Nigeria to establish University of Petroleum Resources

Abuja — President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday in Abuja pledged continued support for the socio-economic development of the Niger Delta region.

Buhari, according to a statement by his spokesman, Malam Garba Shehu, gave the assurance at a brief ceremony in the State House where he signed the bill establishing the University of Petroleum Resources, Effurun, Delta State, into law.

He quoted the president as saying “this administration is fully committed to supporting the Niger Delta in its endeavours to achieve socio-economic development.”

Shehu also said the president appealed to all communities in the region to strive for peace through dialogue in resolving all conflicts not only among them but also with business entities and the authorities.

“With the signing of the bill into law, the path has been cleared for the establishment of the specialised university in the Niger Delta, charged with training and research in petroleum technologies,” the statement added.

Source: AllAfrica.com

England wants Nigeria friendly

 

Reports coming in said that the English FA has contacted Nigeria on a possible friendly between England and Nigeria.

Both countries have already secured their spots at next year’s tournament in Russia and are now drawing up their preparations.

The game has been slated for next year, but will only hold if both teams are not in the same group, when the draws for the 2018 World Cup made December 1.

an NFF source said “We have received a mail from the FA asking for the friendly with the Eagles but it will only be confirmed after the draws, if we are in the same group we cannot play against each other,”

Leicester sack manager – Craig Shakespeare

Craig Shakespeare

Leicester City have retrenched their manager Craig Shakespeare, four months after he signed a three-year deal with the club.

Shakespeare, 53, succeeded title winner Claudio Ranieri in February, initially on a temporary basis but later signed on a permanent basis.

Michael Appleton will take charge of the squad in the interim.

A statement from the club reads:

“Leicester City Football Club has today (Tuesday) parted company with its First Team Manager, Craig Shakespeare.

Michael Appleton will be in charge of the First Team as Caretaker Manager for Saturday’s Premier League trip to Swansea City, supported by First Team Coaches Mike Stowell and Adam Sadler.

“Leicester City Vice Chairman Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha said: ‘Craig has been a great servant to Leicester City – during his spells as an Assistant Manager and since taking over as Manager in challenging circumstances in February.

“‘His dedication to the Club and to his work has been absolute and the contribution he made to the most successful period in Leicester City history is considerable.

Leicester City vice-chairman Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha also have this to say

“Craig has been a great servant to Leicester City – during his spells as an assistant manager and since taking over as manager in challenging circumstances in February. His dedication to the club and to his work has been absolute and the contribution he made to the most successful period in Leicester City history is considerable.

“However, our early promise under Craig’s management has not been consistently evident in the months since and the board feels that, regrettably, a change is necessary to keep the club moving forward – consistent with the long-term expectations of our supporters, board and owners.

“Craig is and will remain a very popular, respected figure at Leicester City and will be welcome back at King Power Stadium in future, both professionally and as a friend of the club.

“The club will now begin the process of identifying and appointing its next first-team manager and will make no further comment on the process until the appropriate time.”

Shakespeare won eight of his 16 games in charge last season, and led the club to the Champions League quarter-finals.

Their next game is against Swansea City in the Premier League on Saturday.

How to encrypt or secure your Microsoft word document by inserting a password

Encryption in Microsoft word is just securing your Microsoft word document with a password that only you or any other person you give the password to can access the document.

To encrypt

Open the document you want to encrypt/secure with a password

Go to File on the Microsoft word Menu

The Save As option should pop up

Go to Tools

Different Options will pop up

Click General Options

A new interface will pop up again showing where you can input the password you want to use to encrypt/secure your document

Type your desired password in the field provided

Input the same password to open and to modify.

If you want to Read-only then click the Read-only box

Then Click Ok.

And Then Save on the Save As pop up

You have encrypted/secure your document. No one can access the document without your permission (without you giving out your password).

NOTE: Use password that you can remember, because if you forget the password, you cannot gain access to the document.

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THE NEED FOR PATIENCE

THE NEED FOR PATIENCE

Defining Patience in my own way; is the ability to wait (hang on), even though the situation seems hopeless. Patience is waiting for the right time to do the right thing. Patience is not absent of action but waiting for the right time to take action. ‘Patience does not inculcate laziness, it inculcate thoughtfulness’.

 

Patience is a virtue you instill, not an inherited character. For you to be successful, you need patience. Patience is an important ingredient in the actualization of your dreams and aspirations. Rushing into things, will always lead to a rush out. When life is not giving you what you desire, you need to be patient because ‘No situation is permanent’.

 

Furthermore, Change is the only constant thing in life. Things change in one way or the other, sometimes it’s at first unnoticeable, but with patience it will always come to limelight at last. In Chemistry, when a reaction is going on, you don’t get your desired result by stopping it half way, you need to be patient especially for slow reactions, for the reaction to be completed before you can get the desired result. ‘Your life is never stagnant, there is always a change, though it may be slow, but it’s happening’. The patient dog eats the fattest bone and Rome was not built in a day they say.

 

Finally, you need patience, because you will always win at last. No matter how long or far your peers have gone ahead of you, if you are on the right track and patient enough to wait for your time, you will laugh at last, as he who laugh last, laugh best. Just make sure you are doing the right thing and with patience you have the key to unlock great success.

QUESTIONS TO ASK YOURSELF BEFORE YOU BUY ANYTHING

Ask before you buy

To be sincere, everyone knows what he/she needs at a point in time. Our mind and the present situation will always inform us if we need what we want to buy or not, unless we want to deceive ourselves.

But if you are not convinced enough by your mind and the present situation, either to buy or not, ask yourself these questions below if you need what you want to buy or not.

 

Question #1 – What is the motive behind buying what I want to buy? ‘There is always a reason behind every want’

 

Question #2 – What purpose will this product serve me? You need to identify the purpose of what you want to buy. How important the purpose is to you at that point in time should be crucial to your final decision.

 

Question #3 – Will it add to me or take away from me? Will it affect me positively or negatively in the long run? How positively it will affect you should determine if you will buy such thing.

 

If you can answer these questions sincerely, then you will know if you need what you want to buy or not.

 

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WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW BEFORE YOU SHOP ONLINE

  1. Know what you want to buy – Before you even think of buying anything online make sure you know everything about the product or goods you want to buy. You may ask; is it possible to buy what you don’t know? I will categorically say yes. It’s possible to buy what you know little or nothing about. For example, if you want to buy an android phone, you need to know the producer e.g. is it a techno, Samsung, Nokia android phone etc. You need ALL necessary & unnecessary information about the product from a well grounded source i.e either through the website or through those that knows the product very well, so as to avoid any fail in the future. I said unnecessary, because the information you termed unnecessary in the first instance, may later become the most important after all. So, it is very important for you to know what you want to buy.

 

  1. The price of the product/goods –You need to know the price from the real source (online shopping outlet website) and not from people around. Not even from those that have bought a product or goods from the online shopping outlet before, because prices are not always constant, they do change. Some people get disappointed when they were told this is the amount this product is sold for, but on getting to the online shopping outlet they met a totally different price. So, you need firsthand information from the outlet themselves.

 

  1. The exchange rate – You need to know the exchange rate of the dollar to your local currency which will give you the amount (Price of the product #2 above) in your own local currency so that you can know if you can afford it or not, especially when you are shopping on a foreign online shopping outlet.

 

  1. You need to know how the product will get to you – Make sure you get the right information on how the product will get to your doorstep; I mean right in your hands.

 

If you can follow all this step, then you are good to go.

 

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Nigeria needs Transformational leaders – Mallam Yusuf Alli (SAN)

While lamenting that after 56 years of political independence, Nigeria still battles with leadership and governance problems, Alli said the crop of leaders that have attained leadership position since independence, lacks vision.

He also expressed regrets that most of Nigeria’s political leaders were neck-deep in corruption and political bickering which he said led to the enthronement of maladministration and mismanagement of public resources with attendant economic setback and abject poverty among the people.

He said despite huge resources put into the implementation of policies geared towards good governance, there have not been visible changes in the living standard of the citizens, adding that the effect of corruption has had adverse effects on the development of the national economy.

His words: “Corruption is one of the major reasons for the poor economic performance, decaying infrastructures, the rising cost of living and poverty in Nigeria. The fight against corruption is that of the survival of the nation itself.

“The socio-economic and political development of a country depends on its ability to entrench and sustain good governance which is expressed in a committed, patriotic and disciplined leadership with a vision to advance the quest for national development.

“Sadly, Nigeria has existed for over five decades with little or no record of such socio-economic and political development. This ugly trend is connected with the pervasive corruption noted in the country.”

According to him, a decadent and corrupt society would not expect much in the area of accountability from their leaders adding, “The leaders themselves will freely abuse their positions and exploit the populace satisfying only a few cronies and vested interests. Such a society is open to violent conflicts, lawless behavior, and anarchy.

“Unfortunately, many African states, Nigeria inclusive, bear these traits and are tottering and moving slowly towards the precipice and they could easily fall into the abyss of failed states.”

The senior advocate said that fighting corruption is a necessary foundation for good governance and rule of law, which are the building blocks of sustainable development in any country.

The lawyer therefore called for honest leadership that would be a rallying point for citizens defining it as “One that can tame the consuming tides of corruption and evolve creative solutions to our myriad of problems.

“Addressing the leadership question without tackling the absence of this fundamental emotional investment in the country, would not be enough answer to our challenges. There should be either a person or an institution to pay allegiance to.”

Citing examples, Alli said George Washington in the United States is a role model to every one of the 42 presidents that succeeded him, “even though his example has usually been honored in the breach. His name is everywhere. His face adorns the dollar bill and the 25 cents coins.

“Across the modern US, 26 mountains are named after him, as well as 740 schools, a dozen colleges and universities, 155 towns and countries, various bridges, parks and forts; not to mention an entire state of the union and the very capital of the country he did so much to found.

“There is no such personality to whom we jointly show loyalty as a people in Nigeria. Our loyalty is to ethnic origin. The various individuals seen as heroes are so recognized only by people from their part of the country.”

While stressing that transparency would enhance democracy, Alli said the performance and measurement of democracy no longer stand differently from good governance. “The connection between both concepts and in short, success in the practice of democracy, lies strongly in the understanding that democracy, understood as good governance carries with it the capacity for improving society and welfare of its citizens.

Culled from The Guardian

Next Generation coming up – Young Nigerians can now be elected to elective offices

Nigeria’s next general elections might still be two years away but there’s already a good reason for young citizens to be excited.

In a session on July 26th, the Nigerian senate voted to lower the age limit for contesting for elections for the offices of state governors and president. The age limit for candidates for president has been reduced from 40 to 35 and, for governorship positions, from 35 to 30. To take effect, the vote still requires endorsement by 24 of Nigeria’s 35 state assemblies as well as the president’s assent. Regardless, the landmark vote marks a triumph for the “Not Too Young To Run” campaign led by a coalition of youth advocacy groups.

The vote comes at a time when public perception favours a younger generation of leaders with a recent survey by NOIPolls showing that a majority of Nigerians hope to elect a president younger than 50 in the 2019 elections. At 53, Goodluck Jonathan was Nigeria’s youngest president at time of taking office since 1999, the start of the current democratic era.

Nigeria is a particularly young country with a median age of 18. UN predicts that while 2.2 billion people could be added to the global population by 2050, Africa will account for more than half of that growth. Nigeria will account for some of that growth spurt as it is projected to become the world’s third largest country with a population of over 300 million.

The current debacle around the health status of Nigeria’s president Muhammadu Buhari, 74, also serves as a timely reminder to the perils of electing older presidents. Buhari is currently away in London on his second medical leave in 2017 where he’s spending time getting treatment for an undisclosed ailment. The president has spent more time away getting treatment than he’s been at work this year. A photo of president Buhari released earlier this week was the first time he’d been seen in public in nearly three months.

The Senate also voted to allow independent candidates to run for office, reversing a decades-old trend which has required aspirants to be members of political parties, thus needing the backing Nigeria’s political establishment to seek and possibly win votes.

However, running as an independent candidate, while encouraging more participation, is hardly a guarantee of victory as aspirants will still be up against the deep pockets and network of the country’s largest parties. But, if nothing else, the move is seen as bringing local politics in line with global trends. Long-term, the Senate’s votes today will likely further galvanize young Nigerians who, after becoming more involved in politics, have witnessed repeatedly underwhelming governments and may have become cynical or apathetic.

Source: Quartz Africa

Millions of Nigerians are out of school – Urgent attention is needed

At the meeting of the 62nd National Council on Education (NCE) held in Kano, delegates deliberated on ways of improving teaching and learning in the primary and secondary schools, while the issue of teachers registration with the Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria, also occupied the centre stage, reports, MADUABUCHI NMERIBEH.

Despite being endowed with rich natural re­sources, more than ten million Nigerian children are out-of school. Thus, the country harbours more than 50 percent of the 20 million children in the world who are out-of school, the coun­try harbours This dismal and worrisome picture in­exorably drew the attention of the 62nd National Council on Education INCE) which met in Kano, the Kano state capital, between July 24 – 28, 2017,
The venue of the meeting – the Afficent Centre located on Magaji Rumfa Road, Nas­sarawa GRA, Kano – was a beehive of activities, as egg-heads in the education sector in Nigeria, brainstormed on how to improve educational standards in the country.
It was, indeed, a weeklong event that also advertised the commercial value, tour­ist attraction and of course, the peace that has continued to endure in Kano since the beginning of the administra­tion of Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje.
Quite a number of the del­egates, who were first-com­ers to the ancient commer­cial city and had heard bitter stories about Kano, have dif­ferent stories to tell as many among them confessed to the uncommon hospitality accorded them by the host community.
One of the prominent is­sues discussed at the meet­ing which was single-hand­edly sponsored by Governor Ganduje – an educationist, were: the need to change the narrative that Nigeria har­bours the highest number of out-of-school children, put at 10.5 million, out of 20 mil­lion world over.
Other key points dis­cussed at the meeting were: professionalization of teach­ing, and why the Federal Ministry of Education in­sisted that Christian Reli­gious Knowledge (CRK) and Islamic Studies (IS) should run as different subjects in the school curriculum from primary to secondary schools.
Hence the theme of the meeting: Inclusive Edu­cation: Creating Quality Learning Opportunities for All, Implications for Con­currency in Education in Ni­geria, was described by many delegates as being apt.
The Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Educa­tion, Dr. Shade Yemi-Esan, who was the chairman of the occasion, revealed that out of 20 million out-of-school children in the world, 10.5 children are from Nigeria.
Yemi-Esan who spoke through Dr. Adamu Hus­saini, regretted that the country, despite its riches and vintage position in Af­rica. has the highest number of out-of-school children in the world with 10.5 million roaming the streets, repre­senting over 50 percent of the entire figure.
She identified the out-of school children to include the girl-child, almajiri-child, children of nomadic pasto­ralists, boy-child drop-out, area boys, children of mi­grant fishermen and farm­ers, children living with dis­abilities, and more recently, children displaced by insur­gency.
“Although the last few decades have witnessed a steady growth of both gov­ernmental and donor-driven education interventions to address the problem of ac­cess to quality education, our society is still confronted with the stark reality of low attendance and low attain­ment and completion rate among the marginalized and vulnerable groups,” she added.
According to her, “no nation can achieve economic prosperity without a sound, inclusive and functional ed­ucation system. The security and stability of the country to a large extent, depends on its ability to provide functional education to its citizens. The key to successfully address unemployment and social vices lies in the provision of inclusive quality education for all.”
In his keynote address, the Minister of Education, Mr. Adamu Adamu advised teachers in the country to avail themselves of the two-year grace given to them by the Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria (TRCN) to register, and get set for the compulsory Professional Qualifying Examination (PQE).
Adamu insisted that there is no going back on the new Federal Government policy on teachers’ qualification, adding that PQE remains a major criterion to cer­tify qualified teachers in the country.
He added that inclusive education and quality learn­ing opportunities for all can only be guaranteed through a skilled and motivated workforce.
The minister advocated for Technical and Vocation­al Education and Training (TVET), pointing out that the development of any na­tion depends largely on the kind of education that is available to its citizens.
“It is not education for the sake of it, but functional ed­ucation that propels a nation to the path of progress and development.
In order to achieve this, the Nigerian Education Re­search and Development Council (NERDC) in col­laboration with the United Nations Industrial Develop­ment Organization (UNI­DO), decided to review and infuse entrepreneurship con­tent into the 34 trade sub­jects’ curricula in line with global best practices.
“The purpose is to equip young school leavers with relevant work skills and en­trepreneurial competencies as well as develop scripted lessons (Teachers Guides) that will further help teach­ers to effectively implement the curricula contents,” said the minister.
He also cleared the air on the controversy surrounding the Basic Education curricu­lum as concerns the inclu­sion of Christian Religious Knowledge and Islamic Studies.
“Perhaps, I should now comment on the very un­necessary and painful di­versionary controversy on the alleged removal of the study of Christian Religious Knowledge from our basic education curriculum.
“If you could recall, in my address to you at the 61st Na­tional Council on Education (NCE) meeting last year, I dwelt on the need and neces­sity for promoting religious, moral education, at the basic level…this is something that we Nigerians must never for­get.
“We owe a very heavy re­sponsibility to present and future generations to remove all inhibitions against mak­ing our children acquire moral and ethics as taught in our religious traditions.
“I urge you to consider making the study of Chris­tian Religious Knowledge compulsory for Christian students, and the study of Islamic Religious Knowledge compulsory for Muslim stu­dents, at least, up to the end of Senior Secondary School. There is nothing we can do to them better than give them character,” said the minister.
Speaking earlier at the occasion, Kano state Gov­ernor, Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, represented by his Deputy, Prof. Hafiz Abuba­kar, described the theme of the meeting as timely.
He said: “It is a wake-up call and an attempt to ad­dress the grey areas respon­sible for the inability of mil­lions of our youth to access quality education despite its centrality to the develop­ment of man and society.”
Governor Ganduje stated that his administration had completely turned around the education sector in the state, for the delivery of in­clusive, equitable and qual­ity education through poli­cies and laws which include Kano State Free and Com­pulsory Primary Education (law 2015).
He added that his admin­istration implemented the promotion of 44, 000 teach­ing and non-teaching staff which was put on hold for five years, stating that cur­rently, 27, 000 basic educa­tion teachers are on the state government’s sponsorship to obtain professional qualifica­tions, of which 2000 have al­ready graduated.
The governor said that notwithstanding financial resource constraints and other equally competing de­mands from other sectors, his administration has given due attention to secondary and tertiary sub-sectors to create a conducive teaching and learning environment.
He said that in the sec­ondary sub-sector, includ­ing science and technical education, over N3.2 bil­lion has been expended in the provision of additional infrastructure and instruc­tional materials, adding that since the inception of his administration, over N1.8 billion has been expended on the sponsorship of can­didates for various examina­tions, which include WAEC, NECO, NABTEB, NBAIS and UTME/JAMB.
Similarly, Ganduje said his administration has spent N4.5 billion on the feeding of 65 boarding institutions comprising 41 conventional secondary schools, 12 Sci­ence and Technical Colleg­es, three Boarding Primary Schools and 12 Tsangaya Schools.
Ganduje said his gov­ernment has spent over 632, 872.56 Euros in train­ing qualified students for Masters Degrees and PhD abroad.
According to him, the state government invested N3.4 billion in undertak­ing various projects ranging from construction of lecture theatres, classrooms, labora­tories, libraries, access roads, provision of furniture and fittings, infrastructural ma­terials to provision of ve­hicles.
The NCE said in the com­munique issued at the end of the meeting, that NERDC has commenced a nation­wide impact assessment study on the implementation of the nine-year Basic Edu­cation Curriculum (BEC) and the Senior Secondary education curriculum.
The communique added that NERDC has completed the process of dis-articulat­ing the History content from the Social Studies curricu­lum
The communique also stated that NERDC has commenced preparations for separating Christian Re­ligious Studies (CRS) and Islamic Studies (IS) from the Religion and National Values Curriculum of the re­vised nine-year BEC, saying that copies of the separated curriculum will be made available to schools in 2018.
According to the commu­niqué, the revised 34 Trades and Entrepreneurship cur­ricula shall be piloted in se­lected schools in nine states, just as it called for the can­cellation of the second in­terview test of the National Common Entrance Exami­nation conducted by the Federal Ministry of Educa­tion. It said the existing fa­cilities at literacy centres are not suitable for adults and do not support learning for people with special needs.
The communiqué further stressed the need to start pi­loting the NVQs particularly in areas where National Oc­cupational Standards have been developed and clas­sified, as well as the need for States participation in NVQs delivery for skills of the youth, pointing out the need to retrain lecturers in all faculties/schools and de­partments in tertiary institu­tions for effective implemen­tation of inclusive education in curriculum delivery.
Also, the NCE insisted that adequate funding, pro­vision of learning materials, equipment and structures are needed in Inclusive Schools, and underscored the efficacy of Service Learning Strategy (SLS), an activity-based co-operative strategy that is mainly proj­ect based, and that provides inclusiveness as well as qual­ity learning.
Source: www.authorityngr.com