

Who is eligible to receive the vaccination?

Healthcare workers top the list of people who will receive the vaccine first. Away from them, the NPHCDA said it will prioritize “frontline workers – the military, police, oil and gas workers, customs workers, and strategic leaders.”

Under the COVID-19 Vaccine Global Access (COVAX) scheme,  Nigeria will be the third African country to receive a vaccine, after Ghana and Ivory Coast.

It is reported that the vaccine will be administered without charges and the country is expected to receive a total of 16million free doses from COVAX in the coming months.

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Savvy Publishes Its First Impact Report Since Launch

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Savvy Has Released its First Impact Report 

The non-profit organization, Savvy, has today, published its first impact report since its launch. On February 24, 2021, it published a post on Facebook and other social media platforms that read: Feb. 4, made it 6 months since we launched the Savvy Fellowship program, and it seems like yesterday. How time flies.
On a mission to train at least 10,000 passionate individuals to build successful impact-driven businesses, the organization has decided to measure and publish its progress for the last 6 months, to see whether or not it’s making an impact or falling behind. From August 4, 2020, to February 4, 2021, Savvy received 39,958 applications from individuals interested in the Savvy program. It accepted 3,298 of them, which is an 8.25% acceptance rate. 1,121 being female, and 2,177 being male.
These 3,298 participants (often referred to as Savvy Fellows) come from 122 countries. 2,181 of the Fellows have completed the Savvy program—generating 1,278 business ideas and kickstarting 587 businesses during and after the program. In the nearest future, Savvy plans to get more mentors for the Savvy program, train 7,000 more individuals through the program, and provide Internet allowance for some of the Fellows who need it to participate in the program.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many have lost their jobs and are now living in an uncertain world. I and 131 entrepreneurs from 36 countries came together to start Savvy, a global Fellowship program equipping these recently unemployed individuals with the necessary knowledge and skill that they need to start their own impact-driven business and succeed as entrepreneurs,” says Chidi Nwaogu, Head of Fellowship Program at Savvy.
For 12 weeks, no matter what stage their venture is, the Savvy program helps selected Fellows answer all the relevant questions that they need to kickstart their amazing impact venture, gain early traction, achieve product-market fit, scale into new markets, create jobs, and improve the economy of their nations.

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