NURTURING AN ENTREPRENEURAL MINDSET- THE PATHWAY TO A NEW NIGERIA by Dr. Mrs. Oby Ezekwesili

Published:6 Nov, 2012

NURTURING AN ENTREPRENEURAL MINDSET- THE PATHWAY TO A NEW NIGERIA by Dr. Mrs. Oby Ezekwesili
 
Greetings Friends,
 
I was invited to the SADC Enterprise Awards Dinner organised and hosted by the founders of Nigeria’s first and only entrepreneurship NGO, Success Attitude Development Centre.
Dr. Mrs Oby Ezekwesili was the Keynote Speaker and she delivered a paper which content was so instructional, so inspiring and so powerful if implemented that I went to her at the end of the diner and asked her permission for a copy to publish it on my blog, www.KoboStart.com for the benefit of you reading right now.
She graciously agreed to do so, God bless her, and she send it to me the next day.
Against the backdrop of the furore generated by the number of B.Sc., Masters and Ph.D degree wielding certificate holders who applied to become truck drivers for the Dangote Group, this paper explicitly charts a course and provides a solution to the perennial problem of joblessness and entrepreneurship in the country.
As the arguments raged on Twitter yesterday, I was amused at the different opinions and arguments because I had had the privilege of listening to this rare woman and the solutions she had prescribed. I had a copy of her paper.
Now you have the chance the get a copy of it too.
Read it, let it sink in to your soul and use it to change your life andd that of your family.
Dr. Oby Ezekwesili is a blessing tour generation. It’s only a tragedy that the best of us are not involved in how the course of our country is being charted today. We have a chance to chnge this in the coming years.
Before I digress, please here is Dr. Mrs. Ezekwesili’s paper.
Nurturing An Entrepreneural Mindset- The Pathway To A New Nigeria by Dr. Mrs. Oby Ezekwesili
 
What is an entrepreneurial mindset?

It’s a way of thinking and behaving that capitalizes on opportunities by an unusual willingness to take risks and to pursue an idea until it creates value and impact.  The core set of ingredients that  make up the mindset of an entrepreneur are motivation, determination, passion, untiring work ethic and hunger to succeed. A true entrepreneur has a mindset that shuns mediocrity and would pursue until mediocre becomes remarkable. Although entrepreneurship the process from which an entrepreneur is named is fundamentally associated with business, the art of having an entrepreneurial mind is broader than the circumscribed world of business. A community or nation of people who have the characteristics or ingredient that drives them to reject what President Roosevelt called “a life of ignoble ease” can all be regarded to have an entrepreneurial mindset regardless of the diversity of their professions and vocations.

We know that the major problem of the drift of our nation since our independence is our inability to transform the opportunities that the whole world know we have in abundance to basic improvement in the quality of life of our citizens. The absolute lack of  entrepreneurship which is defined as the process of making money, earning profits and increasing wealth through risk taking, management, leadership and innovation in the manner of governance of our nation has cost us thus far the greatness that was hoped of our nation when like many other nations we parted ways with colonialism. Our underperformance as a country and people is directly traceable to our poor choice of mindset. Simply, we have lacked the leadership of the kind that moved a nation like Botswana from a 98% aid dependent economy at independence to one that upon discovering diamond judiciously invested the proceeds to grow itself into one of Africa’s very few upper middle income countries.

The wealth and poverty of nations inexorably depend on their domestic productivity and relative competitiveness. Hence the economic welfare of every citizen can only be guaranteed by nation-states that are governed by people who understand this very basic economic thought. No nation that has developed did so by having leaders who remained complacent in the face of the stark reality of very poor and declining performance of national productivity and competitiveness indices. No nation became great without leaders who have the entrepreneurial mind set.
History is replete with nations that were once great but became complacent or distracted at some point only to be overtaken by nations they previously looked down on. How many people still remember that Argentina’s economy was once highly considered during its most vigorous period, from 1880 to 1905, when its expansion resulted in a 7.5-fold growth in GDP, averaging about 8% annually? One important measure of development, GDP per capita, rose from 35% of the United States average to about 80% during that period. Growth then slowed considerably, though throughout the period from 1890 to 1939, the country’s per capita income was similar to that of France, Germany and Canada. Compare Argentina’s economic performance with those of these countries today and you learn a lesson in how nations, like individuals regress.
Even more instructive is the history of many nations which were several thousands of miles behind others economically but which today are the locomotives that are keeping the global economy from completely running out of steam. No economic discourse is today complete without some perplexed acknowledgement by even the most cynical that China, India and Brazil have indeed come of age and have become the economies most deserving of the respect of all other economies. At another level, many a Nigerian perennially recalls when Singapore, Taiwan (China), South Korea, Malaysia and Vietnam were economic contemporaries of our country. Nigerians rue the missed opportunities that made us the laggard nation among these former peers. For each of these countries, the stage was set for commencement of their economic transformation from Low Income Country (LIC) status to Upper Middle Income Country (MIC), MIC or close to MIC respectively by the advent of quality leadership at both their political and public institutions that in turn resulted in high public sector efficiency. At the epicenter of this efficiency was and remains the investment in leadership of the kind that drove a national vision which placed education, intellect, values, reward for only strenuous effort and hard work at the center of their development strategy. Once the public sector was set aright, it freed up the private sector and the rest of society to aspire to perform at their maximum possibilities. This explains why even for the US which is the bastion of capitalism, it was through the instrumentality of its public sector leadership that it used public policy, public investment, and public institutions to set the stage for the world leading economy we all admire.
Productivity and increasingly today, national competitiveness will continue to be the lynchpin to ignite and accelerate the capacity of nations to make economic advancements and play in the big leagues of the global economy. Those economies that consistently improve their efficiency, productivity and competitiveness are the ones that guarantee their citizens progressive improvement in their quality of life. Every government whether rich or poor after all has a universal responsibility which if performed confers it legitimacy not just constitutionally but from the hearts of citizens- and that is that through the leadership of the nation-state, citizens will on a sustainable path enjoy increases in standard of living. In recent years, the concept of competitiveness has emerged as a new paradigm in economic development inferring that increasing national productivity is not enough but the pace of that improvement must surpass that of other nations to avoid losing share of the international markets.
Government, business and citizens- through civic engagement- play different but profoundly complementary and collaborative roles to engender economic productivity and competitiveness. Of the three sectors that interact to crystallize the productivity and competitiveness of nations; namely, government (public sector), business (private sector) and civil society, it is the political class and the public sector leadership that is ultimately most responsible for how well the country performs. The Public sector is made up of these two key layers, the political leaders who are subject to more frequent turnover based on constitutionally-mandated electoral processes that promote democratic competition on the one hand, and the tenure-track civil service of technocrats which have a considerably longer term mandate to manage the bureaucracy that helps translate the vision of the former into concrete deliverables in the form of services to citizens. Hence, whereas the political actors are subject to the electoral test in deriving their legitimacy, the civil or public servants in the wider spectrum that includes not only the ministries and departments of the core civil service but also the agencies or parastatals, derive their legitimacy from a competitive professional process that recruits them on the ground that they are capable of implementing programs and providing efficient and effective services. Usually of course, the political leadership can to a very significant extent determine the quality of the leadership of the technocratic leadership of the public service through the appointments they make regarding the heads of public institutions and the civil service.
Seeing that Government is the sector among the three that holds the strongest levers and the authority to provide the compelling vision around which all other sectors can construct their effective role playing, should the Nigerian citizens not immediately begin to take more than a passing interest in how entry into both the political and public service leadership space is regulated for quality? Effective public sector emerges at all levels of government where there is strong leadership capacity for it at the highest level of political authority. The criticality of the public sector’s role in national vision and strategy formulation, oversight, and implementation compels every nation aspiring to be productive and competitive to endeavor to have strong dynamic leadership of its public space and all its institutions. From the outset, the public sector in its vision setting role must have persons at both political and technocratic levels that can provide clear diagnostic of the problems facing the economy and articulate the compelling vision and solutions that appeal to a broad set of actors who are willing to seek change and implement global standard strategies to keep the nation’s productivity and competitiveness on a never ending race to the top of the global economic ladder. It is the primary responsibility of politicians and bureaucrats to set rules and practices that enable the productivity and efficiency of their national economies and progressive improvement of their country’s social indicators. When public decision makers possess the intellectual competence, the value constructs and the resilient capacity to use public policy, human and financial resources and institutions appropriately they set the stage and enhance the probability that their nation will climb up the league of productive and competitive nations.
The moral of my preamble therefore is that each of those previously contemporaneous economies succeeded while ours failed fundamentally because of the wide variability in the quality of leadership that pursued their nations’ visions compared to ours. Every great performance in life first starts with great ideas. As it is with individuals, so it is with nations. It is in the realm of ideas of that leaders espouse the kind of nation they really want to lead their citizens to build and bequeath to future generations. The Elite of every successful society always forms the nucleus of citizens with the prerequisite education, ethics and capabilities operating in the political sphere and the public service, providing the great ideas to build the nation and possessing the moral rectitude to always act in the public interest. Access to quality Education ensures that the elite group evolves constantly in every society. For as long as nations have public education systems that function, the poorest of their citizens is guaranteed to move up the ladder and someday emerge as a member of the elite class through academic hard work, strenuous effort and ultimate success at the higher levels of education. For every society that has succeeded therefore, it has taken such progressively evolving elite class to identify the problems, forge the political systems and processes, soundly articulate a rallying vision and use sound Public Policies and Prioritization of investments and requisite actions to over time build those strong institutions that outlive the best of charismatic and transformative individuals. But it always does start with quality leadership in the public space investing in a sustained manner for lasting institutions to eventually emerge over time. Institutions do not just happen or emerge in fast food style.

The absence of sustained quality public sector has meant that our private sector which should by now reflect the vibrant entrepreneurial mind that we have among our citizens is anything but deep. We have a private sector which also reflects the state of the public sector- a collection of businesses which mostly thrive not because of creativity and innovation but mostly because of incestuous linkages with a corrupt and inefficient public sector. Other than micro, small and a few medium scale enterprises that thrive despite government, a deep analysis of some of the private sector in our nation will reveal that profit comes not from effort but because of access to the benefits that distortions in public policy confer.  Manufacturing and enterprise more broadly has not been sincerely embraced by our political elite whose incentives are warped by a culture of rent seeking behavior. In economics rent-seeking is an attempt to obtain economic rent by manipulating the social or political environment in which economic activities occur, rather than by creating new wealth.

Our politics and those who run it have become our albatross. The political system has unfortunately frequently attracted those who do not seek to create any new value but simply desire to be given a share of wealth that is already available. The crowd that makes up our politics needs an entrepreneurial mindset in order to awaken to the reality that our oil dominant economy has not only fallen way behind other economies with less possibilities than us but that the future of the nation is extremely bleak if they do not urgently lead us to the path that diversifies our sources of growth. I am one of those Nigerians that constantly pray that our oil should dry up or that the rapid quest for technologies that offer renewable energy options as alternatives to oil should emerge in order that the lure of oil politics in our nation may cease. Oil is not the route to our greatness. Our human capital is not just a route to our greatness but is in fact our greatness.

For our new Nigeria to emerge therefore we simply need a few good men and women who can lead us away from the pain of the Dutch disease that oil has afflicted our nation with for several decades. For many of the awardees of SADC, it has been by sheer grit that you remained steadfast pursuing your dream to create something of lasting value which today is being celebrated. Yet the fact is that except the kind of values that drove you to accomplish your respective successes are transferred to our public sector and massively scaled up, we will not realize the greatness that has thus far eluded our nation. Our governance has underperformed over several decades because it has been deficit of integrity or what I call character, lacked capacity, lacked competency on a continuing basis. Above all however, it has lacked strategic innovation which is the ability of discovering new things to do – things for which there are no precedents.
 
Take for example the necessity to solve the biggest threat to our nation which is the vast army of unemployed youths (half of our population are youths between the age of 18-34 and about a conservative estimate of 40% are unemployed). They are joined annually by an average of two million new ones. This is a problem that demands a more aggressive attention than is currently being given to it. I acknowledge that some initiatives like You Win by the government is indicative that government is making an effort, but I caution that this is too little and too tepid the magnitude of the crisis that we have on our hands. We have a major stock and flow problem that cannot be solved with solutions that at best reach less than .001 percent of those daily losing hope and making costly anti-social choices among our youths. The kind of occasional glance that public policy seems to cast at this crisis which reveals our inability to convert our youth bulge to a demographic dividend is an indictment of all of us who have had the opportunity to express our own talents in one form or the other. Governments at all level should immediately declare a national emergency for addressing the worsening state of hopelessness of our young ones who for now see no clear path out poverty. The leadership of the Federal government working with the states and local levels with both the executives and legislature crowding in the collective wisdom of the private sector and the citizens at large would be a signal to young Nigerians that it does matter to their leaders that their talent is lying waste during the most productive season of their lives. We must all collectively avert the looming upheaval that could come from not giving this very angry community of restless mind credible signal that our society cares enough to work collectively take them out from the class that the international Labor organization referred to as a “scarred” generation of young workers facing a dangerous mix of high unemployment, increased inactivity and persistently high working poverty”.
 
We need new big and strategic ideas to help resolve this protracted crisis. I suggest that a tracking census of all unemployed youths be launched in Nigeria immediately. Following that, a skills ad competency diagnostic should be administered on these youths and a massive program of diverse modules of entrepreneurship immediately developed and decentralized throughout all communities within Nigeria. As then Minister of Education, we designed a program that I called Tracking Assets for Progress (TAP). It was the response to a diagnostic that we had undertaken in 2006 to trace the graduates of our tertiary institutions over the previous decade. The study led us to a small sample of 120000 graduates of universities, polytechnics and colleges of education who responded within the timeframe of one month we had set for the paper and digitally administered survey. Analysis of their responses showed at that time that over 68% were unemployed, 18% were underemployed and the rest 14% were employed. We analyzed further and discovered that attending certain institutions or studying certain courses increased the probability of joblessness. For example, a person who studied social sciences was five times more likely to not find a job nor create some income activity for themselves. Another example, a person that graduated from some particular universities was six times more likely to be in the jobless group. Following this study, we designed TAP working with top Human Resources specialists and some major private sector companies operating in Nigeria. The one week program sought to identify the attitude and competency gaps that the two fifty that we invited to Abuja for the pilot needed to address in order to equip them with the mindset and skills that are attractive to the labor market or better still that could transform them to self-employed. A diverse range of entrepreneurship training cohorts and knowledge renewal modules were designed and offered. Placement programs with companies, technical/ vocational and innovation enterprise trainings, micro credit schemes with financial institutions, supply chain opportunities with industries and such like were all part of the deliberate program of converting the group to truly the Asset that they are for our country. The next phase of TAP was to then launch a scaled up version that will reach as many of the already teeming unemployed youths at that time. I urge the Federal Government to revisit that initiative as a major complement to all that it is currently doing.
The findings of the study also helped us move forward with some important policy changes to improve the flow problem. For example, our National Universities Commission annual accreditation process was tailored to detect some of the inadequacies that the products of certain institutions revealed, we included entrepreneurship education as a component within the mandatory General Studies (GS) courses in all our universities and we reflected some of the finding in the review of our Basic and Secondary education curricular.
 
 
The importance of public policy for supporting businesses to grow better and for new ones to be created is a major plank of economies that have outperformed ours whether in Latin America or Asia. In fact even in the more advanced economies of the United states where 75% of jobs are created not by big business but by the small and medium ones; and also in Europe, governments which have pursued responsible macro-fiscal policies and sincerely carried out structural reforms have helped make their countries low cost environments for the businesses to thrive in the highly competitive global economy. Research shows that new and young firms have been the primary source of new jobs in the United States over the past three decades”. Economists know that entrepreneurship is what drives economies back to health, According to a study, “The Economic Future Just Happened,” challenging economic times can serve as the rebirth of entrepreneurial capitalism, leading to the creation of much-needed new jobs. This should send a giant red flag to policymakers in our country to pull out all the stops to encourage and support business startups so we can create new jobs and sustain a worldwide economic recovery.” I hope some people are listening in this neighborhood.
 
Yet for a more fundamental change toward a New Nigeria, we must start afresh with our baby generation. It means that we must start afresh and build a new generation of Nigerians that will grow up from age 2-3 and subsequently with such entrepreneurial mindset, we must completely rethink our educational system. Empirical evidence has shown that nations which start off their children very young through kindergarten education to be curious outperform. Children know a lot about being entrepreneurs. Their natural curiosity about the world around them, natural creativity, willingness to take risks, and unbridled enthusiasm add up to the characteristics of our greatest entrepreneurs. By making preschool a part of our education system and reforming all the other six levels and dimensions namely, basic, secondary (including technical and vocational/enterprise), tertiary (especially science and technology education), special needs education and informal/adult education we can transform our population to a huge base of human capital that uses knowledge and innovation to our compete other nations. But we must start now. We must catch our children you and offer everyone regardless of their economic or social status the opportunity of a preschool education. We must design programs that keep the entrepreneurial flame alive in boys and girls, whose inventiveness and drive can actually teach us something about being entrepreneurs.
Now let me congratulate Sunny and Esther Ojeagbese for their integrity and consistency in nurturing entrepreneurship in our nation. Your effort will forever be celebrated by the class of Nigerians who cherish the life of hard work and effort which has built all other nations that our citizens envy. The success attitude you have preached and rewarded over the years is what will transform our nation once leaders and citizens alike can catch your bug. When that happens, the new Nigeria that shall emerge will not only be a tribute to your passion but it will be the best award you could ever have received from all of us who hugely admire your decision to stand out from the maddening crowd of decadent acquisition over the years of your triumphant toil  to help build a healthy and productive society.
END OF PAPER
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No fewer than 20 persons were killed on Monday in an early morning crash around Irepeni, along Abuja-Lokoja-Okene highway. About 25 cows were also killed in the incident. Vanguard gathered that the accident was caused by a road block mounted by armed robbers along Irepeni axis of the highway. The robbers were said to have fled the scene afterwards. An eyewitness said a luxury bus with number plates KRD 799 LC, which was heading to Abuja...

Don’t Rush Buhari To Hasty Action, Gowon Pleads With Nigerians

Following the recent 30-day assessment of the new government led by President Buhari, and Buhari being referred to Baba Go-slow, former Nigerian Head of State, General Yakubu Gowon has pleaded with Nigerians not to rush the new president. Speaking exclusively with the Nigerian Tribune, in Ibadan, Gowon said; "Give him a chance. You cannot solve any problem within two or three days. People say they want a change but as far as the problem of Nigeria is...

Jos Explosions: Angry Protesters Torch Two Churches – Police

The Plateau State Police Commissioner, Nasiru Oki, has said two churches were on Monday set ablaze by angry persons protesting bomb explosion at a mosque Sunday night in Jos. The police boss made the disclosure Monday evening at the police headquarters in Jos, the state capital. While briefing journalists on the police’s investigations, Mr. Oki said no arrest had been made so far. He also noted that no life was lost in the church...

News Alert !!! Many Feared Dead As Bomb Explodes At Workers’ Biometric Screening Centre In Zaria

Many are currently feared dead in a bomb explosion which occurred at workers’ biometric screening centre in Sabon Gari local government area of Kaduna State this morning. Details later. . .

UN Screens Boko Haram Victims For Skills Acquisition

The United Nations (UN) has commenced the screening of 2,000 Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) for the first phase of providing means of livelihood and early recovery support scheme to the victims of Boko Haram insurgency. Speaking in Gombe, yesterday, the UN Resident Coordinator/UNDP Resident Representative, Dr. Daouda Toure, told the IDPs that the screening was to ascertain if they were actually victims of insurgency. “UNDP, in partnership with the governments of Adamawa, Borno and Yobe,...

Akon Meets with Osinbajo, Elumelu At Energy Summit in Abidjan

International Singer, Akon was all smiles as he met with African Leaders at the Launch of the West African

Floyd Mayweather Stripped Of WBO Welterweight Title After Beating Manny Pacquiao

Floyd Mayweather has been stri*ped of the welterweight world title he won after his points victory over Manny Pacquaio in May for failing to adhere by the rules, the World Boxing Organisation (WBO) announced on Monday. Mayweather (48-0) failed to remit the sum of $200,000 (£128,000) sanctioning fee to the WBO by the 3 July deadline, as well as vacate the junior middleweight title he also held. He had, after his victory over Pacquaio, said...

Buhari Secretly Shared The Same Vision and Core Principles of Boko Haram – Fani Kayode Writes About a Northern Agenda

Those who thought Chief Femi Fani-Kayode was done with President Buhari because the elections have since been won and lost will have a sharp re-think after reading this post from his Facebook wall. Anyone that honestly believed that a man who secretly shares the same vision and core principles of BH and who spent many years defending them can do anything but give them a free hand when he comes to power is living in cuckoo...

APC Crisis: Oyegun’s Exit Isn’t A Solution — Senator

Senator Francis Alimikhena, APC, Edo North is the Deputy Chief Whip of the Senate and a retired military officer. In this interview with Vanguard, Senator Alimikhena, who is in his first term in the Senate and the only APC senator from the South-South, speaks on topical issues affecting the Senate and his party.  Excerpts: What should one expect from you as the Deputy Chief Whip of the Senate?

Five Nigerian Students Detained In Malaysia Over Alleged N125.2m Internet Fraud

A Malaysian court has ordered the detention of five Nigerian students in Malysia for their alleged involvement in a N125.2m (RM2.4 million) internet fraud in Selangor & Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. According to local media reports, the 5 Nigerian students who are between the ages of 20 and 30 are undergraduates pursuing a degree in Information Technology in a leading University Kuala Lumpur. They were arrested on June 30, 2015. A Malaysian police chief ACP Azmi Adam while...

Ikorodu Heist Was Planned In 30 Minutes, Suspect Says

The police paraded suspects in the Ikorodu bank robbery, yesterday. About N80 million was reportedly carted away a fortnight ago by the robbers in a heist one of the suspects said was planned in just 30 minutes. According to one of the suspects, 25-year-old Bright who has fathered two kids, the robbery was carried out by an 18-man gang. Bright, a graduate of English/Christian Religious Study from the College of Education, Ekiadolor, Edo State, said a...

Emir Sanusi Spoke On Proper Child Education And Condemned Early Female Marriage

Emir of Kano, Sanusi II, spoke in Kaduna at the weekend during the 10th Annual Ramadan Lecture organised by the Voice of Nigeria (VON), Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) and the Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria (FRCN). His speech was on “The Challenges of Muslim Ummah in the 21st Century."

Ebola Resurgence: WHO Calls For Resilient Health Systems

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has warned that recovery from Ebola will be impossible unless resilient health systems are rebuilt in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. The world health body in a message yesterday on its website said recovery in West Africa needs more urgency as the region’s battered systems have limited capacity to reactivate essential health services. In the lead-up to a major fundraising conference for Ebola recovery, the WHO described rebuilding of the...

Hold PDP Responsible For Any Breach Of Peace In Osun, APC Tells Police

As the call for the impeachment of Governor Rauf Aregbesola increases in Osun, the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state has called on security agencies to hold the governorship candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Senator Iyiola Omisore and his party responsible for any breach of peace in the state. In a statement by the Directorate of Publicity, Research and Strategy, yesterday, the party said it was aware of plans by a group of...

INEC: Zakari Reconstitutes 14 Standing Committees

The acting chairperson of the Independent National Commission (INEC), Amina Bala Zakari, has approved the re-constitution of 14 Standing Committees of the electoral commission. She however will serve as chairman of three committees namely Information Technology and Voter Registry, Finance and General Purpose Committee, and Security Committee. According to a bulletin by INEC, the reconstitution was contained in a memo issued and signed by the secretary to the commission, Mrs Augusta C. Ogakwu. The committees...

Nigeria Has 3rd Highest IDPs After Syria, Iraq – NHRC

The chairman of the National Human Rights Commission, Prof Chidi Odinkalu, has disclosed that with about one million people displaced from their homes, Nigeria harbours the third highest number of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in the world, behind war-torn Syria and Iraq. He stated this yesterday at a national conference organised by the United Nations Millennium Campaign (UNMC), the MDGs Office and the Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA) with the theme, ‘Good

El Rufai Removes LG Treasurers, Orders Ghost Workers Fished Out

Governor Nasir El-Rufa’i of Kaduna State on Monday removed all local government treasurers and Directors of Personnel Management (DPM) in the councils in the state. The governor also directed the chairmen, caretaker committees for local government councils in the state to fish out “ghost workers” at all cost. El-Rufa’i, who gave the directive while swearing in 23 local government caretaker chairmen, however, said the treasurers and DPMs would be reassigned. The governor, who assured...

Nigeria Has $1.7 Billion Left In Excess Crude Account Says Accountant General

Last week, governors claimed that about $2 billion was left in the Excess Crude Account (ECA) by the last administration. However, recent figures from the Office of the Accountant General of the Federation (AGoF) indicates it is actually between $1.6 and $1.7 billion. The newly appointed Accountant General of the Federation, Alhaji Ahmed Idris, revealed the figure.

University Of Ibadan Ranks First In Nigeria And Eight In Africa

The recent 2015 rating according to Journals Consortium of 1,447 African universities and higher institutions, using certain criteria such as research publications and citations from 2010 to 2014 and visibility on the Internet, has ranked the University of Ibadan (UI) best in Nigeria and eighth in Africa.

CRAN Sues FG For Relocation Of Boko Haram Suspects To Anambra Prison

Civil Rights Realisation and Advancement Network (CRAN) has filed a suit against the Federal Government, requesting prompt relocation of the 47 suspected Boko Haram members allegedly transferred to Anambra State recently. The group in a suit filed at the Federal High Court, Awka is seeking a declaration of...

Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau State Dissolved Plateau Local Government Councils

Gov. Simon Lalong of Plateau dissolved the 17 Local Government Councils in the state. Mr Rufus Bature, Secretary to the State Government, said that the dissolution was in accordance to the powers of the governor...

Doctors Of Jos Teaching Hospital Suspend Strike Because Of Twin Bomb Blast

The Secretary of Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) in Plateau, in person of Dr Meshack Daniel, made it clear that the suspension of strike was to enable the doctors give adequate medical attention to the victims. Dr Meshack Daniel said, "As

FIFA Bans Head Of World Cup Committee For Two World Cups

FIFA banned the former head of the FIFA evaluation committee, Harold Mayne-Nicholls, a former Chilean FA president, for the next seven years, that is, for 2018 and 2022 World Cups for “confidentiality” breeches. Harold Mayne-Nicholls will not be taking part in any kind of football-related activity at national and international level. The full details of the charges were, however, not disclosed.

President Buhari Approves N400 Billion For Workers’ Salaries

President Buhari has approved a comprehensive relief package valued at over N400bn to put an end to the lingering crisis of unpaid workers’ salaries in the country. Vanguard gathered that a three-pronged relief package that will end the workers plight include: The sharing of about $2.1b (N413.7bn) in fresh allocation between the states and the federal government. The money is sourced from recent LNG proceeds to the federation account, and its release okayed by the president; A...

Ciara’s New Boyfriend Russell Wilson Says They Are Abstaining From Sex!

Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson is a born again Christian who abstains from sex! From Future, that is definitely an upgrade for Ciara. Russell told The Rock Church in an interview over the weekend that God told him to lead Ciara and says they abstain from having sex… "I met this girl named Ciara who is the most beautiful woman in the world. She is the most kind person, the most engaging person, everything I could ever...

Gbese !!! Pastor Disgraced After Women Storm His Wedding Claiming To Be Married To Him

Drama ensued at the NPC Church in Valley Road in Kenya recently after some women stormed the church while the wedding ceremony of a pastor in the church, Pastor John Waituha was ongoing. According to reports, the women claimed they were legally married to the Pastor and even showed children which they said they had for the pastor. Pastor John broke down in tears while the women were shouting at the church. The police was called in...

Nigerian Poses As Royal Marine, Dupes Four Women Of N30m

*Four women who were duped out of £100,000 by lonely hearts conman on dating website Match.com after he posed as a Royal Marine will only get a few hundred pounds back each *The victims paid money to Nigerian immigrant Adewale Adewole, 31 *He posed as a Royal Marine commando on the dating website Match.com *Falsely claimed to be army captain Timmy Francis who ran an orphanage *Duped women into sending him money which he transferred to his wife Four besotted women duped...

Man Sentenced to One Month In Prison For Stealing 7 Pieces Of Meat In A Pot Of Soup

An Ota Magistrates’ Court this morning sentenced a 28-year-old man to one month in prison for breaking into a shop to steal seven pieces of meats from a pot of soup. The Magistrate, Miss Temitope Adebutu, however, gave the convict an option of N5,000 fine. The accused, of no fixed address, was arraigned on a two count of stealing and burglary.

See Photos Of The Ikorodu Bank Robbers Being Paraded By Lagos State Police Command

hese are the faces of the suspected criminals who partook in the Ikorodu robbery -attacking two banks and carting away with huge sum of money....The robbers attacked the banks located at Ipakodo Ebute, near Ogolonto in Ikorodu. They were said to have used speed boats in accessing the community, raiding First Bank and Zenith bank in the area. See more photos below...   PHOTO...

Pictures Of Prof. Jega Resuming Office At The University Today

Prof. Attahiru Jega, former INEC Chairman reporting today at the Dept of Political Science, Bayero University, Kano. Welcome back sir!    

Khloe Kardashian Shares Hot Lingerie Pic With Kourtney

Khloe supports her sisters like no other..Amidst photos of Scott Disick flirting with his ex in France, Khloe decided to remind him who's the baddest..She shared the pic above with caption: #TBT to the baddest in the game... Then and now. My ace for life @kourtneykardash Khloe is very close to Scott but when it comes to her sisters, she draws the line..

Abandoned Mother of Triple Twins Speaks: “I Will Take My Runaway Husband Back”

It was easy locating the storey building where Ruth Uche, the woman whose husband fled home when he learned she was expecting another set of twins after previously giving birth to two sets of twins, resides. The dark-brown building at 32, Awori/Morica Street, Agege, Lagos stands out like a sore thumb, but locating the single room where she currently takes refuge with her three sets of twins is a bit more challenging. Gaining access to the room situated at...

Simon Cowell Loses His Mum

Simon Cowell's beloved mother Julie Brett has died. The 89 year old passed away recently after a lengthy health battle. She died of a stroke. Simon is said to be devastated. X Factor auditions which were supposed to start today have been cancelled. May her soul rest in peace, amen.

ISIS Executes 2 Media Activists For ‘Working Against Them’ In Syria

ISIS over the weekend released a horrific video showing the execution of two media activists in Raqqa, for allegedly being 'informants', speaking against them and handing out anti-Shariah leaflets. In the video, the two men identified as Bashar Abdul Atheem and Faisal Hasan Al Habib, who were local residents in Raqqa, were first interrogated before they were tied to a tree and shot dead. ISIS says it's a warning to other activists working against them. More photos...

Fuel Scarcity To Continue As Importers Run Out Of Bank Credit!

The scarcity of refined petroleum products, especially petrol, may continue across the country for the unforeseeable future because marketers have stopped importing the product due to the reluctance of the banks to provide them with credit. It was also learnt that as of May 29, 2015, the amount being owed all the oil marketers by the Federal Government was N291.7bn. Our correspondent gathered that the refusal of the banks to provide credit to the marketers had adversely affected the...

Borno Residents Caution FG Against Dialogue With Boko Haram

Some residents of Borno on Monday cautioned the Federal Government against rushing into dialogue with the Boko Haram insurgents as a way of ending their violent campaign. Those who spoke with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Maiduguri on Monday advised government to concentrate on military action against the insurgents. Shieikh Musa Usman, a Maiduguri based Islamic scholar, advised government to equip the military with the necessary weapons to face...

How To Be A Nigerian By Ololade Ajekigbe

Nigerians are a very special breed of people who possess unique qualities that only they could have been blessed with. Today, I will be attempting to help you recognize a full blooded Nigerian when you see one. If you are a Nigerian who has lived mostly in the diaspora, especially if you didn't spend your formative years here, you may not be able to relate with the characteristics I will be highlighting, sorry... but that only suggests...

On The Ball : The Rise Of Dele Alli By Edward Okaro

In this piece, I'll be talking a little bit about the two things I absolutely adore as an avid football/soccer fan: (a)The Barclays Premier League (The most watched league in the world) and (b) My beloved Nigerian National Men’s Football team (or the Super Eagles as they are fondly called) The subject to which these two things are centred around is none other than promising Nigerian born starlet Bamidele ‘Dele’ Alli and I’ll be...

One Minute Extra With Jess : Jess Says Thank You

This episode is to say thank you to everyone for the feedback, corrections and especially to my viewers and subscribers. We are closely coming to the end of the first season of One Minute Extra With Jessica and I look forward to a more informative and entertaining season two.   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5yMAauCC_AQ&feature=youtu.be

Kidnapped Wife Of Former Bayelsa Acting Governor Regains Freedom

The kidnapped wife of the former acting governor of Bayelsa State, Madam Martha Nestor Binabo, has been released. According to a family source, the 48-year- old woman was handed over to a negotiator at Buguma area of Rivers State in the early hours of Sunday. According to the source, the family adhered to the strict instructions by the kidnappers not to involve the police. She was released with a transport fare of N18,000 and a...

Army Plans More Court-Martial To Fight Indiscipline

The Chief of Army Staff, Kenneth Minimah, on Sunday said that the Nigerian Army would continue to set up court-martial to check indiscipline among troops within its ranks. The Army boss, who made the statement while speaking during the an Interdenominational Church Service to mark the Nigerian Army Day Celebration 2015, NADECL, added that the Army is taking all proactive measures to restore sanity and battle confidence to troops. “I must set up court-martial and...

Cross River State To Host MBGN Pageant In October

Cross River State Government and Silverbird Group have signed a 4-year management contract for the hosting of the Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria (MBGN), at the prestigious 5,000 seat capacity Calabar International Convention Centre (CICC). According to the agreement, Calabar will play host to both the Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria (MBGN) and the maiden edition of Miss Africa Beauty Pageant owned by the Cross River State Government. Speaking shortly after the signing ceremony at...

Free Man : Delta State Policemen Rescue Pastor From Kidnappers’ Den

A joint team of police operatives from Otu-Jeremi, Ughelli South Local Government Area and NNPC area in Warri have rescued a pastor of a new generation church in Effurun from kidnappers’ den after he had spent some days in captivity. It was gathered that the victim was rescued from a bush along ECN road, Otu-Jeremi following a tip-off. The victim, our correspondent also learnt, was kidnapped by unknown gunmen at about 8:30 pm, along Keme...

Pope Francis Begins South America Trip In Ecuador

Pope Francis has arrived in Ecuador, in his first visit since becoming pope to the Spanish-speaking part of South America, bringing a message of solidarity with the poor in the region, while trying to rally his church amid dwindling numbers. Francis, history’s first South American leader of the Catholic church, arrived in the capital Quito at 19:40 GMT on Sunday for a week-long tour of the continent, which also includes stops in Bolivia and Paraguay.

Suswam Denies Beating Wife In London, Says He’s In Germany

Former Benue State Governor, Gabriel Suswan, Sunday said he was not arrested in London for wife beating. His lawyer, P.H. Ogbole, who spoke in Abuja yesterday called on friends and family of the former governor to disregard the publications claiming that Suswam was arrested in the United Kingdom for beating up his wife, Yemisi. While threatening to take legal action against those behind the falsehood, Suswam described publication alleging that he beat his wife as...

NEMA Releases Official Report On Jos Bomb Attacks, Contradicts State Govt’s Report

The Director in charge of the North-Central zone of the National Emergency Management Agency, Mohammed Abdulsalam, has put the number of deaths in Sunday night’s bomb attacks on Jos at 44. Mr. Abdulsalam also told journalists via telephone on Monday morning that 48 others were badly injured, and are currently hospitalized in various hospitals in the Plateau state capital. But the Plateau state government insisted that only 18 people died in the incidents, with 18...

Shettima Urges Fleeing Residents Of Attacked Villages To Return Home

Borno State Governor Kashim Shettima has urged fleeing residents of attacked Zabarmari and Hadamari villages to return, as troops will provide protection against any Boko Haram attacks or bombings on the affected farming and herding communities in the state. The governor, while addressing surviving residents of Zabarmari, urged the fleeing villagers trooping to Maiduguri to return to their respective houses. “Since the military have repelled the insurgents from destroying this village, the people should not...

President Buhari To Revisit Unbanning Of Textiles

President Muhammadu Buhari is to revisit the recent decision of the Jonathan Administration which removed the importation of textile products from the list of banned items. A highly placed government official  said the decision by the last administration to remove textile from the list of banned items to be imported into the country was “unconscionable” ?in view of larger implications on the unemployment situation in the country. The official who spoke on condition of anonymity...

Why We Invited Ekweremadu For Questioning- Police

The Nigerian Police Force has given reasons for inviting the deputy president of the senate, Ike Ekweremadu, to its headquarters for questioning. The police explained on its Facebook page that it received a petition from a senator who alleged unauthorized substitution of senate document. It said in line with the policy of the police leadership on evidence gathering, the matter was referred to the Force CID in Abuja for investigation. Following the investigation, a...

Youths Block Highways In Kaduna To Protest Appointment Of Interim Council Chair

There is currently tension in Kaduna as youths, predominantly Gbagyi, blocked the ?major roads leading to Chikun local government area of Kaduna State in protest of the appointment of Hajiya Hadiza Yahuza as interim chairman of the local government. The situation attracted heavy traffic jam? as workers were prevented from accessing the road to their work places. Meanwhile, heavily armed policemen are? presently using tear gas to disperse the angry youths.  About five youths have...

Yero left Kaduna in deficit, says KDSG

The Kaduna State Government has dismissed claims that the former government left over N8 billion in the accounts. Former deputy governor, Mr. Nuhu Audu Bajoga, made the claim  over the weekend. A statement signed by Samuel Aruwan, the Special Assistant, Media and Publicity to the governor said the Mukhtar Ramalan Yero government actually left the state in deficit. “The Kaduna State Government had N228,333,371.67 in its central account on 29 May 2015....

Man Pictured Draped In Isis-Like Flag Near Big Ben And Houses Of Parliament In London

Police have confronted a man draped in what appeared to be an Isis flag, as he walked past the Houses of Parliament with a young child on his shoulders waving a miniature version of the parchment. Startling images of the incident shows the man walking past a group of scouts with a black flag around his shoulders as he...

Boko Haram Members Sell Seized Goats To Owners To Raise Money To Buy Petrol

A survivor of Boko Haram attack on a Borno town made a startling revelation that Boko Haram insurgents were selling goats and other livestock seized from owners during se­ries of attacks on the communities to buy pet­rol. Danladi Umar who fled the troubled Kukawa town, north of Borno following the Wednesday Boko Haram at­tack disclosed to Sunday Sun. “They took away our goats, chicken and other livestock after attack on Kukawa and other neighbouring villages. They also...

Photos: Femi Fani-Kayode’s Daughter Weds

The traditional wedding of Temi, the daughter of former Aviation Minister, Femi Fani-Kayode to her beau, Jaiye Randle, the son of Lagos Chief, Bashorun J.K Randle, took place today July 5th in Lagos. Congrats to them...

What I Told Nicki Minaj When She Broke Up With Safaree – Meek Mill

Meek Mill has opened up on his role in Nicki Minaj's break up with Safaree ...It was reported he was instrumental in their breakup,by setting Safaree up on various occasions .Speaking with Sway of Sirius FM, Meek said all he did was tell her: ‘Do what’s best for you really. I’m not no hater,‘Do what’s best for you. Whatever you feel in your heart.‘Cause I don’t want to be in the middle of something and that ain’t...

‘Negotiate With FG And Stop The Killing’ – Saraki Tells Boko Haram

Senate president,Bukola Saraki has called on Boko Haram to accept president Buhari's offer of negotiation.This comes as it was revealed the FG is ready to negotiate with the insurgents to bring an end to insurgency ..In a statement released by his media office, Saraki condemned the killing of 6 at the Redeemed church in Yobe today...His statement reads My heart is with individuals and families who were directly or indirectly affected by this ungodly, sadistic and evil...

I Did Most Of The Work In The EME Album – Skales Reveals

 Its no news that Skales and Wizkid had a huge social media fight over somethings the former said...Skales had alleged he wrote most of Wizkid's hit songs,he also said Wizkid was avoiding a collaboration with him.. Now,Skales has moved on to a new record label but tells whoever cares to know,he wasn't unproductive during his time at Banky W' led EME records..In a new interview with RubbingMinds today,Skales...

Ashton Kutcher And Mila Kunis Just Got Married

According to People magazine, the stars tied the knot this weekend, reps have not yet responded to requests for comment. There were several rumours they had been married earlier this year but they are finally married now. Kutcher, 37, and Kunis, 31, met while playing love interests on the Fox sitcom, which ran from 1998 to 2006. "My first real kiss ever was with him on the show," she said in W magazine's August issue, adding, "We all get movie star crushes....

Dangote Explains Why He Wants To Buy Arsenal

Aliko Dangote, Africa’s richest man, has disclosed his reason for seeking to acquire a stake in English Premier League team, Arsenal. Few weeks ago, Dangote, 58, attracted widespread criticism from various quarters in Nigeria when he re-iterated his interest in acquiring the Premier League team. Many Nigerians called him out, insisting that his money would be better spent by acquiring a local Nigerian football team and promoting the Nigerian Premier League rather than...

See the Moment ISIS Child Killers Brutally Shot Dead 25 Syrian Soldiers In Front Of Bloodthirsty Crowd

ISIS has released a significant new execution video from the historic city of Palmyra, in the Syrian desert. Child executioners are shown in the video being forced to brutally slaughter a group of more than 25 regime soldiers. The video shows the soldiers lined up on their knees on the stage of the Roman amphitheatre, which had formerly been used for an annual festival in the city. A baying crowd of men and boys gathered in the restored...

Graphic Photo From The Jos Bomb Blast At Yan-Taya Mosque Yesterday

This is a photo from the deadly bomb blast that rocked the Yan-Taya mosque in Jos yesterday.  The blast had happened as a sermon on the occasion of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan was going on. Another blast occurred at Bauchi Road, a major thoroughfare in Jos that is also in an area where many Muslim families reside. At least 15 people were killed and 20 others were injured...

Best Foods For Weight Loss & Quick Results

Listed below are a few of the best food categories to promote healthy digestive health. They each have helpful functions to cleanse your body of harmful toxins and promote overall wellness: 1. Foods that are Rich in Fiber You are probably going to notice one recurring theme throughout this article. That theme is the use of healthy dietary fiber. This is an important dietary staple to focus on since our current diets tend to lack...

Ministerial Appointments: Delay Aimed At Assembling Best Hands – Al-Makura

Nasarawa State governor Tanko Al-Makura has said that President Muhammadu Buhari’s seeming delay in the appointment of ministers and other key government officials has nothing to do with the leadership crisis rocking the party. He added that it also has nothing to do with insinuations that the president is finding it difficult to take action because he is torn between patronising those who contributed to his victory and those who can really deliver the goods.

PMB Should Address Nigerians On Insurgency – BBOG

Expressing concerns over the resurgence of suicide bombings in the North-East, the #BringBackOurGirls(BBOG) group has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to address the nation on the Boko Haram insurgency. Speaking during the group’s sit-out, Aisha Yesufu, noted that Nigerians, especially those affected by the bombings, would want to know government’s efforts towards ending the nightmare that had been terrorizing the nation over the years. According to her, the president's’ silence on the issue was unacceptable,...

Police Arrest Ikorodu Bank Robbers

Four members of the robbery gang that raided two banks in Ikorodu, Lagos State, on 24 June, have been arrested, the police claimed. The gang had robbed First Bank and a new generation at Ogolonto and carted away huge sums of money. The police in Lagos in the aftermath of the public outrage triggered by the robbery and the manner of escape via the Ikorodu lagoon, offered a N5 million reward for information.

Buhari Reacts To Criticisms On Appointing More Northerners

Following criticisms that trailed the appointments made so far by President Muhammadu Buhari which many argued were lopsided in favour of the north, the president, yesterday, dismissed insinuations that he was implementing a northern agenda in his appointments. It will be recalled that President Buhari since taking over the reins of power on May 29 has, so far, made 11 appointments, out of which only one came from the South West. Although some people considered...

USA Women Team Wins World Cup For The Third Time

The female team of USA showed once more they are great by defeating Japan 5-2. Carli Lloyd was the star of the day as she became the first woman to score a hat-trick in world cup final. USA lifts the world cup once again in 16 years, since their last title in 1999.

Ben Affleck Denies He Has Serious Feelings’ For Margot

Fans of 'Bennifer' were left heartbroken earlier this month when Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner called time on their 10 year marriage. And in the days that followed, the rumour mill went into overdrive. The latest claims to plague the 42-year-old actor are reports that he's 'developed serious feelings' for his Suicide Squad co-star Margot Robbie.