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

El-Rufai will become vice-president when Buhari is declared dead – Fani-Kayode

Former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode, has claimed that Governor of Kaduna State, Nasir El-Rufai, will become vice-president “when President Muhammadu Buhari is declared dead”.

Fani-Kayode, took to his Twitter account Friday morning, to state this in reaction to the visit of former British Prime Minister, Tony Blair, to El-Rufai this week.

 

He wrote: “When Buhari is declared dead the plan is for Osinbajo to appoint Nasir El Rufai as his VP. Tony Blair has come to Kaduna to convey British approval of that plan. El Rufai is slotted to take over from Osinbajo in 2019 but God will shock them. When will the Brits leave us alone?

“When will they stop manipulating us and interfering in our affairs? The blood of the Christians and Shiite Muslims of S. Kaduna speaks against El Rufai and the Buhari admin. Their time is over and their power is broken. The Lord shocked Buhari. He will shock this lot too.”

Source: Dailypost.ng

 

 

EIGHT (8) COMMON MISCONCEPTIONS ABOUT NIGERIA – A must read

There are misconceptions about Nigeria and Nigerians due to people’s myopic view of the country. Anyone that can look keenly and take time not only to visit the country but can just find out the truth about the special Nation will only but appreciate this great gift; (Nigeria) God has given to this world.

Nigeria is a great country, full of good people, but due to people not getting the facts, they give this country different names which are not palatable.

To this end, I want to make clarification on the very common misconception or misinterpretation the world has about Nigeria.

  1. All Nigerians are Spammers/419

This is arguably the biggest misconception the world has about this country. Almost all spammers/419 to an average human being is a Nigerian, which is far from the truth. There are Nigerians that are spammers but not all Nigerians are spammers. Nigeria is not a spam country, neither is its citizens spammers, but ‘it’s the bad sticks that is scattering the fire’. Most Nigerians are hardworking people, who work legitimately day and night to put food on their table. People need to erase the mentality that all Nigerians are spammers. There are evidence to back this claim that spam letters that claim to originate from Nigeria are blatantly not true. Read this http://gizmodo.com/5919818/why-nigerian-scammers-say-theyre-from-nigeria to know the real truth. I repeat, not all Nigerians are spammers and not all spammers are Nigerians. Know the truth, before you speak.

  1. All Nigerians are corrupt

This is almost synonymous to the first misconception as people think almost every Nigerian is corrupt no matter your age or sex. I sit to disapprove with this thought as most Nigerians are extremely hardworking and intelligent people who engage in legitimate businesses and endeavors. There are points everywhere pointing to the fact that not all Nigerians are corrupt has the world make it look like. For example: I recommend this article http://www.cbssports.com/college-football/news/how-culture-passion-and-genetics-are-fueling-a-nigerian-takeover-of-u-s-sports/. As you will see the excellent, dedication and hardworking spirit, Nigerians possess. To say the truth, the most corrupt people in Nigeria are our leaders, not the common man on the street.

  1. All Nigerians are arrogant/pompous

This is a very funny misconception which mostly comes from Southern & Western Africa. They believe because Nigeria will not accept to be pushovers or second string, then they are pompous. The simple truth is that, Nigerians are excellent people, who pride themselves on their achievement as who will not be proud of his/her achievements. Nigerians feel they deserve to be treated specially but not trying to step on people, but putting themselves in a position of honour and regard. So is that arrogant? I have come across different comments claiming this misinterpretation but I have not seen any concrete evidence to show that Nigerians are arrogant. Nigerians respect people no matter the race, colour or where they come from and the only thing Nigerians demand is for the world to reciprocate that respect.

  1. Nigerians are terrorists

There are believe in some quarters, due to the Boko Haram terrorist ravaging the country, that Nigerians are terrorist which is far from the truth. Nigerians are not terrorists and will never be. We are peace loving people as evident by different peace keeping missions our troops have undergone in the past years and even recently. Details of Nigeria’s peace keeping missions can be found here – http://www.providingforpeacekeeping.org/2015/04/24/peacekeeping-contributor-profile-nigeria/. See this excerpt from the link, which says; ‘Nigeria’s participation in UN peacekeeping is primarily motivated by its quest for global peace, security and stability’ www.providingforpeacekeeping.org. Is like saying because there is a bomb blast in the UK, France or any other country attacked by terrorist, then all the citizens are terrorists. A country that has contributed immensely to the peace and stability of not only Africa but the world at large should not be tagged with this evil name.

  1. All Nigerians are Drug dealers

This very grave misconception is common among South Africans who due to some Nigerians dealing in drugs in their country, now term all Nigerians as drug dealers, which is unacceptable. Yes, there are some Nigerians who deal in this things but the truth is, it’s not only Nigerians who deal in drugs. We have even the so called South Africans also doing same. The fact remains that drug dealers are everywhere, they come from just anywhere, and even most of them are from the developed world. So it’s very mind bugging to class all Nigerians as drug dealers because of some  bad heads amongst us. The good ones are far greater than the bad ones, you should know that. Nigerians are hardworking, law abiding people who indulge in legitimate ventures.

  1. Nigeria has the highest number of AIDS cases

This is very wrong and misleading. Nigeria doesn’t have the highest number of AIDS cases rather it’s South Africa. Get the truth, know the truth and digest the truth, before you propagate that truth.

  1. Nigerian players are age cheats

Even though it may be true that some Nigerian players reduce their age which is not peculiar to Nigeria alone, to face the fact, it happens everywhere in the world. But the truth remains, not all Nigerians are age cheat, some of them are rightly young.

  1. Mistake Niger for Nigeria

I come across this comment on a website and I have noticed that people mistake Niger for Nigeria which is very funny. Some people think Nigeria is a landlocked country; which should naturally not have a Navy but this is a big misconception. Nigeria is not a landlocked country, so it has Navy, check Wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nigerian_Navy, it’s located in West Africa see the location of Nigeria here – http://www.nationsencyclopedia.com/Africa/Nigeria-LOCATION-SIZE-AND-EXTENT.html or in Wikipedia – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nigeria or https://www.thoughtco.com/geography-of-nigeria-1435246. This all point to Nigeria’s location in the world. Read this article – http://www.newscurrents.com/nc1/demo/nc1_6324/632412.pdf to know that Niger is the landlocked country not Nigeria.

 

Taking all the points into consideration, you will now know that Nigerians are good, caring and loving people, who are not only interested in the peace and prosperity of the world, but take it has a duty to make this world a better place for all of us.

 

I love my country; NIGERIA – Good people, Great Nation.