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TStv decries poor power supply, urges FG to save Nigerian businesses

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The Managing Director, TStv Africa Pay TV, Mr Bright Echefu, lamented the poor power supply faced in the country and urged the Federal Government to improve on it and save business.

Echefu gave the indication through his Facebook handle on Thursday.

He expressed dismay and explained that the company bought 769,300 litres of diesel and spent a total of N232 million from January to December 2021 for its headquarters and affiliate offices across the country.

He also explained that the diesel used in the TStv headquarters had risen from N14 million monthly as at 2021 to N36 million monthly in 2022.

“In January 2022, the N17 million monthly rose to 24m monthly. I cried. This March, I am so pained that diesel for TSTV headquarters operation alone has climbed to N36 million for the same 45,000 litres we buy at 14m in October 2021.

“As a company, it was never convenient spending 17m monthly on power in Abuja HQ of TSTV alone.

“From our finance records, TSTV bought 769,300 litres of diesel and spent a total of N232 million from January 2021 to December 2021 for TSTV headquarters and its affiliate offices.

“There are several months we have relied on generators to run our 24 hour operations. In most part of 2021, we spent between N12 million and N14 million monthly on diesel.”

He, however, informed that the actual need of TSTV monthly was 68,000 litres and this covers other offices of TStv and affiliated businesses across Nigeria.

He said he received a request for the usual 68,000 litres of diesel for the headquarters and its affiliated offices, which costed N54.4 million for this March alone.

“TStv headquarters alone runs 24 hours on generators since July 2021. It consumes 45,000 litres monthly and that is no joke.

“Yesterday, I received a request for the usual 68,000 litres of diesel for TSTV headquarters and other offices of affiliated companies and guess what the cost will be, N54.4 million for March 2022 alone.

“Imagine N54.4 million for the month of March alone. N54.4 million is 23 per cent of our total spending on diesel in 2021.

“How can N14 million monthly that we spent in most of last year for diesel climb to N54.4 million monthly?

“If this issue is not resolved by government, it means TSTV should be prepared to look for N489 million to power its generators for the next 9 months,” he said.

He assured that the company would continue to serve Nigerians with uninterrupted pay TV service, even though this was coming with extreme pain and discomfort.

“I am pained and I know a lot of SMEs are going through this crisis too.

“The facility seats on 1.6 hectares of land. We have over 200 AC’s to power, we have transmission equipment, we have 150- Channel Network Operations Center,

“We have TSTV studios, Satellite teleport, Tier III data center facility and many infrastructure all in Idu headquarters that must never go off for one second.

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German machine readies for another Mega music concert in Benin City

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Riding on the success of his maiden music concert last August, front line Nigerian DJ, Regan Uchechukwu, better known as the German Machine is already putting finishing touches on a follow-up event holding in Benin City, the Edo State capital.

The Edo-based DJ and entertainer had gathered top industry players at his maiden show tagged the German Machine Concert on August 4, 2023 in Benin and now promises that this year’s edition will even be more exhilarating.

The concert which had Chocolate City top star Ice Prince, renowned comedian Senator of My Flat Mates fame, actor Ime Bishop Umoh aka Okon Lagos, DJ Nana, among others, was hosted by award-winning actress Moyo Lawal .

German Machine who acknowledges that the show packaged and produced by All Adams Events was a huge success says he plans to keep his promise of becoming a major player in the future of entertainment in the South-South.

His sophomore gig which he says will also hold in August will be packaged by All Adams as no thorough businessman changes a winning team.

He added that the huge potential in the industry has become his driving force in being a major player in the sector.

The stylish DJ said he is withholding the line-up of the August 6, 2024 event but promised he will have not just an international act this year but also feature some of the finest artistes in Nigeria.

German Machine finally declared that this year’s event will be way bigger and more exciting than the previous one just as he called on corporate bodies to support his brand.

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The hammer man

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By Sam Ogabidu

Caught in the app
The lying art
He had mastered
With a sense of craft
And practice
He loomed viral now
Like a scandal on insta
Grammed in the pun
Of words he failed to fun
And fund his way from
The gaffe that should
Consume the timber
Of his caliber
Even as he prattles
Praying for bigger goofs
From the goof men in power
To consume his own
So he can return to his winning days
Of ease and pleasure
Obot son of Akpabio
The one who sent prayers
Oiled in the anointed tone
Of a money alert
In the inbox of his colleagues
In the sin ate house
Of the horribles
Is the man with the gavel
The hammer to nail in
The unreason that governs us

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El Rough Eye

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By Sam Ogabidu

His crime is not that he is short
There are many short men
Who are not intimidated
By their height
But not him
Who had to find the pole
To vault his ambition
Higher than men taller than him.
In grace and in place
So he could find a way
He became a brave curser
A hijacker and hate spreader
Hiding behind a loquacious tongue
Redlipped with morning lies
Betrayed only by the saliva flecks
At the corners of his mouth
He swipes and lies more
Hidden behind his framed glasses
He railed his anger to pave the path To climb higher and taller than all
So he divided his city into two
Uneven and unequal parts
And the unhappiness he spread in one corner
Rivaled the happiness he sowed in the other
And so he canceled himself out
Like the accident in our public space
That he says he is

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