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Sule Katagum, Civil Service Commision and Future of Public Administration

By Tunji Olopa The Nigerian Civil Service has again been decimated. The death of Alhaji Sule Katagum, Wazirin Katagum, has just been announced. And even though he was an old man, his death is one that historians of public administration in Nigeria will celebrate with nostalgia. This is because the very personality and professional credentials of Sule Katagum is one that is decorated with significant administrative arsenal that is as significant as it is ironic. In fact, Alhaji Katagum credential is a critical dimension to the very essence of why the Nigerian civil service system has become the opposite of what we thought it ought to have become. The death of Katagum not only represents the exit of the last of the conscientious Nigerian public servants—in the company of...

Adele Roberts’ health hacks: BBC Radio 1 DJ to help you get fit in the new year

Adele Roberts will be bringing you a daily health hacks from 2 January You may have tried and given up with all the fitness and exercise trends that 2017 had to offer – but it is almost the new year, which gives you a fresh chance to create a new you. When daily life gets in the way, how can you find time to fit in exercise? Coming up in January, BBC Radio 1 DJ Adele Roberts will share 20 daily health hacks to help you get fit without having to trudge to the gym on a dark winter’s night. Follow the BBC Get Inspired Twitter account and #GetInspired for your daily dose of Roberts’ health hacks from 2 January. Here are three to get you started… Overnight oats Adele’s health hacks – overnight oats Save time in your morning routine by preparing some healthy o...

What happened in the Premier League on Boxing Day?

Jesse Lingard’s double inspired a Manchester United comeback Manchester United came back from two goals down to deny Burnley victory at Old Trafford, while Harry Kane broke a Premier League scoring record. Goals from Ashley Barnes and Steven Defour gave Burnley a 2-0 lead but Jesse Lingard’s injury-time strike, his second of the game, means Manchester United are 12 points behind leaders Manchester City, who face Newcastle on Wednesday. Tottenham won 5-2 at home to Southampton, with Kane’s second hat-trick in four days making him the highest Premier League scorer in a calendar year with 39. Kane will also finish 2017 as Europe’s highest scorer across club and international games. Chelsea moved to within a point of second-placed United, overcoming Brighton 2-0 with go...

Football quiz 2017: How much do you remember?

Neymar, Claudio Ranieri and Wayne Shaw made headlines in 2017 It has been another eventful year in football. In the last 12 months, Chelsea reclaimed the Premier League title, Manchester City put themselves on course to take it off them, Claudio Ranieri’s departure from Leicester was one of a number of managerial sackings, England qualified for the World Cup, the world transfer record was obliterated and a non-league reserve keeper had a mid-game snack in the dugout. But how much of the football in 2017 do you remember? Take our quiz and find out…

Centurion Cook stars for resurgent England

Alastair Cook has now scored centuries at all five of Australia’s major Test venues: Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth, Melbourne and Sydney Fourth Ashes Test, Melbourne Cricket Ground (day two of five) Australia 327 (119 overs): Warner 103, Smith 76, Broad 4-51 England 192-2 (57 overs): Cook 104*, Root 49* Scorecard Alastair Cook made his first Ashes century for almost seven years to lead England’s resurgence on day two of the Boxing Day Test in Melbourne. The 33-year-old, in his 151st Test, reached his hundred in the final over of the day to take the tourists to 192-2, a deficit of 135 runs. That came after Stuart Broad claimed 4-51 as the home side were bowled out for 327. Australia, who have already secured the Ashes, looked set to push on from an overnight 244-3, with Steve Smith ...

NBA: Mirotic comes off the bench to power Bulls over Bucks

Chicago forward Nikola Mirotic came off the bench to score 24 points and spark the visiting Bulls over Milwaukee 115-106 in an NBA matchup Tuesday. MILWAUKEE, WI – DECEMBER 26: Nikola Mirotic #44 of the Chicago Bulls dunks against the Milwaukee Bucks on December 26, 2017 at the BMO Harris Bradley Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. /AFP The 26-year-old Montenegro-born Spaniard made 9-of-18 from the floor, including 4-of-8 from 3-point range, and grabbed eight rebounds to spark the Bulls to their 11th win in 33 games. “Great game by us. We really stepped up,” Mirotic said. “We’re moving in the right direction.” Greek star Giannis Antetokounmpo led the Bucks (17-15) with 28 points. “We executed really good against Giannis,” Mirotic said. “Offensively they really found me. We...

Britton: Liverpool punished Swansea for basic mistakes

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Newcastle Jets ready to test A-League title credentials

Newcastle Jets cruised to a comfortable 4-0 win over Western Sydney to remain in touching distance of leaders Sydney FC. Newcastle Jets have laid the perfect platform to further showcase their A-League title credentials against Melbourne Victory and Sydney FC, coach Ernie Merrick says. But he expects Kevin Muscat’s men to make life far more difficult at AAMI Park on Friday night than they did in last month’s 4-1 Hunter walkover. The second-placed Jets continued their high-flying season before Christmas with a 4-0 rout of the Western Sydney Wanderers, a performance Merrick hailed as his team’s most complete. Now they embark on a potentially season-defining four matches in 14 days — away at the resurgent Victory and leaders Sydney FC before hosting the Central Coast M...

Counting under way in Liberia presidential run-off

Vote counting was under way in Liberia on Wednesday following a peaceful run-off election for a new president, pitting former international footballer George Weah against Vice-President Joseph Boakai. George Weah and Joseph Boakai Voters were choosing a successor to President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, who is stepping down after 12 years as Africa’s first elected female head of state. Results of Tuesday’s vote are expected in a few days, in what would be the West African country’s first democratic transition since 1944, according to electoral officials. The ballot was delayed for seven weeks due to legal challenges lodged by Boakai’s Unity Party against the electoral commission over the conduct of the first round of voting, but many of the complaints appeared to have been ...

Naira hawkers go underground as CBN, police block sources of supply

By Vincent Ujumadu AWKA- THE business of exchanging Naira mint during the Christmas and New Year celebrations had been on over the years, especially in Anambra State where people usually show off with such mints by spraying the celebrants at ceremonies. In the past, commercial banks used to supply such mints to their customers during this time of the year, but somehow, the mints disappeared from the banks. The confiscated naira notes Rather, the mints which could not be found in the banks became readily available at the various markets in the major cities of the state. The business became so lucrative that some traders left their former businesses to go into the sale of mints. Places where the mints are openly exchanged include the Emeka Ofor Plaza in Onitsha, the Abuj...

Speakership not achievement for me—Dogara

By Levinus Nwabughiogu ABUJA—SPEAKER of the House of Representatives, Mr Yakubu Dogara has said he is not excited about his current position, but by the degrees of impacts he has made on the lives of people, especially the less privileged in the society. The Speaker also said  Nigeria would be a prosperous country if all hands agreed to be on deck to work for its greatness. Speaker Dogara Dogara made the remarks while reflecting on his sojourn on earth in the last 50 years after donating food items, beverages, clothings, mattresses and toiletries to two orphanages: Treasure Orphanage and Abuja Children Home in Abuja, yesterday, as part of activities to mark his 50th birthday. He said his greatest achievement would be summed up in his ability to better the lots of most ...

Wike to APC: Apologise for executing evil against Rivers people

Rivers State governor, Mr. Nyesom Wike, has declared  that unless the APC-led Federal Government and its agents apologise for plotting and executing evil against Rivers State, they will continue to falter in governance. He stated that as long as the APC Federal Government continues to execute evil plots against Rivers people, they will never be able to conceptualise meaningful  projects. Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wik He spoke yesterday during a special meeting with Bolo people at the Bolo Civic Centre, Ogo/Bolo Local Government Area. He said: “Anything you do against Rivers State will affect the entire Nigeria. When you see us cry, listen to Rivers State. Until they leave this state  alone, they will never know peace.  When they try to distract Rivers State,...