Mauricio Pochettino Reveals He Would Like To Coach England In The Future

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Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino has revealed he would like to manage England at some point in the future.

Pochettino has impressed many since first arriving in English football with Southampton and the former Argentina international has cemented his reputation as one of the most highly-rated managers in the world during his subsequent spell at White Hart Lane.

The 45-year-old, who won 20 caps for Argentina during his playing career, says he would welcome the opportunity to manage players including Harry Kane and Dele Alli on the international stage.

In Guillem Balague’s new book ‘A Brave New World’, serialised in the Daily Mail, Pochettino said: “If I were to be an international manager one day, I’d relish the opportunity to coach the England national team.

“I’ve heard that I’ve been considered for the job before, but I don’t know if there was any truth in it. I’d be reunited with loads of familiar faces: Harry Kane, Danny Rose, Dele Alli, Eric Dier, Adam Lallana.”

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Getting Sacked Early As England Coach Is My Biggest Regret – Sam Allardyce

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Sam Allardyce believes he should not have left his role as England coach and confessed he still thinks about his departure regularly.

Sam Allardyce was sacked a year ago this month after just one game in charge of the national team Three Lions.

An undercover sting by the Telegraph showed Allardyce offering advice on how to dodge third-party ownership rules.

The 62-year-old, appearing as a guest on Goals on Sunday , opened up about a period in his life he described as “harrowing”.

“Legally, that’s a very difficult subject for me to talk about,” he said. “To say one thing personally, since it happened [my lawyers and I] have had a long, long look at it.

“Clearly if a bit more patience had been shown, I believe I should have still been there.

“But it is what it is and you can’t dwell over it. The most harrowing period for the family was after with what people said and did and what they tried to do to me. It was outrageous.

“Without evidence, people were spouting off. But I have had to move on and I have moved on.”

Despite ‘moving on’ Allardyce admitted he still spends plenty of time casting his mind back over his dismissal.

Asked how much time he spends thinking about it all, Allardyce replied: “A lot. A lot, a lot, a lot, a lot.

“Especially when the England games come up and I’ve only just been able to watch them again recently.

“It was a really sad moment for me, having worked so hard to get to the pinnacle of my career.”

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Getting Sacked Early As England Coach Is My Biggest Regret – Sam Allardyce

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Sam Allardyce believes he should not have left his role as England coach and confessed he still thinks about his departure regularly.

Sam Allardyce was sacked a year ago this month after just one game in charge of the national team Three Lions.

An undercover sting by the Telegraph showed Allardyce offering advice on how to dodge third-party ownership rules.

The 62-year-old, appearing as a guest on Goals on Sunday , opened up about a period in his life he described as “harrowing”.

“Legally, that’s a very difficult subject for me to talk about,” he said. “To say one thing personally, since it happened [my lawyers and I] have had a long, long look at it.

“Clearly if a bit more patience had been shown, I believe I should have still been there.

“But it is what it is and you can’t dwell over it. The most harrowing period for the family was after with what people said and did and what they tried to do to me. It was outrageous.

“Without evidence, people were spouting off. But I have had to move on and I have moved on.”

Despite ‘moving on’ Allardyce admitted he still spends plenty of time casting his mind back over his dismissal.

Asked how much time he spends thinking about it all, Allardyce replied: “A lot. A lot, a lot, a lot, a lot.

“Especially when the England games come up and I’ve only just been able to watch them again recently.

“It was a really sad moment for me, having worked so hard to get to the pinnacle of my career.”

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Real Madrid Still Interested In Bayern Munich’s David Alaba

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Bayern Munich midfielder David Alaba remains a Real Madrid transfer target, says Sport.

Los Blancos failed in an attempt to land the Austria international in the summer, but Zinedine Zidane is a fan of Alaba’s versatility and wants to bring him in to bolster the Real squad.

A significant amount of defensive injuries has hit Los Blancos, and the absence of the likes of Marcelo, Dani Carvajal and Theo Hernandez has highlighted the lack of depth.

David Alaba made his name as a full-back but has also played as a centre-back and in midfield. His excellent all-round game means he regularly contributes in front of goal

Zidane has been forced to debut Achraf Hakimi, a young player who recently joined the first team.

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Lazio Confirm Offers For Manchester United And Juventus Target Sergej Milinkovic-Savic

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Lazio have received several offers for Manchester United transfer target Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, according to the Serie A club’s director of football Igli Tare.

“It is what happens on the pitch that decides the player’s price-tag. We have received several offers, offers exceeding €70m (£62m) but not from Juventus,” he told Premium Sport.

“He signed a contract extension six months ago and that means that he is happy here.”

“We have some important players here like Luis Alberto and Lucas Leiva, it’s hard to win at the Juventus Stadium we are closing the gap with Juventus.”

“Juventus are better than us in terms of mentality, we have clear ideas and we know where we want to arrive, we know our targets. Felipe Andreson and Nani will be like new signings they are training to reach the best form.”

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Lazio Confirm Offers For Manchester United And Juventus Target Sergej Milinkovic-Savic

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Lazio have received several offers for Manchester United transfer target Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, according to the Serie A club’s director of football Igli Tare.

“It is what happens on the pitch that decides the player’s price-tag. We have received several offers, offers exceeding €70m (£62m) but not from Juventus,” he told Premium Sport.

“He signed a contract extension six months ago and that means that he is happy here.”

“We have some important players here like Luis Alberto and Lucas Leiva, it’s hard to win at the Juventus Stadium we are closing the gap with Juventus.”

“Juventus are better than us in terms of mentality, we have clear ideas and we know where we want to arrive, we know our targets. Felipe Andreson and Nani will be like new signings they are training to reach the best form.”

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100 Nigerian Students To Be Deported From UK Over Unpaid Scholarships

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There are very strong indications that about 100 Nigerian students on scholarship in universities across the United Kingdom could be deported home as early as this week except their fees are settled immediately.

According to The Telegraph of London, a bursary scheme funded by a regional agency in Nigeria has folded, with dozens of students facing having to return home before Christmas.

The agency’s decision to withdraw the funding without their knowledge has left some students saddled with debts of up to £20,000.

Though the name of the sponsor agency was not given in the report, it was gathered that the students are “some of Nigeria’s brightest undergraduates.”

They have been told that they will not receive their degree certification even though many of them completed their courses in the last academic year.

The newspaper said some of the affected students claimed they have been warned they could be deported by Friday, October 20.

It said the Nigerian High Commission in London confirmed that 152 students had been caught up in the scandal and that the sponsoring agency had been left with a “draught of funding” due to a slump in Nigeria’s oil revenues.

The High Commission said in a statement that additional funding had been approved for 87 students.

There was no mention of how soon the bill would be paid.

The universities of Leeds and Essex said they “sympathised” with the affected students but declined to say whether their visas would be revoked.

They said that they were working closely with the Nigerian High Commission to resolve the dispute.

The University of Sussex claimed it had allowed one student to graduate, but declined to comment on whether their transcript had been withheld. It added that it had been providing “some financial assistance for living costs in cases of particular hardship.”

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Nigerian Navy 2017 DSSC Recruitment Is Ongoing (See Requirements) | Apply Here

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Nigerian Navy 2017 DSSC Recruitment Is Ongoing (See Requirements) | Apply Here

Entry Qualifications For Enlistment Into The Nigerian Navy Direct Short Service Commission Course (DSSC) 25. Note: once you click the link below, register as a new user and then proceed with the application.

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360nobs had earlier reported that online registration will start on 11 October 2017 while the registration process will come to an end on 13 November 2017.

DSSC Requirements:

Applications are hereby invited from suitably qualified Nigerians for enlistment into the Nigerian Navy through the Direct Short Service Commission (DSSC) Course 25 in the underlisted departments:

  1. ACCOUNT AND BUDGET
    Applicants must possess a Bachelor’s degree or HND in Economics, Accounting and Business Administration or HND in Business and Accounts. Membership of a professional body like ICAN, ANAN, ACMA, ACCA, ACA will be an added advantage.
  2. CHAPLAIN
    Applicants must possess a Bachelor’s Degree from a registered institution of theology from either of the following:

    1. Catholic Mission.
    2. Protestant Mission.

    Applicants must have completed 2 years apprenticeship in Apostolic Ministry and be recommended from the pastoral missions. In addition to qualifications required, applicants must be of male gender and duly ordained clergy of their respective Christian faith.

  3. EDUCATION
    Applicants must possess B.Ed in relevant fields. Holders of first degree with PGD in the following fields are also eligible:

    1. Mathematics
    2. English Language
    3. Physics
    4. Geography
    5. Chemistry
    6. Economics
    7. French
    8. Computer Science
    9. History
  4. ENGINEERING
    Applicants must possess a BSc or HND or equivalent qualifications in the following fields:

    1. Aeronautical Engineering.
    2. Electrical/Electronic Engineering.
    3. Mechanical/Marine Engineering.
    4. Naval Architecture/Ship Design.

    Membership of Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE) and Council of Registered Engineers of Nigeria (COREN) will be an added advantage.

  5. HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT
    Applicants must possess a BSc, BA, HND or equivalent qualification in Personnel Management, Public Administration or Human Resource Management. Membership of NIM and other relevant bodies is an added advantage.
  6. SEAMAN
    Applicants must possess BSc/HND in Nautical Sciences. Membership of relevant professional body will be an added advantage.
  7. HYDROGRAPHY
    Applicants must possess a BSc or HND in the following fields:

    1. Cartography.
    2. Surveying/Geoinfomatics.
    3. Geophysics.
    4. Physical Oceanography.

    Membership of NIS is an added advantage. Applicants with BSc degree in Physics and Mathematics must possess a Post Graduate Diploma in Land Survey to be eligible.

  8. IMAM
    Bachelor of Arts in Islamic Studies with special reference to Islamic Jurisprudence and Theology. Diploma in Counselling Psychology will be an added advantage. Applicants with Post Graduate Diploma in Islamic Studies must have 5 years experience.
  9. INFORMATION
    Applicants must possess a BSc or HND in the following fields.

    1. Mass Communication.
    2. Journalism.
    3. Public Relations.
    4. Printing Technology.
    5. Cinematography.
    6. Television Production.
    7. Computer Technology (Desktop Publishing).

    Membership of Nigerian Institute of Public Relations will be an added advantage.

  10. INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGY 
    Applicants must possess BSc/B.Tech/B.Eng in Computer Science or Computer Engineering. Priority will be given to candidates with relevant qualification in:

    1. Website development and management.
    2. Networking and network administration.
    3. Programming multimedia and software development.
    4. Server and database administration.
    5. Information and cyber security.

    Certification in relevant fields will be an added advantage.

  11. MEDICAL 
    Applicants in the medical field must possess the following qualifications:

    1. Doctor/Dental Surgeons
      MBBS, MBchB or equivalent. Must be fully registered by the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria and must possess a current practicing license.
    2. Pharmacist
      B.Pharm degree and be fully registered with the Pharmacy Council of Nigeria and have a current practicing license.
    3. Radiographer
      Minimum of BSc/HND in Radiography.
    4. Nursing
      B.NSc or equivalent with post basic qualification in a nursing field. Sub specialisations such as ICU, A&E, Theatre, Anaesthesia will be an added advantage.
    5. Dietician
      B.Sc or HND Dietician/Nutrition. Must be registered with Dietetics Council of Nigeria.
    6. Medical Lab Scientist
      Must possess either a BMLS or AIMLS and its equivalent and be fully registered with the Medical Laboratory Scientist Council of Nigeria as well as possess a current practicing license.
    7. Physiotherapist
      Must possess either B. Physiotherapy or BMR (Bachelor of Medical Rehabilitation). Must be registered with the Medical Rehabilitation Therapist Registration Board of Nigeria (MRTB) and possess a current practicing license.
    8. Medical Records/Health Information Management
      Minimum of BSc/ HND required
    9. Public Health Officer
      Minimum of BSc/HND in either Environmental Health or Community Health Information and Education. Must be fully registered with the Environmental Health Officers Registration Council of Nigeria (EHORCON) and possess a current practicing license.
    10. Optometrist
      Doctor of Optometry. Must be a fully registered optometrist, dispensing optician by the Optical Council of Nigeria and have a current practicing license.
    11. Hospital Administration
      Minimum of BSc/HND Hospital Administration required.
    12. Biomedical Engineer
      Minimum of BSc/HND in Biomedical Engineering required.
    13. Clinical Psychologist
      Minimum of BSc/HND in Clinical Psychology and Applied Psychology required.
  12. Music 
    Applicants must possess BA/HND in Music. Proficiency in any musical instrument will be an added advantage.
  13. SPORTS/PT
    Applicants must possess BA/HND in Physical & Health Education or equivalent. Proficiency in any physical sport will be an added advantage.
  14. LOGISTICS 
    BSc/HND/B Eng in the following fields:

    1. Architecture.
    2. Catering.
    3. Civil Engineering.
    4. Economics, Business Management or in Purchasing and Supply (PS).
    5. Final Certificate of Nigerian Institute of Transport Technology.
    6. Quantity Survey.
    7. Structural Engineering.
    8. Transport Management.
  15. Legal Services.
    LLB and BL (A minimum of 2 years post qualification experience is required).

Note: once you click the link below, register as a new user and then proceed with the application.

CLICK HERE AND PROCEED WITH APPLICATION

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NYSC Announces Passing Out Date For Current Corps Members | Releases 2017 Batch B Timetable

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The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) has announced that its 2016 Batch B, (Stream One) Corps members will be passing out on Thursday, November 2, 2017.

In a tweet on its official Twitter handle on Saturday, the Scheme said details of the passing out activities would be communicated to corp members by the NYSC Secretariat through zonal and local government inspectors.

The corps said the passing out activities would be ”low-keyed with the distribution of certificate of National service to deserving Corp members taking place at the local government level.”

The Batch B (Stream One) corp members were in the orientation camp between November 24 and December 14, 2016.

On its website, the management of the NYSC also released mobilization timetable for 2017 Batch B corp members.

The prospective corps members were urged to start printing call up letters from 13th to 17th Nov. 2017.

NYSC Mobilization Time-Table For 2017 Batch B

S/N Event Date
1 Briefing/Sensitization of Final year students/prospective corps Members. 12th Oct – 10th Nov 2017
2 Display of list of all approved programmes for institutions on NYSC portal for cross checking and feedback 12th – 15th Oct. 2017
3 Collation of Prospective Corps Members’ Data by Corps Producing Institutions CPIs 12th – 15th Oct. 2017
4 Submission/Uploading of Senate/Academic Board Approved Results for Full/Part-Time Graduates and Revalidation Lists by CPIs 16th – 21st Oct. 2017
5 Uploading of Corrected Lists by Corps Producing Institutions 16th – 21st Oct. 2017
6 On-line Registration by Foreign and locally Trained Nigerian Graduates 23rd October to 12th November 2017
7 Entertainment of complaints from Prospective Corps Members by the state Deployment and Relocation officers and NYSC Help Lines/Desks officers. 23rd October to 12th November 2017
8 Forwarding of Complaints to Mobilisation Dept by State Deployment and Relocation officers 23rd October to 12th November 2017
9 Deployment and Printing of Call-up Letters by ICT Department 13th – 17th Nov, 2017
10 Notification/On-line Printing of Call-up Letters/Delivery of Call-up letters to Institutions (stream I) 17th – 20th Nov, 2017
11 On-line Printing of Deployment Disposition by Corps Producing Institutions (CPIs) 18th – 21st Nov, 2017
12 2017 Batch ‘B’ Orientation Course

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Bernardo Silva: De Bruyne Among Best In The World

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Bernardo Silva is full of high praise for his Manchester City teammate, Kevin De Bruyne , who he has hailed as one of the best in the world.

The Belgium midfielder has been in blistering form for Manchester City this season and continues to raise the bar when it comes to assists.

De Bruyne’s capabilities has been hailed, with the former Chelsea man assisting more goals than anyone in the PL since he joined City in 2015 and Silva has added to his plaudits.

The Portugal international told City’s official website after seeing De Bruyne star again in a 7-2 mauling of Stoke: “Kevin, is just an amazing player. It’s a pleasure to play alongside these kind of players and he showed us again that he’s one of the best in the world.”

“It feels great to be part of this team and score my first goal for Manchester City, I’ve very happy for this.

“The team played an amazing game, three well deserved points and now we have to think about the Champions League, because we want another three points there to help us progress.

“To be here and to be able to learn from all these fantastic players, it’s an amazing opportunity, I’m very happy to be here, and I hope I can help the team to achieve the goals.”

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Mourinho Will Not Be Retiring At United

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Jose Mourinho has revealed he is absolutely sure he will not end his managerial career at United as he still harbors some ambitions.

United are better than they were last season, sitting second on the table and two points leaders City, after eight games.

Mourinho is currently in the second year of a three-year contract and rumours have it a new contract is in the offing.

He told Telefoot: “The only thing I can say is that I am still a coach with worries, ambitions, desires to do new things.

“I’m sure I will not finish my career here [in Manchester].”

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How Buhari’s Politics Under-Develops Nigeria

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How Buhari’s Politics Under-Develops Nigeria, By Mbasekei Martin Obono

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In the 70s, a strong wind of Pan-Africanism blew across the African continent, borderlines drawn by colonialism began to fade and the continent shrank even further. Proponents of Pan-Africanism held a strong belief that the economic, social and political progress of ‘one Africa’ would unify and uplift people of African descent.

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

As a result of the proposed economic and infrastructural integration, there was an agreement to construct railways that would traverse North, East, West and Southern Africa.

President Shehu Shagari, who was then president of Nigeria saw the opportunities in a united Africa and decided to build the Ajaokuta steel company. As the giant of Africa, Nigeria was poised to use Ajaokuta steel company to supply the required steel, needed for the construction of the railway.

The railway was already a huge market for the company. Also, Ajaokuta was projected to employ 500,000 people, with annual revenue running into billions of dollars. It was envisioned that the project would provide materials for infrastructural development, technological acquisition, human capacity building, income distribution, regional development, among many other achievements. Ajaokuta was more than sixty percent completed by the Shagari administration.

Despite the promise of a glorious future, a booming economy and a promising democracy, General Muhammadu Buhari and his military colleagues plotted a coup and overthrew Shagari’s government. After the ouster, Ajaokuta was abandoned with no further investment made into it. Even if the sin of overthrowing a democratically elected president is forgivable, how do we forgive the sin of the deliberate impoverishment of our people?

Let’s fast forward to his second coming in 2015. The National Bureau of Statistics in August 2016 revealed that 4.58 million Nigerians lost their jobs during Buhari’s first year in office. The unemployment rate has not dropped, but has rather increased. Many companies have wound up. Fortune 500 organisations and other multinationals have been quite concerned about the state of affairs in Nigeria. Portfolio investors, including Aberdeen Asset Management Plc and Ashmore Group Plc, which together oversee about $450 billion of asset, have retreated from Nigerian markets. Nigeria became even less attractive as the country fell from first to fourth, behind Ivory Coast, Kenya and Tanzania in the ranking of business prospects by the research unit of Nielsen Holdings Plc.

To make matters worse, the government recently revoked the contract of INTELS Services. INTELS Services moved to Onne in 1982, which was an almost empty field, only partially built. But INTELS refurbished Onne Port and transformed it to the largest oil and gas free zone in the world. The government has been struggling hard to convince keen observers that the revocation was not done on the basis of INTELS’ affiliation with Alhaji Atiku Abubakar. Atiku has been critical of both the economy and structure of Nigeria and in the same vein, shown that he is interested in running for president in 2019.

For the avoidance of doubts, more than 15,000 families depend on INTELS Services for their daily bread, clothing and shelter. The question is what would happen to these 15,000 people? Should they all suffer because of the ambition of one man?

For a government that detests the voice of dissent and would stop at nothing to clamp down on anyone, Atiku’s INTELS was an easy target. Before Atiku, the government tried to muzzle the opposition by introducing a social media regulation bill. After the bill failed, it introduced the NGO regulation bill to clampdown on organisations who may oppose government policies. This bill will also fail.

A government should be creating jobs instead of destroying them. INTELS also has a multi-billion dollar investment at the Badagry deep seaport in Lagos, the investment in Lagos would create thousands of direct and indirect jobs for Nigerians. If INTELS pulls out of Nigeria, how many jobs can Buhari’s administration create for the teeming population? Everything should not be about politics.

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Park: Pirlo Was The Best In The World

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Park Ji-Sung has labelled retiring Andrea Pirlo as one of the best in the world, at the time Manchester United and AC Milan shared a rivalry.

The veteran midfielder announced he will be hanging his boots after his contract with NYC FC ends in December.

Pirlo is already guaranteed a spot among the greats, having won six Serie A titles, two UCL titles and a World Cup.

The former United midfielder told Goal: “He was not a big player physically, but his ability in passing, taking free-kicks, shooting from distance, play-making was the best in the world at that time.

“I believe he was a great player who could dictate the game. He was the biggest threat to any team who played against his team.”

“Man Utd analysed Milan’s game and concluded that Pirlo is the key man for them. Sir Alex Ferguson made me man-mark Pirlo.

“So, I tried to block him so that he cannot be in possession of the ball. When he had the ball, I tried to prevent him passing the ball in front of him.

“To mark Pirlo was not easy. It was hard mentally, physically but consequently Milan had a difficult game against us.”

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Henceforth, Only Certified Teachers Will Be Allowed In Classrooms – TRCN

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The Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria (TRCN) has disclosed that henceforth, only teachers who are certified and licensed will be allowed to practice the profession.

Nigeria To Stop Uncertified Teachers From Classroom As From May 31

These were the remarks of the registrar of the Council, Josiah Ajiboye, while addressing newsmen on Saturday, at one of the centres of the maiden edition of Teachers’ Professional Qualifying Exams for over 20,000 potential teachers across the 36 States of the Federation and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

He said: “Teaching is the mother of all professions, if we get teaching right we will get it right in all sectors of the economy. No country can rise beyond the quality of its education and no education can rise above the quality of it teachers.”

The registrar said the exam would hold twice yearly, precisely in May and October.

Speaking on the result, Ajiboye said the results of the Saturday exams would be out within the next one week.

“In total we have 20,000 potential teachers who wrote this exam today. In Kano we have about 1,500; In Plateau state we have 1,600; In FCT we have over 430 individuals who sat for the exams,” the registrar said.

Also speaking, while monitoring the examinations organised by the Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria, the Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, said that the examination was part of efforts of the Federal government towards professionalising the teaching profession.

The minister who was represented by the permanent secretary in the Ministry of Education, Sunny Echono, said the exams were intended to assess Nigerian teachers and to certify individuals who succeed as qualified teachers.

Ajiboye had in May revealed that all unqualified teachers would not be allowed into the classrooms by the end of 2017.

“The teachers Registration Council of Nigeria has come out with a policy decision which is backed and supported by the Federal Ministry of Education.

“The ministry has approved that the regular registration without qualifying examination should stop by the 31st of May 2017 and the first professional qualifying examination will take place in October 2017.

“We are going to stop just normal registration of qualified teachers without examination by the end of this month. “We have done advertisement in Nigeria newspapers and have sensitised teachers to this that definitely by the end of this month we will stop normal registration.

“Any teacher who is qualified who now wants to register as a professional teacher in Nigeria will have to take professional qualifying examination.

“For teachers who are not qualified the government policy is that we will no longer allow unqualified teachers to be in our classrooms at the end of 2017. “These teachers have been given enough time to go remediate for this lack of qualification by taking professional diploma in education or post graduate diploma in education as the case maybe.

“Those teachers that are not qualified poses a great danger to the Nigerian educational system and because of that we want to wipe off all quacks and the act of quackery from teaching in Nigeria.

“So any teacher that is not qualified will no longer be found in Nigerian classrooms from 2018.’’

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NNPC Crisis: Ex-Oil Minister David-West Aims Dig At Kachikwu, Calls Him ‘Minister Without Portfolio’

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Prof. Tam David-West, a former minister of petroleum and energy when President Muhammadu Buhari was head of state, has aimed a thinly-veiled dig at the current minister of state for petroleum resources, Ibe Kachikwu, saying that the minister (Kachikwu) does not have a portfolio.

Speaking in an interview with The Punch, the elder statesman, while attacking the minister over a petition he wrote to Buhari, called for the scrapping of the office of the “minister of state for petroleum resources” or sought that it be called “minister without portfolio.”

The minister had written a memo to the president, in which he accused the Group Managing Director of the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation, (NNPC), Dr. Maikanti 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.

However, David-West, while taking sides with Baru, accused Kachikwu of embarrassing the country.

What is your comment on the recent $25bn oil contract controversy at the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation?

When I first read it in the newspaper, I was flabbergasted. It is out of the question completely. I have said I will never comment on NNPC, but it would be irresponsible of me to keep quiet. It is dangerous. Despite the fact that I am no longer the oil minister, I know what is happening in the oil industry every day. I am still in touch with the system in Nigeria and even the North Sea Oil, Brent, I get the price every day.

I am interested in the oil industry just like any other Nigerian, for obvious reasons. Oil accounts for 80 per cent of the Nigerian budget and 90 per cent of its assets outside. The money we have outside and foreign reserves are mainly from oil. As someone from an oil-producing state, I am interested in what goes on in the industry. Thirdly, I have been there before and I know what is happening there.

 I don’t know the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Ibe Kachikwu, or the Group Managing Director of the NNPC, Maikanti Baru, but what is going on is very embarrassing to Nigeria. This has never happened before.

I had a misunderstanding with my managing director when I was oil minister, but it was well managed, although that case was different compared to what is happening currently. Fortunately for me, we both attended the University of Ibadan, so we were friends. But what is happening between Kachikwu and Baru is a misunderstanding over claims and circumstances that are beyond them.

When you say that a minister of state is the boss of the GMD of NNPC, it is wrong. That cannot be. People are making those claims because of misconception. The minister of state in the First Republic was a minister without a portfolio. He cannot be a boss of the GMD of an oil industry, who is the livewire of that sector.

Each time I read the newspapers about this issue, I am upset. An editor called me and asked me, ‘What is the duty of a minister of state?’ Some of these problems are caused by personality problems. Some of them have both bloated and ballooned egos. No one is indispensable in Nigeria because for every Nigerian holding a position, there are many others who are better qualified. No public servant can threaten the country. Nigeria is bigger than anyone, so whoever is in a top position should thank God and the country for the opportunity to serve. One million Tam David-Wests cannot threaten Nigeria.

When I read Kachikwu’s letter, I was flabbergasted. But I was relieved when the NNPC replied that nothing like that happened. There is a danger in having Kachikwu loyalists and Baru loyalists in the same sector. It is very dangerous for the nation.

Is Buhari not doing too much as a president and minister of petroleum?

People have forgotten what he said when he resumed as president. He said that he would hold that position for 18 months, during which he intended to straighten things up in the place. Actually, Buhari should be the chairman of the NNPC board and not Kachikwu, who is a minister without a portfolio in reality. It would be better if we scrapped the ‘minister of state’ which is superfluous and redundant.

Shouldn’t Buhari step down as minister since the 18 months have passed?

He will decide when to take that decision but that title of minister of state should be scrapped or called ‘minister without portfolio.’

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Organised Labour Rejects N30,000 Minimum Wage Offer, Insists On N56,000

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The organised labour has rejected a resolution by the House of Representatives seeking the upward review of the minimum wage for Nigerian workers to N30,000 from the current N18,000 – insisting on its N56,000 demand.

The President of the Trade Union Congress (TUC), Bobboi Kaigama, who made this known on Saturday, added that the labour unions  were awaiting the executive arm of government to set up a committee to speed up the process.

“The procedure is for the tripartite body to sit down and agree on a figure, present it to the National Executive Council, National Council of State and to the National Assembly,” he said.

Also, the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) commended the recommendation of the House of Representatives but said that the process to determine an approved minimum wage has started with a tripartite engagement involving the labour, the private sector and the government.

According to the General Secretary of the NLC, Peter Ezon, the tripartite arrangement would recommend the minimum wage to the government and in turn take it to the National Assembly for legislation.

“We welcome the concerns of the House of Representatives members and we also beg them to put more pressure on government to institute the process of the tripartite committee so that it can be concluded and returned to the National Assembly,” Ezon said.

Ezon further lamented that some state governors were struggling to pay the N18,000 minimum wage because they failed to set their priorities right.

He warned that the labour movement was losing patience with the government and might be forced to act appropriately to achieve its demands.

On Thursday, members of the House of Representatives had cautioned that a nationwide strike by workers over low wages could force the country’s economy back into recession.

The lawmakers therefore urged the Federal Government to increase the current minimum wage to N30,000 to avert workers’ strike.

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WHO Renews Commitment To Combat Polio In Nigeria

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The World Health Organisation (WHO) has renewed its commitment to assist Nigeria in the fight against polio and other child killer diseases.

This disclosure was made on Saturday by Mrs Masthidisco Moeti, the WHO Regional Director for Africa, at a press conference in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital.

Moeti said that the organisation would work in collaboration with development partners to rehabilitate and upgrade health facilities ravaged by Boko Haram insurgents in the 27 local government areas of the state.

She said that the measure was to enhance quality healthcare delivery to the displaced persons in liberated communities.

The director disclosed that the organisation had established 130 mobile clinics to enhance access to quality healthcare services and control spread of diseases.

“WHO is providing support to control malaria, cholera, measle, diarrhoea, polio and prevention of other child killer diseases.

“We are providing technical support and surveillance and conducted sensitisation activities to promote use of mosquito treated nets.

“The organisation is fully involved in various programmes designed to streamline support for the health needs of the people in the North-East,” she said.

She also revealed that the apex health organization has provided modern gadgets to enhance operations of the clinics.

On his part, the state Governor Kashim Shettima said that insurgency had negatively affected immunisation exercise in the state.

Represented by his deputy, Usman Durkwa, Shettimaalso reiterated commitment to polio eradication and improved healthcare delivery at the grassroots.

The governor also commended WHO intervention programmes, adding that the gesture will go a long to reduce maternal mortality and morbidity rate in the state.

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Mertesacker: Arsenal Did Not Make Good Use Of The Ball

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Per Mertesacker was unhappy with the fact that his teammates did not rise to challenge after Watford equalised.

The Germany international defender gave Arsenal the lead in the first half. However, a second half penalty from Troy Deeney restored parity.

Mertesacker does not know if the penalty was worth it, but bemoaned the fact that Arsenal became wasteful, as Cleverley scored a late winner.

“I’m not sure, I cannot tell [if it was a penalty]. Honestly, it’s so quick these actions, it’s difficult to judge and the referee made that decision,” the German defender told Arsenal’s website.

“I think for us it was kind of a wake-up call, but it wasn’t loud enough.”

Mertesacker said his team were wasteful in possession against Watford.

“I think that’s what we lacked, especially in the second half. You know when we got the ball we missed a chance, but we missed as well to play, we missed it completely,” he said.

“That’s what we did really well in the first half, where we regained possession, kept possession, that was really good.

“In the second half we just wasted the ball and that’s obviously not enough.

“If you just protect and you have no chances on the break and you miss one chance to kill the game, then it’s difficult in the Premier League to win any game.”

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Conte Frustrated By Chelsea’s Injury List

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Antonio Conte is distraught at the injury situation at Chelsea , as it does not get any better with Victor Moses limping off in the loss to Crystal Palace.

Chelsea were looking to return to winning ways at Selhurst Park, after going into the international break with a 1-0 loss to City.

However, an Azpilicueta own goal which was cancelled out by Bakayoko, and a Zaha goal, all in the first half won it for Crystal Palace.

To make matters worse for Conte, he had to see another key player in Victor Moses limp off the pitch with a hamstring injury, joining Morata, Kante and Drinkwater on the sidelines.

“I think, in this moment, for us it’s a very difficult moment. When you start a game without Morata and without Kante, it’s not simple,” Conte, whose side are nine points adrift of leaders Manchester City, told a post-match news conference.

“Above all, if, during the game, another important player in your team has an injury too like Victor Moses … I hope to have him back very soon because this moment is very difficult for us.

“To lose three or four players, it’s a big problem for us. But, despite this, we have to find the will to fight. I think this season will be very difficult and, for this reason, we have to put 150 per cent in.

“It’s not enough to put 100 per cent in like last season. I think this season, me first, the staff and the players have to put in 150 per cent because the season will be very difficult.

“We want to try and be competitive in all competitions, but it won’t be easy.”

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Marcelo: Ronaldo Delivers When Madrid Needs Him To

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Madrid defender, Marcelo says Cristiano Ronaldo is always on hand to deliver when the club needs him to.

Los Blancos were on the brink of dropping more points against Getafe, after Benzema’s opener was cancelled by Molina.

Ronaldo scored his first Liga goal and the winner in the 85th minute, after converting Isco’s pass.

“We know what Cristiano brings to Madrid. He deserves a lot of credit for all he’s done at Madrid and we know that when he has to show up, he does so,” the Brazilian said.

“That happens in football, I couldn’t tell you why.

“We’re trying to improve with every game, trying to cut the gap to first place and continue fighting for all the points available.”

Marcelo was pleased with his team’s response after conceding, saying: “It’s a difficult place to come, everyone has that extra motivation when they’re playing against Madrid.

“We conceded a goal, I don’t know if it was offside or not but that doesn’t bother me.

“We did a great job, we were able to manage the game well after scoring and we ended up winning it.”

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Vazquez: Isco Plays Street Football

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Lucas Vazquez has praised his Real Madrid teammate, Isco, saying the attacking midfielder plays street football.

Isco came on for Vazquez in the second half to set up the game winner, as Ronaldo converted his lofty pass.

The Spain international has now scored two goals and assisted a further two in eight Liga games.

“Isco doesn’t hide who he is, his football is from the street,” he said, via Marca.

“The way Isco plays, it comes from inside, it is a pleasure to play with him.

“He is in wonderful form and I hope it stays that way for a long time.”

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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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