Milli, Soti, Minz & Others to Perform at the October Edition of the Basement Gig

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The Basement Gig will hold its next edition on October 19, 2017 at the Tilt Terrace, Lekki.

The event designed to showcase the best emerging artistes, will be headlined by acts like Milli, Minz, Doray, Chibbz, Mitch Angelo, Soti and Seth, with music by DjSix7even and hosted by Kemi Smallzz.

Recent editions of The Basement Gig have seen performances from the likes of Dapo Tuburna, Ichaba, Sess, Ckay, Skiibii, to mention a few.

The Basement Gig, which is an initiative of The Zone Agency also creates an avenue for relaxation, networking and entertainment. The event is supported by Zebra Stripes Networks

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Nedved: Dybala Will Do Great Things

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Pavel Nedved believes Paulo Dybala will become the greatest among humans, as he is already being compared to Messi.

The Juventus forward has scored 12 times in 10 matches this season and has been compared with his compatriot, Messi.

There are already rumours of Dybala leaving Juventus to link up with Messi, but Nedved is hoping that will not happen.

An iconic figure from his playing days in Turin, Nedved told La Repubblica: “I have seen great players who were unable to handle the weight of wearing this jersey, which contains within it all the names of the past heroes. It is much more difficult here, as even if you draw, it’s like losing.

“Dybala will become the greatest of the ‘humans’ – because Leo Messi is an alien – because he’s got a good head on his shoulders and knows how to work on his mistakes.

“I hope nobody will take him away from us, but after Neymar to PSG, anything is possible. The transfer market has gone crazy.

“At the end of the day, it’s up to the players to decide: if they’ve got balls, they will stay at Juventus. If people only think about money, they will certainly make the wrong decision.”

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Gov Ganduje Swears In 5 New Commissioners In Kano

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Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State on Saturday swore in five new commissioners to the State Executive Council.

The commissioners, who had been screened by the State House of Assembly, took their oath of office before thousands of supporters at the Coronation Hall, Government House.

Ganduje congratulated all the new commissioners on their appointment and asked them not to betray the trust of the people.

He advised them to always reflect on their oath of office and treat all citizens of the state equally.

Ganduje advised them to come up with innovative ideas that would help develop the state.

The appointment of the newly sworn-in members of the state executive followed the cabinet re-shuffle of which five out of the 14 commissioners were dropped.

The newly sworn-in commissioners are: Malam Ahmad Rabiu, (Commerce and Tourism), Aisha Jafar, (Budget and planning),  Musa  Kwankwaso, (Special duties), Mr Aminu Aliyu, (Works and Housing), and Mr  Muktar Ibrahim, (Justice).

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the commissioners were sworn in by the state Solicitor-General, Malam Sani Daniel.

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A Peculiar Paradox: Teachers Failing While Their Students “Pass” Exams

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A Peculiar Paradox: Teachers Failing While Their Students “Pass” Exams, By Jibrin Ibrahim

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Each year, we graduate millions of children from our 65,000 public primary schools in Nigeria and we claim they have passed so we send them to junior secondary schools pleased with ourselves for educating the children of the masses. Meanwhile, we all know we are telling ourselves a big lie because we all know that we have abandoned public primary schools for four decades and most of them are today factories for the reproduction of illiteracy and ignorance. We are already paying the price for our irresponsibility, as we shall argue below.

This piece was written by Jibrin Ibrahim. The views and opinions expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of 360Nobs.com.

It was one Bolaji Abdullahi who first exposed our collective lie that we are educating the children of the masses. As Commissioner of Education in Kwara State, he decided to test the level of competency of primary school teachers in 2007. Working with top consultants from Oxford, they devised a scheme to administer primary four examinations on the 19,000 teachers in public primary schools in the State and the results were shocking. Only 75, yes 75, of them were able to pass with the required 80 percent competence threshold. Each year, the student’s pass but their teachers were incapable of passing the same exams. My good friend Kayode Fayemi lost the gubernatorial election in Ekiti State partly because his enemies spread the story that he was planning to run competency tests on teachers in the State if he wins the second term election. The teachers ganged up and mobilised to stop him winning; they did not want to take the risk of their ignorance being exposed. Adams Oshiomhole also got into trouble as governor of Edo State when he decided to test the teachers.

Kaduna To Employ 25,000 New Teachers After 21,780 Others Failed “Primary 4 Exam”

The governor of Kaduna State, Nasir El Rufai, who has no fear, has just conducted similar exams for teachers in his State. All the 33,000 primary school teachers in Kaduna State took the test and 21,780 of them, or two-thirds failed to score 75 percent or higher on assessments usually given to six-year-olds. The governor is going to hire new teachers with sufficient skills to teach. When announcing the dreadful numbers this week, he explained that the hiring of teachers in the past was politicised and his plan is to identify and recruit “young and qualified primary school teachers to restore the dignity of education in the state.” May God help him to be successful!

The World Bank has just offered the sum of N30 million to improve teaching and learning facilities at one UBE Primary School with 22,2400 pupils in Rigasa, a suburb of Kaduna. They were rightly concerned that the high number of pupils had increased pressure on both teaching and learning facilities in the school, which has 70 teachers. The fact that a single primary school could have so many pupils is a testimony to the deeper problem that public schools have been abandoned for decades. Today, it is our development partners such as the World Bank, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and UK Department for International Development (DFID), that are running programmes aimed at improving the quality of public schools in the country.

What is disturbing is that for generations, right up to the 1970s, the standards of public educational institutions were high and we all benefitted from the competency available in the schools. For people of my generation, as children, we saw Nigeria as a land of promise and our social mobility was guaranteed because of the solid training we had in our primary and secondary schools, both public and private. We had no worry in the world because our states of origin had offered most of us free education with scholarships and the assurance of post-graduation jobs should we decide to work for them. The conditions under which we studied at that time provided us quality education comparable to the best in the world, comfort and the assurance of a good future.

That has also been the case for most of our children, who have through our personal commitments as parents had the opportunity to get good education that is helping them progress in life. For most of us in the elite, we have heavily invested a considerable part of our income to properly educate our children in private schools. The question before the nation today is whether the other children – products of the masses – will allow our children enjoy their education in peace and harmony. I don’t think so and we only have ourselves to blame. We are collectively guilty of treating the children of the masses with disdain and class violence, and there is a price to pay for these.

Most children of the poor in contemporary Nigeria have had no access to quality education in our public schools, and a massive 11 million Nigerian children, the largest number in the world, have had no access to education at all. They have served as a constant supply of militants for the Boko Haram insurgency, rural banditry, the Niger Delta militancy and kidnapping. Those who managed to go to school did not get jobs and have been providing intellectual support for the meltdown that is contemporary Nigeria. The situation is simple. We enjoyed our youth, we got educated while young and as young men and women, and we got good jobs. We then abandoned the majority of our youth, ensured that they are uneducated or poorly educated and made it clear to them that they have no hope of social mobility. And we dared to think that the others would allow our children enjoy their futures. No sir. No ma.

The greatest challenge facing Nigeria today is that of rebuilding a high-quality educational system that could build knowledge, skills, civic education and critical thinking for our young ones. That would be the basis on which they could have confidence in a future that could provide jobs, opportunities and progress for the majority. In 1973, The federal and state governments committed themselves to a future in which the possibility of another civil war was excluded by ensuring that every Nigerian child born from the end of the civil war, 1970, was guaranteed qualitative and free primary education. Subsequently, we extended the promise from primary to basic education – nine years of free and qualitative education for all Nigerian children.

This commitment to educate all Nigerians took off in 1976 with the Universal Primary Education programme but over the years we did not sustain the commitment, nor provide the resources to achieve the objectives we had set for ourselves. Three things happened. First, we expanded primary school intake without the commensurate resources to produce more quality teachers and facilities for the public schools. Secondly, realising we had betrayed the masses, we removed our own children from public schools and put them in private schools. Thirdly, we realised the rot we started had reached our private schools, so we sent our children abroad to study, hoping that when they return, they will still find a country. The result is the present state of affairs characterised by generalised insecurity, misery, anger, violence, extortion and destruction.

The Nigerian public school system has basically collapsed with over half of primary school graduates leaving school as functional illiterates. The quality of teachers is very low with many primary school teachers being barely literate themselves. The facilities and infrastructure in our schools have collapsed, with students studying in overcrowded classrooms, without furniture, toilets and other basic facilities. The level of youth unemployment in the country is massive and is compounded by the low quality of education received, which has helped create doubts in the minds of parents and children about the value of education. Private schools have been largely commercialised and are focused on extracting resources from parents rather than providing quality education.

Some people have suggested that public officers should be banned from sending their children abroad for education. The problem is that many of the people making the suggestion had themselves sent their own children abroad. What we members of the Nigerian elite have lacked is a sense of enlightened self-interest. We failed to realise that if we do not build and develop our society, we will have no society to live in. If we think it does not matter to us, we should know that it would certainly matter to our children. To save ourselves, we must, as a nation, resolve to allocate significant resources to rebuilding education and creating hope within the angry youth bulge we have created. We need to develop a national consensus on the value and significance of education and we, above all, need to redirect educational budgets away from ministers and permanent secretaries to students, teachers and school facilities. Even more important, we need to start producing a new breed of teachers who are well trained, well paid and respected. Why send our children to seek them abroad while we can produce them here if we make and implement the right decisions.

A professor of Political Science and development consultant/expert, Jibrin Ibrahim is a Senior Fellow of the Centre for Democracy and Development, and Chair of the Editorial Board of PREMIUM TIMES.

This piece was written by Jibrin Ibrahim. The views and opinions expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of 360Nobs.com.

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Introducing Nigeria’s Hottest MC – Vader Wins Hennessy VS Class Season IV

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6 weeks of lyrical “dopeness” and intense bars came to a crescendo yesterday as 24 year old Franklyn Ikemefuna – stage name VADER– earned the bragging rights as Nigeria’s hottest MC by winning the 4th season of Hennessy Artistry’s VS Class.

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The Ibadan based rapper ably represented the lyrical prowess that the ancient city possesses by emerging the best out of the 40 rappers chosen to participate on the live Radio competition after keenly contested live and online audition sessions about 2 months ago.

His journey to the prize wasn’t smooth either; after losing in the finals of 2nd season of the show, Vader exhibited the ‘Never stop never settle spirit’ by coming back to the Hennessy VS Class arena to battle for the right to be called the best upcoming MC in Nigeria. Although he lost the final of his Week 3 Group; the Class Master for VS Class 2017, Vector, made him his wild card pick for the grand finale and VADER never looked back as he out rapped and out battled 7 other gifted MCs to win the competition.

Speaking on emerging as the winner of the 4th Season of Hennessy VS Class, VADER said,

“I feel I had to lose in order to win and I sincerely appreciate the Class Master, Vector. He has always been a mentor, every time I see him, there is always something to learn. I was built for this type of competition. I was made for this”.

It was evident that his past losses drove him to focus on ensuring his final performance was energetic, intense and lyrical. He took daring shots at his opponent Dabu the Gemini and was the unanimous choice of the studio judges and social media

As the winner, Vader wins an album deal with ARISTOKRAT Records; he will also undergo an intense one year mentorship with the Class Master Vector the Viper, who will work with him to hone his craft on the album.

Hennessy Artistry is a unique platform that brings the art of blending to life; providing the stage for an eclectic mix of talents to deliver unforgettable consumer experiences.

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Klopp: Oxlade-Chamberlain Is Not Ready

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Jurgen Klopp did not make use of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain in the match against United, saying he is not ready.

The England international was expected to make an appearance against United, as Mane would be unavailable.

However, Klopp has opted to put Can in the middle and play Coutinho up front, insisting Oxlade-Chamberlain is yet to adapt to the squad.

Klopp told Sky Sports on his latest benching of the 24-year-old: “Ox just needs a little bit more time to adapt. He was always interrupted by two-week international breaks; always when he starts taking the next step then international break.

“These boys are used to each other and they know about [each other’s] ways, so I think it makes sense against United that we do not make a lot of experiments because they are quite cool in their approach.

“They are convinced about what they are doing; sometimes a little bit deeper, sometimes a little bit higher. They don’t need 80 per cent of the ball to feel dominant in the game, so you need a formation in which everybody knows what the other player is doing in each situation.”

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Klopp: Oxlade-Chamberlain Is Not Ready

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Jurgen Klopp did not make use of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain in the match against United, saying he is not ready.

The England international was expected to make an appearance against United, as Mane would be unavailable.

However, Klopp has opted to put Can in the middle and play Coutinho up front, insisting Oxlade-Chamberlain is yet to adapt to the squad.

Klopp told Sky Sports on his latest benching of the 24-year-old: “Ox just needs a little bit more time to adapt. He was always interrupted by two-week international breaks; always when he starts taking the next step then international break.

“These boys are used to each other and they know about [each other’s] ways, so I think it makes sense against United that we do not make a lot of experiments because they are quite cool in their approach.

“They are convinced about what they are doing; sometimes a little bit deeper, sometimes a little bit higher. They don’t need 80 per cent of the ball to feel dominant in the game, so you need a formation in which everybody knows what the other player is doing in each situation.”

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Nigerian Army Commences ‘Operation Crocodile Smile’ In Lagos

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The Nigerian Army has announced the commencement of Operation Crocodile Smile, a military exercise, at Takwa Bay Island in Lagos state, on Friday.

The Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai, said the increase in crimes in coastal areas compelled the army to step up training and operations in the amphibious environment. According to him, the ‘order of battle’ 2016 provides for amphibious battalion on the island to keep the coastal area of Lagos state safe.

He said: “A detachment of Nigerian army has since been stationed on the island; more army presence will also be felt soon on the island and other parts of the country in line with the 2016 order of battle as fund becomes available.”

The army chief recalled that the first phase of the exercise which took place between August and September 2016 in Abia, Bayelsa, Cross River, Delta, Imo and Rivers states recorded tremendous success.

He said troops degraded activities of militants and illegal oil bunkering, destruction of kidnappers’ den and rescue of kidnapped victims, destruction of cultists’ camps, among others.

Buratai, however, said the success of Exercise Crocodile Smile I in those states pushed some criminal elements to other parts of the country, thus necessitating “readjustment” of the area of operation of the second phase in 2017.

He added that it was in that regard that the exercise was being conducted in the South-South and South West regions.

He noted that it was being done with sister agencies to sharpen troops’ combat skills on land and amphibious environment and consolidate on gains achieved in the first phase.

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Shettima Reacts To World Bank Claims That “Buhari Asked Us To Focus On Northern States”

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The Governor of Borno State, Kashim Shettima, has reacted to a statement credited to the President of the World Bank Group, Jim Yong Kim, in which he said President Muhammadu Buhari had requested that the institution should concentrate efforts on Northern states in the country.

READ MORE: Outrage As World Bank Claims “Buhari Specifically Told Us To Focus On Northern Nigeria”

According to Shettima, five Governors, including three representing South-South, Southeast and Southwest and late Nigerian Ambassador to the ​US, Professor Adefuye were present when Buhari​ ​in July 2015,​ ​asked Kim​ ​to support rebuilding of the northeast geo-political zone which has suffered massive destruction​ ​as a result of Boko Haram insurgency,

The governor made this known in a chat with newsmen on Friday night.

Shettima said Governors Rochas Okorocha of Imo, Adams Oshiomhole​ ​of Edo and Abiola Ajimobi​ ​of Oyo​ ​were all in attendance when President Buhari met with the World Bank​ ​chief.

Governor Shettima said while it was​ ​not​ ​his duty to speak for the President, he found it necessary to clear the air​ ​”because it will unfair for him to keep silent”​ ​while President Buhari is wrongly misunderstood in his attempt to help in rebuilding Borno and other parts of the Northeast.

His words: “The President and the Federal Government have very competent​ spokespersons, I don’t speak for the President or the FG​.

”H​owever, the controversy affects my State because the discussions with the ​World Bank focused on rebuilding the northeast and everyone knows that when the issue of rebuilding t​h​e northeast is the subject, Borno naturally comes into perspective​.

“This is ​because of the 9 billion dollars worth of destructions inflicted by Boko Haram on the northeast, Borno alone suffered destructions worth 6 billion dollars and this figure was the product of President Muhammadu Buhari’s request from the world Bank.

”​It was the World Bank that championed the RPBA (Recovery and Peace Building Assessment Report on the six States of the northeast with the participation of the European Union, and office of the Vice President. The World Bank became involved after President Buhari made a request for the Bank to support the rebuilding of the northeast.

”​The meeting between President Buhari and the World Bank in Washington DC which took place in July, 2015, few weeks after the President’s swearing-in, was attended by their Excellencies, then Governor Adams Oshiomhole from the south-South, Governors Rochas Okorocha of Imo from the southeast, Abiola Isiaka Ajimobi from the Southwest, Tanko Al-Makura from the north ​c​entral, myself from the northeast, Late Prof​. Adefuye and the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Bulus Lolo.

”​The request was made by the President in the open and everyone thought it was the right thing. States in the northeast, like Borno has been working with the World Bank, putting all the collaborative machinery in place, we have been having series of follow ups and the media has been covering all the steps including my visit to the World Bank in Abuja some months ago.

”​The whole thing is in the open and we believe the objectives of the President will be actualised as ​we ​go forward”​.

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Buhari Yet To Use Office 56 Days After “Rats’ Invasion”

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It is now close to two months since President Muhammadu Buhari returned to Nigeria from his medical trip to London, United Kingdom, and he is yet to return to his office inside the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

But the Presidency has said that the situation has not in any way hindered the President from performing his duties as the supreme leader of Africa’s most powerful nation.

The Rats Are Not To Blame

On August 19, Buhari had arrived the country to a wild jubilation by Nigerians after spending over 103 days in the United Kingdom where he received medical treatment for an undisclosed ailment.

The Presidency then revealed that the President, upon his return, will operate from his official residence until the completion of the renovation of his office.

According to the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, the development became necessary due to the devastation done to the office by the rodents during his long period of absence.

“Following the three-month period of disuse, rodents have caused a lot of damage to the furniture and the air conditioning units,” Shehu had said, explaining that it was impossible for the President to operate from the office in that condition.

Although he didn’t confirm when the renovation would be completed, the presidential spokesperson had stated that the maintenance company had been asked to speed up its pace of work.

However, 56 days after the President’s return to the country, he has yet to resume in his office.

When contacted on Friday by The Punch, the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, said where Buhari has been operating from are also offices, adding that the most important thing is that the President is working.

He was, however, silent on when Buhari will resume in his main office.

“Office na office. He (the President) uses one now, and the work goes on,” he simply said.

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Buhari Yet To Use Office 56 Days After “Rats’ Invasion”

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It is now close to two months since President Muhammadu Buhari returned to Nigeria from his medical trip to London, United Kingdom, and he is yet to return to his office inside the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

But the Presidency has said that the situation has not in any way hindered the President from performing his duties as the supreme leader of Africa’s most powerful nation.

The Rats Are Not To Blame

On August 19, Buhari had arrived the country to a wild jubilation by Nigerians after spending over 103 days in the United Kingdom where he received medical treatment for an undisclosed ailment.

The Presidency then revealed that the President, upon his return, will operate from his official residence until the completion of the renovation of his office.

According to the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, the development became necessary due to the devastation done to the office by the rodents during his long period of absence.

“Following the three-month period of disuse, rodents have caused a lot of damage to the furniture and the air conditioning units,” Shehu had said, explaining that it was impossible for the President to operate from the office in that condition.

Although he didn’t confirm when the renovation would be completed, the presidential spokesperson had stated that the maintenance company had been asked to speed up its pace of work.

However, 56 days after the President’s return to the country, he has yet to resume in his office.

When contacted on Friday by The Punch, the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, said where Buhari has been operating from are also offices, adding that the most important thing is that the President is working.

He was, however, silent on when Buhari will resume in his main office.

“Office na office. He (the President) uses one now, and the work goes on,” he simply said.

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Buhari Yet To Use Office 56 Days After “Rats’ Invasion”

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It is now close to two months since President Muhammadu Buhari returned to Nigeria from his medical trip to London, United Kingdom, and he is yet to return to his office inside the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

But the Presidency has said that the situation has not in any way hindered the President from performing his duties as the supreme leader of Africa’s most powerful nation.

The Rats Are Not To Blame

On August 19, Buhari had arrived the country to a wild jubilation by Nigerians after spending over 103 days in the United Kingdom where he received medical treatment for an undisclosed ailment.

The Presidency then revealed that the President, upon his return, will operate from his official residence until the completion of the renovation of his office.

According to the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, the development became necessary due to the devastation done to the office by the rodents during his long period of absence.

“Following the three-month period of disuse, rodents have caused a lot of damage to the furniture and the air conditioning units,” Shehu had said, explaining that it was impossible for the President to operate from the office in that condition.

Although he didn’t confirm when the renovation would be completed, the presidential spokesperson had stated that the maintenance company had been asked to speed up its pace of work.

However, 56 days after the President’s return to the country, he has yet to resume in his office.

When contacted on Friday by The Punch, the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, said where Buhari has been operating from are also offices, adding that the most important thing is that the President is working.

He was, however, silent on when Buhari will resume in his main office.

“Office na office. He (the President) uses one now, and the work goes on,” he simply said.

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Hazard: I Have No Chance Of Winning Ballon d’Or

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Eden Hazard has stated he has no chance of winning the 2017 ballon d’or and believes he is only on the shortlist, because he plays for Chelsea.

The Belgium international was vital for Chelsea last season, scoring 16 goals and assisting five.

Hazard also helped Belgium become the first country in Europe to qualify for the 2018 world cup, but believes there are players better than he is who should have made the list.

Speaking to Sky Sports, he said: “I have no chance [of winning]. I think a lot of players are better than me but I am happy to be in the last 30 players.

“I know I am on this list because I play for Chelsea and because I play with great team-mates. They help me every week to be on this list.

“I don’t know if in the future I can have the chance to win the Ballon d’Or but it is not my objective now. My objective is to play and to enjoy myself on the pitch.”

“We have more chance to win the Ballon d’Or if we win everything,” he added. “I think this year, Ronaldo deserved it [his nomination] because he won with Portugal, he won the Champions League, he won La Liga.

“If one day I want to win, I just have to win everything. Nice and simple!”

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Hazard: I Have No Chance Of Winning Ballon d’Or

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Eden Hazard has stated he has no chance of winning the 2017 ballon d’or and believes he is only on the shortlist, because he plays for Chelsea.

The Belgium international was vital for Chelsea last season, scoring 16 goals and assisting five.

Hazard also helped Belgium become the first country in Europe to qualify for the 2018 world cup, but believes there are players better than he is who should have made the list.

Speaking to Sky Sports, he said: “I have no chance [of winning]. I think a lot of players are better than me but I am happy to be in the last 30 players.

“I know I am on this list because I play for Chelsea and because I play with great team-mates. They help me every week to be on this list.

“I don’t know if in the future I can have the chance to win the Ballon d’Or but it is not my objective now. My objective is to play and to enjoy myself on the pitch.”

“We have more chance to win the Ballon d’Or if we win everything,” he added. “I think this year, Ronaldo deserved it [his nomination] because he won with Portugal, he won the Champions League, he won La Liga.

“If one day I want to win, I just have to win everything. Nice and simple!”

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Hazard: I Have No Chance Of Winning Ballon d’Or

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Eden Hazard has stated he has no chance of winning the 2017 ballon d’or and believes he is only on the shortlist, because he plays for Chelsea.

The Belgium international was vital for Chelsea last season, scoring 16 goals and assisting five.

Hazard also helped Belgium become the first country in Europe to qualify for the 2018 world cup, but believes there are players better than he is who should have made the list.

Speaking to Sky Sports, he said: “I have no chance [of winning]. I think a lot of players are better than me but I am happy to be in the last 30 players.

“I know I am on this list because I play for Chelsea and because I play with great team-mates. They help me every week to be on this list.

“I don’t know if in the future I can have the chance to win the Ballon d’Or but it is not my objective now. My objective is to play and to enjoy myself on the pitch.”

“We have more chance to win the Ballon d’Or if we win everything,” he added. “I think this year, Ronaldo deserved it [his nomination] because he won with Portugal, he won the Champions League, he won La Liga.

“If one day I want to win, I just have to win everything. Nice and simple!”

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Moyes: I Did Not Want To Make Fellaini My First Signing

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Former Manchester United, David Moyes has revealed that making Marouane Fellaini his first signing at Old Trafford was not his plan.

Moyes left Everton for the Red Devils in 2013, and brought Fellaini with him for a fee of £27.5 million.

However, the Scot manager has revealed that he was interested in signing Nemanja Matic and not the Belgium man.

“You can ask my staff – the last thing I wanted was for Marouane Fellaini to be my first signing,” Moyes told Radio 5 live.

“I knew, coming from my old club, the look was never going to be good.

“I’ve got to say we looked at Matic as well. He hadn’t done well for Chelsea and had gone back to Benfica.

“He was a consideration. We probably did need a more defensive type player in hindsight.

“Someone who would sit and play, make passes from the middle of the park. But we didn’t get a lot of the things we hoped for.

“And in the end we only ended up getting Marouane on deadline day or we would’ve got no one in that summer at all.”

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Moyes: I Did Not Want To Make Fellaini My First Signing

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Former Manchester United, David Moyes has revealed that making Marouane Fellaini his first signing at Old Trafford was not his plan.

Moyes left Everton for the Red Devils in 2013, and brought Fellaini with him for a fee of £27.5 million.

However, the Scot manager has revealed that he was interested in signing Nemanja Matic and not the Belgium man.

“You can ask my staff – the last thing I wanted was for Marouane Fellaini to be my first signing,” Moyes told Radio 5 live.

“I knew, coming from my old club, the look was never going to be good.

“I’ve got to say we looked at Matic as well. He hadn’t done well for Chelsea and had gone back to Benfica.

“He was a consideration. We probably did need a more defensive type player in hindsight.

“Someone who would sit and play, make passes from the middle of the park. But we didn’t get a lot of the things we hoped for.

“And in the end we only ended up getting Marouane on deadline day or we would’ve got no one in that summer at all.”

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Moyes: I Did Not Want To Make Fellaini My First Signing

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Former Manchester United, David Moyes has revealed that making Marouane Fellaini his first signing at Old Trafford was not his plan.

Moyes left Everton for the Red Devils in 2013, and brought Fellaini with him for a fee of £27.5 million.

However, the Scot manager has revealed that he was interested in signing Nemanja Matic and not the Belgium man.

“You can ask my staff – the last thing I wanted was for Marouane Fellaini to be my first signing,” Moyes told Radio 5 live.

“I knew, coming from my old club, the look was never going to be good.

“I’ve got to say we looked at Matic as well. He hadn’t done well for Chelsea and had gone back to Benfica.

“He was a consideration. We probably did need a more defensive type player in hindsight.

“Someone who would sit and play, make passes from the middle of the park. But we didn’t get a lot of the things we hoped for.

“And in the end we only ended up getting Marouane on deadline day or we would’ve got no one in that summer at all.”

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NNPC Crisis: What Buhari Told Me – Kachikwu

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The Minister of State for Petroleum Resources and Energy, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu, has for the first time opened up on what President Muhammadu Buhari told him after a brief meeting at the Presidential Villa last week.

The response was with respect to the controversial memo he wrote against the Group Managing Director of the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation, (NNPC), Dr. Maikanti Baru.

The minister had written a memo to the president, in which he accused Baru of corruption.

In the petition, Kachikwu had alleged that Baru was sidelining him and the NNPC board from important decisions affecting the corporation.

NNPC Crisis: Kachikwu, Baru Meet, Agree To Strengthen Oil Sector Regulation

Kachikwu had also accused Baru of insubordination, claiming he awarded contracts without due process.

360nobs had reported that there was a show of curiosity among pressmen at the end of a meeting between the president and the minister last week Friday.

Mr. Kachikwu had simply said “no comment” before leaving Aso Villa’s premises, after the apparently “inquisitive looking” journalists met him.

However, Kachikwu, who spoke in Owerri, Imo State at the end of a three-day Nigerian Content Workshop organised by the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board, said the content of his letter did not border on fraud but on governance.

He said: “The conversation has been largely misunderstood to bother on fraud. It was not on fraud, but on governance and suggestions on ways to go about it. I think a lot of people got it wrong.

“People dwell much on issues of sensationalism and leave the main substance. The Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, Dr. Maikanti Baru, and I are working together as Mr. President had directed to move forward.”

“Mr. President has urged the two of us to find ways of working together to remove doubt and rift.”

“Mr. President is a decent man and what he wants to achieve in this country is to live a legacy for posterity. He is a sincere leader, so nobody should accuse him of engaging in fraud.”

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NNPC Crisis: What Buhari Told Me – Kachikwu

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The Minister of State for Petroleum Resources and Energy, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu, has for the first time opened up on what President Muhammadu Buhari told him after a brief meeting at the Presidential Villa last week.

The response was with respect to the controversial memo he wrote against the Group Managing Director of the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation, (NNPC), Dr. Maikanti Baru.

The minister had written a memo to the president, in which he accused Baru of corruption.

In the petition, Kachikwu had alleged that Baru was sidelining him and the NNPC board from important decisions affecting the corporation.

NNPC Crisis: Kachikwu, Baru Meet, Agree To Strengthen Oil Sector Regulation

Kachikwu had also accused Baru of insubordination, claiming he awarded contracts without due process.

360nobs had reported that there was a show of curiosity among pressmen at the end of a meeting between the president and the minister last week Friday.

Mr. Kachikwu had simply said “no comment” before leaving Aso Villa’s premises, after the apparently “inquisitive looking” journalists met him.

However, Kachikwu, who spoke in Owerri, Imo State at the end of a three-day Nigerian Content Workshop organised by the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board, said the content of his letter did not border on fraud but on governance.

He said: “The conversation has been largely misunderstood to bother on fraud. It was not on fraud, but on governance and suggestions on ways to go about it. I think a lot of people got it wrong.

“People dwell much on issues of sensationalism and leave the main substance. The Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, Dr. Maikanti Baru, and I are working together as Mr. President had directed to move forward.”

“Mr. President has urged the two of us to find ways of working together to remove doubt and rift.”

“Mr. President is a decent man and what he wants to achieve in this country is to live a legacy for posterity. He is a sincere leader, so nobody should accuse him of engaging in fraud.”

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NNPC Crisis: What Buhari Told Me – Kachikwu

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The Minister of State for Petroleum Resources and Energy, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu, has for the first time opened up on what President Muhammadu Buhari told him after a brief meeting at the Presidential Villa last week.

The response was with respect to the controversial memo he wrote against the Group Managing Director of the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation, (NNPC), Dr. Maikanti Baru.

The minister had written a memo to the president, in which he accused Baru of corruption.

In the petition, Kachikwu had alleged that Baru was sidelining him and the NNPC board from important decisions affecting the corporation.

NNPC Crisis: Kachikwu, Baru Meet, Agree To Strengthen Oil Sector Regulation

Kachikwu had also accused Baru of insubordination, claiming he awarded contracts without due process.

360nobs had reported that there was a show of curiosity among pressmen at the end of a meeting between the president and the minister last week Friday.

Mr. Kachikwu had simply said “no comment” before leaving Aso Villa’s premises, after the apparently “inquisitive looking” journalists met him.

However, Kachikwu, who spoke in Owerri, Imo State at the end of a three-day Nigerian Content Workshop organised by the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board, said the content of his letter did not border on fraud but on governance.

He said: “The conversation has been largely misunderstood to bother on fraud. It was not on fraud, but on governance and suggestions on ways to go about it. I think a lot of people got it wrong.

“People dwell much on issues of sensationalism and leave the main substance. The Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, Dr. Maikanti Baru, and I are working together as Mr. President had directed to move forward.”

“Mr. President has urged the two of us to find ways of working together to remove doubt and rift.”

“Mr. President is a decent man and what he wants to achieve in this country is to live a legacy for posterity. He is a sincere leader, so nobody should accuse him of engaging in fraud.”

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Zidane Not Interested In Barcelona Job

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Madrid manager, Zinedine Zidane has stated he has no interest whatsoever in leaving leaving the club for Barcelona.

Zidane will be managing his 100th match for Madrid in all competitions against Getafe and after being a success as a player for the club, he has done the same as a manager.

And Madrid are the only club for the 45-year-old Zidane, who was asked if he would ever coach Barca.

“I’ve got my white heart and I’m not going to change,” Zidane told reporters.

“Many have asked me to be in another place and it’s not for me, I’m here.

“I’m only thinking about what I’m doing at the moment and, with respect, nothing else.”

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NMA: Doctors Demand Clarifications On Private Practice Ban By FG

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The Nigeria Medical Association (NMA) is demanding that the Federal Government clearly define it moves to ban medical doctors in public service from private practice.

Dr Olubunmi Omojowolo, Chairman of Lagos State chapter of NMA, said this while speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos on Friday, October 13, 2017.

According to him, the federal government should throw more light on its plan.

Omojowolo was reacting to a federal government’s announcement to begin the process of banning doctors in public service from engaging in private service.

The federal government on Wednesday announced plans to stop medical doctors working in public hospitals from engaging in private practice.

The decision was taken at Wednesday’s Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari.

However, Omojowolo said that though the law did not permit doctors in public hospitals to own private hospitals, they could however, offer specialised services to private hospitals when required.

“Actually, this is not new; the law does not permit doctors who are working in public hospitals to own private hospitals.

“However, the application has to be properly defined; when talking about private practice by doctors in public hospitals, the government has to explain exactly what it is talking about.

“Are you saying that specialists working for government cannot be invited by private hospitals when they have emergency or need a specialist in that area to see the patient?

“Are you saying that all patients that require specialist care who are admitted in private hospitals will have to be moved to public hospitals?,’’ he said.

The chairman said that it was practice all over the world that specialists could be invited to either a public or private health institution to help sort out medical issues.

“For instance, I am a neurologist; how many neurologists do we have in the country.

“We do not have many of them and there are cases that need neurologists’ intervention and other cases like that.

“Are they going to be transferring all patients to public hospitals which are short-staffed and cannot even take care of the patients they already have?

“Consequent upon this, there is need for government to define what it is saying so that it will be understood by everybody.

“This will go a long way to remove ambiguities and misinterpretations that the proposal has so far generated,’’ Omojowolo said.

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Pep Guardiola Doesn’t Want David Silva To Leave Manchester City

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Pep Guardiola wants David Silva to never leave Manchester City.

The 31-year-old is currently in talks to extend his deal to 2020.

“His reputation throughout the world – they know how good he is,” said Guardiola. “His teammates give him a lot of credit, the media and the fans.

“He loves to be here because he’s part of the history – Joe Hart, Vincent Kompany, Yaya Toure, Sergio Aguero. He’s one of the guys who have given this club the important step.

“I think we’d like him to stay until he decides.”

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Report : West Ham Could Sell Reece Oxford In January

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West Ham could be ready to sell teenage defender Reece Oxford in January, according to the Mirror.

Slaven Bilic reportedly told the 18-year-old not to think he is on a par with France’s prodigious talent Kylian Mbappe after both players were nominated for the prestigious Golden Boy award.

Bilic hopes Oxford does not start to get ideas above his station and said: ‘Someone recognised him to be nominated for the Golden Boy award.

‘If he goes one way and thinks he is Mbappe then that’s wrong. He needs to use this in the right way.

‘He has got it in him, get his place and start playing regularly. Hopefully he will get that in Germany and it’ll be great to play in the Bundesliga.’

Oxford is currently on a season-long loan at Borussia Monchengladbach.

Manchester United tried to sign England prospect Oxford before the centre half signed a five year deal at West Ham.

They could come back given any encouragement while Monchengladbach took him on loan to help his development.

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