Jose Mourinho Needs To Do His Job Properly Because This Can’t Carry On – Paul Parker

Mourinho was sent to the stands against West Ham and faces a ban from the sidelines.


It was the second time Mourinho has been removed from the dugout this season.


Manchester United are down in sixth, already 11 points off leaders Chelsea, after 12 games of his maiden Premier League campaign at the club.


They have drawn their last four home games in the league and Parker thinks Mourinho needs to conduct himself the right way to get through to his players.


Speaking on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, Parker said: “This was always likely to happen… everyone knew when he got the job that he would be a problem.


“He’s not going to stay quiet and he’s always got to be in the forefront.


“The problems he had at Chelsea were a dressing room issue, a man management issue, and that’s been brought to light at Manchester United as well.


“But something has got to change. This can’t carry on.


“If he doesn’t calm down he could be sent off another six times this season.


“What he’s doing on the sidelines is slowly having an effect on what’s happening on the pitch.


“If he wants his players to be right and do their job properly they need him to be doing his job properly, and that is to become a coach on the touchline and conduct yourself in an appropriate manner.


“That’s not happening at this moment in time.


“Manchester United need a steady ship and the players are saying all the right things about where the club is heading. The problem is they need the manager to be saying the right things, doing the right things and looking like someone who loves his job and can’t wait to get out there.


“But at the moment, Mourinho doesn’t look like someone who’s enjoying himself.”


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Mourinho To Reunite With Chelsea Midfielder Mikel Obi

Jose Mourinho wants to reunite with Chelsea midfielder John Mikel Obi at Manchester United, according to reports.


The Nigerian is yet to feature under Antonio Conte this season after falling down the pecking order.


Despite 10 trophy-laden years in west London, the 28-year-old’s contract expires at the end of the season and there are no plans to hand him a new deal, The Sun claim.


And the report suggests Mourinho, who was a big fan of Mikel during his time with the Blues, is keen to take advantage of the situation by bringing him to Manchester United in a cut-price deal.


He is confident of making a move for him in January and wants the midfielder to work alongside Paul Pogba.


And Mikel even admitted he could move elsewhere in the New Year.


He told BBC Sport: “I will keep doing my best and ready for when called up upon,” he said. “We will see what happens in January.”


The report suggests Mourinho is also keeping tabs on £30m-rated Leicester star Danny Drinkwater.


The talented midfielder played a key part in Leicester’s incredible title-winning campaign last term, but they have struggled to replicate the same kind of form this season.


However, with the Foxes qualifying for the knockout stages of the Champions League, Mourinho is well aware it’ll be a tough task to prise him away from the King Power Stadium in January and a move in the summer would now be more likely.



NCC Developing Framework, Guidelines For Spectrum Trading – Prof. Danbatta

Prof. Umar Danbatta, the Executive Vice-Chairman, Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), on Tuesday said it was developing a framework and guidelines for spectrum trading in Nigeria.


Danbatta, represented by Ms Funlola Akiode, the Director, Licensing and Authorisation, made this known in Lagos at the 1st Annual Forum on Engineering and Emerging Technologies in the Communications Industry.


Theme of the forum is: “Framework a For Spectrum Trading in Nigeria’’.


The NCC chief said that Spectrum Trading is spectrum management practice that permits transfer of Spectrum Licence Rights and obligations from one party to another in various forms and scope.


“It is basically a secondary mechanism of assigning spectrum with the capability of unlocking the potential of new technologies and reducing barriers to new entrants in the industry.


“Spectrum trading is now seen as a key step to be taken in the reform of spectrum management regulatory practice.


“It eliminates the artificial scarcities of spectrum, which increases the prices of spectrum using services and affects the competitiveness of different companies.


“This will also create avenue for various forms of partnership that will ensure that spectrum is not left unused in any part of the country.


“We envisaged that this will bridge the access and service gaps currently existing in certain rural communities which today are either underserved or un-served.’’


Danbatta said that the commission was considering the adoption of Spectrum Trading as a means of enhancing the utilisation of spectrum in Nigeria.


He said that this would enhance the deployment of telecommunications services across the country.


According to him, NCC will further develop additional strategies to meet the increasing demand for spectrum by the operators due to expansion of access to mobile services and improvement of quality services delivered by operators.


“This is in line with the strategic objective of the commission, ensuring that the dynamic industry we regulate is constantly assessed, and appropriate regulatory frameworks provided to guide the industry.


“It is our practice and tradition, and in line with best practices that stakeholders are consulted and engaged in the development and implementation of any regulatory instrument for the industry.


“The Nigerian Communications Act (NCA) 2003 empowers NCC to ensure optimum utilisation of Radio Spectrum for the provision of telecommunications service.


“This will as well provide an enabling environment for the growth and development of the telecommunications industry for the benefits of the stakeholders and consumers of telecommunications services,’’ he said.


Danbatta said that an effective Spectrum Management Policy was critical to support investment in the sector.


He said that the Nigerian telecommunications environment was rapidly expanding and increasing demand for different data services.


This, he said, had put considerable pressure for more spectrums by the operators to deliver services, and enhance quality of services offered.

Insecurity: Central Africa To Develop A Framework – Col. Hameed

The Comptroller-General of Customs, retired Col. Hameed Ali has urged experts from West and Central Africa to develop a framework, to address insecurity at the borders in the region.


Ali made the appeal at the opening of a three-day Meeting of the Technical Committee on Security Project on Tuesday in Abuja.


He said as law enforcement organisations, it was essential to strive to do things to fall within the confines of the law.


“As you develop templates and methodology for your research, your experiences as field officers would be brought to bear.


“I charge you to be honest in sharing such experiences as we are here to learn from one other,’’ the official said.


Ali recalled thatthe project, SPC++, was initiated by Nigeria Customs at the Conference of Directors General of West and Central Africa region in Abidjan in April.


He said that the conference adopted the project and the participation of six countries at the pilot stage with the possibility of expanding it to other countries.


The countries were Nigeria, Cameroon, Chad, Central African Republic and Niger.


Ali said the World Customs Organisation (WCO) endorsed and supported the project with a promise to provide technical expertise and research opportunities for its success.


He, however, said that the intention of considering funding option for the substance of the project was also a welcome development.


“Nigeria Customs Service is still committed to providing leadership to stir the ship as the expectations of other Directors-General of Customs are very high.’’


Thomas Carten , a Researcher with the WCO, said it had been partnering with Nigerian Customs in terms of research analysis and solutions.


“We will support them to do some field work in order to find donors to support the project and fund the solutions from the research.


“We will first and foremost understand what is going on at the borders and see the type of service Customs can offer the border communities.


“It is important to offer support because states are not always present at the borders so we want to understand the situation and restore it,’’ Carten said.


Also, Mr Mark Shaw, Director, the Global Initiative Against Transnational Organised Crime, said insecurity at borders was a global problem and was not common to the region.


He said many countries in America, Africa and Asia also faced similar challenges such as illicit trade, illicit trafficking, organised crime, conflict and security.


According to him, the challenges are due to convergence between local and global factors.


The director, however, called on the participating countries to embrace workable tools and technologies to address the challenges.


The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the framework and recommendations from the experts will be presented to the directors-general of Customs of benefiting countries for consideration.


They will afterward meet to consider the recommendations that will set the pace for the project.




Moroccan King, Ibn Muhammad Visits Buhari

The King of Morocco, Sharif Muhammad Kabir Ibn Muhammad, has visited President Muhammadu Buhari as part of activities of his official visit to Nigeria.


Buhari has been expecting the visit which is meant to cement relations and spur bilateral agreements in various areas.


Buhari had visit Morocco for the Climate Conference, COP22 where he said: “I arrived in Morocco amid a warm welcome and tomorrow I will give Nigeria’s speech at the COP22 high-level segment.”


The King’s visit to Nigeria will enhance a bilateral cooperation between the two countries, especially regarding the sectors of agriculture and solar energy.


Besides the economic aspect of the visit, Morocco’s seeks to prompt Nigeria to reconsider its stance on the Western Sahara. Nigeria has been a vocal supporter of the Polisario, and is regarded as belonging to the axis Algeria-Abuja-Pretoria. Nigeria recognizes the self-proclaimed Sarahawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR).


Morocco World News reported earlier this year that Sokoto State in Nigeria revealed “a new agriculture and solar energy collaboration between Rabat and Abuja, “noting that “Morocco has distinguished itself in some critical sectors, as such a relationship between the two states will be of utmost importance to the two parties.”


In the same context, Minister Delegate of Foreign Affairs, Nasser Bourita, met with Muhammadu Buhari on July 15, 2016 to discuss the opening of an OCP fertilizer factory in Nigeria.


Following the formal request of the King during the 27th Summit of the African Union (AU) held last July in Kigali, Rwanda to rejoin the AU, the King’s visit will give a fresh impetus to regain its natural seat in the pan-African organization following Morocco’s withdrawal from it in 1984. That decision was fueled by the AU’s decision to accept the self-proclaimed SADR as a full-fledged member state.


King Mohammed VI arrived Saturday evening in Madagascar’s capital of Antananarivo, aiming to consolidate South-South partnership and embark on bilateral cooperation underpinned by groundbreaking economic projects.


The King is set to take part in the 16th summit of the Francophonie, which will take place November 22-27 in Antananarivo.


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Senate Approves N208bn For President Buhari

The Senate on Tuesday, approved the virement request by President Muhammadu Buhari which is in the tune of N208.821 billion.


The virement fund explained by the President as ‘critical recurrent and capital items’ is for execution of key infrastructural projects across the country between 2016 and 2018.


President Buhari had requested for virement of N180.8 billion in the 2016 budget for provision of needed votes for some sectors as well as to “provide for inadequacy in the provision for the National Youth Service Corps in the 2016 budget’’.


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Brazil Plane Crash: Footballers Among 76 Victims

Condolences and tributes have continued to pour in respect of the plane clash that killed over 76 people including some members of Brazilian soccer team Chapecoense.


Reports say a full complement of the team, heading for the biggest game in their history, were on board the chartered plane that crashed into Colombian jungle.


Chapecoense, from Brazil’s top league, had been flying to face Atletico Nacional of Medellin on Wednesday in the first leg of the Copa Sudamericana final, South America’s equivalent of the Europa League.


It was the first time the small club from Chapecoense had reached the final of a major South American club competition.


The club said in a statement it would not be making any official comments until it had more information from Colombian authorities.


The crash evoked memories of Munich air disaster in 1958, which killed 23 people, including eight Manchester United players, newsmen and travelling officials.


World governing body FIFA said its “thoughts were with the victims, their families, fans of Chapecoense and media organisations in Brazil on this tragic day”.


Brazilian President Michel Temer expressed his grief.


“I express my solidarity in this sad hour during which tragedy has beset dozens of Brazilian families.


“The government will do all it can to alleviate the pain of the friends and family of sport and national journalism,’’ Temer said.


Soccer world sent condolences to Brazil’s Chapecoense after air crash


Chapeco qualified for the biggest game in their history after overcoming Argentine club San Lorenzo in the semi-final on away goals following a 1-1 draw in Buenos Aires and a 0-0 draw at home.


They were very much the underdogs for the match against a club going for a rare double after winning the Copa Libertadores in July.


Chapeco were the 21st biggest club in Brazil in terms of revenue, bringing in 46 million reais ($13.5 million) in 2015, according to an annual rich list compiled by Brazilian bank Itau BBA.


The club has built its success on a frugal spending policy that eschewed big money signings and instead concentrated on blending young talent and experienced journeymen.


Their best-known player was Cleber Santana, a midfielder whose best years were spent in Spain with Atletico Madrid and Mallorca.


Coach Caio Junior was also experienced, having managed at some of Brazil’s biggest clubs, Botafogo, Flamengo and Palmeiras among them


The crash prompted an outpouring of solidarity and grief on social media from the footballing community, with Brazilian top flight teams Flamengo and Santos tweeting messages of support.


Porto goalkeeper Iker Casillas sent his condolences for the plane accident that carried Chapecoense Real, adding that it is a tough moment for football.


The South American football federation suspended all games and other activities


Brazilian news organisations said 21 journalists had been on board to cover the match.


Meanwhile Brazil has declared three day of national mourning in honour of the dead.


The social media had been agog with the news of the crash as different media gave differing casualty.


As BBC quotes 76 deaths, AP say 81 people died.


Plane with 81 people on board, including a soccer team from Brazil crashes in Colombia, @APjoshgoodman writes.

— The Associated Press (@AP) November 29, 2016



Boko Haram: Army Hits Sambisa Forest

Nigerian troops have commenced advancing into Sambisa Forest, one of the major enclaves of Boko Haram terrorists.


The Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai, said in Abuja on Tuesday the advancement was an onslaught to finally flush out remnants of insurgents from the forest and rescue all those abducted in that area.


Buratai unveiled the operation at the launch of packs of bottle water provided through private initiative in appreciation of troops fighting the terrorists in the region.


“This year (2016), the whole Army Headquarters will be moving into the North East to celebrate Christmas and New Year with our troops, ’’ he said.


Buratai described the bottle water initiative for free distribution to troops as “quite historic and the first of its kind.’’


“The scheme involves branding 50cl bottle water with the image of the Nigerian soldier.


“It has the Nigerian army logo and that of stakeholders and partners from the private sector with the words: Thank you for your service.’’


According to him, the initiative seeks to appreciate the efforts of Nigerian troops actively engaged in the defence of our dear nation.


“This will no doubt go a long way in boosting the morale of the troops to show that their labour is being recognized and applauded by Nigerians.


“This initiative is quite timely, coming at a critical stage of the operations, when the troops have embarked on `Operation Rescue Finale.’


“It will surely add vigour, impetus and stimulate the troops in this phase of the operation,’’ Buratai said.


The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that several corporate and public sector organisations, as well as state governments graced the unveiling of the troops’ bottle water.


NAN also reports that the troops’ bottle water initiative was supported by Enugu State Government (N10 million), Ebonyi Government (N5 million) and the Nigeria Customs Service(N1.5 million), among others.


2018 Census: Nigeria Needs N222b

National Population Commission (NPC) has said that the 2018 National Population and Housing census will gulp N222 billion.


Chief Eze Duruiheoma, Chairman of NPC unfolded the plan on Tuesday in Akwanga, at the review workshop of Phases 1 and 2 of Enumeration Area Demarcation (EAD) as well as training of the trainers for the 2018 census.


He said the fund would be used to conduct a scientific census that could stand the test of time despite the dwindling resources of the country.


The chairman explained that the budget has been spread over four years to handle different components of the census exercise.


Duruiheoma said the money is for procurement of hand-held devices for the biometric based census; engagement of 1. 5 million field staff; training of field officers and other preparatory activities.


He said the commission was not unaware of the concerns raised in some quarters about the affordability of the census budget.


Duruiheoma, however, noted that the benefit of the census to the nation outweigh immediate financial considerations.


“There is no better time to conduct a census than in this period of economic recession.


“Coming out of a recession is definitely a complex and difficult task that can be made easier through demographic data as a compass for economic revival Programme.


“Census will serve as a guide in identifying human elements that can be exploited for development process and formation of people responsive welfare Programme,” Duruiheoma said.


The NPC boss maintained that the EAD was the bedrock of the census and formed the basis for the planning and execution of the census project.


He explained that the EAD exercise involve the division of the country into small geographical areas to facilitate enumeration and scientifically verify doubts and contentions.


“For the avoidance of doubt, the EAD exercise is not the enumeration of persons living in the country and its outcome will not in any way determine the population of any community, local government or state,” he said.


He emphasized the need for the training the trainers exercise saying, “the quality of the personnel for the EAD has great impact on the outcome.”


Duruiheoma said the commission was not leaving any stone unturned in order to ensure that the EAD for the 2018 census was carried out meticulously, professionally and scientifically.


According to the NPC boss, the 2018 census would be free of manipulation through the EAD as it would be biometric based requiring the capture of finger prints and facial impression of persons during the exercise.


He said that the phase 3 of the EAD would be concluded by February 2017, when 74 local government areas in the country would have been completely demarcated.


Duruiheoma said it would involve two LGAs in each state and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT)


He added that other local government areas would be covered in subsequent phases depending on availability of funds.


He urged Nigerians not to treat census as an extension of politics driven by narrow political consideration at the expense of collective national interest.


Sen. Suleiman Hunkuyi, Chairman Senate Committee on National Population and Identity, in a remark, assured the NPC of the senate’s unflinching support to ensure the successful conduct of the 2018 census . (NAN)


Being Able To Fulfill Ones Dream Is Rewarding -Aisha Abubakar

Aisha Abubakar is the owner of Falke By Aisha, a bespoke bridal line and Mishamoon- a modest  ready to wear line both based in the heart of Abuja. The graduate of BSc Applied Chemistry from Usman Danfodio University Sokoto speaks to Take My Gist about the prospects in the fashion industry and how she has been able to create a niche for herself using the 3 principles of- hard work, fast thinking and having a friendly and open mind.

Aisha Abubakar CEO Falke By Aisha
Aisha Abubakar CEO Falke By Aisha

TMG> What motivated you to go into fashion business?

Aisha> I have always loved art and fashion. I also love expressing myself, thus the interest in fashion business.


TMG> Are you encouraging and creating job opportunities for other youths?

Aisha> Yes, we have two youth corps members working with us and all in all,  we have 8 staff


TMG> How did you start this business?

Aisha> I started out making jewelry and later on transitioned to making clothes. It’s so fulfilling to see what one pictures in the mind’s eye coming to life.


TMG> Which line of fashion industry do you find easier to market and which is more fulfilling- bespoke tailoring or ready made clothing?

Aisha> The ready to wear is by far more fulfilling, less stressful and makes it easier to deal with customers. With bespoke, you have to sit with the customer, decide and agree on what they want made( which could last for an hour or more). After making the outfit, the customer could just decide that is not what she wanted!!!!  It is quite hard.

TMG> Tell us how you get your materials and how you create designs that your customers would like?

Aisha> I source my fabrics from our local markets- Wuse and Garki International, and sometimes I get them from Aba market or Kwari market in Kano.


TMG> How fast do your products get to the customers from Production, Marketing and distribution?

Aisha> I am super fast, so, give or take 2 weeks. It would also depend on the number of collection. I make or select a design, we make a prototype, if we like it, we would do a photoshoot and post it on social media to see people’s response, then we go into full production. So it depends on the response.

Falke By Aisha

TMG> Did you attend any professional school and what credentials did you earn through the program?

Aisha> I don’t have any formal designing education. All that I know I learnt from years of running Falke by Aisha.


TMG> What do you do to stay educated about new trends?

Aisha> I do a lot of research on line, fashion websites and social media.


TMG> What challenges do you encounter and how do you handle them?

Aisha> Usually, skilled man power is an issue in our industry; tailors jump from one fashion house to the other so when they leave abruptly, it sets you back.


TMG> Give us an example of someone you have trained or mentored. Where did they start and where are they now?

Aisha> I have an intern called Emmanuel who worked with me 2 years ago. He has his fashion business now and he is doing very well.


TMG> Tell us about your management style and how you handle your Customers?

Aisha> For our ready to wear line, we have a website where you can order and then we will ship them. Orders can be made via whatsapp and social media as well.  For our bespoke line, the client comes in and I or my assistant would consult with them, take their measurements which will be taken to the workshop. The head tailor cuts and gives it to a machinist to assemble.


TMG> Tell us 3 things that you consider to be your strengths in this business?


-I am a hard worker and full of energy, so it motivates my staff to work harder.

-I am a fast thinker, so when I see a trendy dress online, I can put it out in the market in 2 days.

-I am a friendly person, so our customer service is excellent.


TMG> How do you manage cost? If your labour is running high with low profit, what measures do you take to control it?

Aisha> When profit is low, that means we aren’t producing as fast as we should. I tend to give a little incentive to make them work faster and make some work at night to get the work done. Sometimes we downsize and let go of the ones that are holding us down (but rarely).

Falke By Aisha
Falke By Aisha

TMG> How do you manage risk in terms of damages or losses?

Aisha> Usually if we have a lot of inventory that hasn’t moved, especially our ready to wear, we just do sales, just to get our investment back.


TMG> How can you encourage others to be self-dependent?

Aisha> I love being independent and earning my own money doing what I love. It’s the best and that is what I would advise any person that would listen to do.


TMG> Do you socialise and when?

Aisha> I really don’t socialize much; when I do, it’s on Sundays when I am off work.