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