I love football. What I cherish most about the game of football is the way a team of 11 individuals work hand in hand to achieve a purpose,generally to score goals, win matches earn their pay and go home with trophies. There are strikers,defenders,midfielders and goal keepers,all having important roles to play for the collective success of the team. And this brings me to the issue of life. I have always loved the saying that life is like football. We all have wishes,dreams,aims,goals and objectives in life, but most times we try to achieve our desires all by ourselves or without a great team. Soon we find ourselves wondering why plans are not moving in the right direction. Business failures, marketing strategies not delivering great results but instead,consuming cash,time and energy. Something has got to give. All that stands in your way is a GREAT TEAM!You need to assemble your team and leverage your best minds to overcome the challenges that stand between you and your goals. You must know exactly who to call, like minded team players! Lot’s of people loved the movie “Ocean’s Eleven”. Ted Griffin the writer probably modeled Danny Ocean’s team after a football team. In the movie “Ocean’s Eleven”, Danny Ocean (George Clooney) plans to rob a Las Vegas Casino, so he assembles a team to help him. The team is comprised of a motley cast of characters, each of whom has a very specific skill set. On the surface, no one individual looks particularly impressive. But, in the aggregate, the compliment of different skills creates a team capable of overcoming an amazing amount of seemingly insurmountable obstacles. Danny Ocean is a smart chap. He knows exactly what he wants and what needs to be done. He clearly understands his own strengths and weaknesses. Furthermore, he recognizes the risks involved. He goes ahead to assemble the right team made up of people with the needed skills to get the job done. Together, they pull off one of the greatest, albeit fictional, heists of all times. This is just an illustration, you don’t need to plan to rob a casino or bank, but, it is important as a person with great ideas, to have a strong team made up of people with specific, unique skills needed to achieve desired objectives. If you are looking for the blue sky or hoping to solve a chronic challenge, you need a team that includes your Big Picture thinkers. These are folks who don’t allow their thinking to be constrained by current realities or perceived limits. People who see the Big Picture from the very start. It helps to have a contrary mind or two in the group. They can serve to ground your big picture thinkers, and challenge the assumptions being made by the group. Financiers are essential and very important, you need to have a strong financial backer because a lack of funds will always stall your projects, no matter how good an idea may be,without funding it will be dead on arrival. Techies too, don’t overlook them. Not only is information technology foundational to the success of almost any project in this cyber age,techies prove to be pretty good process thinkers in general. Strategists are important too. These are people who have proven to have a knack for critical thinking and developing the right strategies for every obstacle. Whatever is your mission,if you put all the people you need together to work in the right areas, and tackle specific challenges, the given outcome is definitely going to be impressive. That’s why you should have your best people involved. You want those on your team who are capable and equipped to assist you by helping to navigate to success. “How do we select our Ocean’s Eleven?”. That’s a task that’s worthy to be embarked upon. Come to think of it,even Jesus Christ assembled a team of 12 disciples.
Fear and uncertainty gripped residents of Asaba, Delta State as a threat letter giving Governor Ifeanyi Okowa a 72-hour ultimatum to withdraw his support for the ban on open grazing or risk the state capital being attacked was seen across the city. The letter dated 13th June 2021, and titled “Fulani Jihadist Warning: An Open Message of 2 Paragraphs To Delta State” was said to have been posted in strategic locations in the state capital including the fence of the Living Faith Church aka Winners Chapel at Infant Jesus Road in Asaba. It could be recalled that governors of the 17 southern states at its meeting in Asaba recently banned open grazing of cattle in the region but the ban was rejected by the Federal Government and the Attorney-General of the Federation, Mr. Abubakar Malami, who claimed the decision of the governors violates the rights of herdsmen to free movement. President Muhammadu Buhari also rejected the position of the governors and ordered for the restoration of the grazing routes across the country in an interview last Friday. The unsigned letter, threatened that Fulani Jihadist fighters will attack Asaba and Governor Okowa’s Agbor Town if he fails to withdraw his support for the ban on open grazing in the state. According to the letter: “this is to inform Delta state that the Fulani’s of Usman dan fodio leadership, shall do everything it can to uphold the legacy of our heritage of open grazing for we are nomadic people from origination and shall never negotiate the ownership of Nigeria and West Africa and Sub-Sahara. “We hereby demand the governor of Delta state to immediately withdraw is early stand for the call to barn open grazing in 17 regions in not less than 72hours from the above date and also, withdraw his position as the leading voice for the governors, as no occurrence we don’t have the first-hand information, even before the hosting of the South-south. South-east and South-south governors meeting in Asaba. “Failure to adhere to this demand for been the host of the 17 governors, Delta state, most likely the city of Asaba and Agbor, shall encounter severe consequences than that of Bornu, Kebbi, Kastina, Kaduna, Enugu, Benue, Oyo and many more that will not respect the Fulani’s heritage, as we take responsibility for the detonate explosive uncovered in the state capital secretariat, which should serve as warning to the Delta state government for what is to come, should the governor fail to abide to our demand. “We highly advice all Fulani’s and Northermers, including the security personnel to live Delta state as soon as possible for the wind of our action is now present in the land, for failure of the governor to adhere to our call, this shall live us with no choice.” When contacted, Acting Police Public Relations Officer, Delta State Command, DSP Bright Edafe confirmed to have seen the letter, saying the police are putting measures in place to avert any possible breakdown of law and order in the state capital and across the state. According to him, “the author of the letter failed to signed and unmasked his or her identity. As far as I am concern, it may be political. The painful part of it is that, they may have used indigenes to paste the purported letter across the state capital”.
In what could be described as a bizarre case of a modern day Jonah,a Massachusetts man diving off the coast of Cape Cod said that he was swallowed whole Friday morning by a humpback whale. “I was completely inside. It was completely black,” Michael Packard said. “I thought to myself, ‘There’s no way I’m getting out of here. I’m done, I’m dead.’” Packard, 56, works as a lobster diver, meaning he physically dives to the sea floor and picks lobsters off the bottom. He was working Friday morning when he surprisingly found himself impersonating Jonah, he said. “All of a sudden, I felt this huge shove and the next thing I knew it was completely black,” Packard said. “I could sense I was moving, and I could feel the whale squeezing with the muscles in his mouth.” Packard spent about 30 seconds in the whale’s mouth before it surfaced and spit him out, he said in a Facebook post. His work partner, Josiah Mayo, boated over and picked him out of the water. Packard suffered several soft tissues injuries but no broken bones, and was released from a local hospital by Friday afternoon. First responders confirmed that they got a 911 call about a whale incident Friday morning. Experts say that humpback whales usually avoid people, and this one probably gobbled up Packard by mistake.
President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday commissioned the Lagos-Ibadan Railway project. The commissioning took place at the Railway Station in Ebute-Metta. The 157 kilometer Lagos-Ibadan standard gauge railway covers the southwestern states of Lagos, Ogun and Oyo. In a statement by the Special Adviser to the President, Femi Adesina, Buhari described the feat ‘‘as another milestone in the drive of this administration to revitalize the railway system and establish it as a choice mode of transportation for both passengers and freight.’’ The construction of the Lagos-Ibadan standard gauge railway began in 2017 and was expected to be completed in three years but readjustments to the initial construction plans, especially extension to the Apapa Port, effects of the coronavirus and other factors altered the timeline. The project is estimated to have cost the federal government and partners more than 1.53 billion dollars.
President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday received Nigeria’s first indigenously made cell phones known as ITF Mobile. The presentation of the cell phone to the president was made by the Minister of Industry, trade and Investment, Adeniyi Adebayo, before the commencement of Wednesday’s Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting in Abuja. Adebayo, while presenting the cell phone to the president noted that 11 other phones have been produced. He said: “Twelve indigenous mobile cell phones produced by the Model Skills Training Centre of the Industrial Training Fund; an agency under the Ministry of Industry Trade and Investment, were launched. “It gives me great pleasure Mr President, to present you with one of the phones.” According to him, the phones were produced using locally sourced components, by the Electrical/Electronics Technology Department of the Industrial Training Fund’s (ITF) Model Skills Training Centre.