SECURITY: Gov Okowa, Otuaro Recieves General Officer Commander 6 Division Nigerian Army Port Harcourt Major General EO Udoh At The State Government House Asaba

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El Rufai is rude, lacks respect for elders – Clark blasts Kaduna governor for insulting Gowon, IBB

South-South Leader, Chief Edwin Clark, has slammed Kaduna State governor, Nasir El Rufai for referring to former Heads of State, Gen Yakubu Gowon and Ibrahim Babangida as opportunists.
According to him, it was insulting to Nigerians for people like El Rufai to pretend not to know the meaning of restructuring, a word etched in its constitution.
Clark told Vanguard that Gowon and IBB were old enough to father El Rufai, whom he insulted for fighting for what was good for the nation.
He said: “They are playing the role of politicians that people hardly trust, that is the role APC is playing. Why will they not know the meaning of restructuring when they deliberately put it in their manifesto before the last election?
“If they are not able to do it now, they should tell Nigerians that they no longer believe in it, but to go the extent of setting up a committee under the governor of Kaduna State, Malam Nasiru El-Rufai, who does not believe in restructuring, who insulted eminent Nigerians, branding them opportunists for speaking their minds on restructuring, is unflattering.
“Former Head of State, General Yakubu Gowon, spoke his mind on restructuring. What does he want in Nigeria? Can somebody say Gowon is an opportunist, somebody who ruled this country for nine years and is living a very simple life? What does he want? He is now in his 80s.
“The same thing about former Head of State, General Ibrahim Babangida. What does he want from anybody? He spoke his mind, he said this country needs restructuring, devolution of power. He spelt them out, he did not just say restructuring, he knew what he was saying and even if he never believed in it before, now that he believes in it, he has come out with it.
“Same with the former Vice President, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar. He has been a champion of restructuring, has been saying it, holding lectures on it and never faltered. Everything Atiku is talking about restructuring is what we recommended at the 2014 National Conference.
“All Atiku is saying is that we want to reorganize the structure of this country because of the future, the economy of this country and to move Nigeria forward.
“So why should a young man as El Rufai say that those talking about restructuring are opportunists? He is very rude; Gen Gowon could be his father. For anybody in this country to say that he does not understand what restructuring means is an insult to Nigeria and those who believe in it.
‘’I can understand why El Rufai is insulting people because he has his grouse with the former Vice President of Nigeria, Alhaji Abubakar. But the young man should learn a lesson, that you are governor of a state is not all in all.”

5 Useful Tips For Working With Family and Friends

Working with family and friends might generally not be an easy, but there are ways to make it work. However, you have to be determined and ready to put in the required effort to make it work. Jumia Travel shares 5 useful tips for working with family and friends.

Ask Yourself This Question

Before bringing a family or friend on board, you need to first ask yourself, “If your friend/family wasn’t your friend/family, would you think he/she was the best candidate for the job?”. If you must bring your friend or family aboard your business, you need to be totally sure it is worth it because it’s not going to be easy, so it has to at least be worth it.

Be Distinctive

Be distinctive about work and family, keep business discussions out of family and personal gatherings. If you must talk about work, let it be to just joke around and share funny work stories, it shouldn’t be anything too sensitive or critical.

Don’t Take Contracts Lightly

Contracts are particularly crucial when working with family and friends, because where sentiments might weaken your stand, a contract will help to give strength to it. If there is a ‘push-back’ while working with family or friends, a legally binding contract can easily help to bring everyone back on the same page. It’s best to have a contract to guide all critical and sensitive parts of the business (like the salary aspect etc.), so everything is well spelt out for everyone to understand without misinterpretation or being sentimental about it.

Properly and Clearly Define Everyone’s Roles

This is very important when working with family and friends. It is important that everyone knows their place in the business. Too often, people jump into a business without clearly defining the roles and extent of authority of each employee, especially with family businesses. Clearly and properly defining everyone’s roles in the business helps to keep employees from stepping on each other’s toes, prevents avoidable problems and keeps everyone focused on what they need to do.

Try Reworking Your Office Space

This can be especially helpful if you’re working with a spouse. Try to mix things up within the workplace and find ways to work remotely, so you’re not all in each other’s faces all the time. This can help to reduce some of the friction that might occasionally arise from working with family and friends.

6 Ways To Minimise Startup Risks

If you are the owner of a startup, you are definitely a risk-taker. The danger here is that you may become comfortable with taking a risk that you can sometimes ignore smart and simple ways to minimise the impact of any potential failure. In line with this, Jumia Travel highlights seven ways to reduce startup risks. Applying this will lessen the chances of your business failing.

Diversify your income

You must not depend on one source of income as a business man. The reason for having multiple sources is to cushion the effect of business failure.

Save more money

When you build a business, there is nothing more comforting than having a savings account. This will come handy when times are tough. Importantly, you should never go on a spending spree especially when your business is booming.

Do a market research

You must never start a business without doing a market research. This is will give you an idea of your target users/audience as well as determine the sustainability of your product.

Business forecast

You do not need superpowers to make a business forecast. There are basic things you can predict including when you are going to run out of cash, periods when turnover will slow and when you have to cut cost. If you cannot do this, you can employ an expert.

Work hard

As an entrepreneur, you have to work round-the-clock. Despite this, you have to ensure that you do not only work hard but work smarter. In addition, you must find a work-life balance to prevent entrepreneurial burnout.

Insure against risks

As a startup, the last thing you will think of is insurance. This is because you are probably bootstrapping to run your enterprise. Regardless, you should still insure your properties in case the business fails. It will prevent you from losing everything.

Amaechi: Buhari ordered connection of rails to 36 states, Abuja

Rotimi Amaechi, the Minister of Transportation, has disclosed that President Muhammadu Buhari ordered him and the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, to connect the 36 states of the federation and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) by rail.

Amaechi made the revelation during the 15th National Council on Transportation, NCT, in Sokoto.

He said, “The President called two of us, myself and my colleague in the Ministry of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola; and told me specifically that I must ensure that the 36 states including Abuja are connected by rail”.

He added that the ongoing rail projects in the country would create employment opportunity for the teeming youths.

He said that to grow the economy effectively and efficiently, the railway must be developed.
Amaechi said the federal government was on the verge of signing a contract agreement with General Electric for the rehabilitation of the rail lines across the country to ensure they are put to use in the very shortest time.

He further disclosed that government has ordered more Locomotives for the Standard Gauge rail lines.

Amaechi also said the President has given approval for the construction of Abuja-Itakpe rail line, while preparation is in top gear to commence activity on the Ajaokuta-Warri line which will be completed in June 2018.

King Eshemitan reveals why Urhobo monarchs walked out on Osinbajo

The traditional ruler of Oghara Kingdom, Delta State, King Noble Eshemitan, yesterday, revealed why Urhobo monarchs staged a walkout on Vice President Yemi Osinbajo during his fact-finding visit to the Niger Delta.

According to Eshemitan, Urhobo monarchs did so as an expression of anger over the consistent ‘disrespect’ they had endured from federal government officials.

Vanguard reports that the monarch, who addressed members of the Urhobo Progress Union (UPU) at the 2017 UPU America convention held in Chicago, USA, also took a swipe at some Urhobo sons involved in the leadership tussle that rocked UPU.

His words: “We were made to gather at the venue from 10a.m. to 5p.m., waiting for the Vice President, who, meanwhile, was visiting two ethnic nationalities that are neighbours of the Urhobo.

“When the Vice President eventually arrived, accompanied by the state governor, the Urhobo traditional rulers, including myself, staged a walk out.

“The governor came down begging us profusely. Why will any government assemble revered traditional rulers as early as 10a.m., for an event that finally commenced at 5p.m.?

“The truth is that the Urhobo and their leaders are not revered. Charity, they say, begins at home and we must, therefore, move beyond rhetoric and start according respect to our leaders by ourselves.

“Also, during the last administration of President Goodluck Jonathan, an Urhobo minister brought the then Vice President to Urhobo Kingdom for a thanksgiving ceremony.

“Instead of having the Vice President, on arrival, pay courtesy visit to the traditional ruler of the kingdom, the traditional ruler was asked to go to the stadium in the town of the traditional ruler to receive the Vice President.”