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first_imgNetOn 9 May 2000 in Personnel Today RecruitmentBy Internet standards, this is big business so there are more recruitmentsites on the Internet than you can shake a stick at. In the UKwww.totaljobs.com claims to contain more jobs in more sectors than any other UKsite. Handy features include a salary checker where HR people can compare theirown salaries with national averages.If you are looking for a consultancy or agency, take a look at TheRecruitment Yearbook’s web site. It is not particularly friendly, but at leastit is free. The Recruitment and Employment Federation web site has a similar servicewhere you can search for member companies.The Employment Service’s web site is a bit of a damp squib, but you can findyour nearest JobCentre there.Appointing a director? The Companies House web site features a DisqualifiedDirectors Register.www.lifestyle.co.uk/bh.htm www.companies-house.gov.uk www.computerweekly.com www.employmentservice.gov.ukwww.gisajob.co.uk www.jobserve.co.uk www.jobstosuityou.co.uk www.jobsunlimited.co.uk www.jobworld.co.uk www.londoncareers.net www.monster.co.uk www.peoplebank.com www.recruitment-yearbook.co.ukwww.rec.uk.com www.stepstone.co.uk www.totaljobs.com www.workfinder.co.uk Occupational healthWorried about dangerous pathogens? Everything you ever wanted to know aboutLegionnaires’ disease and more can be found in the free leaflets at the Health& Safety Executive’s web site as well as statistics and news of currentcampaigns and upcoming events.There is also an Institution of Occupational Safety & Health web sitewhich although mostly for members does give access to a couple (literally) ofuseful information sheets and is planning to put its register of memberson-line so you can search for an occupational health consultant.There is a European Agency for Health and Safety at work web site where youcan find information about good practice, research and statistics with aEuropean angle.www.europe.osha.eu.int/ www.hse.gov.uk www.iosh.co.uk PensionsIf you thought pensions was a dull area, the Pensions Management Institute’sweb site will confirm your worst fears, but if it is an area you are involvedin at least the press release site will help keep you abreast of key issues. The Financial Services Authority also has a staid, but rather moreinformative approach. Go take a look to set yourself straight on pensionregulations and enforcement information.www.pensions-pmi.org.uk www.fsa.gov.uk EducationIf you are recruiting from local schools, look at the Ofsted site to findout what chance your potential employees have to get a decent education. The Association of Colleges has a web site, but it’s really for colleges andit proclaims, as though it has been asked a hundred times before, “The AoCdoes NOT hold information on the individual courses that are offered bycolleges of Further Education.” Well, perhaps it should.It continues, “For this, individuals are advised to look in their locallibraries for college prospectuses and directories, or contact collegesdirectly.” Hello? Anyone there?www.aoc.co.uk www.ofsted.gov.uk TeleworkingWe are getting down to the nitty gritty here, but teleworking is amuch-overlooked area which is on the increase and about which there isn’t muchsupport. If you are looking for information in this area try the European TeleworkDevelopment web site, the Telework, Telecottage and Telecentre Association, orthe IOSH’s information. www.eto.org.uk/etd/index.htmwww.iosh.co.uk/inform/datasheet/telework.htmlwww.tca.org.uk Links Finally, if you haven’t found what you really need in these humble pages,there are several places on the Web where even the most demanding HR person canfind what they are looking for. At Nottingham Trent University Business School a gentleman called Ray Lyemaintains an incredible collection of links to largely UK sites arranged undersuch topics as research, HR jobs around the world, consultants and HRpublications. Ray’s list also encourages feedback so the list of sites grows ascontributors update it with new ideas. The resulting freshness and diversitymakes it a great jumping off point for general research although Ray’s breadthof scope does lead to some fairly esoteric entries – anyone for “HR in theAlberta Government”?There is an extensive list of places to ponder atwww.king.ac.uk/~bs_s467/content.htm – not quite as esoteric as Ray’s selection,but the greater UK focus means that it is often more relevant, if a littlebiased towards academia rather than life on the HR front line.www.king.ac.uk/~bs_s467/content.htmwww.nbs.ntu.ac.uk/staff/lyerj/hrm_link.htm Previous Article Next Article Northern Ireland Assembly: www.ni-assembly.gov.ukGeneral businessEverything you need to know about companies and business is on the web, frombasic registration information on the Companies House web site to advice andcampaigning for organisations of all sizes. The most interesting stuff on many web sites such as the Federation of SmallBusinesses is “members only”, but there’s a surprising amount ofinformation freely available. The CBI’s site, for example, is smart and ofteninformative. It features information about the CBI’s benchmarking programme,but the most fun is to be derived from choosing the whiniest “hottopic”. From the tone, you would wonder any business survives in the UK atall.Slightly less whiny is the Institute of Directors site which although usefulfor finding out what your directors are probably losing sleep over, isotherwise horribly commercial for such an august body.Most business networks have a presence on the web, but if you go to theBritish Chambers of Commerce web site don’t be surprised if you can’t find anyreference to your local chamber. Apparently not all Chambers of Commerce areaccredited.www.britishchambers.co.uk www.cbi.org.uk www.companies-house.gov.uk www.fsb.org.uk www.iod.co.uk Campaigning bodiesIf your business has a conscience, visit the Business in the Community website. This organisation is concerned with improving, measuring and reportingthe impact that businesses have on their environment, workplace, marketplaceand community, as well as tackling disadvantage and create enterprisingcommunities. For a campaigning organisation, there is disappointingly littleinformation here though.It is a similar story at the web site of the RSA or, to give them their fulltitle, The Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufacturers andCommerce. Founded in 1754, it aims to create a civilised society based on asustainable economy. One of its current projects is the Forum for Ethics in theWorkplace in collaboration with the Comino Foundation, but there is preciouslittle content on the site.A much livelier site is that of the Campaign for Learning where you can findout about forthcoming initiatives such as Learning at Work Day. You can evenget tips from Dame Judi Dench who must have learned many things in her career,albeit mostly lines. “I’m certain that, above all, learning should be fun.I think that learning at work is something that we probably think we all do,but sometimes we get stuck in a rut and, without realising it, forget to learnsomething new and different.” So there you go.Another campaigning body is The Industrial Society whose aim is to improveworking life. For a charity, it has a pretty commercial site and there is notmuch in the way of free stuff, but check the What’s New section for an insightinto hot work topics.www.bitc.org.uk www.campaign-for-learning.org.ukwww.indsoc.co.uk InstitutesThe best part of the Institute of Management’s site is Management Link whichprovides links to a bewildering number of sites on the Internet. Whether youare looking for professional organisations, government resources, smallbusiness resources or company information, this is a good and well-organisedplace to start.On the other hand, no-one could accuse the Institute for Supervision andManagement of frittering away its members’ dues on flashy design.www.ismstowe.demon.co.uk is quite appalling.The Institute of Personnel & Development is smart and contained. If youare a member, there is a wealth of resource to be found here. It is clearlylaid out with news and features culled from People Management for the UKprofessional. But it is not the best site for job searching, and it is true that a lot ofthe information will be old news to IPD members but for hard pressed IPDerslooking to refresh their memories in a hurry the site is easily navigated anduncluttered. Its People Management site has a useful archive facility.If you want flashing pictures of empty training rooms, you can do no betterthan visit the Institute of IT Training’s web site, but look past these visualnon sequiteurs and you will find a host of useful stuff such as organisationalstandards and competence frameworks for on-line trainers. The Institute of Training and Occupational Learning is only a few months oldso its web site doesn’t tell you much except how to join.www.iitt.org.uk www.inst-mgt.org.uk www.ipd.co.uk www.itol.co.uk Employee relationsMost of the unions have their own web sites these days and their URLs arepretty intuitive. But if you cannot find what you are looking for there is apretty overwhelming international list of trade unions on the world wide web atwww.fnv.nl/~Marcel/unionsen.html – looking for a Cuban union, anyone?The TUC’s web site is organised into a virtual building constructed aroundendless floors, corridors, rooms and even folders which seems to miss one ofthe major points of the web really. You really do have to work hard to findwhat you want here and walking virtual corridors is at least as tiring aswalking real ones, and much less interesting. However, this web site containsuseful information which, on the whole, is freely available. For example, thereis loads of data on labour market trends.At the Acas web site you can view on-line versions of a variety of adviceleaflets and “getting it right” guides on topics such as lay-offs,short-time working, varying contracts of employment, discipline at work and soon.www.acas.org.uk www.fnv.nl/~Marcel/unionsen.htmlwww.msf.org.uk www.tgwu.org.uk www.unison.org.uk www.tuc.org.uk EuropeNot as in “that land mass off the coast of Britain” but as in”those bureaucrats in Brussels”. The EU’s web site is rather like theEU itself – large, bewildering, unaesthetic and incredibly difficult tonavigate. Thankfully a site map is currently under construction which mightmake life easier. To its credit, it does have a reasonably helpful searchengine.The European Commission Representation in the UK’s web site is a good firstport of call. It is easy to navigate and you will find the links you’re aftermuch more quickly this way.Visit the Federation of European Employers’ web site and you will findyourself presented with one of my favourite pages. It’s the FEE’s code ofpractice and starts with the subheading “Preamble”. Made me want toread it. Anyway, this is apparently “the web site for progressiveemployers operating in Europe”. Worth dropping into for recent ECJjudgements and some good links. Best of all are the Country Briefings, whichcover things such as health and safety and working time. So if you everwondered what the minimum wage in Lithuania was, this is the place to find it(it’s 430 Litas per month, by the way).European information is scattered all over the place. There is an entire website devoted to vocational training in Europe at www.trainingvillage.gr whichis organised, in the loosest sense of the word, as a village complete withvillage hall, library and “chat pub”. And a surprising number of culde sacs. If nothing else, it – like the TUC’s site – provides a great objectlesson in how unhelpful analogies can be when organising virtual worlds. European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training: www.cedefop.gr  European Court of Justice: http://europa.eu.int/cj/en/index.htmEuropean Parliament: www.europarl.eu.int/sg/tree/en/default.htm www.ilo.org  www.shrm.org Pay and rewardThe Incomes Data Services site is commercial, but generous enough to publishnot only headline figures from its research into pay rates, but also links tokey data at the Office of National Statistics. So you can readily find suchinformation as UK average earnings and UK employment without having to navigatethe rather overwhelming ONS site.The Inland Revenue’s site is pretty basic but highly navigable with loads ofinformation on handling tax, access to publications and featured areas on hot(by taxation standards) topics such as the dreaded forthcoming IR35regulations.Surprisingly you can also have fun here, by looking at the Tax-exemptHeritage Assets database. The database gives details of assets which areexempted from capital taxes providing that their owners give the public accessto those assets on request, so if you are feeling mischievous, you can get intouch with lots of rich people and demand to see their Picassos.www.lowpay.gov.uk  www.lowpay.gov.uk/lowpay/rep_pubs.htm Comments are closed. center_img www.cec.org.uk www.euen.co.uk  http://europa.eu.int www.trainingvillage.gr Equality and diversity The Equal Opportunities Commission’s web site is not the most elegant youwill visit, and the on-line advice is disappointingly sketchy. At one stage Iclicked on “advice” and got a message saying, “The page cannotbe found”. Still, the press releases provide a good source of informationabout recent cases and changes in legislation.There is no colour bar on the Commission for Racial Equality’s web site –turquoise, orange, blue, red, they are all indiscriminately represented. Thisis a site for sore eyes, but it does have useful information about recent courtjudgements and sources of sound advice on issues such as “Why Keep EthnicRecords?” which you can download.Opportunity Now (formerly Opportunity 2000) is principally a campaigning website aimed at promoting women in the workplace. It’s a bit lightweight, but hasuseful facts and figures tucked away in the press releases.If you want to explore diversity issues in greater depth, visit the AmericanInstitute for Managing Diversity web site, where you will get a more academic,but quite comprehensive slant on things.www.aimd.org www.cre.gov.uk www.eoc.org.uk www.opportunitynow.org.uk Qualifications and awarding bodiesIf you find the UK’s qualification system bewildering, and you have time todevote to sorting it out in your head, visit the Qualifications and CurriculumAuthority web site. The QCA is the amalgamation of the former National Councilfor Vocational Qualifications (NCVQ) and the School Curriculum and AssessmentAuthority (SCAA) which apparently provides it with “a unique overview ofcurriculum, assessment and qualifications across the whole of education andtraining”. This site can tell you about academic and vocationalqualifications including key skills, basic skills, A-levels and NVQs, plus theodd bit of interesting research.www.city-and-guilds.co.uk  www.nebsmgt.co.ukwww.qca.org.uk Research bodies and business schoolsMost of the research institutes have highly commercial web sites and to getmuch detailed information, you will have to put your virtual hand in yourpocket and use a real credit card. For top line statistics and findings, thepress releases sections of most of these sites provide useful free information.Nevertheless the Institute for Employment Studies web site provides quiteextensive on-line summaries of each of its reports so you can establish whetheror not they are relevant before you order them on-line. Latest reports covertopics such as graduate recruitment, linking HR performance to businessstrategy and Learning in Later Life: Motivation and Impact.If you are looking for a business school, the Association of BusinessSchools site contains a list of members with links to their sites, but youdon’t get any clues about what each offers, so it’s a bit of a trawl. Muchbetter, if you are looking for an MBA, is the Association of MBAs web sitewhich has a “search for an MBA to suit your needs” facility allowingyou to search by both location and study mode.www.employment-studies.co.ukwww.mba.org.uk www.the-abs.org.uk Training, development and learningAs you might expect, there is loads of government and quango stuff on theWeb to support the various initiatives to promote lifelong learning. The sitewith the widest perspective is the DfEE’s UK Lifelong Learning site whichbrands itself “the leading web site for the encouragement, promotion anddevelopment of lifelong learning”. It is primarily aimed at individuals,but if lifelong learning is your thing, then this site provides a usefulcollection of DfEE resources from green papers to the latest report from theNational Advisory Group for Continuing Education and Lifelong Learning tocareer development loans.If you are still wondering what the University for Industry is all about,take a look at its web site which has been much improved of late.The Investors in People UK site, on the other hand, is annoyinglydisjointed, forcing you to move back and forth (particularly irritating in theWhat’s New section). But if you want an update on the revised IIP standards,for example, this is a place to look. Then for added fun, look at the National Advisory Council for Education andTraining Targets (Nacett) web site to see how far away Britain is fromachieving its IIP targets. This web site is smart and neat, but not very friendlyfor roaming around, downloading or printing stuff.For the latest verdicts on the delivery of work based training, check outthe Training Standards Council web site where you can read about the success orotherwise of New Deal and NVQs. The site lets you view summaries of reports onproviders online, or you download the entire report to get all the dirt.Catch ’em while you can. Find your local Tec (but little else) at the TecNational Council’s site. As one door closes, another opens, and the web site of the NTO NationalCouncil reflects the optimism of these winners of the Government’s shake-up.Its web site goes much further than letting you contact your industry’s NTO.Very on the ball, this site has complete listings of consultation and policy documentsand provides useful information about what’s going on.If you are looking to source a training provider, there are plenty ofon-line directories such as www.worldoftraining.com and Personnel Today’swww.pdn.co.ukwww.iipuk.co.uk www.lifelonglearning.co.uk www.nacett.org.uk www.nto-nc.org www.ufiltd.co.uk www.pdn.co.uk www.tec.co.uk/tecnc www.tsc.gov.uk www.worldoftraining.com Training and technologyIf you’re a training techie, there are plenty of useful sites on the Webjust for you. The Technologies for Training site for example is funded by theDfEE and provides information and advice about applications of technology-basedtraining. It has quite a groovy “briefings” section where you candownload advice on topics such as Choosing an Authoring System or CostEffectiveness of TBT in a variety of formats (www, rtf and doc). The Forum for Technology in Training, whose mission is about “advancingbusiness performance through the effective application of technology intraining”, does a similar sort of thing, but unless you are a member,there’s nothing for you here. Same disappointing story at The Association of Computer-based Training(Tact) web site. Now with the tag “the eLearning network”, thisassociation “committed to helping members make effective use of technologyin training” means what it says. Members only.The Institute of IT Training’s web site is worth a visit to get ideas forcompetencies and standards in this area.www.iitt.org.uk www.tact.org.uk www.tft.co.uk Overseas institutes, bodies and associationsIn writing this feature, we have deliberately filtered out the US factor tocompensate for the dominance of US content, but just to show that PersonnelToday retains a global perspective there is room to mention The InternationalAssociation for Human Resource Information Management (IHRIM) and it is morefar reaching strategic scope, so if you are following the Web mantra of”think global, act local” then take a peek at the IHRIM site. Another good international site is that of the US Society for Human ResourceManagement.The fabulous American Society for Training & Development has a quitegenerous site. Even non-members can take part in on-line discussion groups or”communities” on topics such as evaluation and ROI and learningtechnologies.There is also an Institute for International Human Resources site, butunless you are a member, it is pretty useless.To challenge your own parochialism, pay regular visits to the InternationalLabour Organization’s web site where you can read articles about child labourand other equally depressing titles such as Asian Women: Last Hired, FirstFired and Aids in the World of Work – In Search of a Social Vaccine.www.astd.org www.ihrim.org/about/index.cfm If you still think the only way the Web impacts on HR is in work hours lostto employee surfing, then it’s time to look at the range of HR-oriented sitesout there. From recruitment to news to tools, it can all be found on the Web.There is even a painless and Paxman-free means of getting information out ofthe Government. Andrew Rogers and Steve Shipside take a look at what’s on-linefor the personnel professionalPersonnel TodayThis links to the magazine’s on-line directory pdn which carries informationon learning providers to the HR market; gives access to HR jobs on-line viatotaljobs.com and features a useful list of software tools for character assessmentand psychometrics.www.pdn.co.uk www.personneltoday.netwww.totaljobs.comHR networks and communitiesSomething the Web does extremely well is host communities and networks wherepeople can exchange information, advice, best practice, get the most obscure ofquestions answered and even overcome feelings of isolation.The HR Network is a UK-centric HR news source that distinguishes itself witha well-designed search engine that lets you trawl for HR news and developmentsby category or keyword. Curiously, this clarity and simplicity is at odds withthe needless animation and eye-candy frippery of the ShockWave (animated)version of the site. That said, at least it offers the option of anon-ShockWave version from the start. TrainingZone is a particularly thorough on-line community. As well asoffering news, jobs, on-line discussion groups, and an “any answers”section, it has a handy directory of consultants, trainers and venues. Itspublisher, Sift, has recently launched an HRZone.www.hrnetwork.co.uk www.trainingzone.co.uk Government departmentsThis is truly an area where the Web comes into its own. Given the legendarydifficulty involved in extracting accurate information from HMG, the Blairiteadministration’s commitment to getting government on-line really pays dividendsfor those looking for clarification on the latest regulations regarding suchthings as pensions, or forthcoming employment legislation. If you are at all unsure about legislation, whether proposed or implemented,then your first port of call should be the DAG site (Direct Action Government).DAG is a dry but reassuringly complete guide to what the House of Commons hasdreamed up for you at work. This “one-stop shop for business to access regulatory guidance andforms published on government web sites” has a wealth of HR-relevantinformation under “employment”.Another primary entry point to the machinations of Government iswww.open.gov.uk which has a fascinating organisational index where you can findjust about every public sector body from the Air Training Corps to Cyngor SirYnys Mon (Anglesey County Council). Another basic entry point is the CentralOffice of Information. If you are after statistics, try the Office of National Statistics sitewhich, with a little effort, should help fill in the gaps on that PowerPointpresentation. More self-consciously upbeat and colourful is the DfEE’s web site. Here youcan find everything you never wanted to know about Individual LearningAccounts, Modern Apprenticeships, Career Development Loans and the myriad ofother initiatives. To find what you want you may find yourself having to use analphabetically arranged site index or an over zealous search engine, but thecurrent flavours of the month are always well signposted.Altogether better arranged is the DTI’s site but there are a number ofshortcuts if you know what it is you are after. For example, one of the mostuseful areas is www.dti.gov.uk/er/regs.htm where you can find a series ofemployment rights factsheets covering areas such as disability discriminationin employment, itemised pay statements, maternity rights, the national minimumwage, sex discrimination, Tupe and Working Time regulations.While not all the DTI information is found on-line even those stubbornpublications which are still only available in paper form can be foundcatalogued at the Publications in Print site at www.dti.gov.uk/pipIf you can’t find what you need there, you should be able to at TheStationery Office. The Stationery Office has been the official publisher to Parliament for morethan 200 years and is the largest UK publisher by volume. It has launched a newweb service called itsofficial.net. As well as offering information aboutlegislation and regulations that impact your daily life, it provides a”Your Business” section focused on the needs of business managers.The Employee Rights section offers advice on questions such as “Who canclaim redundancy?” and “What are the entitlements of employees thatare on strike?”In line with the spirit of the age, The UK’s regional assemblies andparliaments all have their own web sites.www.coi.gov.uk/coi/ www.dag-business.gov.uk www.dfee.gov.uk www.dti.gov.uk www.hmso.gov.uk www.ons.gov.uk www.open.gov.uk  UK Parliament: www.parliament.uk Scottish Parliament: www.scottish.parliament.ukNational Assembly for Wales: www.wales.gov.uk Related posts:No related photos. www.incomesdata.co.uk www.inlandrevenue.gov.uk Employment law There is a wealth of information on employment law on the Web. As mentionedpreviously, the DTI has some very helpful basic information. There’s more fromThe Stationery Office, which has launched a Legal Adviser service. Althoughthis is a subscription service, you can currently get a one-month free trial.”Get a Legal Adviser not legal headaches” isn’t the best slogan onthe web though.DiscLaw Publishing has an employment law reference site to which you need tosubscribe to get full value from, but it does also have a free area if youdon’t mind using information that was valid at 1 May 1997. Where this site really excels, however, is its British Employment Law SuperPortal, which provides links to just about everything you could ever need,including case law from the House of Lords and the Court of Appeal, statutoryinstruments, European law plus links to sites with free employment law advice,academic publishers and so on. Fantastic.If you want to do it all the hard way, all the law bodies have their own websites, some easier to use than others.www.emplaw.co.uk  www.hmso.gov.uk/acts.htm www.legal-advisor.co.uk www.parliament.the-stationery-office.co.uk/pa/pabills.htmActs of Parliament: www.hmso.gov.uk/acts.htmBills before Parliament: www.parliament.the-stationery-office.co.uk/pa/pabills.htmEuropean Court of Human Rights: www.echr.coe.intEuropean Court of Justice: http://europa.eu.int/cj/en/index.htmlast_img read more

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Letter from America

first_imgTayo Balogun’s ColumnIts been difficult doing anything. Your head, no, your brain is frozen. And your fingers anytime you bring them out of the gloves are numb. You want to write but you can’t bring yourself to. It’s a clear-cut case of disobedience to constituted authority. More like a soldier refusing to carry out an officer’s order. It is like your brain and your hands are on AWOL leaving your mind to fret about being able to meet schedules. Repeatedly deadlines are missed. Today becomes tomorrow. And tomorrow transmutes into another tomorrow… That is how it has been for me ever since I got here. In about three weeks (just because I am fighting the intemperate cold weather) I have almost finished the giant VSO brandy bottle my son bought for me on Thanksgiving Day.Today, I am girding my loins and shaming the -3° cold to get this piece across. I will not come to America and allow myself to be cowed when I have survived the antics of misgovernment in my country. So how has it been since I got here? The Diasporans want to know what it was like at home. They want to know if it will be possible for Atiku Abubakar to defeat incumbent Muhammadu Buhari next year. My Ghanaian taxi (he has upgraded to Uber) driver friend is no longer as loquacious as he used to be. He now regards the Super Eagles as superior to his Black Stars even when he is quick to chip in that their President is better than our Buhari. It does appear that Nigerians here have lost substantial interest in our sports. They seem to have more interest in politics. In the four weeks I have spent I have had more time to situate things happening to my mind. Now I no longer worry about my sanity or wonder if it is possible for everyone else to be mad and only me being sane. Coming to America has cleared my mind. I spend a lot of my time watching television. Particularly Channels Television where I watched news about Nigeria daily. And CNN where my sensibilities as a journalist are so assaulted that I begin to wonder if the western media still have anything to offer us in terms of balance and focus. And of course, I have regularly kept touch with home through the social media. So much so that I think I know a little more about our country than most people at home. For instance, I got to know that Bendel Insurance borrowed from the past to defeat 3SC by a penalty scored in the 20th minute of added time.More pleasantly, I know that after a faulty first match, our Super Falcons went on to win the African Women’s Nations Cup. Its like Cameroon, Ghana and the Banyana Banyana (South Africa) teams have to wait some more years to catch up. But our girls need to know that they have what it takes to compete valiantly at the global level.I also got to know that finally the National Sports Festival held in Abuja. And that Delta State, the perennial winners again topped the medals table. The disappointing thing about the Festival was that reports indicated that this version was worst than the one hosted in Lagos about six years ago. The point to be made is that the decay pervading our country has expectedly spread to our sport!!!It’s curious why I love our country more each time I step out of it. And I get saddened that we are unaware of the potential for greatness that abounds in our nation. We have the best collection of gifted football players in the world yet our football is not rated in the first ten in the world. We once had world famous Dick Tiger, Rafiu King Joe, Hogan Kid Bassey, and Obisia Nwankpa. Now, we have no one. We have tremendous natural resources that should make us one of the richest countries in the world yet we remain on of the poorest. We have perhaps one of the best educated minds in the world yet we are being ruled by simpletons whose goals are to take us back to the dark ages.Whenever I step out of Nigeria I wonder why we must put up our fourth best team for a match we must win. This view was put more poignantly by an Ivorian/Burkinabe ex-footballer residing temporarily here in America. According to him: “’Nigeria disappointed me. I started playing soccer because your country won soccer gold at the Atlanta ’96 Olympic Games. Every African was proud of the feat of the Dream Team. But today, where is Nigeria in (global) football? If your country moves, Africa moves. But now, You sleep, so Africa is sleeping. Oh! Nigeria must wake up to take her place among the leaders and show the light to the rest of us Africans.”But it’s not all doom and gloom here. I am enjoying, rolling specially with my grandchildren who I hope will belong to a better Nigeria. A Nigeria achieving its potential not only in sports but in all aspects of our life as a nation. Surely, that cannot be too difficult. Or is it?Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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