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Nigerian Military Aircraft Crashes In Abuja

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A Nigerian military aircraft has crashed in Abuja, Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika revealed on Sunday.

Sirika in a tweet said the aircraft, a King Air 350 crashed at the Abuja runway, enroute Minna, after an engine failure.

He said the crash appears fatal with lives possibly lost in it but called for calm as the military investigates the number of casualties from the incident.

It is yet another military air crash with a few cases of such accidents recorded in the last three years.

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Review: Selling Assets to Fund the National Budget is Irresponsible – Tunji Andrews

These assets are crucial to Nigeria but it’s not compulsory that they are owned by FG. Therefore, we could concession them to private hands, not sell them!

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The Nigerian government is proposing to sell or concession about 36 properties to raise funds to finance the 2021 budget. These properties cut across the energy, industry, communication and infrastructure sectors and are expected to be sold between January 2021 and November 2022.

Tunji Andrews, founder, Awabah Nigeria, thinks these assets are crucial to Nigeria but it’s not compulsory that they are owned by the Federal Government. Therefore, we could concession them to private hands.

But I don’t think we should sell assets to fund budgets. If we sell assets to fund the 2021 budget, what will we sell to fund the 2022 budget? The general problem is the government is DETERMINED not to cut down expenses.

“It’s very clear that if you have shrinking revenue, you should trim down expenses. But the government wants to spend within a reduced revenue. The fact is that we are not making enough money but borrowing or selling off assets is typical of an irresponsible father who has acquired a lot of properties over the years and now that he’s old, he wants to sell them off so he can continue to party and live largely”, Tunji added.

Our legacy and history as a people are as important as funding a budget, it’s worrisome that the government doesn’t see it that way.

Tunji concluded on the issue of government selling crucial national propoerties to fund the 2021 budget.

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“Nigeria Wouldn’t Have Gone Into Recession If Okonjo-Iweala Was Still Finance Minister” – Tunji Andrews

Dr. Ngozi would likely push for a lot of trade that would spur job creation and development in some of the most vulnerable parts of the world as well as create some sort of liberation for some of the poorest countries.

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The first woman and first African to become the Director-General of the World Trade Organisation has a track record of taking on seemingly intractable problems. Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala has said that she can be a ‘clear set of eyes’ for the global trade body.

Asides from reforming trade rules and counter protectionism heightened by COVID-19, her new responsibility would have her broker international trade talks in the face of persistent U.S.-China conflict. Financial expert and founder of Awabah, Tunji Andrews joined us on Breakfast Central to discuss Dr. Ngozi’s work experience in relation to her new position.

Andrews pointed out that jobs that have to do with linking communities or societies are more about the pedigree of the person holding the office. “She comes from a very long pedigree line and has a vast reach, therefore the position cannot be too difficult since she has experts under her. Her main job is bringing these superpowers together.”

“When she was the Co-ordinating Minister of the economy, she did so well that her exit left a vacuum. If she was there, it is unlikely that Nigeria would have fallen into a recession”, he added.

The financial expert also thinks Dr. Ngozi, being a big mackerel person, would push for a lot of trade that would spur job creation and development in some of the most vulnerable parts of the world as well as create some sort of liberation for some of the poorest countries. In his words, “it is one thing to say that Nigeria is suffering and another thing to know exactly what Nigeria needs to get out of hardship. It is important to have someone who has a unique understanding of the pinpoints of the people.”

In establishing the approach to her job delivery, Tunji Andrews suggested that the first point of call would be trying to help the EU and UK smoothen their trade conversations with BREXIT. Also, her job is to try to smoothen the relationship between China and the US. Around Africa, she has a hard nut to crack as regards free trade.

In conclusion, Andrews indicated trust in Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala’s ability to do the job of WTO DG excellently. “Relationship is most important when it comes to world conversations and I believe this is what she’s bringing to the table, it’s just unfortunate that Nigeria did not observe it about her in good time.”

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For Ex-African Football Stars in Coaching, it’s The More, The Merrier

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Two African former football stars have joined the league of black men in coaching as Yaya Toure and Radhi Jaidi commence work in Ukraine and Belgium respectively.

Toure, a four-time African Footballer of the Year is one of Africa’s modern legends of the game, helping to win Ivory Coast’s first AFCON title in 23 years in 2015. Jaidi is also a Tunisian football legend, and a part of the country’s AFCON-winning side of 2004.

Both men represented their countries at some of the biggest tournaments and made a name for themselves in football.

Toure and Jaidi both played in the Premier League, during their careers and have now swelled the ranks of black men in coaching.

In 2020, former Nigerian national team goalkeeper, Ndubuisi Egbo became the first African coach to win a league trophy in a senior European club.

Egbo earned plaudits across the continent for his excellent feat, as he also led FK Tirana, whom he represented as a player, to the preliminary stages of the UEFA Champions League.

Although the Nigerian was dismissed four matches into the 2020/21 season, he had done enough to prove a point and raise awareness about the parity in the quality of African coaches.

For decades, European coaches reigned supreme in African football with prominent names like Claude Leroy, Otto Pfister, Paul Put, Gernot Rohr and many others leading African teams to major tournaments.

Only a few African coaches get a chance to impress, with reasons such as inexperience and a lack of exposure cited as major drawbacks.

This has changed in recent times, with Egbo’s achievement, flanked by many other former players taking up jobs in European clubs, proving to be an indication of a new dawn for coaches from the continent.

Senegal is arguably Africa’s best national football team and it is managed by an ex-Teranga Lion. This means many national teams can walk in those steps and not land on thorns.

Toure’s Olimpik Donestk sojourn and Jaidi’s new adventure at Cercle Brugge point clearly to the potential of what’s obtainable in the future.

While many black coaches are rising, and stepping into jobs, African footballers must identify coaching as a service to football development in their countries and on the continent. They lead an unpopular pack of professionals who have to work twice as hard to get respected or recognised.

Read: Four-time African Footballer of The Year, Toure Sees Future In Coaching

Other former football stars like Pierre Webo, Seyi Olofinjana and others also have a chance to inspire as many footballers who are still in the game.

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Turkish Cup-winning manager, Eddie Newton has been through the highs and lows of being a black coach.

Newton, a Briton of Nigerian descent, won the Champions League as an assistant coach at Chelsea. He led Trabzonspor to the Turkish Cup title as a caretaker coach.

Few months after he was signed permanently at the Turkish club, he got booted out of the job after a string of poor results.

Newton said while the rise of black coaches is good for football, and for current players, he wants a better presence of blacks in the boardroom.

Newton pointed out that until there’s more diversity in the boardroom, it’s going to be difficult.

The steps to seeing more black coaches on the sidelines are being taken by former football stars and it can only get better as more secure their badges.

And hopefully, the field can be as level as the pitches that gave them their big breaks.

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