Real Time Analytics


 

 

 

 

NFF to retain Stephen Keshi as Super Eagles coach

keshi

The NFF says it is waiting for the terms and conditions of Coach Keshi.

The Techical Committee of the Nigeria Football Federation, NFF, has said the federation is ready to continue working with Super Eagles Coach Stephen Keshi, whose contract expired immediately after the 2014 Brazil World Cup.

At a press briefing after a meeting Wednesday in Abuja, a member of the committee, Paul Bassey disclosed the federation’s intention to retain Keshi as head coach of the Super Eagles.

“We want to work with Keshi for continuity,” Mr. Bassey said. “We don’t have time. We have a match (AFCON2015 qualifiers) in September, if we are not able to pay more or add to the salary, we should make sure the money is there. We have to rectify past mistakes. We don’t want to owe, and not be in a hurry.

“Keshi has the first right of refusal it is not easy to start looking for a coach now. If Keshi continues, it will be fine.”

Impeachment and related matters….Guardian

nyako

IT is now a matter of record that for the second time in his political career, Admiral Murtala Nyako (rtd) was  removed from the office of Governor of Adamawa State following his impeachment by the state legislature on 16 counts. In its process and execution, it is doubtful if the exercise has served the cause of democracy or even that of Adamawa citizens. Power, it would seem, has merely changed hands to be used only for its own sake. A disservice indeed.

   Nyako is not without guilt, of course. Having refused to appear before the investigating panel to defend himself,  he was found guilty of,  among other offences,  fraudulent diversion of  N2.3 billion of workers’ salaries for the  months of September and October 2011, and illegal deduction  and diversion of  N42 million of  workers’ emoluments  in May, this year, while he also expended extra-budgetary funds of nearly  N2 billion on fictitious  aides.

Tinubu: Lest we forget by Aham Njoku

bola tinubu

Lionel Messi is the best football ever! This was the declaration of a 12 year old boy to his grandfather during the recently concluded 2014 football World Cup won by Germany. The grandfather took time to educate him about a former Brazilian player called Pele who made four world cup appearances, won three world cups, scored 12 World Cup goals and more than 1000 goals in his professional career. He then told him about the exploits of a former French player Fontaine in 1958 World Cup in Sweden where he scored 13 goals and about another legendary former Argentina Player called Diego Maradona, etc. The boy immediately recanted.

Just like the great Obafemi Awolowo who was vilified by political opponents in the First Republic and eventually sent to prison on trumped up charges of treasonable felony, there appears to be a calculated and orchestrated attempt to distort history especially to post 1999 youngsters in Nigeria about Bola Tinubu, hence the need to set the records straight. Recall that while Awolowo was providing advanced and exemplary leadership for the unprecedented educational and economic development of the Western Region, his less endowed and less focused enemies were painting him black in the eyes of the people to score cheap political points.

Intellect without character ….Nation

•It is sad that brilliant youths would take to fraudulent means to survive

It was an ingenious and elaborate scheme carefully crafted to defraud thousands of job-seeking Nigerians of millions of Naira. The six suspected fraudsters behind the crime are young Nigerians between the ages of 25 and 27. They are all well- educated and clearly have the talent and creativity to earn a living by decent and legitimate means, even in Nigeria’s admittedly difficult employment climate. Yet, they chose to apply their intellect, time and energy to defraud their fellow citizens and have now fallen foul of the law.

The criminal minds, that have made confessional statements to the Special Fraud Unit (SPU) of the Nigeria Police Force (NPF), Milverton, Ikoyi, are all products of the Federal University of Technology, Akure (FUTA).  They include the suspected ringleader, Oluwapelumi Ayotunde, a 500 level Estate Management student; Asaolu Victor, a graduate of Mining Engineering; Awote Temitope Emax, another 500 level Estate Management student; Emmanuel Onaopemipo Bolatiri, a graduate of the institution who deals in handsets and Adebomi Oluwatosin, a computer graduate who works with Delta State Polytechnic, Ozoro, as a Programmer 2.

Dictatorial union leaders are destroying workers’ organizations —Kokori

The upsurge of authoritarian and demigod-like attitudes of unions’ president where general secretaries are being reduced to errand boys and “yes-men” has continued to have negative and telling effects on unions and their capacity to even perform the primary function of fighting, defending and protecting workers’ interests and rights.

Former General Secretary of Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers, NUPENG, Chief Frank Ovie Kokori in this interview, shares his thoughts on this and others. Excerpts:

Chief Kokori

Increasingly, labour leaders are moving farther from workers and many labour leaders now use trade unions as a vehicle to secure their futures rather than fight for the workers. Why is this happening?

The reason is simple, the Nigerian space and system has actually corrupted every institution in the country. That is, labour, judiciary, the media, the church, they have all been corrupted.

There is something we do in our own days. When you go for National Executive Council, NEC, meeting of Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, or any industrial union, nearly everybody has his own independent opinion. He does not have to be tele-guided and there was no terrorism. These days, presidents of unions and their caucuses have become so powerful and dictatorial; anybody that challenges them loses his or her job and position.

That is not all; the other executive council members don’t have the nerves to challenge their presidents. There is much to lose these days if you lose your seat in the labour executive council, just like the political executive council. In the olden days, there is nothing for you to lose; you can even be happier and more powerful as an opposition person outside the national executive or the branch executive because you will be popular.

Unending Doctors’ Strikes….Vanguard

SADLY, the current doctors’ strike, like the series of strikes that preceded it, would not change anything. The reason is simple – it is not based on sustainable principles. Doctors want improvements on their welfare, not even facilities for their work.

More indefinite strikes would occur as any gains from the present struggle would be lost to the weaknesses of the economy. Inflation is real. Wages do not match inflation. Doctors are over-worked; ironically there is a high level of unemployment among young doctors. Things are so bad that students in medical school cannot find places for their housemanship, the mandatory training that attaches them to medical facilities.

How deadly Ebola has spread across the globe: Fears virus has now reached Asia after Hong Kong woman returning from Kenya shows symptoms of killer disease…..Daily Mail

 

  • Hong Kong woman quarantined when she fell ill after returning from Kenya 
  • Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond declares disease is ‘very serious threat’
  • He is preparing to chair an emergency meeting on how to boost defences
  • British airlines are also on ‘red alert’ for cases of the deadly virus
  • Man with ‘feverish’ symptoms tested for deadly Ebola at Birmingham hospital
  • He had travelled into Midlands from Benin, Nigeria via France when he fell ill
  • Charing Cross Hospital staff also feared man had Ebola symptoms this week
  • No cases have been confirmed in UK but 672 people have died in West Africa
  • Warning issued to GPs, A&E departments and all NHS trusts across the UK
  • Symptoms include high fever, bleeding and damage to the nervous system

EZEKWESILI: I’m Not An Accidental Politician

EZEKWESELI

By Bisi Alabi Williams,Guardian

FOR some time now, Obiageli Katryn Ezekwesili, former minister and World Bank Vice President and now arrowhead of the #BringBackOurGirls group in Nigeria, has been in the news.

   Last Monday, operatives of the Department of State Security (DSS), at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, detained her briefly on her way to London. Her passport was later released after about 40 minutes. Before then, she has been in a war of words with the federal government over the delay in the rescue of the abducted Chibok schoolgirls. Since the abduction of the girls in April, several bodies, mostly non-government organisations, have staged protests demanding action by government on the Chibok girls, but that led by Ezekwesili has been the most consistent and daring. They also helped to take the matter to the global stage.

Chinese doctors offer cure for homosexuality

GAY

A Chinese medical expert, Dr Zhou Zhengyou has claimed to cure up to 70 per cent of his gay patients, although he says it is a long and difficult process.

But Gay rights activists in China are preparing for what they say could be a legal milestone in their fight to stop homosexuality being treated as an illness.

Later this month, a Chinese court will hear the first case of its kind brought against a clinic that offers so-called “gay conversion therapy.

A long campaign in Europe and America has been successful in shifting the medical consensus against such treatment, and now campaigners want Chinese doctors to follow suit.

“China declassified homosexuality as a mental illness well over a decade ago, but clinics like Zhengyou’s are still easy to find,” a protesting activist said.

He said “Dr Zhengyou shows me some of the books he’s written on the subject over the course of his career.

No to anti-insurgency external borrowing…Guardian

jona army

PRESIDENT Goodluck Jonathan’s letter to the National Assembly seeking approval to borrow US$1 billion from abroad  as a result of the “urgent need to upgrade the equipment, training and logistics of our Armed Forces and Security Services to enable them more forcefully confront this serious threat” reveals the Jonathan administration’s narrow notion of, and ad hoc awakening to the country’s security needs. Government has the duty to eliminate any insurgencies in the land. Nevertheless, the National Assembly should summarily reject the President’s request “for external borrowing of not more than $1 billion including government-to-government arrangements for this upgrade” for a number of reasons.

Key Points To Note About Ebola Virus

Carriers of Ebola virus ARE NOT CONTAGIOUS until they are acutely ill. To help provide a better understanding of the dreaded Ebola virus which claimed its first victim in Nigeria last week, the U.S. State Department, in consultation with medical specialists at the Embassy, with guidelines from the centre for Disease Control and the World Health Organisation, WHO, issued an EBOLA ALERT to allay people’s fears

• The suspected reservoirs for or carriers of Ebola are fruit bats. • Transmission of Ebola virus to humans is thought to originate from infected bats or primates that have become infected by bats. • Undercooked infected bat and primate (bush) meat transmits the virus to humans. • Human to human transmission of Ebola virus is only achieved by physical contact with a person who is acutely and gravely ill from the Ebola virus or their body fluids. • Transmission among humans is almost exclusively among caregiver family members or health care workers tending to the very ill. • The virus is easily killed by contact with soap, bleach, sunlight, or drying. A washing machine will kill the virus in clothing saturated with infected body fluids.

• A person can incubate the virus without symptoms for 2-21 days, the average being 5-8 days before becoming ill. .Carriers of Ebola virus ARE NOT CONTAGIOUS until they are acutely ill. • Only when ill does the viral load express itself first in the blood and then in other bodily fluids (to include vomit, feces, urine, breast milk, semen and sweat). • If you are walking around you are not infectious to others. • There are documented cases from Kikwit, DRC of an Ebola outbreak in a village that had the custom of children never touching an ill adult, . Children living for days in small one room huts with parents who died from Ebola did not become infected. • You cannot contract Ebola virus by handling money, buying local bread or swimming in a pool.

Courtesy U.S. Department of State - 

Sticks and stones by By Hakeem Baba-Ahmed

asari

It is dangerous to be sincere unless you are also stupid.” George Bernard Shaw.

IN the space of two days, President Goodluck Jonathan and Sultan of Sokoto, Abubakar Saad, raised alarm over the damage which elders cause by the manner they comment on political issues. The President spoke during the Armed Forces Remembrance Day Church Service in Abuja.

He regretted that people who are 70 or 80 years, who have seen it all and who ordinarily should know the unity of this country is more important than the interest of any individual “sometime preach hate and even encourage young people to carry arms and kill themselves.”

As far as he is concerned, he says, “any ambition I have at any time is not worth the blood of any Nigerian. I will never ever expect any Nigerian to spill his blood because Goodluck Jonathan must fulfil his ambition.” The Sultan also cautioned politicians to watch their utterances as the 2015 elections approach during the ninth Zakat Distribution Ceremony organized by the Zakat and Sadaqat Foundation (ZSF) in Lagos.

How President Jonathan Is Violating Nigeria’s Electoral Law ….Premium Times

JONAG

The president is breaching the law in a way that might give him advantage over his opponents in next year’s election. New billboards urging Nigerian voters to vote for President Goodluck Jonathan in the 2015 presidential election have sprang up at strategic corners of Abuja against repeated warnings by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to politicians not to commence campaign before the stipulated time.

PREMIUM TIMES sighted some of the billboards at the roundabout adjoining Shehu Shagari Way and Ibrahim Babangida Boulevard in the Maitama District as well as the Ahmadu Bello Way/Kur Mohammed Street junction (opposite ThisDay Dome) in the Central Business District of the federal capital territory. Unlike the previous ones scattered around the country, the new billboards, sponsored by a group, Jonathan Actualization Movement, JAM, are offensive to the provisions of the Electoral Act 2006 (as amended) because it is urging Nigerians to vote for the president.

EU migrants to Britain face further restrictions on welfare payments

New arrivals will only be able to claim welfare for three months under plans designed to head off criticism of immigration failures

New immigrants from the EU will only be able to claim welfare payments for three months under plans by David Cameron to address what he called “the magnetic pull of Britain’s benefit system”.

The prime minister will on announce on Tuesday the further tightening of the rules for new arrivals claiming benefits, as he tries to head off criticism from the right of his party about the coalition’s likely failure to hit its targets on reducing immigration to the tens of thousands.

A dollar denominated loan to fight Insurgency? …Daily Independent

Certainly, it will not be a plus for the Senate to approve the $1billion without asking the President about the rationale behind it and how the previous security budgets were expended. 

Jonathan-in-military-uniform

It is no longer news that President Goodluck Jonathan, has asked the National Assembly for approval to borrow $1 billion, to fund a supplementary budget to fight the Boko Haram Insurgency. This is besides the N964 billion voted for security in this year’s budget and the undisclosed financial approvals for the “Special Operations Against Insurgency.” As was expected, divergent shades ofopinion trailed request for the $1billion Insurgency Loan.   While some call for Mr. President to account for previous security budgets, others query how he arrived at the figure. A supporting group believes no amount is too big to fight the insurgency, yet a discerning group has asked why we must borrow a dollar denominated loan, when our foreign reserve stands in excess of $40billion.

While the debate is on, Boko Haram is reported to be engaged in forced recruitment of members; the resistance of which led to the killing of over 60 people in Gaidamgari village in Bama Local Government Area of Borno State.The sect is believed to embark on the conscription drive to shore up its dwindling ranks as a result of series of battles with the Federal troops. Following that are the twin bomb blasts in Kaduna reportedly targeted at former Head of State, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari and the Islamic Scholar, Sheik Dahiru Bauchi while another bomb blast occurred the following day in Kano.