Sack Peseiro from Super Eagles job now, 3 sports writers urge NFF

Three sports journalists based in Abuja on Sunday urged the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) to relieve Jose Peseiro of his Super Eagles Head Coach job before it is too late.They made the call following the Eagles’ 0-1 loss to Guinea Bissau on Friday…

Three sports journalists based in Abuja on Sunday urged the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) to relieve Jose Peseiro of his Super Eagles Head Coach job before it is too late.

They made the call following the Eagles’ 0-1 loss to Guinea Bissau on Friday in a 2023 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifier at the Moshood Abiola Stadium in Abuja.

Romanus Ugwu, a sports writer and an Assistant Editor with the Sun Newspaper, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that retaining Peseiro was like holding on to expired drug.

“There is nothing we can do unless the NFF takes action, but if you ask me, I will automatically ask for the sack of Peseiro because he has not given us anything.

“Subsequently I will have to decide whether to watch Super Eagles match. I can’t be devastated like this all the time after Super Eagles match.

“I have learnt not to invest emotions in the team because I know that certainly they will disappoint.

“I am not surprised with the outcome of the game but I expected that after we lost the World Cup ticket to Ghana, that we are going to see something else.

“All of a sudden, we are seeing thunder striking twice at the same place,” Ugwu said.

For Ndubueze Chidoka, Chairman of a faction of the FCT Chapter of Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN), noted that everything about the country’s football was on the decline.

“I am disappointed that the Eagles could not fly considering the fact that we are nursing the pain of not qualifying for the World Cup when Ghana came to deny us the ticket at this same venue.

“And many football fans were looking up to the Super Eagles to make up in subsequent matches.

“It was unfortunate that the Super Eagles lost to Guinea Bissau barely 42 hours after the under-23 team drew against Guinea.

“This is a humiliation. The worst would have been a draw. For Guinea to come here and defeat us means that we don’t have a team and a coach.

“Everything about our football is going down drastically and something urgent must be done,” Chidoka said.

A former chairman of FCT SWAN, Victor Iroele, on his part said a lot of factors contributed to the team’s lacklustre performance in recent times.

Iroele noted that weather and the pitch could be contributing factors to the poor show of the team.

But he added that the technical crew had a lot of work to do if they would be retained

“NFF needs to apply the big stick if necessary, to save the country from further embarrassing outings and to ensure the country did not miss the AFCON ticket, the way it missed the World Cup ticket.”

Source: News Agency of Nigeria

Twin penalty strikes earn Rangers Int’l 2-1 win over Bayelsa Utd in Awka

Rangers Int’l FC of Enugu on Sunday secured the three points at stake in their Day 10 match in the 2022/2022 abridged national league encounter with Bayelsa Utd at the Awka Township Stadium.The visitors from Yenagoa had gone ahead through Alax Oyowah …

Rangers Int’l FC of Enugu on Sunday secured the three points at stake in their Day 10 match in the 2022/2022 abridged national league encounter with Bayelsa Utd at the Awka Township Stadium.

The visitors from Yenagoa had gone ahead through Alax Oyowah in the 36th minute after absorbing a number of attacks by the hosts.

But Rangers returned to parity through a penalty through Godwin Obaje in the 48th minute and later went ahead in the 87th minute when Chidera Ezeh curled a spot kick into the net.

The victory which is the first after the break, placed the Flying Antelopes on seventh position on the log of the Group B after three wins, three draws and four loses in the National Professional Football League (NPFL).

In a post-match press conference, Rangers Coach Mbwas Mangut described the victory as hard fought and well deserved.

Mangut said his team remained a work in progress as their performance wasn’t the best they could offer while pouring encomiums on the competitive prowess of the visitors.

He said they placed more emphasis on garnering more points in their away games and ensuring that they do not drop any point at home.

Source: News Agency of Nigeria

FCT senator unveils N2.8bn constituency projects

Sen. Philip Aduda (PDP-FCT) has unveiled constituency projects worth N2.8 billion across the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).Aduda, also Senate Minority Leader, inspected the projects across various wards of Bwari and Abuja Municipal Area Council ( AM…

Sen. Philip Aduda (PDP-FCT) has unveiled constituency projects worth N2.8 billion across the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

Aduda, also Senate Minority Leader, inspected the projects across various wards of Bwari and Abuja Municipal Area Council ( AMAC) aimed at improving the living condition of the people at the weekend.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the projects included the 6 kilometres N1.4 billion Global Suite Road in Sabon Gari Area of Bwari

Others were the N1.4 billion road in Nyanya which passed through the Divisional Police Headquarters, Area F among others.

He also the 1.5 kilometres Government Secondary School Kuduru Road with street light, and expansive multipurpose Ttwn hall in Kuduru ward in Bwari Area Council.

Aduda also inspected the 2.2 Kilometres internal road project in Gbazango , Kubwa ward and the Byhazin Across Road in Kubwa.

Speaking shortly after, the senator said that he decided to unveil the projects even after losing election for posterity.

“I did it for posterity and to knock off the argument or remarks by some people that I didn’t do anything within the last 20 years as a representative of FCT residents at the National Assembly.

“I want to be remembered for been very modest about some of my achievements which is infrastructural development.

” I have also realised that sometimes, if you don’t say what you are doing people will wonder what you have done and people will wonder and people will not know except the immediate benefiting communities.

“What I have done is to take you round the projects I have done within the past few years and some people will wonder that within the past 20 years what have you been able to do,” Aduda said.

He added: “The more you stay as a legislator the more you have opportunities to be able to attract so many things that are developmental to your people.

” For me, the more a person gets reelected into the National Assembly, the more he or she garners experience and needed contacts for facilitation of development – driven projects to his or her constituency as I have done for the people of FCT within the last 20years.”

Some residents interviewed expressed sadness over the failure of the Senator to secure his reelection bid at the Feb. 25 general election, as he lost to the candidate of the Labour Party (LP), Ireti Kingibe.

Mr Dauda Babalola, a resident, said that the infrastructure development brought about by the Senator was unequalled especially in Jikwoyi.

Similarly, Chief Imam of Pipeline Mosque in Gbazango , Kubwa Ward , Kassim Abdallah urged the senator not to despair over the outcome of the election saying that the Almighty God would continue to grant him the grace to serve the people and communities alike.

” For us in this area, you are a worthy ambassador of the masses and downtrodden in government.

“The relief brought to us by the construction of Gbazango Pipeline Road is so enormous and we pray that it will manifest in success for you in all your endeavors,” he said.

Source: News Agency of Nigeria

Banks pay old notes, ration new to customers in Ibadan

Banks across Ibadan, the Oyo state capital, opened their doors to customers to withdraw cash and transact other financial transactions in line with the directives of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that long …

Banks across Ibadan, the Oyo state capital, opened their doors to customers to withdraw cash and transact other financial transactions in line with the directives of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that long queues were witnessed within the banking premises as customers besieged the financial institutions for transactions.

It was also observed that old notes were issued to customers, as new Naira notes was still being rationed to them.

NAN also reports that most banks operated between 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. with customers taking turns accessing the banking hall to collect mostly old notes.

In several locations, long queues of customers trying to make withdrawals were recorded, with some of them expressing relief of getting their money after months of scarcity.

Bankers told NAN that the Naira supply situation was expected to gradually ease out within the week and beyond as the CBN had matched its word with action.

Some of the customers told NAN that with the withdrawal limits on both old and new Naira notes, they may be forced to face more hard times ahead.

Mr Olaniyi Olawuyi, expressed joy that banks operated during the weekend as he was able to withdraw cash, after long months.

“I was at my bank for financial transactions, although, there were old notes that I withdrew from the Automated Teller Machines, (ATM) but the most joyful thing is that there was no queue at all, while the cash limit remains N10,000.

“But in other places, long queues were visible as customers lined up in front of the banking hall and ATM,” Olawuyi said.

Mrs Adurayemi Ojeyemi said there were queues where she had gone to withdraw, but expressed optimism that the hardship would reduce after sometimes.

“I saw long queues in some other banks, but I thought things would be better than what they had been some months back.

“I have been coping at this time by collecting cash from market sellers and so far that has been my way out of this present predicament,” Ojeyemi said.

Mr Mayowa Olayinka said that long queues were experienced in the morning, but gradually eased out towards evening as fewer people were seen on queue at most ATM points.

Olayinka said that many people preferred to queue than pay a certain amount on every withdrawal for PoS agents.

“Different banks have different withdrawal limits from N2,000 up to N20,000, but they are old notes. I still wonder why the new notes are scarce.

“But it is a thing of joy that the CBN has decided to make more cash available for Nigerians,” he said.

Ms Lizzy Adelaide decried situation that many banks stopped attending to customers before 4:00 pm, which was the closing hours set by the banks.

She, however, commended the innovations and ingenuity of some banks that have provided other means of attending to their customers’ complaints.

NAN reports that the CBN directives on weekend banking came a few weeks after the Supreme Court ruling on the case of the redesign of the notes.

Source: News Agency of Nigeria

New Seychellois resort manager Vanessa Albest: “You start at the bottom to develop skills”

Seychellois Vanessa Albest has been appointed resort manager of Mango House Seychelles, LXR Hotels & Resorts, a five-star tourism establishment located in the southern district of Baie-Lazare that belongs to the Hilton Resorts and Hotels Group. She wi…

Seychellois Vanessa Albest has been appointed resort manager of Mango House Seychelles, LXR Hotels & Resorts, a five-star tourism establishment located in the southern district of Baie-Lazare that belongs to the Hilton Resorts and Hotels Group. She will work alongside the German general manager, Britta Krug.

Albest started her career in 2008 with the Seychelles Tourism Academy and was employed in 2012 with Hilton Silhouette Labriz Resort.

As one of the graduates from Shannon College of Hotel Management, Ireland, who has taken a managerial position, she met with President Wavel Ramkalawan on Thursday, to talk to her about her achievements.

The Seychelles Tourism Academy and Shannon College have a longstanding agreement for the education of tourism professionals, and Albest is the first Shannon graduate who has reached has such a high-level position at a hotel.

SNA met with Albest to learn more about her discussions with the President and her own personal journey.

SNA: Congratulations on your new appointment. Tell us more about your discussions with the President.

VA: The President congratulated me on my career path, and he appreciates the fact that I have raised the Seychelles flag and made Seychelles proud. During our conversation, we talked about putting emphasis on the growth of Seychellois workers in the tourism industry and raising our standards which will bring in more clients since tourism is the pillar of the economy.

SNA: Did you talk about the promotion of Shannon College graduates in the tourism industry?

VA: The President has informed me that there is a batch of students that have just graduated and they are coming back to Seychelles. The government is sending their curriculum vitae (CV) to all the hotels. Where ever there is an opportunity they will be allocated, but bear in mind that it doesn’t mean that they will be a manager right away.

SNA: Now for your own personal journey. What caught your interest in the tourism field?

VA: I didn’t know what I wanted to do when I finished secondary school, I just went along with the subjects I was good at, I did my A Levels and when I looked at the list of scholarships, all I knew was that I needed to be in a field where I get to work with people. I saw the ‘hotellerie” [hotel business] which I was more interested in so I did my research, all of its advantages and disadvantages and I accepted it before I began my journey. When I started my studies at the STA, I was surprised that I actually loved it, so I never looked back. I completed my studies, then I started a career at Hilton, and grew, acquired experience in various countries, in different departments, and today I’m here.

SNA: Where else has your journey taken you?

VA: When I left Seychelles in 2018, I went to Hilton Sharjah in Dubai for nine months, I worked as a front office manager in charge of housekeeping. After that I went to Hilton Addis Abba in Ethiopia as an operations manager, this was one of Hilton’s biggest hotels in Africa with 372 rooms. I spent two and a half years there. After that I came back to Seychelles, I worked with Hilton Labriz as an operations manager – I did nine months. Now I’m a resort manager at Mango House and I am overseeing the whole hotel operation.

SNA: What message do you have for the young girls who are still choosing their career path?

VA: Tourism is a vocation. You need to be passionate about it, it’s not something you do because you don’t have a choice, and you will get discouraged and walk away.

In the hotel industry, you will meet angry clients, you need to have patience and determination. There are certain jobs in housekeeping that are tiring physically. You need to be aware of all of that when choosing this career path.

Tourism is an exciting career, once you’ve made up your mind you need to go with it and do it to the best of your ability because when tourists come to Seychelles, we are the ones serving them, so we have to serve them well so that they come back.

SNA: How was your climb from you where you started to where you are now?

VA: It’s not an easy path, you will encounter a lot of challenges but in the end, it’s what you want that matters. If you know that you want to become a general manager, then you will have to go through it all, because it will empower you to become good enough to handle anything that comes your way in such a position.

Challenges are there to build you up so that you can become stronger. For example, in my case, I have climbed up the career ladder really fast, and I lacked leadership skills, and that takes time. In the beginning, I struggled, but later on, I got the hang of it.

People must realise that the reason you start at the bottom is for you to develop skills and most importantly leadership skills. You need to work with people at different levels, in order to know how to manage them later. This is the main challenge that any leader faces.

SNA: How do you feel about leading the team at Mango House?

VA: I’m excited and my colleagues too are proud that they now have a Seychellois in higher management. The plan is to work together to raise Mango House to a higher level in terms of engagement, teamwork and clients’ standard.

Source: Seychelles News Agency

Creole novel ‘Justin’ is launched as Seychellois environmentalist turns author

A new documentary-styled book in Creole entitled “Justin” from well-known Seychellois environmentalist Selby Remy was launched earlier this week at the National Museum of History in Victoria.”Justin” is the story of a man called Justin Zialor told fro…

A new documentary-styled book in Creole entitled “Justin” from well-known Seychellois environmentalist Selby Remy was launched earlier this week at the National Museum of History in Victoria.

“Justin” is the story of a man called Justin Zialor told from the perspective of Remy since he wanted to write about the facts as told to him from various sources with connection to Justin.

In his presentation, Remy said that “Justin is purely fiction and is based on a banker who was rich but ended up on the streets.”

The story is based on superstition and Remy said he chose that theme “because superstition is a reality in our society and has an actual real-life resonance within the lives of Seychellois.”

He said that this book will interest the public because he has incorporated humour and mystery with the aim to entertain all age groups.

Remy said he wrote about the character Justin from information he had garnered after speaking to several people and in his summary, describes himself as having become “obsessed’ with Justin.

He explained that he wrote the story in documentary style and that it does not only relate to superstition and human behaviour but that it “mixes with drugs and crimes which blurs the line between reality and the supernatural.”

According to the author, Remy got so involved in the book that he “becomes part of the story despite his good intention…”

Present at the book launch was his mother Lucy Remy, who was overwhelmed by emotions, and said she was very proud that her son has been able to realise one of his dreams.

Mandy Bertin, who has had the opportunity to read the book, described it as very interesting.

“It is truly a good depiction of us, our beliefs and our society’s issues. It is quite witty which makes you keep on reading. I would definitely recommend it,” she said.

“Justin” will be on sale at the Antigone bookshop as well as at the National Museum of History and can also be bought directly from the author.

Remy shared that his second work of fiction may be launched within the next couple of months as he is already working on it.

Source: Seychelles News Agency