When Procrastination Knocks

Nisargadatta Maharaj says : “Absolute perfection is here and now, not in some future, near or far. The secret is in action – here and now. It is your behavior that blinds you to yourself.
Disregard whatever you think yourself to be and act as if you were absolutely perfect – whatever your idea of perfection may be. All you need is courage.”
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Nigeria Lambastes Japanese Donor

The Chairman, Senate Committee on Sports, Obinna Ogba, PDP, Ebonyi South,   during an interview with journalists in Abuja  on Thursday, 25th August on the donation of $390,000 to the Olympic Football team by a Japanese plastic surgeon and football enthusiast, Dr. katsuya Takasu,  said it was ‘wrong’ of the team to receive the money because its source was unknown (Vanguard)

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In his words,  “I don’t think it was nice for our country to accept such money given the happenings around the world now. Money is good but it’s not every money that comes your way that you collect. So, I associate myself fully with the President of the Nigeria Football Federation,” he noted.

According to a report by PremiumTimes, Amaju Pinnick, the NFF president, said since Nigeria is a sovereign nation, it would be out of place to allow an individual make donations directly to individual team members.

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Katsuya flanked by Obi and Siasia

The Chairman, Senate Committee on Sports, Obinna Ogba, PDP, Ebonyi South,   during an interview with journalists in Abuja  on Thursday, 25th August on the donation of $390,000 to the Olympic Football team by a Japanese plastic surgeon and football enthusiast, Dr. katsuya Takasu,  said it was ‘wrong’ of the team to receive the money because its source was unknown (Vanguard Ng).
Pinnick asserted that, “Nigeria is a sovereign nation and such a donation must go through a process. If we get a go-ahead, it will go directly to the team,”

Mr. Pinnick said. “To say NFF has ‘hijacked’ the money is outright mischief. The checks must be concluded and we are given a go-ahead to collect by the government.”

A letter from Nigeria’s Charge d’Affaires in Tokoya to the sports authorities stated the beneficiaries of Mr. Takasu’s donation as Mr. Siasia and Mr. Obi, but the NFF or any of its officials was not included.
Mr. Takasu said he made the donation to the players after hearing about their financial crisis.
“I read about the financial problems affecting the team and I felt the need to make a big contribution,” Mr. Takasu told the BBC earlier this week.

Mr. Takasu said the team coach, Samson Siasia, and its captain, Mikel Obi, should each take $200,000 and $190,000, respectively.
But out of the blue on Saturday afternoon, reports emerged that some NFF officials had ‘hijacked’ the process and demanded that Mr. Takasu must hand the money to them for onward disbursement to team members.
Idah Peterside, a sports analyst and former goalkeeper for the Super Eagles, was amongst the first persons to raise the alarm on social media.
“More trouble in the dream team camp….the money from the Japanese man to the dream team has been hijacked by the NFA (he meant NFF),” Mr. Petersaid said.

“They want to use the money to pay the coaches as salaries. Bitrus Bewarang was sent to get the money from the Japanese, but the players say it’s their money.”
Mr. Peterside’s alarm elicited immediate response from Nigerians who said the NFF had no business fiddling with the donation because its conditions were clear, and many condemned those responsible for the controversy as greedy and shameless.
“There’s greed. Then, there’s corruption. And there’s that condition of having no capacity for shame whatsoever,” tweeted Gbenga Sesan, a capacity development expert.
But the NFF denied the allegations, saying it took over the process because it wanted the funds to be routed through appropriate channels.

It could be recalled that Nigeria won only a bronze in the Rio Olympic games outing. The bronze was got by the football team which met a lot of financial challenges that they arrived Brazil 7 hours before its first match.

Quartz Africa reported that  After the Nigerian team was left stranded in Atlanta, USA, ahead of the Games because their flights had not been paid for, their plight made headlines. Eventually, the team landed in Rio just seven hours ahead of their first game, against Japan. But despite the less than ideal circumstances, the team served up an impressive performance to beat the Japanese team, and eventually finished top of their group. But the money troubles didn’t end there. Hours before the quarterfinal match against Denmark, Nigeria’s players threatened to boycott the game in protest over unpaid allowances. After reading the team’s financial struggles, Takasu said he “felt the need to make a big contribution.”

“I had traveled from Tokyo prepared to reward them anyway, and to watch them win the bronze inside the stadium was very fulfilling,” he told BBC.

Surprisingly, Nigeria  has people who are among the richest in the world especially those in politics and religion. The country,  arguably has the highest number of private jet owners in the continent, but has enormous poor attitude towards handling national financial and ethnic problems.

One may, therefore, wonder what is wrong donating money to this indefatigable team by a fan when most politicians and religious leaders in Nigeria are rich enough to sponsor this team, singlehandedly but lack the will to do so.

The most worrisome part of the saga is that NFF officials and the sports ministry are questioning the source of the benefactor’s money.

Naij.com quoted the former team’s coach, Samson Siasia as saying the money was shared equally. He disclosed that the Japanese surgeon was only curious on how the Dream Team was neglected and abandoned in Atlanta and still went on to defeat Japan despite arriving Rio five hours to the game.

“I want to ask these people who are saying they want to do all manner of checks to say what they have done for us during and after our campaign at the Olympics.

“Do you know that since we returned from Brazil, nobody from the NFF or ministry has called us to say we did well.

“The Japanese benefactor said $200,000 and $190,000 was supposed to be for bronze medal and it was split among the players and officials equally and I want to make it clear that it is not my personal money.

“What I got was what every other player and official in the team got and it is about $14,000 each because the money was not meant for me or Mikel alone but the entire team including the doctors and other back room staffs,”

Siasia said

Despite the troubles faced by the team, Siasia’s boys did the nation proud by winning bronze medal – Nigeria’s only medal at the games.

The Dream Team defeated Honduras 3 – 2 in a third place match played at the Maracana stadium.

Constitution Review: Ekweremadu, others want life pension for National Assembly leaders

“This has nothing to do with an individual. It is about the institution. Let us not politicise it. Nobody elected the Chief Justice of Nigeria, but he enjoys pension.
“But if we cheapen our own institution, so be it. Let us not make this a personal thing,”

– Ekweremadu

“But we elect our principal officers. To me, I believe that the benefit of the office of the senate president and other principal officers is too much. They are just one among equals.
-Ndume

Some lawmakers on Saturday proposed life pension for presiding officers of the National Assembly after their tenure in office.
They made the proposal at a-two day retreat on Constitution Review organised by the Senate Ad hoc Committee on Constitution Review in Lagos.

According to them, presiding officers, who should enjoy life pension are President of Senate, Deputy President of Senate, Speaker, House of Representatives and Deputy Speaker of House of Representatives.

The deputy president of the Senate, Ike Ekweremadu, spoke in favour of the proposal, saying that principal officers of the two chambers should be entitled to life pension after their tenure.

Mr. Ekweremadu, who was the chairman, Senate Ad hoc Committee on review of 1999 constitution, said it was necessary for the presiding officers to enjoy such benefits.

“This has nothing to do with an individual. It is about the institution. Let us not politicise it. Nobody elected the Chief Justice of Nigeria, but he enjoys pension.
“But if we cheapen our own institution, so be it. Let us not make this a personal thing,” he said.

Stella Oduah (PDP-Anambra) said there was no reason why legislators should not enjoy such benefit when other arms of government enjoyed it.
“The executive enjoy it. Let us stand by our leaders. They should enjoy this benefit. They act on behalf of us.
“They are equal to the executive and judiciary and should therefore, enjoy the same benefit,’’ she said.

Ahmed Yerima (APC-Zamfara), who also spoke in favour of the suggestion, said after being elected by all the lawmakers and their constituencies, lawmakers should enjoy pension.
“Governors, who spend just four years enjoy it, so presiding officers should enjoy it too,” Mr. Yerima said.

However, the leader of the Senate, Ali Ndume, spoke against the proposal.
“The case of the state governors and their deputies is different. They were elected by the public.
“But we elect our principal officers. To me, I believe that the benefit of the office of the senate president and other principal officers is too much. They are just one among equals.
“I am against any excessive privileges given to the senate president or the speaker. All of us were elected. If we are doing anything, it should be for all members of the National Assembly,” he said.

Also, the Senate Minority Leader, Godswill Akpabio, spoke against the suggestion.
“The governor of a state and the president cannot stay in office for more than two terms. But for a senator, he can stay in office for 35 years,” Mr. Akpabio said.

According to Oluremi Tinubu, I think principal officers have had enough.
“Principal Officers drive fleet of cars and they have other entitlements. They should not earn extra money when they leave office.
“In the last assembly, we in the minority tried to raise our voice against it. You are first, second and third among equals.
“Some of us do not even have cars, but principal officers have so many. I think we should drop that idea,” Mrs. Tinubu said.

In another development, lawmakers voted against the continuous operation of joint account between local and state governments.
Twenty four lawmakers voted in favour of financial autonomy for local governments, while six lawmakers supported the continuation of the status quo.

(NAN)

Nigeria Lambastes Japanese Donor

The Chairman, Senate Committee on Sports, Obinna Ogba, PDP, Ebonyi South, during an interview with journalists in Abuja on Thursday, 25th August on the donation of $390,000 to the Olympic Football team by a Japanese plastic surgeon and football enthusiast, Dr. katsuya Takasu, said it was ‘wrong’ of the team to receive the money because its source was unknown (Vanguard)

The Dream Team VI

In his words, “I don’t think it was nice for our country to accept such money given the happenings around the world now. Money is good but it’s not every money that comes your way that you collect. So, I associate myself fully with the President of the Nigeria Football Federation,” he noted.

According to a report by PremiumTimes, Amaju Pinnick, the NFF president, said since Nigeria is a sovereign nation, it would be out of place to allow an individual make donations directly to individual team members.

Katsuya flanked by Obi and Siasia

The Chairman, Senate Committee on Sports, Obinna Ogba, PDP, Ebonyi South, during an interview with journalists in Abuja on Thursday, 25th August on the donation of $390,000 to the Olympic Football team by a Japanese plastic surgeon and football enthusiast, Dr. katsuya Takasu, said it was ‘wrong’ of the team to receive the money because its source was unknown (Vanguard Ng).
Pinnick asserted that, “Nigeria is a sovereign nation and such a donation must go through a process. If we get a go-ahead, it will go directly to the team,”

Mr. Pinnick said. “To say NFF has ‘hijacked’ the money is outright mischief. The checks must be concluded and we are given a go-ahead to collect by the government.”

A letter from Nigeria’s Charge d’Affaires in Tokoya to the sports authorities stated the beneficiaries of Mr. Takasu’s donation as Mr. Siasia and Mr. Obi, but the NFF or any of its officials was not included.
Mr. Takasu said he made the donation to the players after hearing about their financial crisis.
“I read about the financial problems affecting the team and I felt the need to make a big contribution,” Mr. Takasu told the BBC earlier this week.

Mr. Takasu said the team coach, Samson Siasia, and its captain, Mikel Obi, should each take $200,000 and $190,000, respectively.
But out of the blue on Saturday afternoon, reports emerged that some NFF officials had ‘hijacked’ the process and demanded that Mr. Takasu must hand the money to them for onward disbursement to team members.
Idah Peterside, a sports analyst and former goalkeeper for the Super Eagles, was amongst the first persons to raise the alarm on social media.
“More trouble in the dream team camp….the money from the Japanese man to the dream team has been hijacked by the NFA (he meant NFF),” Mr. Petersaid said.

“They want to use the money to pay the coaches as salaries. Bitrus Bewarang was sent to get the money from the Japanese, but the players say it’s their money.”
Mr. Peterside’s alarm elicited immediate response from Nigerians who said the NFF had no business fiddling with the donation because its conditions were clear, and many condemned those responsible for the controversy as greedy and shameless.
“There’s greed. Then, there’s corruption. And there’s that condition of having no capacity for shame whatsoever,” tweeted Gbenga Sesan, a capacity development expert.
But the NFF denied the allegations, saying it took over the process because it wanted the funds to be routed through appropriate channels.

It could be recalled that Nigeria won only a bronze in the Rio Olympic games outing. The bronze was got by the football team which met a lot of financial challenges that they arrived Brazil 7 hours before its first match.

Quartz Africa reported that After the Nigerian team was left stranded in Atlanta, USA, ahead of the Games because their flights had not been paid for, their plight made headlines. Eventually, the team landed in Rio just seven hours ahead of their first game, against Japan. But despite the less than ideal circumstances, the team served up an impressive performance to beat the Japanese team, and eventually finished top of their group. But the money troubles didn’t end there. Hours before the quarterfinal match against Denmark, Nigeria’s players threatened to boycott the game in protest over unpaid allowances. After reading the team’s financial struggles, Takasu said he “felt the need to make a big contribution.”

“I had traveled from Tokyo prepared to reward them anyway, and to watch them win the bronze inside the stadium was very fulfilling,” he told BBC.

Surprisingly, Nigeria has people who are among the richest in the world especially those in politics and religion. The country, arguably has the highest number of private jet owners in the continent, but has enormous poor attitude towards handling national financial and ethnic problems.

One may, therefore, wonder what is wrong donating money to this indefatigable team by a fan when most politicians and religious leaders in Nigeria are rich enough to sponsor this team, singlehandedly but lack the will to do so.

The most worrisome part of the saga is that NFF officials and the sports ministry are questioning the source of the benefactor’s money.

Naij.com quoted the former team’s coach, Samson Siasia as saying the money was shared equally. He disclosed that the Japanese surgeon was only curious on how the Dream Team was neglected and abandoned in Atlanta and still went on to defeat Japan despite arriving Rio five hours to the game.

“I want to ask these people who are saying they want to do all manner of checks to say what they have done for us during and after our campaign at the Olympics.

“Do you know that since we returned from Brazil, nobody from the NFF or ministry has called us to say we did well.

“The Japanese benefactor said $200,000 and $190,000 was supposed to be for bronze medal and it was split among the players and officials equally and I want to make it clear that it is not my personal money.

“What I got was what every other player and official in the team got and it is about $14,000 each because the money was not meant for me or Mikel alone but the entire team including the doctors and other back room staffs,”

Siasia said

Despite the troubles faced by the team, Siasia’s boys did the nation proud by winning bronze medal – Nigeria’s only medal at the games.

The Dream Team defeated Honduras 3 – 2 in a third place match played at the Maracana stadium.

20 Quotes Every Strong Woman Needs To Hear (And Memorize!)

By
Brittany White

Are you a strong, independent woman? Have you gotten shit for owning up to it? Well, fear not ladies because you should be shouting it from the rooftops!

There will always be people who will try and tear your confidence down, make you feel weak and unimportant, but it’s up to you to put them in there place. You are important and you are worthy of any accomplishments you have made for yourself.

Never let anyone make you feel inferior. Look in the mirror every day and say, “I’m a goddamn warrior” or something along those lines. The more you say it, the more you’ll start to believe it. But actions speak louder than words — don’t just say it, do it!

Embrace your inner strength and others will follow. You have the power to inspire the people around you with your confidence, and attract the right kind of men. The kind of man who is comfortable knowing you’re a team and should be considered as equals.

There’s no reason you shouldn’t be 100 percent proud of being strong and confident.

Strength is one of, if not the most important quality a woman can possess, It’s what molds us into the best person we can be. Having the strength to say no to an uncomfortable situation is even more important. Use your voice and speak up when it’s needed the most.

If you’re having trouble remembering, here are 20 uplifting and inspirational quotes to remind you of just how strong and truly badass you are!

Always believe in yourself!
Inspirational Quotes for women
“She believed she could so she did.”

Don’t ever let anyone stop you from being a boss
Inspirational Quotes for women
“A successful woman is one who can build a firm foundation with the bricks others have thrown at her.”

Being a goal-digger is always sexy
Inspirational Quotes for women
“When she laughed she was beautiful, when she cried she was beautiful, but, when she was determined she was sexy as hell.” — Matt Baker

Turn your dreams into reality
Inspirational Quotes for women
“She turned her cant’s into cans & her dreams into plans.”

Never show your weakness

Inspirational Quotes for women
“A strong woman is one who is able to smile this morning like she wasn’t crying last night.”

A good lipstick is all it takes ❤

Inspirational Quotes for women
“Pour yourself a drink, put on some lipstick, and pull yourself together.” — Liz Taylor

Grow a tough skin

Inspirational Quotes for women
“I can be changed by what happens to me, but I refuse to be reduced by it.” — Maya Angelou

Use your own brain

Inspirational Quotes for women
“The most courageous act is still to think for yourself. Aloud.” — Coco Chanel

Strive for much more than equal

Inspirational Quotes for women
“Women who seek to be equal with men lack ambition.” — Timothy Leary

Small steps lead to big achievements

Inspirational Quotes for women
“What do I do for a living? I take strategic, calculated risks based off my intuitions and make magic happen.”

Being on top never felt so good

Inspirational Quotes for women
“He asked me, ‘What’s your favorite position?.’ I said, ‘CEO.’ ”

No one has your back better than you do

Inspirational Quotes for women
“Behind every successful woman is herself.”

Be your own superhero

Inspirational Quotes for women
“If you can’t find a good role model, be one.” — Gale Anne Hurd

Never underestimate your power

Inspirational Quotes for women
“A woman is like a tea bag; you never know how strong she is until you put her in hot water.”

Be courageous

strong women
“Be fearless in pursuit of what sets your soul on fire.”

You don’t need to answer to anyone

Inspirational Quotes for women
“The woman who doesn’t need validation from anyone is the most feared individual on the planet.” — Mohadesa Najumi

Your intelligence is very attractive

Inspirational Quotes for women
“Confidence and intelligence will never stop being beautiful.”

Never give up!

Inspirational Quotes for women
“You’re allowed to scream, you’re allowed to cry, but do not give up.”

Take no shit from anybody

Inspirational Quotes for women
“A strong woman loves who she is, trusts her instincts, speaks her mind, and doesn’t take shit from anyone.”

You can’t be broken

Inspirational Quotes for women
“You’re a diamond dear. They can’t break you.”

+YOUR tango

“STAY DOWN!” (SHORT STORY)

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“Each of the combatants within him had decided that rather than end up being the underdog, it would do its utmost to push the other out.”

Intro:
This is just a humorous short short to lighten your day. You are blessed!

“STAY DOWN!” 

Mazi Okeke had really missed his favourite food. A lingering attack of fever had deprived him of his appetite but currenty in the middle of treatment with anti-malaria medication and multivitamins, his whole body had been shaking until he requested for, first a bowl of fufu(cassava) with ora soup, followed up shortly with another bowl of the same and onugbu (bitter leaf) soup.

He had scarcely downed the last morsel of fufu before a rumbling erupted in his stomach followed by a loud belch. Surprisingly, it was the whiff of ora soup that he got.

He patted his tommy and coaxed, “N’odu nwayo, ora, i to tago nwa,” meaning, “Be quiet, ora, you have a younger sibling now.”

But the ora was not in an agreeable mood. It was probably miffed that it had been submerged under so much onugbu. Who would blame it? To have to endure all that bitterness! Presently, a battle of supremacy ensued because the onugbu couldn’t understand why the ora was pushing and gasping for air.

Alarmed, that the contest was about to result in something he didn’t want to think about, Mazi Okeke screamed, “Stay down!” in his mind.

Then, “No, no, no! Don’t you dare!”

All the while, he clamped his mouth shut and flared his nostrils to get more air in. Yet he got more and more restless.

“Pleeease, stay down,” he whimpered silently but it was no good.

Each of the combatants within him had decided that rather than end up being the underdog, it would do its utmost to push the other out. And so the next thing he knew, his mouth was full.

“Waaaaah!” His wife came running with a bucket but before she arrived, “Waaaaah!”

“I warned you to be careful with that fufu.”

“Waaaaah, waaaaah, waaaaah,” he went again, clutching the bucket.

The retching continued. It was as if he would spill his guts, literally. After several more minutes of being violently sick and coughing to clear his throat, he collapsed on the armchair and began to pant with beads of perspiration on his brow.

-The end-
Source:
Ⓒ Edith Ugochi Ohaja 2016

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2016 budget: South-East gets lowest allocation for capital projects

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the Federal
Capital Territory (FCT) is the single highest
beneficiary of allocations for capital projects
with the sum of N209 billion (76.99 percent).

President Buhari’s North-West region got
a generous allocation for projects in the 2016
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Appropriations Bill with capital allocation
worth N73.7 billion for the implementation of
802 projects across the seven States in the
zone.

There seems to be no end in sight for cry
about the neglect of the South-East geo-
political zone by the President Muhammadu
Buhari led federal government as it has
emerged that the region received the lowest
allocation for developmental projects.
According to details of the capital allocations
for states as contained in a report of National
Assembly Budget and Research Office
(NABRO) seen by Daily Sun, the sum of
N28.22 billion was appropriated for capital
projects for the five States in the region.
A breakdown shows that , Abia State got
N6.93 billion (24.55 percent); Anambra State
got N3.02 billion (10.20 percent); Ebonyi state
got N4.63 billion (16.41 percent); Enugu State
got N10.15 billion (35.98 percent) while Imo
State got N3.49 billion (12.36 percent).
According to the document, the Federal
Capital Territory (FCT) is the single highest
beneficiary of allocations for capital projects
with the sum of N209 billion (76.99 percent).
For other states in the North Central region ;
Nasarawa State received N14.75 billion (5.43
percent); Kwara State- N5.19%); Niger State
recieved N12.59 billion (4.63 percent); Plateau
State got N6.63 billion (2.44 percent); Benue
got N7.46 billion (2.75 percent) while Kogi
State got N7.25 billion (2.67 percent).
Also President Buhari’s North-West region got
a generous allocation for projects in the 2016

Appropriations Bill with capital allocation
worth N73.7 billion for the implementation of
802 projects across the seven States in the
zone.

For the implementation of ongoing and new
projects in the seven states in the region,
Kano State got N32.14 billion (43.61 percent)
for 166 projects; Kaduna State got N19.82
billion (26.99 percent) for 292 projects while
Katsina State got N9.52 billion (12.92
percent).
Also the sum of N3.56 billion (4.84 percent)
goes to Jigawa State; N3.15 billion (4.28
percent) goes to Kebbi State; N2.53 billion for
execution of 61 projects was allocated to
Zamfara State while N2.97 billion (4.04
percent) went to Sokoto State.
From the total sum of N48.97 billion for the
South West region, Lagos State got the
highest share allocation of N16.14 billion
(32.95 percent); Oyo State got N12.28 billion
(25.08 percent); Ogun State got N7.95 billion
(16.23 percent); Osun State got N6.52 billion
(13.30 percent); Ondo state got N3.77 billion
(7.70 percent) while Ekiti State got N2.32
billion (4.7 pecent) of the capital allocation
for this year.
On the part of the North East geopolitical
zone of N46.69 billion for the execution of
454 ongoing and new projects, Gombe State
got N9.70 billion (21 percent); Taraba state
got N9.23 percent); Bauchi State got N9.23
billion (20 percent); Yobe State got N6.99
billion (15 percent); Adamawa state got N5.98
billion (13 percent) while Borno State got
N5.98 billion (12 percent).
The six South South states also got N35.31
billion for execution of 474 projects out of
which 30 are ongoing projects, 438 are new
projects while six are unidentified.
The breakdown indicates that: Cross River
state got N10.75 billion (30.46 percent); Delta
State got N7.55 billion (21.38 percent); Akwa
Ibom State got N1.92 billion (5.45 percent);
Bayelsa State got N3.21 billion (9.08 percent);
River state got N7.29 billion (20.66 percent)
while Edo State got N4.58 billion (12.98
percent) of the total capital allocation.

+Sun ng