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Africa’s Big Brother Titans Begins Sunday

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The new Big Brother Africa show, ‘Big Brother Titans‘ is set to come up on screen Sunday, January 15, 2023.

Investors King recalls that in September 2022, MultiChoice Group hinted its audience of the new show before the end of the BBNaija last season. 

The new African show will feature young people from Nigeria and South Africa who will be viewed in one house, making it a mixture of housemates from the African nations, Investors King understands.

BBNaija host, Ebuka Obi-Uchendu will collaborate with BBMzansi host, Lawrence Maleka in manning the show for twelve weeks.

The winner of the Big Brother Titans show which will be determined by viewers’ votes across Africa will be given a grand prize of $100,000 cash.

The Chief Executive Officer of MultiChoice Nigeria, John Ugbe noted that the new show will be filled with more entertainment and drama.

He stated that the Big Brother Titans show sponsored by Flutterwave, Bamboo and Lotto Star will explore both Nigerian and South-African acts through a variety of performances.

He said, “BBTitans is a special edition of the widely loved Big Brother show that will have Nigerians and South Africans in one house. We can only imagine that there will be an explosion of entertainment and intense drama, unlike anything viewers have ever seen before.

“Imagine Afrobeats and Amapiano, the food, and everything else we’ll see in this edition. It promises an abundance of Nigerian and South African swag, banter, romance, and everything else. We believe this will be the most exciting Big Brother the planet has ever seen, and we are excited for the show to begin.”

Ugbe urged viewers to vote massively through their MyDStv and MyGOtv Apps to keep their favourite housemates in the house.

The new Big Brother Titans show will be shown on GOtv, DStv and Showmax of the Multichoice Group.

The CEO further explained that each viewer’s subscription package will determine the number of votes they are entitled to.

“Big Brother Titans is set to premiere on Africa Magic channels, DStv channel 198 or GOtv channel 29 on January 15, 2023, starting with a launch show at 7 pm,” he stated.

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JAMB Cancels Registrations of 817 UTME Candidates Over False Biometric Fingerprints

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The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has announced the cancellation of 817 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) registrations in 2023.

Investors King gathered that the cancelled UTME registrations were as a result of false biometric fingerprints detected in the candidates’ registrations.

The JAMB Registrar, Prof. Is-haq Oloyede however, stated that the 817 persons whose registrations were invalidated would be given another opportunity to re-register for the examination while the centres will bear the new cost of registrations.

Prof. Oloyede, who spoke after separate meetings with stakeholders said, it was observed that some registration officers in about 178 Computer Based Test (CBT) centres used their fingerprints to complete the registration process instead of the candidates’ fingerprints which led to the registration cancellation. 

While the JAMB boss explained that some UTME candidates were naive due to the device used hence the officers using their fingerprints, he also posited that some did that intentionally for malpractice and impersonation but such cases were difficult to decipher.

His words, “For the students who allowed other people to add their fingers to their registration procedure. We found that some of them were only naive, because you will hear them saying my finger was hot, and the man added his own. And you allowed him to add his own? 

“Some of them did it deliberately for impersonation but we can’t identify those who are genuine from those who are not genuine. We will cancel all the registrations and we will ask them to re-register.

“The centres involved, we have just met with them, and they all confessed. Nobody is disputing it, even students that were telling lies, they know we have the technology that won’t allow any lie to be accommodated. On their own, the CBT owners suggested the solution. We will cancel the registrations of those people concerned and we will send a message to them to go back to the very centres  where they were registered and the CBT centres will pay to the board the cost of registration of the candidates.”

The JAMB Registrar warned candidates against allowing the capture of another person’s fingerprints during their registration process, noting that the device will detect any strange fingerprint added.

Giving an update on the recent suspension of five CBT centres who were caught selling UTME registration pins above JAMB fixed price, Prof. Oloyede said the suspension has been lifted from four of the five centers after explanations and apologies were tendered.

He added that the erred CBT centres will refund the excess amount to the board who will forward it to the Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (FCCPC) to decide on what the money will be used for, as candidates had been warned severally not to pay above the approved pin price.

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Npower News: Beneficiaries Lament Non-Payment of Four Months Stipend

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Batch C, Stream 2 beneficiaries of the Npower social intervention scheme lament non-payment of four months allowance. The affected beneficiaries claimed that many of them are hungry and sick because of the situation. 

Investors King learnt that some of the beneficiaries have resulted to attacking the government for its failure to do the needful. 

It would be recalled that Npower Batch C, Stream 2 beneficiaries were mobilised in September 2022 and resumed their places of primary assignment on the 4th of October 2022. 

Some of the beneficiaries had taken to the social media to narrate the challenges most of them are facing. 

Charles Okori stated on Twitter that a number of them find it difficult to transport to their PPA. 

“We have been working tirelessly since October 2022 without a single salary. People are really suffering going to their PPA, please come to people’s aid because Buhari and Sadiya Umar Farouq don’t have a single human sympathy in their hearts,” Charlse Okori narrated. 

Another beneficiary with the name Aduni Adeyinka stated the allegation that billions of naira have been diverted from the Npower fund is now taking a toll on the beneficiaries. 

Aduni wrote. “It is shameful and extremely painful that our government has held onto our four-month stipends without any explanation whatsoever. Maybe the allegation against D’banj is actually true.”

It would be recalled that a popular musician, Oladapo Oyebamiji popularly known as D’banj was arrested and interrogated by the Independent Corrupt Practices & Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) over issues bordering on the diversion of Npower fund using a fake Npower list. 

After his arrest, it was reported that over 90,000 ghost workers were fraudulently introduced into the Npower programme leading to the diversion of billions of naira into private pockets. 

What is Npower 

Introduced in 2016, Npower is a youth empowerment scheme sponsored by the Nigerian government under the Social Investment Programme (SIP).

Other programmes under the scheme include Home Grown School Feeding, Tradermoni, Marketmoni and the Conditional Cash Transfer.

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Teaching Jobs in UK: Eligibility Criteria Amended as Application Begins February 1

Most teachers from Nigeria, Ghana, India, Jamaica, Singapore, South Africa and Zimbabwe had expressed happiness as they meet the criteria.

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The chances of potential applicants for the teaching jobs announced by the United Kingdom have reduced as the country has amended the requirements for the recruitment exercise.

Following the initial eligibility criteria released for applicants for the job, Investors King had gathered that most teachers from Nigeria, Ghana, India, Jamaica, Singapore, South Africa and Zimbabwe had expressed happiness as they meet the criteria and we’re set to apply for the once it starts in February 1, 2023.

But, most interested persons from the highlighted countries, it was gathered, may not be able to meet up as UK Department for Education has added fresh criteria for the job.

The United Kingdom government had also factored its citizens among those qualified to go for the teacher status.

The Department for Education had in its Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) which will enable non-UK indigenes find teaching jobs across the country, had only stated that applicants who major in subjects such as Mathematics, Sciences and some Language Subjects are eligible to apply.

According to the statement earlier published on its website for the job, interested applicants were asked to apply for the QTS through the Teaching Regulation Agency (TRA).

The information had stated that teachers from all eligible countries will have to show they meet a consistent set of criteria for the award of the QTS.

As interested persons were waiting for February 1 for them to apply, the UK Education Department announced some changes to the eligibility criteria.

In the amended eligibility criteria, some subjects were removed while other qualifications were added.

As seen on the UK government website, the corrected notice disclosed that there will be a subject eligibility restriction in some countries including Nigeria, Ghana, India, Jamaica, Singapore, South Africa and Zimbabwe.

According to the UK government, the move was to ensure it offers efficient and consistent service to all applicants for the job.

Among the reasons it gave for the amendment was for UK to prioritise the subject specialisms that are majorly needed by schools in England.

While disclosing that the restriction of the subject eligibility is temporary, the government said the change would allow it handle applications timely as they are being received.

It noted that the countries affected would be continued to be updated on further steps and that other subject of some areas of specialisations would be opened by May 2023.

Other qualifications added for applicants from Ghana, India, Jamaica, Nigeria, Singapore, South Africa or Zimbabwe included that they must also have one of the qualifications it newly released.

The qualifications are: a teaching qualification that meets the standard of a level 6 qualification qualifying you to teach children aged 11 to 16 in mathematics, languages or science; a teaching qualification that meets the standard of a level 6 qualification qualifying you to teach children aged 11 to 16, and a bachelor’s degree made up of at least 50% mathematics, science or a language (excluding English) taught in English state schools, for example: French, German. Italian, Japanese, Latin, Mandarin, Russian, Spanish.

The change may drop the number of qualified in Nigeria and other countries listed.

 

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