Friday, 2 September 2016

NIGERIA DON’T NEED A FOREIGN COACH, RAFIU LADIPO TELLS ADAMANT NFF

Appointing an expatriate to handle the Super Eagles is an unwise move by the Amaju Pinnick led board according to Nigeria Football Supporters Club's chief

NIGERIA DON’T NEED A FOREIGN COACH, RAFIU LADIPO TELLS ADAMANT NFF


President General of Nigeria football and other sports supporters club, Rafiu Ladipo says the senior national team will blossom under an indigenous handler rather than an expensive expatriate tactician.

Since Sunday Oliseh’s resignation in February, the Super Eagles have been without a substantive handler with Samson Siasia and Yusuf Salisu given interim roles.  

The Nigeria Football Federation had announced Paul Le Guen on July 18, 2016 as technical adviser of two-time African champions but the Frenchman turned down the offer claiming the NFF did not meet his term and conditions.

And with the 2018 Fifa World Cup qualifiers set to commence later this year, gaffer of the supporters club thinks the Amaju Pinnick led board should appoint an indigenous tactician as next Super Eagles’ coach rather than an imprudent chase of a foreigner who won’t stand the test of time.

“When they [NFF] were searching for coaches, we told them our stand that we need a Nigerian coach but they didn’t listen,” Ladipo told Goal.

“Though a lot of people would say our indigenous coaches are sentimental, I agree with that but it does happen everywhere too even among the whites. At a point in time, a coach would have his plans, have his own players, knows where a player fits and what system he wants to play.

“All we are saying is, if you bring a foreign coach and qualify for the World Cup, is he going to be in Nigeria forever? An indigenous coach will be here forever. Come to think of it, bringing an expatriate is more expensive than a local coach.”

“Again, if Jose Mourinho for instance is our national team coach and Nigeria is facing Portugal, will he be playing for Nigeria to beat his country of birth? Never! His first loyalty is to Portugal unless he is someone who doesn’t believe in himself and his country,” he continued.

“If we eventually land a foreign coach, we should ask ourselves, will his salary be paid as at when due? Or do we think a whiteman would work for four months without being paid and won’t abandon the job? Whereas, a Nigerian coach would be owed close to six and seven months and still remain loyal and dedicated.

“Few months ago, Samson Siasia was calling for his five months unpaid salaries, can the NFF try that with a foreign coach?

“Most importantly, what will be our gains if we employ a foreign coach and our local coaches don’t learn anything from him? The foreign coach [Paul Le Guen] is telling you he wants to bring his assistants so what our local coaches learn from him?

“Anyway, If the NFF can pay a foreigner as at when due, and let our coaches get attached to him to learn , no problem but if these criteria are not met, we are not doing the right thing and moving miles backward,” he concluded.

Nigeria have been zoned in Group B against Cameroon, Algeria and Zambia enroute Russia 2018, and they would be hoping to qualify having missed out of two consecutive Africa Cup of Nations finals.

Kwara Local Council Employees Accuse Govt. Of Withholding Salary

There seems to still be no agreement between the Kwara State chapter of the National Union Of Local Government Employees, NULGE, and the state government over issues concerning non-payment of salaries.


Kwara Local Council Employees Accuse Govt. Of Withholding Salary








There seems to still be no agreement between the Kwara State chapter of the National Union Of Local Government Employees, NULGE, and the state government over issues concerning non-payment of salaries.

The workers are insisting that the government has withheld nearly Four billion Naira, meant for the settlement of salary arrears, a claim that the government has dismissed as false.

The union is therefore threatening to sue the Federal Government for alleged interference in the funds of the Local Government.

In the last few months, workers in the 16 Local Government Areas (LGA) under the aegis of the National Union of Local Government Employees (NULGE) have been in disagreement with the government over the irregular payment, as well as over plans to employ a consultant for payment of the salaries.

Commissioner of Finance, Abdulateef Okandeji, explained that a little above one billion Naira was allocated to the 16 LGAs of the state, of which 75% had been released.

A spokesman for the Kwara Governor, Muideen Akoorede, denied the existence of any polity funds from the government.

He said the Federal Ministry of Finance saw the hardships in states and decided to support the capacity of states to implement their budgets

“Nowhere in their meetings with the Federal government was it mentioned that the money was to go into payment of Local Government workers salaries,” he added.

Wednesday, 31 August 2016

Despite the official sharp increase in pump price of fuel from N86.50 to N145 in May this year, the National Bureau of Statistics, NBS, has reported that pump prices were significantly above N145 in 28 states in the month of July 2016.

NEW FUEL PRICE—Minister of State, Petroleum, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu, briefing newsmen on the new fuel price, yesterday, in Abuja.
NEW FUEL PRICE—Minister of State, Petroleum, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu, briefing newsmen on the new fuel price, yesterday, in Abuja.

This came as the NBS report indicated that the national average pump price of fuel at N147.67/litre is still significantly higher than the standard price, though it also showed a marginal drop from N148.54/litre recorded in the preceding month of June.

Brazil President Dilma Rousseff removed from office by Senate

Brazil's Senate has voted to remove President Dilma Rousseff from office for manipulating the budget.

It puts an end to the 13 years in power of her left-wing Workers' Party. Ms Rousseff had denied the charges.

Sixty-one senators voted in favour of her impeachment and 20 against, meeting the two-thirds majority needed to remove her from the presidency.

Michel Temer has been sworn in as president and will serve out Ms Rousseff's term until 1 January 2019.

Kogi State University starts registration exercise

This is to inform all prospective utme candidates who applied for admission into kogi state university, Anyigba for 2016/2017 academic session that admission screening would take place between Monday 19 September, 2016 to Wednesday 5, October, 2016 Registration commence from 29 August 2016 to @ 14 September 2016 at midnight
Candidates are to login to http://www.portal.Ksu.edu.ng and follow the registration instruction accordingly
Candidates must have minimum of five o level credit pass in the relevant subjects including English language and mathematics for programs in the faculties of natural sciences, management sciences, agriculture and some programs in the faculty of social sciences and education, at no more than two sittings
Candidates must have selected KSU as their first choice
 Candidates must have scored 180 and above
 Candidates will be expected to pay into KSU screening account 2,500
 All payment will be strictly be done using our online college pay platform by using any bank ATM card on the portal.
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