Monday, 30 December 2013

Multinational Conspiracy As Guiness and Nigerian Breweries Team-Up Against Local Herbal Gin Makers

Allegedly Budgeted Hundreds of Million Naira to Bribe NAFDAC Officials

Competition is defined as the activity or condition of striving to gain or win something by defeating or establishing superiority over others , in Economics competition is defined as the rivalry among sellers trying to achieve such goals as increasing profits, market share, and sales volume by varying the elements of the marketing mix: price, product, distribution, and promotions . There are also many ways through which competing manufacturers differentiate their products to attract customers and this includes; price, wrappers, quantity and many more.  

In every viable economy competition plays a major role in cutting down the price and making sure the interest of the consumers are protected at all times, but a situation that sees some others that are well established going through illegal means to out-muscle the new ones portends danger to economic growth of the community and this may be the trend in the country at the moment if the story reaching us is anything to go by.  

According to Bulls Eye on, it was reliably gathered that two of the country’s biggest beer manufacturing companies may have teamed-up to fight what they can describe as common enemy and this we were informed they are doing in the manners that is not befitting the companies’ status. Sources revealed that Guinness Nigeria Plc and Nigerian Breweries Plc are both working seriously to have the local herbal gins which quantity is increasing by the day faced-out of the market.  

Sources revealed that rather than face them out using the acceptable format in every competitive market like; producing similar products and selling for reduced price, etc., the two multinational beer companies have decided to do it the illegal way, which insiders alleged is to bribe officials of National Agency for Food and Drugs Administration Control (NAFDAC) to deny the manufacturers of these local herbal gin accreditation knowing that Nigerians who had been patronizing them will desist once they are not accredited by the agency.  

Information at the disposal of Bulls Eye on is that the advent of the local herbal gin has seen a sharp decline in the sales of the multinational beer manufacturers a situation that has seen their turnover reduced drastically and it was after conducting researches that they got to know that their closest rivals are now the local herbal gin manufacturers and this is based on the fact that it is cheap, it is believed to have medicinal ability, little quantity of it will sate the alcohol yearnings of the consumers and many other factors like that has made it the choice of the consumers who now abandons normal beer for it.  

Though it is expected that the giant beer factory should have come out with a brand that will enable them compete with the local herbal gin, but pride and fear of letting the people catching the whiff that the local herbal gins are giving them sleepless night was deduced as the reason the employ such unorthodox practice of bribing NAFDAC officials to frustrate the manufacturers of the local brand.   It is a matter of time according to insiders before the crook officials of the regulatory agency that were paid by the multinationals the several millions earmarked for the clamp down to switch into action just to execute the facing-out plan of the multinationals. A plan that we gathered was championed by the Guinness.  

All effort to however get the reaction of the multinationals proved abortive as Edem Vindah, the media manager of Nigerian Breweries could not be reached while the message dropped on the machine of the corporate and communications department of Guinness was left unanswered as at the time of writing this story.

Wednesday, 18 December 2013

Child Abuse: How Golden Eaglet Stars, Ihenacho and Alampasu's Fathers Are Sending them into Slavery

Success they say has many friends and this time around enemies, it has often time sprung up in African settings where the progress of children are detered by the greed of their parents, many parents has forced their children to study a course that did not really please the children for personal and selfish gains, others had also forced their wards to marry those they are really not compactible just for personal reasons.

The future of two members of the victorious Golden Eaglet may be hanging on the line due to the decision of their parents. For Kelechi Ihenacho, who was voted the Most Valuable Player (MVP) of the tourament, the decision of his father to send him to Manchester City Football Club may be the begining of the end of his career.

Sources revealed that beacause he is still under 18 years an age bracket where the football law says he can make decision for himself and this invariably place his deision making power on his father. Recently there seems to be crisis on issues that has to do with the future of the football progidy. It was revealed that a football agent approached his father on the basis of taking the youngman to Manchester City with promises of monetary gratification from the oil-rich owners of the club and this triggered some reaction from the poor father who then place his own interest ahead of that of the young boy.

It was reliably gathered that after due consultation with the coaches of the Golden Eaglet the football prodigy was convinced it will do his career good to pitch his footballing tent with Portugese clubside F.C. Porto, as it will help build his career because of the very good youth policy they are having in Portugal, which has seen so many youngsters getting champion's league experience while plying their trade in the country, whereas joining Manchester City will only put him on queue below the pecking order as there are many established stars in the Abu Dhabi owned Star-Studded team.

The decison of the father to enforce his decision on the boy to play for his prefrred club may be seen as child abuse putting into consideration the definition of child abuse which they say could be is the emotional maltreatment or neglect of a child or children which may be caused by actions which may jeopardise the future of the child or children. If the story that the choice of Kelechi was not put into consideration by his father is true then it will be right to say he's at the moment a child suffering from abuse.

In the same vien another member of the victorious Golden Eaglet may be facing the problem of having his earnings squandered on alcohol and all sort of things that are not benefitial to the young boy. Recently a national daily reported how the father of Dele Alampasu, the goalkeeper of the team has been lavishing the little earnings of the young Juventus FC of Italy prospect. In the story it was reported how the father has been spending recklessly on eer pepper soup which he now enjoys on daily basis in company of his friends, while boasting that he no longer pick calls with local numbers as his preference is now on foreign calls which invariably means he's negotiating the future of the young goalkeeper.

With the way he currently spends the little his son earned from the Under-17 World Cup on beers and pepper-soup and the law that place him in charge of the boy's subsequent earnnings, it will be right to say the boy is been sent on a modern slave trade which will see young Dele working to support the his father's new spendrift status which will expose the talented player to untold hardship at the latter stage.

Monday, 16 December 2013

T.B. Joshua: Vilified by the Church, Celebrated by the Poor

Condemnation would be the right word to describe what I stand to receive by this piece, alas, I'll have to view my opinion before I’m condemned. My first knowledge of Prophet T.B. Joshua of the Synagogue Church of All Nations, is that of a man who openly display that he's indeed an agent of the devil and this much was said about him in different Christian gathering though his name are scarcely mentioned in the churches but the man and his church is said to be a taboo for every real Christians.

Then I grow to know the good from the bad, though still having at the back of my mind all I have heard about the Ondo State born prophet which is majorly that he's devilish, and that any anybody seen walking or associated with him is seen as having relationship with the devil. Recently the prophet who is being referred to have the "man in the synagogue" is gradually becoming popular among the people and this raised series of questions on who he really is.

The bible says in Mathew 25: 42-45 “for I was hungry and you gave me no food, I was thirsty and you gave me no drink, I was a stranger and you did not welcome me, naked and you did not clothe me, sick and in prison and you did not visit me.” Then they also will answer, saying, “Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to you?” Then he will answer them, saying, “Truly, I say to you, as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to me” The illustration above was according to the bible given by Jesus on how he wants his own to behave towards those who are in need.

A survey round the country revealed that most of the men of God are guilty of not taking adequate care of the poor in their surrounding leaving them uncared for rather than meet their need they will rather take from them. It is common knowledge that churches are now being administers as if it is a public liability company with the success based on how much was made and this has encouraged diversification of church resources towards areas like schools and the rest.

While it look more like an offence for churches in Nigeria not to have a school where members of the congregations are talked or ordered to enroll their children for a fee higher than those schools that are founded by their owners for monetary gains, it is surprising that Prophet T.B. Joshua that is generally addressed as the devil by most Nigerian pastors have been coming to the aid of the poor to pay their children's fees after their different churches had talked into making contributions towards the establishment of these schools and later deny their children chance to study in the schools due to high fee they have to pay.

The bible shows clearly how God want the poor to be treated, it also show that there is many benefits for those who deemed it fit to assist the poor. In Proverb 14: 31 the Bible stated that 'He who oppresses the poor shows contempt for their maker, but whoever is kind to the needy honors God', this further reveal the perception of God on the poor and this has over the time showed the disposition of most Nigerian pastors to the words of God as regard to the poor is not too good and this informed the reason most of them will see the ministry of Prophet T.B. Joshua as devilish as he actively does the will of God as regarding tending to the need of the poor.

There has been the cry in many Christian gathering on the rate at which people throng his Ikotun church in search of miracles, it is known that those seeking for miracles are not only restricted to the Synagogue Church but also nearly all churches in Nigeria, there is a saying that 'If you want to preach to an hungry man, first attend to his hunger before giving him salvation', what has really been working for the highly criticized man of God is his ability to adapt to the teachings of the bible that says the poor should be cared for and this has been attracting those in need to his church while he in turn meet their immediate need using the opportunity to also meet their spiritual need.

Another like that is his decision not to go into the most common business among Nigerian pastors which is the establishment of schools which is being run by the pastors for the purpose of training children of politicians and wealthy Nigerians as the fees are usually too high with no scholarship arrangement for the poor within their congregation, rather than delve into establishment of schools like other churches he formed a football academy to take more children off the street, his venture has yielded positive result as Nigerian International, Ogenyi Onazi who plies his trade for Italian side Lazio is a product of the church.

Though there are many who foretell events, he has over the time proven that he's the best that can be in the country and this has further boosted his image as regards to those in government all over the world, a situation that has led to him being called all sort of names by various churches.

The whole world in at the moment preparing for some other series of festive activities that is Christmas and New Year celebrations, many of the poor are sure of celebrating courtesy of Prophet T.B. Joshua's philanthropic activity, no wonder he's still loved despite all the criticisms he received from most Nigerian Churches. Someone once said his giving is aimed at getting publicity and my simple honest answer is for him to tell that to Charles Olumo, popularly called 'Agbako' in the Yoruba speaking movies, he's the Nigerian movie icon that is dying of hunger before the Prophet came to his aid, another like that is the current assistant coach of the Super Eagles, the Nigerian national team, who is not ashamed to be identified with the man of God.

My little understanding of the bible made it clear that human are not to judge as those who judges will also be judged, which makes me wonder if those criticizing this man of God for being friend of the poor are using the same bible? I can't really place the reason the man has been enjoying so much condemnation from those they are supposed to be in the same body of Christ together just because some sees it as a business where they collect without considering the poor. No wonder the man in the Synagogue, Prophet Temitope Balogun Joshua is a man so vilified by the Church but so much loved by the Poor.