21 win Soyinka es­say con­test Fed Govt probes Mul­tichoice, Star­times for al­leged in­frac­tions

The Nation (Nigeria) - - News -

WIN­NERS of this year’s Wole Soyinka Es­say com­pe­ti­tion or­gan­ised in com­mem­o­ra­tion of the No­bel lau­re­ate’s 86th birth­day cel­e­bra­tion have been an­nounced. A state­ment by the Wole Soyinka In­ter­na­tional Cul­tural Ex­change 2020 (WSICE), or­gan­is­ers of the event, said the win­ners in the se­nior cat­e­gory (ages 17 to 22) are: Ty­rone Nku­l­uleko Takawira, from Zim­babwe (Global Prize win­ner and First Place, An­glo­phone win­ner - $1,000); Boluwaduro Abasiekem Adeyemi, a Nige­rian based in Bar­ba­dos (Run­ner-up, An­glo­phone win­ner - $300) and Felista Biluge, DR Congo (First Place, Fran­co­phone win­ner - $500); Em­manuel Ad­janor, Cote D’ivoire (Run­ner-up, Fran­co­phone win­ner - $300); Yuy­ing Zhu, China (First Place, Sino­phone win­ner - $500); Ji­ayi Li, China (Run­ner-up, Sino­phone win­ner - $300) and Sam­son Ikechuk­wuka Are­wah, Nige­ria (First Place, His­panophone win­ner - $500); Mayra Mileidy Pe­draza-fer­nan­dez, Colom­bia (Run­ner-up, His­panophone win­ner - $300) and Pe­dro Hermenegil­do Goncalves Capita, An­gola (First Place, Lu­so­phone win­ner - $500).

Oth­ers are: Del­cia Da Con­ce­icao Veris­simo Da Costa, An­gola (Run­ner-up, Lu­so­phone win­ner - $300); Leta Daniel, Uganda (First Place Con­so­la­tion Di­as­pora Prize win­ner - $200); Ma­jee­dat Ab­dul­ma­jeed, Nige­ria/cuba (First Run­ner-up, Con­so­la­tion Di­as­pora Prize win­ner - $100) and Anushree Chaud­huri, U.S.A (Sec­ond Run­ner-up, Con­so­la­tion Prize win­ner - $100.

Also, es­say win­ners in the Ju­nior Cat­e­gory (ages 12 to 16) are: Thelma Iheana­cho, Nige­ria (Global Prize win­ner and First Place Fran­co­phone win­ner - $600); Toluwa­n­imi Sonuga, Nige­ria (Run­ner-up, Fran­co­phone win­ner - $200); Emily Suh, U.S.A (First Place, An­glo­phone win­ner - $300); Joseph Di­vine, Nige­ria (Run­ner-up, An­glo­phone win­ner - $200) and Shaoyuan Li, China (First Place, Sino­phone win­ner - $300).

THE Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment has opened an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the con­duct of the two dom­i­nant pay TV ser­vice providers in Nige­ria - Mul­tichoice and Star­times.

The gov­ern­ment di­rected the com­pa­nies to pro­vide in­for­ma­tion rel­e­vant to the in­ves­ti­ga­tion to­mor­row or be­fore to­mor­row.

In sep­a­rate let­ters, dated Au­gust 28, 2020, ad­dressed to both com­pa­nies, the Fed­eral Com­pe­ti­tion, Con­sumer and Pro­tec­tion Coun­cil (FCCPC) in­ti­mated the pay TV ser­vice providers of the no­tice of a probe into their pos­si­ble vi­o­la­tion of con­sumer rights and anti-com­pe­ti­tion con­ducts.

The let­ter to Star­times was signed by Tam Ta­munoko­bia, the Head of Le­gal Ser­vices at FCCPC, and the let­ter to Mul­tichoice was signed by Eme David Ojugo, the As­sis­tant Chief Le­gal Of­fi­cer at FCCPC.

The gov­ern­ment said the reg­u­la­tory body had es­tab­lished prob­a­ble cause suf­fi­cient to be­gin in­ves­ti­ga­tions un­der Sec­tion 17 of the Fed­eral Com­pe­ti­tion and Con­sumer Pro­tec­tion Act (FCCPA).

The let­ters stated that the scope of the en­quiry will ad­dress is­sues on com­pe­ti­tion in the mar­ket, as well as fair­ness, trans­parency to con­sumers on how their busi­nesses were con­ducted.

Both ser­vice providers were ad­vised on their re­spon­si­bil­i­ties un­der sec­tions 32, 33, 34, 36, 111, 112, and 113 of the FCCPA.

The reg­u­la­tory body man­dated both ser­vice providers to pro­vide spe­cific in­for­ma­tion and any other in­for­ma­tion they might con­sider rel­e­vant or help­ful to the in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

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